Back at the start of April, I had the opportunity to test the Fallon top from Studio TKB. I’ve been following Studio TKB on Instagram for a while now and when they announced a call for pattern testers, I eagerly volunteered.
Studio TKB is a small independent pattern company run by Tina in coastal Georgia. Studio TKB aims to create “hand-drafted sewing patterns designed for women with attitude in all age groups and body types.”
Their pattern offerings all focus on easy-to-wear garments and great for a variety of skill levels. I really like the casual style of their pattern selection and how comfy these garments look.
When I first signed up to test the Fallon top, all I knew about the pattern was that it would be a t-shirt. If you’ve been reading the blog lately you’ll know I’m loving working with knit fabrics at the moment so, this pattern was right up my alley.
The Fallon Top is an everyday t-shirt featuring a flattering low-high hemline, long sleeves, and a v-neckline. It’s not something I would typically wear in my wardrobe, but for lazying around the house or making quick trips to the local Wally World, I thought it is a nice comfy shirt.
Testing a pattern is all about problem-solving. The idea is that if the pattern doesn’t make sense or if the pieces don’t fit like they should then you the tester need to figure it out and document how you achieved the results.
What I liked about Studio TKB testing is that Tina setup a Facebook group for all the testers to share their issues as we worked through the pattern. I think this gave the group tremendous advantages because we could right away see what issues were across the board. The group also allowed all the tester to work together to find solutions for problems in the pattern.
The pattern itself was pretty easy, the only real issue that was common among testers was the size of the sleeve being too small. Of course, that’s why there are pattern testers, and since then the final pattern has been adjusted.
|Date||April 4, 2017|
|Pattern:||Fallon Top by Studio TKB|
|Notes & Modification:||Sleeves had to be widened in the test pattern. The final pattern has been adjusted.|
|Recommendations:||Quick and easy make! Plan to lengthen and make a beach coverup.|
As I said earlier the Fallon top isn’t something I would normally wear, however after making it I’m thoroughly surprised with how much wear I got out of it.
The Fallon top looks great with jeans or leggins and the low-high hem is a really nice feature that makes this top more than just an average t-shirt.
This is also the first top I made with a v-neckline and I’m thoroughly happy how mine turned out. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be and I really like the clean and crisp v-shape it created.
As with several of my jersey tops, I ended up with a wavy (lettuce like) sleeve and bottom hem. I’m told it has to do with stretching the fabric as I sew. To avoid this issue in the future I have invested in a walking foot and hope that it remedies these issues in future makes.
I made my Fallon top out of leftover blue jersey I had lying around. (You might recognize it from my Delia top) This fabric is super soft and comfy.
Overall, I really like the Fallon top and am considering making another one. While this pattern is meant for knits, Tina says on Studio TKB website that she has made a chiffon version by cutting one size larger. I think a lightweight chiffon version might be lovely with some wide legged pants. I’m also toying with the idea of lengthening the top and using it as a bathing suit cover-up for the beach.
What a great, well thought out post! You were a fab tester, hope you come along on another cruise!
Thanks, I really enjoyed working on this project and still plan on making a lengthened version of this top.