Thursday, August 6, 2015

Pattern Review: Kathryn Top & Dress by Itch to Stitch

Hello! I am Jess, the designer behind Gracious Threads. While I don't do much designing for women, I enjoy sewing for myself and I am pleased to have the opportunity to review the Kathryn Top & Dress by Itch To Stitch.


I chose to sew up a top, but the pattern also includes a dress. It features a scoop neckline with 6 pleats. The neckline is stabilized with a woven facing, so you don't have to worry about the neckline stretching out as you wear it. I am picky about the height of my neckline, and found this pattern to be a perfect balance between not showing unwanted cleavage and not being too frumpy. The short sleeves are cut on (no separate pattern piece) and are a flattering length.


The pattern includes a very large size range (00-20, a 31"-46" bust). I sewed up a size 14. The only modification I made was to add 1" above the empire waist and 1" below. This is a normal modification for me since I am 5'9" with a very long torso (the pattern is drafted for 5'6"). I like how the top is fitted without being too tight (forgive the post baby tummy, I have a 6 week old newborn!). The only change I would make is to use a bit of a heavier knit; the very lightweight jersey I choose draped a little more than I liked for this pattern. I paired the Kathryn with some dark wash boot leg jeans, black heels, and a fun red purse for an evening out at a baby shower.


I would rate this pattern as a beginner/intermediate level. The instructions are very clear, but they do assume a bit of experience in working with knit fabrics. Each step features a detailed illustration. The pattern includes cutting layout diagrams, a detailed size chart (with finished measurements), and information on how to blend sizes for a customized fit. I encourage you to check out the rest of Kennis' patterns at Itch to Stitch!


  1. those pleats are too cute! very flattering top. thanks for sharing!

  2. You look amazing Jess!! I was still hiding behind my diaper bag at six weeks - lol! I love the look of this top - it's so pretty and feminine without being too fussy.


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