I’m feeling especially patriotic today. It’s my turn to post on the Canadian Pattern Designer blog tour. I am super proud to be Canadian and connected with this group of designers. This tour is an amazing showcase of great patterns! (Discount below + lots of prizes to be won! Keep reading!)

Ula from Lulu and Celeste has organized a great bunch of bloggers over the past few months and each of us gets to showcase a different pattern from our selected Canadian Designer. I was so fortunate to get to play with Victory Patterns! Kristiann Boos is well known for her patterns and I was dying to make an Ava. I seem to keep collecting dressy tops when I am part of these blog hops – maybe that’s a sign I need to get out more?! 

 My general impression of the Ava pattern was that it is SO professionally put together! I happened to have about 4 pattens that I was putting together at the same time a few months ago and this pattern stood out way over and above the others. The way it is written, down to how it prints out and the directions and ease of finding what you need. I really enjoyed working with it.

I made this peplum top in voile, which I have never worked with before. It was easy to sew, I didn’t have any issues with the fabric at all. To make the top more modest (read: not see through!), I cut two layers of each pattern piece and then sewed everything pretending they were one piece. It worked really well, aside from the peplum skirt having a bit more body than I would like. It stands out from the top quite a bit and I could likely have only used one layer there.

Oh my goodness, can I say how proud I am? I survived attaching binding smoothly for the first time ever! Binding and me have a long standing mutual hate for each other, I was super afraid when I saw the neckline and sleeves were binding bound on this top. My tip is to go slow, really slow – and pin, a lot!

The neckline did give me a bit of trouble, but I found an amazing post on how to sew it on the DIY Fox. Her post about sewing the Ava Sweetheart Neckline was really helpful. I was nervous because quite a few bloggers were saying the two sides of the neckline weren’t even when they stitched it. Again – slow and steady wins the race. Mine isn’t perfect, but I only know that because I made it!

Just to add a bit to the list, the bust darts finish too high. It’s my own fault – I made them a bit wider to take in more fabric (a la small bust adjustment) and shouldn’t have added to the height. Argh. I could take them out and fix them – but I was on vacation while I was sewing it… so they stayed put, mostly because it still fit and didn’t show that much.

PATTERN REVIEW SUMMARY:  Ava, by Victory Patterns, Version 3

Fabric: Black Madonna Voile, unknown “French Chic” lining fabric (both from Fabricland)

Here are a few things I love about it:

  • Lots of proper notches and markings! This is a super professional pattern.
  • Cutting layouts and required fabric listing is super clear for all 3 versions.
  • The neckline! It’s so cute.
  • The sheer (or not) upper bodice. I’ve seen amazing versions with regular woven material in the top, as well as lace – so many options!

The fit & my alterations:

  • This pattern fits SO easily! This pattern fit the best (on my first muslin) out of any of the patterns I’ve made in the last few months.
  • To make it fit my non-average measurements I:
    •  took in a bit on the sides and widen the dart. (Basically a small bust adjustment)
    • extended the shoulder up to a size 10, graded back to a size 4 at the top of the bodice and graded to a size 8 at the bottom and through the peplum skirt
    • Since I am long-waisted, I added 1″ to the length of the bodice.
Things I changed from the original pattern:

  • Nothing save alterations to the fit.

Things I might change next time:

  • I really, really want to make one of these out of knit instead of woven – since I wear knits almost every day.
  • I’d love to try the sleeveless version as well.
  • I would not use a double-layer of voile in the peplum skirt, it gives it extra body which isn’t as flattering.

There are SO MANY prizes to be won along this blog hop! Enter for your chance to win a Victory Pattern below. Find out how to win the Grand Prize here!

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Victory Patterns is offering 15% off anything on their website using the discount code “CANADATOUR” from June 17 – 23, 2015. Thank you Kristiann!

Follow the Canadian Pattern Designer blog hop below. Link over to so much great Canadian information! 

June 1 – 3 Gracious Threads – Interview : Creative BugThe Wholesome Mamastitched by crystal

June 4 – 6 Jalie – InterviewShaffer SistersCall Ajairehibbadoray

June 8 – 10 Thread Theory – InterviewHandmade BoyRebel & MaliceSew Out of Control

June 11 – 13 Audrey & Tiffany – InterviewAll Things Katy!Not Sew FastConversas de Hermana

June 15 – 17 E+M Patterns – InterviewFrom-a-BoxMade by SaraClimbing the Willow

June 17 – 19 Victory Patterns – InterviewSwoodson SaysThread Riding Hood (that’s me!) – Sprouting JubeJube

June 18 – 20 FABulous Home Sewn – InterviewCreate3.5Calm and CarrionStitches by Laura

June 22 – 24 Filles a Maman – InterviewPattern RevolutionPhatQuarterssewstarlyHouse of Estrela

June 24 – 26 Closet Case Files – Interviewgloria juneRebel & MaliceSew Far North

June 25 – 27 Elegance & Elephants – InterviewSprouting JubeJubeAmandaRoseMae & K

June 29 – 30 Lulu & Celeste: new makes and a round up post

July 1st Last day to enter Giveaways and Final Round up Post!

Reader Feedback: Have you made any of the Victory Patterns? How did you like it?

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Disclaimer: I received the Ava pattern from Victory Patterns in return for this post. My opinions are always my own and I do not promote things I don’t love. Thanks for reading!