Comfortable top if a little roomy

A review of Cielo Top and Dress

Reviewed by Chicken Scratch by Dee on 16th March, 2021

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I’ve been looking for a top pattern with interesting sleeves for a while. I thought the Cielo pattern view B looked quite good and i particularly wanted to ‘audition’ it for the top of a ‘hacked’ dress I am putting together. I have in mind Vogue 9236 with the Cielo bodice/sleeves in a liberty lawn or poplin.

I had a 100% cotton grey and white striped seersucker in my stash that i bought at TessutiĀ in Melbourne. I also wanted to try out altering the cup size to a D from the B cup which Closet Core said their patterns are drafted to.

The D cup size was spot on. I used a size 14 as that was what my measurements were closest to but it ended up being very boxy in shape… especially as i added quite a bit to the length as View A is cropped to sit at the waist.

I added 2 long darts to each side of the lower bodice lining up with the bust darts and just one each side in the back. It is still a little roomy but works ok and I can really see how it might look as a dress with vogue 9236.

All the facings lined up, it was easy to make.I did finish off the cuff on the wrong side with a proper hem and hand stitching as its much neater than the pattern instructions.

So I think next summer I will give the combined pattern dress a go in some lovely liberty lawn. I will also try Cielo Version A or C but cut it longer for my long body as it looks a nice easy top for wovens.