Pattern Review, Sewing

Embroidered Zsayla Top

My last project from Pattern Parcel #6… The Zsayla Top! It was the first thing I decided to make when I received the patterns. I love the loose, flowing shape. It reminds of something from Anthropologie. Their blouses often have beautiful embroidered details that make them look handmade (which is probably why I like their style). Though I couldn’t find anything similar for sale there now, the Zsayla blouse really works with that boho-chic look. And the large yoke is the perfect spot to add some embroidery detail.

Sashiko Embroidered Zsayla Top | Sewing Pattern Kate & Rose | Radiant Home Studio

I started looking around to see if anyone else had embroidered their Zsayla tops and found that the pattern designer (Kate & Rose) also sells beautiful Hungarian style embroidery patterns. They are gorgeous, but I was afraid I didn’t have the time to do something that complicated. I decided to try a simple Sashiko (Japanese embroidery) pattern instead. (Though the Kate & Rose embroidery patterns are now on my list and I’ll be looking for a way to use one of them soon!)

First, let me tell you about the pattern. Kate & Rose patterns were new to me. I found the printing and assembly fairly straightforward. There is a nice chart detailing which pages should be printed for each part, so you can avoid printing those extra pages for a dress when you just want to make a top. It also includes several cutting layouts to help you find the most efficient way to use your fabric. The directions and illustrations are clear and helpful.

Sashiko Embroidered Zsayla Top | Sewing Pattern Kate & Rose | Radiant Home Studio

They also include some nice finishing techniques such as understitching the neckline and cuffs. The instructions also include 2 methods for attaching the yoke–the “clean and fancy method” and the “quick and dirty method”. I tried to use the “clean and fancy method,” but the bulk from the interfacing and embroidery floss was making it difficult. I ended up using the  quick method (sewing all the layers at once and serging the edges), but only a seamstress would ever notice the difference. And look at the pretty cuff detail!

Sashiko Embroidered Zsayla Top | Sewing Pattern Kate & Rose | Radiant Home Studio

This is my first project using double gauze (from Imagine Gnats…and Rachel is having a huge sale this week!). I was unimpressed when it arrived in the mail, but after a nice hot wash my opinion totally changed. It has a lot of the same qualities as lightweight linen, which is what I was hoping for when I ordered it. It’s loose and flowing, and wrinkles in a soft, natural way. It is perfect for a loose fitting blouse and makes a nice base for embroidery projects. I love it!

Sashiko Embroidered Zsayla Top | Sewing Pattern Kate & Rose | Radiant Home Studio

It took some trial and error to figure out the best method for transferring the embroidery pattern to the fabric. I tried water soluble marker, but it disappeared too soon. I tried stitching without stabilizer, but the stitches weren’t as straight as they needed to be. In the end, I traced the pattern on to lightweight interfacing with pencil (time consuming…be sure to take stretch breaks!). I also did one of them twice because I realized that the design was going different directions along the grain. I recommend tracing around the pattern piece on the interfacing, marking the grain, then tracing the design. Then you can make sure the design is going the same direction on each piece of the yoke.

Sashiko Embroidered Zsayla Top | Sewing Pattern Kate & Rose | Radiant Home Studio

Though there is specific embroidery thread for Sashiko, I didn’t find any locally and used a steel blue pearl cotton embroidery floss. I learned a lot more about Sashiko stitching as well, but I’ve written another post for later this week with 20 of my favorite Sashiko embroidery tutorials, projects, and patterns. (You can   so you don’t miss it!)

Finally, just a quick reminder…Friday is the last day to get this pattern bundle! (This sale is over, but follow Perfect Pattern Parcel for more.)

With Pattern Parcel – you choose your price, support indie pattern designers, and the rest goes to and educational charity called Donors Choose. If you choose to pay $32 or more, you receive the bonus pattern (the Odette dress). Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!

The patterns included in this parcel are:

Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose

BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

You can just click over to the Pattern Parcel site for more details. And if you want to see what others are making from these great patterns…

Friday, October 17 Pienkel || Casa Crafty || Sew Like My Mom || YosaMi

Saturday, October 18 Disaster in a Dress || Sew Busy Lizzy || the Brodrick Blog || Oliver’s Fancy

Sunday, October 19 Design By Lindsay || Cookin’ and Craftin’ || Stitched

Monday, October 20 a happy stitch || oonaballoona || Nutta || Oh, She Dabbles

Tuesday, October 21 the quirky peach || Our Familly Four || Kadiddlehopper || La Pantigana

Wednesday, October 22 While she was sleeping || Sew a Straight Line || EmmylouBeeDoo

Thursday, October 23 Sanae Ishida || Groovy Baby and Mama || Dandelion Drift || Create/Enjoy

Friday, October 24 Shawnta Sews || verypurpleperson || Peneloping

Saturday, October 25 Nine Stitches || Sew Exhausted || YoSami || Radiant Home Studio

Sunday, October 26 paunnet || Sew charleston || Amanda Rose || EmmylouBeeDoo

Monday, October 27 Very Shannon || Diary of a Chainstitcher || So, Zo… What do you know?’ || Swoodson Says ||Things for Boys

Tuesday, October 28 mama says sew || Make It Perfect || Envueltos de Amor || Julia Bobbin

Wednesday, October 29 EmmylouBeeDoo || Max California || Radiant Home Studio || Made by Meg

Thursday, October 30 la Inglesita || House of Pinheiro || FABulous Home Sewn || Friends Stitched Together

Friday, October 31 sew chibi || Things for Boys || Nearest the pin || Swoodson Says || Robin’s Fabric Nest

12 thoughts on “Embroidered Zsayla Top

  1. Holli Coats says:

    I am blown away right now- THIS IS AMAZING! SO gorgeous, the embroidery, fabric, and fit. I can’t wait to read your sashiko post, I’ve been interested in learning more but haven’t put in the time to research it!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thank you so much! The time consuming things always end up being my favorite!

  2. sophie says:

    This blouse is so gorgeous: the fabric looks so soft and the embroidery is impressive! it looks really good on you!

  3. April says:

    I absolutely love how this turned out. The stitching is lovely and it does remind me of a top from Anthro. I’m a fan of double gauze and I’m hoping to sew with more soon.

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks April! Looking forward to seeing what you make!

  4. Emily says:

    This is so beautiful!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thank you so much!

  5. This is just perfection. I love the Zsalya and can’t imagine how lovey it would be in a double gauze. Plus, your sashkio embroidery is gorgeous. I’ve always wanted to try it. <3

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks Jill! It is super comfortable.

  6. Toya says:

    Totally gorgeous- the double gauze works beautifully.

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