Sew Liberated began in a drafty adobe house on a street without a name in rural northern Mexico. The year was 2007, and Meg was working as a Montessori teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. With no internet, television, or phone line, Meg spent much of her time honing her sewing and knitting skills. Eventually, she started a blog and began selling patterns based on her designs. Sew Liberated was one of the first indie pattern companies to emerge from the crafting renaissance, and hopes to remain a small, friendly, and fashion-forward presence in the indie designer community.
The Strata Top pattern is the backbone of your handmade wardrobe and a great pattern for beginners. (The detailed instructions are accompanied by a video sew-along.)
Strata was designed to be both a practice of meditation and a canvas for artistic inspiration. It is simple in its construction – only three pattern pieces – easy to fit, and effortless to wear. The uniquely curved hem adds elegance to this staple piece. Keep things uncomplicated with a version in a slub linen blend, cotton ikat, or silk noil – or use the fabric as your canvas. Try using beloved scraps to piece together your own storied fabric, experiment with natural dyes, or add some sashiko embroidery. Enjoy both the craft and the art.
Sizing: 0-30 (See the sizing chart here.)
1.7 yds (1.6 m) of 54” (137 cm) or 45” (115 cm) fabric.
2 yds of 54” (1.8 m of 137 cm) fabric, or 2.2 yds of 45” (2 m of 115 cm) fabric.
Good fabrics include light- to mid-weight woven fabric with nice drape, such as cotton ikat, double gauze, silk noil, or slub linen blend.