I “met” Ann from Designer Stitch while I was testing the Bridget for her and she’s so sweet. She loves sewing, designing, and helping women look/feel beautiful. Her patterns are amazing and I have been not-so-patiently waiting for her to release the Eleni* ever since she first started talking about it. I love it so much! I was going to buy it on release day if I hadn’t been lucky enough to test it.
The Eleni* is an off-the-shoulder top/tunic/dress and she was even thoughtful and considerate enough to include modesty shoulder panels (not pictured in the fashion flat) for women who don’t want to bare their shoulders for religious/personal reasons.
You can customize it so many ways: adding straps or the modesty panel over your shoulders; making it blouse, tunic, dress, or maxi length; adding a pocket to anything but the blouse; including the flounce; and accessorizing with the necktie.
It’s so light and breezy! It’s also fairly quick for a woven pattern because you don’t need to worry about any darts. I chose this rayon challis.
Check out the way the flounce blows in the wind! I’m in love!
The rayon challis was a perfect choice for a hot morning at the playground. Just remember to use a new needle, staystitch each piece, and use a slightly smaller stitch length. Here and here are some other tips.
This isn’t included in the instructions but here’s an awesome video Ann found that shows how you can add elastic to the sleeves to help keep your off-the-shoulder top off your shoulders (and the elastic doubles as straps so you can hang your top up!).
The Eleni is seriously a spring must-have! Buy it now* while it’s on sale.
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