I don’t sew a lot of retro style clothing, but as soon as I saw the Barbie Top, I knew that I had to make it. This also meant that I had to sign up for Gertie’s Patreon, but more about that later. First let’s talk about this pattern.

The Barbie Top is a mock turtleneck that has 4 sleeve options: sleeveless, short, 3/4, and long. When I bought this pattern, we were somewhere in between seasons so I felt like the 3/4 would be my best bet. I also wanted to channel that retro vibe by making my shirt in small stripes (too bad I didn’t have a black and pink or black and white on hand) and decided to use a piece that I’ve been hoarding for ages: Gorgeous Fabric‘s plum stripe butter jersey (I originally purchased and used some years ago, then snagged the remnants that she had when it went on sale and refused to use it until I found just the right project). This pattern is pretty straightforward, all the pieces came together well, and the instructions were clear (there’s also a video tutorial available as well). And the fit is perfect. I plan on making another one in a short sleeve version with some tattoo flash fabric, which should be fun.

So what’s the downside to this pattern? It’s only available if you are a Patreon member. With that said, all the patterns that have been exclusive to Patreon (currently there are 11) are available to you through Patreon. Additionally she posts video tutorials for her patterns through the site, has occasional events, and she (quarterly?) releases Charm Patterns (that are available for purchase on her personal site) as a download as well. I’ve been a member for several months now and have liked some of the other releases, but not sure when I’ll get around to trying them out.