Loving Ava

Victory Patterns Ava Top via Pincushion Treats Blog

Yes, I know. I am looking a bit smug. But I’ve been in quite the sewing drought and it feels so good to have it over. I cut out the Ava pattern back in June, I think. And it sat in a drawer until I finally decided to put it together last week.

Victory Patterns Ava Topvia Pincushion Treats Blog

And I am so glad I did. Initially I thought I was dragging my feet so much because I wasn’t in love with the fabric I chose. But that wasn’t it. The more I thought about it, the more I wished I had used a lovely Liberty tana lawn I’ve had in my stash for ages. Fear of cutting into such pricey fabric made me hesitate. Enter the mustard fabric. At Ā£2 or so a meter cutting into it didn’t feel so hard. But I fell out of love for it and so it went neglected. But with a meetup coming up I figured it would be the perfect event to finish Ava so I could wear it to. And I did. Just in time.

Victory Patterns Ava Top via Pincushion Treats Blog

I struggled putting in that mesh. Man, oh, man. It took three attempts, two hours and a lunch break. But finally it went in and I was so glad that I had saved my Liberty fabric from so much seam ripping šŸ™‚

Victory Patterns Ava Top via Pincushion Treats Blog

The fit (only change I made was to add a couple of inches at the waist) is pretty good. Next time I might drop where the bodice and peplum meet by half an inch. For all that feet dragging I sure love my top and look forward to the next one.

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72 thoughts on “Loving Ava

  1. You already know that I think this is a beautiful make…I love everything about it and it’s left me itching to cut into my Ava pattern asap. Now just need to find some mesh that’s as adorable as yours ;o)

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  2. This is fabulous! The color is gorgeous on you and the top fits you beautifully. It looks great as it is but I can see dropping the start of the peplum like you said. I’ve been going back and forth on whether to buy this pattern and you just convinced me.

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  3. Quite rightfully smug! This is a seriously cute rendition of Ava; love the colour and the polka dot mesh. I’ve had the pattern a little while and am itching to make one (or three, I like the dress versions too) up šŸ˜€

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  4. What inspired fabric combos,even if it did come about through a bit of fear;-)
    really looks fab on you and well done conquering the mesh…it’s worth it. Now you’re all confident to make the liberty version šŸ™‚

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  5. This is a beautiful way to start your sewing wet again! The color is perfect on you, and also fit. I’m glad you started again with your sewing projects.

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  6. This top looks so cute on you! I haven’t paid much attention to the Victory Patterns line until now because I could never imagine that their shapes would work out that well on a curvier figure than shown in the models and line drawings, but your example certainly opens up some possibilities there.

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    • Thank you. I’ve also made the Madeleine pattern and can recommend that one too. I’m about to take on Roxanne so the verdict is out on that one. I can end up looking chic or like I’m wearing a tent. Here’s hoping it’s not the last one šŸ™‚

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  7. I just bought a Victory pattern and found you through their flickr group. šŸ™‚ I tweeted the link to this post because I love your shirt and your beautiful smile, and it sparked a discussion on how pretty you are. I just thought I would tell you. šŸ™‚ GREAT job on this shirt. I love the colors.

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  8. HOLY CRAPOLA – this is just sooo gorgeous. You got that fabric for 2 pound a meter? I can scarcely believe it. The top looks a million bucks, the mustard is uber-flattering on you and the sheer mesh polka dots sublime. I couldn’t compliment this top enough if I tried! I’d been secretly eye-balling the Ava pattern… now I see I’m just going to have to openly declare my intentions (to make it). You look stunning!

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