Somehow, I missed the testing call when it was first put out, but luckily I made it just in time to still be a tester for Kimberly's newest pattern, the Ballard from Straight Stitch Designs. The Ballard top turned out to be a lovely addition to my fall wardrobe. It really is business in the front and party in the back as you can see in the photos below.
After a quick trip to a local fabric store, where I scored some awesome burnout gray jersey that was on a remnant table, I pictured it making a fantastic Ballard. I was off and running. I cut a straight size 16 and began sewing the afternoon away.
This is seriously one quick sew and I ended up finishing it in that same afternoon. It's always a huge plus when I can come away with a finished garment in just a few hours. Some of my favorite details include the gathering at the neckline, the length, and the band on the bottom hem. Overall, this is a great pattern and would be a wonderful addition to your wardrobe.
The Ballard is easy to wear, the length is just right, and the band finishes on the sleeves and bottom hem are terrific. I can't wait to pair it with leggings and my knee high boots, too!
I can already see making a few more to add into my ever growing handmade wardrobe.
Be sure to check out the rest of the pattern tour to see all the other amazing Ballard tops that these awesome ladies are rockin'!