Confession: I originally bought Made for Mermaid’s Oaklynn because I’m too lazy to color block a top myself. Little did I know how much I would love the end result.
I’ve been seeing a lot of color blocked tops in online boutiques recently and I’ve been really wanting to buy some. But with a whole closet full of fabric, I thought I’d be better off making some for myself. Right in the nick of time, Made for Mermaid’s comes out with the Oaklynn pattern, so I scrap the projects on my table and start making this one.
I really wanted to use my leopard remnant somewhere in this top (I made the Selija Knot earlier in the year with this), so I built my fabrics around this fabric. I opted to use a black cotton spandex from Girl Charlee and a peach cotton rayon blend that came in a bundle from So Sew English Fabrics. Both the leopard and peach were close to the same weight and drape, however the black was slightly heavier, so I opted to use it for the bottom tier and waistband.
Sewing this one was very straightforward – the only issue I had was that I thought the color-blocked sleeves were cuffed, but I never could find a pattern piece for a cuff and the sleeve it plenty long enough hemmed…. so I guess it’s not?
As for the fit, I think it’s perfect. In fact, I love it so much, I’m considering making a solid version (with cuffed sleeves) next. I’m not completely sold on the v-neck yet (personally, I find the neckline very thick), so it’ll be another crew, but if I stumble across the “right” fabric in my stash, I may give it a whirl anyway.