I’ve made a couple of Olga’s patterns before for my daughter and I love her designs. I was very excited to see that she is getting into women’s patterns when she released the gorgeous Sirocco Top and Dress!
I have loved all the versions that I’ve seen of the Sirocco Top in Insta-Land and I was so excited to make one for myself using some very loved and very hoarded European viscose. I originally bought this fabric for a different project but plans changed once I saw this pattern. I knew they were the perfect match. It is such a lovely, swingy top with such a feminine, on-trend silhouette and I think the delicate flowers on the fabric are perfectly suited for this design.
I made a size 6 even though my bust measurement was slightly larger than specified in the pattern. I knew the fit was pretty forgiving and I didn’t want to risk it being too oversized. I added 2″ to the length of the top and I’m happy with the length of the high-low hem.
One of my favorite features of this pattern is the deep facings on the sleeves and hemline. The top is beautifully constructed and finished with facings that peek through the swingy sleeves. I think this would be a fun opportunity to color-block as well.
I didn’t muslin (tsk, tsk) but after I finished the top I decided to re-do the back neckline and facing to be a little tighter. I added a 3/4″ inverted pleat because I felt like it was a little wide for me. It fits me a little better and I like the added detail back there anyway! One other change that I’ll make on my next one is shorten the sleeves just slightly. Maybe only 1/2″ so that the proportions won’t be too affected.
I would highly recommend this pattern. It was a fun, easy make and the perfect spring, swingy top! I can’t wait to see what Olga comes up with next!