Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pattern Review: Paprika Patterns Onyx Shirt

Hey all! Today I'm reviewing the newest pattern from Paprika Patterns: the Onyx Shirt.

Disclosure: I received the Onyx pattern for free from Paprika Patterns, but my opinions about the pattern are all my own.


The Onyx Shirt is a boxy, dartless woven t-shirt (not dissimilar from Grainline Scout), but with some fun details: slightly dropped shoulders, cuffs and epaulets, a slightly dipped hem. There is also a cropped version and two different necklines, high and scooped.


I made the full length version with the scooped neckline, cuffs and epaulets.


My fabric is a pretty magenta/maroon Kokka double gauze from imagine gnats (affiliate link). The shop doesn't have this particular colorway in stock right now, but has the charcoal and metallic gold versions, plus all sorts of other double gauze goodies up for grabs. This stuff is so soft... sigh. Want to sew with all the double gauze...


I used some little mother-of-pearl/shell buttons on my epaulets:


I found that the Onyx pattern went together really well and the instructions were quite clear.


I'm not totally in love with my Onyx for a couple of reasons, though: one fit and one style.

First, the fit, which is mostly my fault because I went without a muslin: the arms are quite tight. I should have used a smaller seam allowance on them. This has happened to me before (see Morris), so it's not that surprising.


Second, the style: I'm just not convinced that this style of dartless top is that flattering on my body type. It looks great on some people, but for me, eh.  It's a fine casual shirt, but I don't look at myself in it and think "Damn, girl!" I realized that I feel the same way about all the Scouts I made back in the day, too, so it's not an Onyx thing, but rather a Meg thing. I don't know... maybe it's just my fabric choice. While double gauze is fluffy and soft and lovely, it's not all that drapey. Perhaps in rayon challis it would be more flattering on my body shape?



That said, I am super curious about the cropped version of the Onyx t-shirt... when I received the pattern to review I only had the line art and conservatively opted for the full length shirt, but once I saw Onyx in real life/fabric form, my interest was piqued. With those waist darts to give it some shape, maybe I could rock it with one of my many high-waist skirts, like Brume or Arielle


Anywho... those are my thoughts on Onyx, a well drafted casual wardrobe basic with some fun little details.

The pattern is on sale for 15% off until this Sunday at 12:00 am Central European Time, so if it strikes yours fancy, get on it!  What do you think? Are you digging Onyx?

24 comments:

  1. It is cute but as soon as a saw "woven tee" I though NOPE.

    I got the Scout free while participating in the FabricMart contest and HAD to add a dart. 6" difference between full and under bust here!

    I do like yours and the fabric is gorgeous. That sleeve tab on a shorter length sleeve is certainly something to incorporate in another pattern though!

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    1. Yep, I do think a dart would help for me. Just a little shape. I definitely don't hate it and will certainly wear it, but I'm just not over the moon. The tabs are cute, though!

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  2. Ooooh, I really like the cuffs on this!

    What about adding a dart? I still haven't made a Scout, but definitely plan to this summer, and I'm pretty sure I'm just going to add a dart in. Or maybe curve the side seams in at the waist more?

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    1. The cuffs and tabs are a cute detail, for sure! A dart would definitely help a curvy out, for sure.

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  3. That color is beautiful! I am not used to wearing the "boxy" shape either, but I actually liked how it turned out in the pictures. I've gotten used to wearing flowy tops. Yours looks great!

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    1. Thanks, Ashleigh! I think I've gotten addicted to flowy stuff, too!

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  4. I think this is super cute and I love the colour on you too! I get what you're saying about the dartless shirt though. I desperately wanted to love Scout, and I do, on other people, for me, it needs a dart to make it more flattering. This shirt has lots of cute details though and I think it looks great! Every time you make something, I want to make it too!

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    1. The details are definitely fun on this top. And I agree about darts- not everybody needs them, but perhaps I do!

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    2. Do you think your Maya needs darts? I haven't tried it yet (although it's on my list).

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    3. Hmmm- I don't feel like Maya needs darts- the shape is different, though, even though they are both boxy t-shirts. Maybe it's because the kimono sleeves allow for a bit more room in that area?

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  5. I just got this fabric I the gray color with the plan of making a Scout tee. I may try adding a cuff and a tab like this pattern. I really like that touch. I love the color on you and I think the top looks cute and casual.

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    1. Thanks, Teri! The gray color will be lovely! The cuffs and tabs are definitely a win for this shirt- quite cute.

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  6. I appreciate the honest review. Love the tabs.

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  7. Gorgeous fabric! I'm interested to see the cropped version made up and I didn't notice the front darts until you said. Really pretty detail. It's a shame it's not your style, but you win some you lose some. You've also just reminded me to make that Brume skirt! ;-)

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    1. I might just go ahead and make the cropped Onyx to satisfy my curiosity (and yours!). And yes to Brume!

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  8. I think you look great in this as it is and that colour is so good on you. I wish I could wear those jewel colours. I'd be interested to see it if you do add a dart or curve the side seams a bit. Thanks for the helpful review.

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    1. Thanks! If I could wear exclusively jewel colors, I would! I'll keep ya posted on any changes I might make to my Onyx. I might wear it a couple of times to see if it grows on me, first, though.

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  9. I really like this on you! I found your blog while googling reviews of this pattern, and I think it's super pretty!

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  10. I like this a lot, the colour is so pretty on you and personally i think the fit looks great even if you're not 100% sold on it. I am tempted by the pattern, the Scout doesn't work on me but I'm sure there's a dartless woven tee out there for me! Drop shoulders scare me a bit though...

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I think it's a really well done pattern. Don't be scared by the drop shoulders- they are just a leeeeetle dropped. Awesome thing about it is that you don't have to set in the sleeve. Yay!

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  11. No! Don't tempt me with that beautiful fabric! I love the color so much.

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    1. I am addicted to this color these days!

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