my josephine

I am so in love with my Josephine top.  I was able to be a pattern tester for Rae, hope I was a little help anyway.  The fit is just spot on and I love how Rae makes it easy to really get a great fit with the elastic and casing at the back.  You just adjust the elastic before the final side seam and boom! super fit!

This flowy black rayon challis grabbed my eye.  I knew the black (even though it’s more fun to sew with a flashy print sometimes) would be something I would wear a lot.  I’m not even making this up you guys, but this top is the comfiest top I’ve ever made.  And I feel beautiful in it.  I think that says a lot about the overall design and fit.

I chose to add shirring at the sleeves like Rae had done on this top she made.  I knew I would like that look and fit, and I do!  The sleeve length is just perfect on me.

Okay, I’ll chat a little bit of what I love about the pattern and then you can go about on your Friday fun. Rae has a lovely list of seam finishes with complete step-by-step details.  She also suggests a finish or two for each seam (which I love, just takes the guess work out of it, you know?).  It’s got amazing tips throughout and even a cheat sheet for when you want to sew up another Josephine.  There are also three style variations, so I’m sure you can find one you like (or many!).  Whew.  It’s a good one, real good.  Sorry to sound like an infomercial, I seriously do love it.

Pattern: Josephine Tunic & Blouse
Fabric: Rayon Challis from my local Hancock Fabrics

33 thoughts on “my josephine

  1. Grandma G says:

    It looks gorgeous on you, Anna!

  2. Happy in red says:

    Nice, love the fit!

  3. Oh, that top is perfect on you! Love it!

  4. Frances says:

    It’s gorgeous and looks great on you!

  5. Feminine and so pretty. You look fabulous:)

  6. What a beautiful blouse Anna! I’m checking now if I have enough of a voile print to make one!

  7. sophie says:

    you DO look beautiful in it!! wow , love the choice of the black, very wearable indeed. the farbic looks very soft! great job!

  8. So beautiful! Where did you get the rayon? I am always on the lookout for great blouse fabric.

  9. Nevermind, just saw the Hancocks reference! Love it.

  10. kristin says:

    Oh Anna, it’s gorgeous on you!! Love it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    After reading your review, I have to order this pattern. It’s beautiful and you look great in it!
    – Paula S.

  12. gpc says:

    You make everything you wear look good!

  13. I love all the feminine details! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  14. Hilary says:

    It looks great on you!!

  15. Becky says:

    Lovely! I love a great, black top. I have a black sweater that I love and always try to think of new looks to create with it. It’s got to feel amazing to wear a top that you made and feel beautiful wearing it! I’m not to the point where I am sewing clothes for myself but I have a goal to make myself something by Summer.

  16. Carrie S. says:

    You look fabulous in your Josephine! I love the black!


  17. Ines says:

    So great Anna!
    I would really like to sew one, but I am not good enough with my sewing machine.

    Greetings to a great looking woman

  18. gorgeous!!! i love this pattern, too.

  19. Anna, I love this!! Beautiful on you! I’ve been thinking about trying the Josephine out…I love it in solid…it looks comfortable but also, very versatile! I’ve got some eggplant colored double gauze that I might need to use for a Josephine!

  20. Love the shirring AND THE SHOES!

  21. Very Shannon says:

    Love, love, love this in the black challis! So pretty on you! And I agree – great shoes!

  22. This looks fabulous on you! What a great pattern!

  23. Shannon says:

    wow, its beautiful! love it!

  24. Allison Rust says:

    Pretty! I really need to make friends with my sewing machine again.

  25. it’s very pretty. i saw it on pinterest and had to come check out the details.

  26. Madalynne says:

    what a beautiful top!

  27. Cindy says:

    Looks very flattering on you, Anna! Love it!

  28. Carolyn says:

    this is really very lovely!

  29. Kim P. says:

    I agree with Cindy, it’s a great top for you!

  30. Lovely! You’ve got such a style! I came over from Rae’s site and she has featured the last pic you’ve got here…knew right away it was you!

  31. Pam E. says:

    Love the top! You’re a good model!!!!!

    I especially love your shoes. Where can I get a pair?

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