Jennifer Lauren Handmade - The 'Gable' Top

by - 8/17/2016

My finished 'Gable' top!

Whilst I love sewing 1950s dresses and swanning about in them on sunny days, I couldn't be without my jersey basics, perfect for some lazy 1960s style. So in my ongoing quest to build my own everyday handmade wardrobe, when Jennifer Lauren asked me to review her gorgeous new 'Gable' slash neck jersey top pattern, I knew it would be just what I wanted!

My version of the Gable top had me feeling all Brigitte Bardot

I love glamorous 1950s pinup style but I'm far to lazy to commit to it for everyday. 1960s style is great when I'm not feeling the red lipstick or when washing my hair is too much effort! Eyeliner, beehive and go!

Here's a peek at the pattern:

Lots of great variations and a wide size range.

Here's Jennifer's own description of the pattern:

"Ladies long and short sleeve, 50s inspired seasonal knit top PDF sewing Pattern. Multi-size 6 to 24. A4 and US Letter compatible.

With a classic 50s-inspired slash neckline, a long-line body for extra comfort and three different sleeve options, The Gable Top will become your new favourite go-to knit top pattern.

Gable is perfect for wearing all year round — layered with dresses and cardigans on chilly mornings or worn on its own with 3/4 skinny jeans or a high-waisted skirt à la Audrey in spring. Gable is a stylish weekend basic that can be easily dressed up and added to your office outfit rotation.

Made with comfy stretch knits, Gable is a quick and easy sew that doesn’t use much fabric and turns out perfectly every time.

Designed for confident beginners through to advanced seamstresses."

I've never tried a PDF pattern before, I thought they required a bit more effort then I could be bothered with, but I'm very glad I did. I'm converted! I printed off the entire pattern which I think came to 38 A4 pages (eeek), but when it's something you'll be using time and time again it doesn't seem so wasteful. But you can also select just the option you want to use, but I knew I wanted to try a couple so it seemed logical to print off all the style options.

Trying my best vintage pose! Featuring my 3 quarter length sleeve version.

The 'Gable' top comes with 3 sleeve options. A t shirt, long, and cuffed sleeve. However, I'm not much of a long sleeve girl, I didn't fancy a t shirt as I wanted to utilise my fabric, but I wasn't keen on the cuff version. So I found a happy medium with a 3 quarter length sleeve, for which I used the cuffed sleeve pattern, just without the wrist section! Simple.

Jennifer's instructions were really easy to follow and she provides a great guide for printing and putting together the pattern - which I certainly needed! She also provides clear illustrations for reference throughout.

Just check out that neckline! I love the vintage style 1950s slash neck. I think it's a flattering neckline and makes a great change from a regular round neck and it makes this jersey basic feel just a little smarter. I also like how the slash neck stitching turns in to a bit of a feature. But I must have used about 20 pins to make sure it was symmetrical!

Slash neck detail.

One thing I personally found tricky was the sizing on my short torso (wap wap wahhh). I shortened the pattern where the usual 'length/shorten' line is thinking that would be enough. But the finished top is still pretty long on me - like cover bottom long - which I'm just not used to wearing but some people might prefer that. Having shortened the pattern, I found that the curved side seams didn't quite hug my body where they were suppose to. But this is something I'd be more than happy to tweak myself next time.

However, that's just my personal fit issues! I think I could have even made a size smaller which may have provided me with a better fit. I'm just so paranoid about making a garment too small, but in this case, a size down would have fit comfortably.

Front & back views.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Jennifer Lauren Handmade 'Gable' Top Pattern PDF - £10.40 

Fabric: Under 2m (I had to do some stealthy cutting using leftover fabric from my stash) of navy and white striped jersey fabric.

Notions: I used satin ribbon for the shoulder seams.

Sewing time: An hour!

Modifications: I shortened the pattern quite a lot to fit my short torso.

Fit: Good! Still a little longer on me than I would like. I don't think the curved side seams sit where they should do on my body. But that's something I can tweak for next time.

Difficulty: Very straight forward!

Watch out for: Getting that neck stitching even! My back curved stitch line is a little wonky, but I'm very happy with the front. It turns in to a nice little feature!

Make again?: Hell yeah! And I certainly did....

The day after I made this top, some jersey I had previously ordered arrived in the post. And being on a pattern hack high from my previous alteration post, I thought I'd have a go at turning the 'Gable' top into a dress!

Here's a peek at my upcoming 'Gable' top to dress pattern hack post:

Overall, I really enjoyed my first PDF & Jennifer Lauren pattern. It was simple to construct, easy to follow, quick to sew and I'm really happy with my finished garment! I will certainly be making more of this stylish retro slash neck.

You can buy Jennifer's gorgeous 'Gable' pattern HERE. She sells a great range of patterns, I've certainly got my eye on a couple more - I love the 'Bronte' top!

Have you tried any Jennifer Lauren Handmade patterns? Who are your favourite indie pattern designers? I'd love to try more.

Thanks for reading, pinups!

P.S. Stay tuned for my 'Gable' top to dress pattern hack post coming up next!

The pattern was supplied to me free of charge by Jennifer Lauren for purposes of review. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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  1. BEAUTIFUL - both the pattern and your good self!

  2. Super cute! I also really like that kind of neckline and didn't know it was called a slash neck. I learned something!