I love supporting indie sewing companies and wanted to give Closet Core Patterns a try after following them on Instagram. Closet Core's aesthetic is classic with a twist - there's usually an unexpected detail that makes their patterns interesting. That's why I chose the Cielo top as my first pattern. I fell hard for the puffy lantern sleeves, which I don't see very often with other patterns.
Read on for my brutally honest, unfiltered sewing pattern review.
Cielo is worth sewing if you like a loose, boxy shape with exaggerated sleeves.
The Cielo Dress & Top is an easy, breezy take on a boxy tee and shift dress. I picked view B, the top with dramatic gathered long sleeves.
I chose a mustard quilting fabric with a tribal block print. I'm obsessed with mustard yellow and used the project as an excuse to buy this fabric. Quilting fabric can be cheaper than apparel fabric, and I use the leftovers for my scrappy quilts.
Instructions were easy to follow, and the top came together quickly. You can easily make and wear the top on the same day. I extended the bodice by 2" based on the reviews at patternreview.com, which prevented me from making a crop top. Pro tip: Always check out sewing pattern reviews before cutting the fabric. I can count on super helpful tips that guarantee a successful project. I've also avoided some awful patterns that would have been a waste of time and money.
Those sleeves! Take a gander at the line drawing, and you'll notice the lantern sleeve has two pieces. The top piece has full gathers and flares out. The bottom piece pulls the fullness into a funnel cuff. Super cute!
Sizing was tricky, and thank goodness I made a moulage before cutting my lovely fabric. I initially cut out size 6 based on my measurements (I'm 5' 3" and 115 lbs on a good day, 125 lbs on a bad day), and it was HUGE. For my final version, I chose size 0 based on the finished measurements.
The back had a triangular yoke piece that stumped me. I'm assuming it's supposed to provide a better fit in the back? Given the boxy nature of the of the top, I think it's unnecessary, and it creates a weird jog with the fabric print. That said, I've seen other sewists' tops with contrast yokes that were stunning.
I got positive feedback on Instagram, but my husband HATES the boxy fit of this top. He's a traditional kind of guy and prefers feminine, fitted clothes. This paper bag fit with puffy sleeves is to edgy for him.
I enjoyed making this top enough to recommend it. Given the boxy nature of this shirt, I pair it with skinny jeans or a narrow skirt. Pick your size based on the finished measurements, and extend the torso so you don't accidentally flash your midriff.