My love of Viki Sews patterns keeps on growing! So far, I have loved every item that I have made from their patterns. They have all required very few fit adjustments – bonus!
The Deborah pattern is one which didn’t interest me initially. However, the more versions that I saw the more the design appealed – this pattern looks good on most body shapes.
The pattern is quite a simple design fitted through the body with princess seams with puffy statements sleeves. I always thought that puffy sleeves weren’t for me however I’ve found that sleeves with ‘drama’ paired with a simple form-fitting garment reflects my style personality.
As I’ve written previously, Viki Sews patterns are in Russian however the instructions have great visual diagrams. Using the instructions and the markings on the patterns I find that their patterns are easy to understand. The lovely Julia has a guide to making this garment in her stories on her Instagram if you want to see how this garment is constructed.
When I make this top again, I will allow for more ease through the hips. I’d also move the zip to the side of the garment as the center back is where my swayback is and I find the zip bows in this area. I’d also make a minor sway-back adjustment.
When choosing a fabric for this pattern I chose lightweight linen/cotton. This fabric is fine however I should have underlined the sleeves to help the ‘puff’ to stay in place. Sometimes it gets flattened. Next time I make this top I’d use a fabric with slight stretch or a cotton/linen with more body.
I love this top and plan to make another perhaps a bit more cropped with a button-up front like the ones below. Let me know if you have given any Viki Sews patterns a try I’d love to know what you think! Also I have set up the hashtag #russiansewingpatterns so then you can connect with other sewist who use Russian sewing patterns.