Honestly, the shirring sounds harder than it is!

A review of Victory Patterns Sofia Dress and Top

Reviewed by By_Brydie on 25th October, 2021

The hardest part about this pattern is deciding you’re going to give the shirring a go. The pattern instructions provides a whole section on this technique and even a really useful troubleshooting section, packed with common small mistakes that can make a difference. This section is great, but equally can make you feel that the technique is complex and therefore needs a whole lot of brain power, when actually, it just needs a little bit of practice on some scrap fabric and you’ll be off on your wildest shirring dreams. Tah dahhhhh!

I made the top version of the Sofia, with the bishop sleeve. There are quite a lot of variations in the pattern so lots of options to play around with. I will defiantly make the dress version soon with a potentially different sleeve. I used a lightweight, opaque viscose for this top, which I think just adds enough drape on the sleeves.

Finally, if you are purchasing this in the PDF form, you can select the bodice, skirt and sleeve option to print, which is great, as this means you don’t have to print everything out at once.

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