Hi there! Today I am going to show you my two new Akita's by Seamwork Patterns. First off - I just want to tell you that I LOVE this pattern - its so so easy to make (not to mention it is a single pattern piece), doesn't use much fabric, and really quick to print, cut out and put it all together.
I can never resist to make a few changes though - and although I originally made it up according to plan, I couldn't help but add a couple more darts to see if I could get a better fit. The Akita is quite a loose fitting flowing kind of top - which is beautiful and simple (see below) - but I always tend to feel a little bit better and more confident in something a little more fitted.
First up I made one in a mustard yellow floral - from a vintage sheet. I did have to cut the pattern pieces up in order to squeeze it all onto the last remnant of this fabric (previously having used it to make a tiny pocket tank - there wasn't a huge amount left).
I found that by creating a seam down the back of the top I was able to reduce the billow in my lower back. And by adding a couple darts under the bust, it created more of a flattering shape for my body type which I knew would be more versatile for my wardrobe.
Here is a little summary of what I've done: (the base image belongs to Seamwork Patterns)
To fit it to my shape I always prefer to try it on, and bring it in where I can so that it sits nicely, pin in place and then sew (or baste in place and try on again - you know 'measure twice, cut once' and all that). Other than adding the darts, I also curved in the sides a little too, which was really easy. All in all I was pretty happy with the fit I achieved with this method.
And of course, once I had made the first I had to make another! This one is made from a beautiful brush stroke pattern cotton from The Fabric Store - I bought 0.7m in total, which was easily enough fabric for this pattern. Because the grain of the fabric was going the opposite way to how I wanted, I cut this top in two pieces also - this time a size smaller.
(also speaking of The Fabric Store - have you seen their blog post on Spring Shorts? If not click through - they are awesome!)
I have also lengthened both tops, and added more length to the back than the front - just to make it a little different. Over all - I highly recommend giving this pattern a go - whether you are a complete beginner or you've got a bit of experience, I guarantee you will love this.
Hope you like my lamb friend too! He helped out a lot with upping the cuteness in these pics ;)