I was asked by Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops to write a review for one of their available patterns. They have a wide variety of pdf patterns from several designers. It's your one stop shop for PDF patterns.
I chose to review The Nova Top/Dress by Popolok Designs. You can purchase this pattern here at Popolok Designs on Etsy or here from Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops, where you can browse several talented designers in one place. Alviana knocked it out of the park with this one. It's a stylish top or dress that is a pretty quick sew. It has a cute sweetheart-illusion yoke with options to add a gathered cap sleeve. The bodice is fully lined and all seams are encased in the lining.
I decided to sew the sleeveless top variation and completed it in one sewing day. Minus all the breaks I took taking care of my minions it took about 3 hours from cutting the pattern pieces and fabric to the final hemming.
The Nova Top was pretty easy to sew up. The most difficult part for me was attaching the front yoke to the main front fabric. I've always had a problem sewing concave and convex curves, but if you follow Alviana's instructions, you'll get it. I think a beginner could make this if they are good at following instructions and if they have the basics of sewing down. There are colored photos for every step of the way. Even though there is an invisible zipper on the back and the bodice is fully lined, I believe it would be good practice for a beginner, especially since the instructions to attach the lining and zipper are so easy to follow.
The pattern is beautifully put together. Alviana has little boxes spread out throughout the directions with an adorable little bird providing helpful tips. The directions are clear, concise, and well-written. The steps are numbered as well as the pages. You will receive two separate PDF's, one PDF for instructions and one PDF for pattern pieces, so it's a breeze to print only the pattern pieces. The pattern pieces were clearly labeled and numbered and the pages were easy to piece together once printed. Just match the labeled triangles and tape.
I love the way The Nova Top looks on my daughter! I made her a size 3. I think I could have used a size 4 in length because she's so long, but the 3 fits her perfectly width-wise, and she wears a 3 in RTW garments. The finished top measurements match up with Alviana's measurements.
I can't wait to sew up another Nova Top for my little girl. I love that it's a big girl style with sweet, unique features. I've been eyeing a few other Popolok Designs patterns and think Alviana's style is different from anything I've seen, and that's why I love it.