Meet the new Angelica Pattern from Jilly Atlanta. Designer Jill Coppock said that when she was conceiving the Angelica, she wanted a top to help her daughters feel like they have wings. What resulted is a precious top or dress that looks great in many fabrics.
The Pattern Details
The Angelica pattern uses pleats and gathers to create a flowy top that is beautiful and easy to wear. The pattern options are limited to two lengths (shirt and dress) and two back closure options (button or ties). The simplicity of the options are perfect for an indecisive maker like myself. I only had to select a fabric, a length, and a button and I was ready to get started!
While many pattern companies (including the big four: Simplicity, Vogue, Butterick and McCalls) illustrate construction steps with line drawings, Jilly Atlanta uses color photos to show how to complete each process. I am happy either way, as long as the steps are clear—and the tutorial for the Angelica definitely is. The photos are bright and crisp and they clearly demonstrate the necessary sewing techniques. Captions, which accompany each photo, take a conversational tone that makes you feel like you’re being taught by a friend.
The pattern is very cleverly constructed. Bias binding on the front and back necklines removes the need for shoulder seams. The bound edges form an elegant boat neck that stretches from shoulder to shoulder.
Bias bound armholes and French seams everywhere else make it so every seam is enclosed. Enclosed seams are awesome because they make the garment
- Durable: The thread that constructs the seam is protected from abrasion, making enclosed seams long-lasting.
- Comfortable: They are smooth against the skin (again, there’s no exposed threads).
- Beautiful: They look great! A garment with enclosed seams looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside.
The keyhole neckline closure is classic and easy to make. Instructions are provided to close the keyhole with either a button or ties. Turning a button loop is a little tricky, but doable. The instructions say to sew a seam at ⅛”, trim and then turn to form a skinny tube. I found that sewing the seam at a generous eighth (approaching 3/16”) makes turning the loop easier and looks just as good. If the button loop is giving you trouble or you don’t prefer that look, ties are super easy and add a feminine detail to the back of the top.
My Version of the Angelica
I chose to sew the shirt length with a classic button to secure the back keyhole opening.
The only change I made to the pattern was a length adjustment. My skinny toddler fits perfectly into size 2T for circumference. However, at 38.5” tall, she needs the length of size 3T. I compared the finished garment measurements (included in the pattern) and added an inch of length to the 2T to make it fit properly.
My fabric is a rayon challis that I found on an especially good day at the thrift store. The fluid drape and sweet print are perfect for the Angelica. I have a hard time finding floral prints that I like (so many of them look exactly the same to me), but I love the delicate florets on this fabric. The small-scale print is just right for my little girl. The colors are beautiful, too. Pink, turquoise and a hint of yellow stand out on the solid navy base.
Pattern Release & Release Day Promo
You can purchase the Angelica pattern for $7 on release day. After that, the price will jump to $9. You can get the pattern here and check out the rest of the Jilly Atlanta pattern line here. You can also join the Jilly Atlanta Facebook group for access to an inspiring community of sewers and four free patterns.