The Morrison Top and Dress

Blue Dot Patterns

 

 

My favourite part about pattern testing is finding new companies to try. I am so happy that I came acrossBlue Dot Patterns.

 

 

This week they released the Morrison Top and Dress and it is such a great addition to my wardrobe. This pattern includes a top and dress pattern and can be made in either knit or woven fabrics. I’ve sure you’ve heard me talk about how much I love versatile patterns, and this one definitely fits the bill. 

 

I chose to make the top version in a woven fabric. I had a small bit of this fabric in my stash left over from an Anna Dress (By Hand London) that I made for my husband’s birthday last year. I originally bought the fabric from

Fabricville

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This top is rated as a beginner pattern, and I agree. The written instructions and diagrams are clear and really well done. The most difficult part of the construction is adding the bias neckband onto the neckline of the top. To add mine, I used a lot of pins and did the topstitching with my quilting foot that I bought from Amazon a few months ago. I honestly don’t know how I ever survived topstitching without it. 

The only thing I needed to change during the construction of the top was to raise the stitch line under my arm to make the armhole smaller. Other than that I did not need to make any modifications. 

Final Thoughts

There are many things I really like about this pattern. First of all, I love when you can make the same pattern over and over again and have it look different every time. The fact that this can be made in a knit or a woven really gives you options in terms of styling. When I originally saw the line drawing for the dress, I imagined it in a light knit fabric that would be perfect for a beach coverup. Now, having made the top in a woven fabric, I think the dress in a woven would look really cute with a jean jacket or sweater.

I also love that this pattern can be added into your existing wardrobe pretty easily. The pattern couldn’t have come at a better time for me. With my maternity leave coming to an end, I am starting to look at what I have to wear to work. This top can be dressed up with black pants or a pencil skirt for the office, but also worn on the weekends with jeans and a sweater. (pictured here with my Blackwood cardigan).

The only drawback of this pattern is that it doesn’t really have the option of adding longer sleeves, however, I tend to wear cardigans 90% of the time, so it’s not really a problem. 
Pattern Info
Difficulty: Beginner
Time to Make: An afternoon
Will I make it again?: Yes! Originally I had planned to wait until it was warmer outside (as in no more snow) to make a summer knit version of the dress, but I found a red peach skin in my stash that would make a great Morrison dress. 

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