Introducing the Patterns:
Molly Top & Dress by Sew Over It– a staple kimono sleeved top with an option to add full length sleeves. It has just 4 pattern pieces (3 if you choose not to add the longer sleeves) and is billed as “The perfect pattern to try sewing jersey for the first time, a hit with anyone who likes a quick, satisfying sew.” It also has an option for a jersey dress.
Briar Sweater and T-shirt by Megan Nielson– a simple and stylish t-shirt or sweater. Comes with a scooped front hem and dipped back to create a hi-lo profile. Both cropped and full lengths, and a range of pocket, sleeve and neckline options.
Sizing and Fit:
Both are loose fitting drapey tops and I cut the smallest size in each.
Ease of Construction and Instructions:
Both patterns have clear instructions and illustrations. I think the Molly top is probably slightly simpler to construct and understand, but that is partially due to having fewer pattern pieces and options. I did learn how to do a neckline binding in the Briar instructions, but I did also have to check the Megan Nielson tutorial for some extra photographs just to be sure what was going on.
Value for Money:
This is a little tricky to compare because the Molly Top only comes as part of the Sew Over It eBook- My Capsule Wardrobe. The Briar top is £13.49 on the Megan Nielson website, but has two lengths and a variety of styling options. I think if you would be interested in some of the other items in the eBook such as the Alex shirtdress or Mia jeans then at £20 it is pretty good value for 5 patterns, most of which also have pattern variations included.
Both have dipped hems at the back. Molly has a dipped hem at the front, while Briar has a slightly cropped front for full hi-lo effect. My personal preference is that I prefer the Molly front hem for tucking into skirts and I think the length at the back is also more flattering. The Briar does look great though with jeans or a pair of shorts.
Briar does give options for a regular neckline band and for a clean finished neckline binding. Molly just includes a simple jersey neckband. Both necklines are scooped, with Briar being a little deeper. Both seem to lie flat and even.
I chose to keep both sleeves short, so the cut on sleeves of the Molly top to save a step. That said, the Briar tee sleeve did ease in neatly without an gathering or puckering, so as sleeves go, this was easy to insert.
I think my overall preference is for the Molly top. The length of the dipped hem seems particularly flattering, and not having to insert sleeves for the short sleeved t-shirt does make this a very quick summer make. If I make the Briar again, I will be shortening the dipped back hem a little.
However, I will add that it is very simple to alter the hemline of a jersey t-shirt, so if you already have one of these (or something similar) this is a very easy way to change up a pattern. Katie from the Creative Counselor has just been doing a series on modifying a basic t-shirt pattern, so check it out if you want some ideas or techniques.