Women’s Waterfall Raglan by Chalk and Notch Patterns


women's top pattern review

Last week I had a chance to make several new tops for myself using the Women’s Waterfall Raglan pattern by Chalk and Notch.

This pattern is so versatile, you can make a top or a dress, and the sleeves come in short, 3/4, and long sleeves. You can also add a little pocket if you want…so many options. I could see myself making a 3/4 sleeve dress for spring in several colors. This is a great go-to pattern!

women's waterfall raglan

The pattern is beautifully written…there are links in the table of contents and a header on every page with links to take you right to the page you need.  This saved me so much time and made it very easy to find directions without scrolling through page after page.  The directions are thorough, so a novice sewer can learn how to sew with knits, make ruffles and pockets, and sew on a neckband.  At the same time, it’s also easy for an experienced sewer to scan each page and find the directions you want.  I also loved the abbreviated sewing tutorial on page 14, which is basically a quick and dirty cheat sheet with the steps summarized for those of us who don’t need thorough directions, just a quick reminder of what order to do everything in.

women's sewing pattern review

One of my favorite parts of making this top was discovering some new knit fabrics to work with. The one pictured is called Charcoal 2Tone 100% rayon jersey from Stylish Fabrics.  I love the drape of this fabric…not too floppy so it’s fairly easy to work with, especially if you have a serger.  It also doesn’t stretch as you sew it, which can be an issue with some thin, flowy knits.  I would definitely use this fabric again since it comes in lots of colors…thinking about that spring dress that I want to make…

Let me know if you decide to make this pattern…I would love to see it! Tag me on Instagram and be sure to follow me there for sneak peaks at all my sewing adventures!

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My name is Alexandra Ramos but most people call me Alex for short. I just finished High School not too long ago and I work in the fashion industry of Downtown Los Angeles. You're probably wondering "She's so young." or "What would she know about fashion or writing blogs?" Well, that's what this blog is about. I learned a lot from my senior year Photojournalism class, learning how to take photos properly, using photoshop, how to get peoples attention with your articles, and I can go on and on about how the class was really good for me in helping me get this job, but this would literally turn into a book if I continued. But, my goal for this blog is to help designers like you find materials for projects and hopefully inspire any future designers out there. At the same time I can learn more about the fashion industry as I write these blogs. I plan to study Journalism in college and fashion design to make this blog more better and creative as time goes on. Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I do.

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