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Style Comparison: the options & differences between three fashionable tops

Style Comparison: the options & differences between three fashionable tops

Hello! I’m Aimee, also known as the Sewing Scientist, here to bring you a new blog post for Ellie & Mac. This blog contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through them, I will receive a small commission for which I am very grateful.  My blog post is sponsored generously by Sly Fox Fabrics. Sly Fox Fabrics sent me three two-yard cuts of double brushed poly. These are Mustard Gold, Evergreen, and Royal Purple.

Today, I want to talk to you about the Be Adventurous Tunic, I love the 90’s Dress, and Memphis Top. These three patterns are all visually similar as they all have a gathered skirt and bodices that curve upwards. Shown in that order below. Please not that I shortened the skirt on the I love the 90’s Dress, omitted sleeve flounces, cut all sleeves to fit me at a ¾ length (not in any of the patterns), omitted center back seams if included in the pattern, and also made height adjustments to each pattern for my 5’ height.

Lets go over some of the features of each pattern.


Be Adventurous Tunic

I love the 90’s Dress

Memphis Top

Bodice Front

Banded Neckline or Cowl. Curved bottom. Bodice is lengthened for tunic and dress options.

Lined. Curved bottom.

Lined. Curved bottom.

Bodice Back

Back is straight across.

Back bodice can have a center curve upwards or downwards.

Back has center seam. Back also has a curve like the front.


2 lengths – long and a cut line to add a flounce

2 lengths - Long and Short

4 options – long, short, ruffled, and bell


Peplum, Tunic, and Dress. Skirt is a rectangle and same length for all options. Has a high low hemline.

Dress. Skirt has a curved top with a straight bottom. Hemline goes up on the sides.

Long Top with Ruffled Hem Option. Skirt is a rectangle. Has a high low hemline.

My Comments

Overall looser fit. I made the Peplum length.

Most fitted bodice. Only has one length for the skirt. I removed 3” to make it more of a tunic length

Feel like this is right in between the two others as far as fit in the bodice.


Above is a view of the backs. I did the lower scoop back option on the I love the 90’s Dress. I have a sway back and I should have done a sway back adjustment on the I love the 90’s Dress and the Memphis Top. The Be Adventurous Tunic is loose enough that it does not need any adjustment.

I am so in love with each of these tops, that I can’t say which is my favorite. There’s something that I love about each. Yes, I did make a few changes to them, but the basic body stayed the same. The Be Adventurous Tunic Peplum version uses the least amount of fabric. The I love the 90’s Dress used the most fabric. I had 2 yards of each fabric and had a small bit leftover from each, but I had enough of the Mustard Gold to use on another top.

If you want to see more photos of my tops, I have individual posts on my Blog The Sewing Scientist with more photos and information on what adjustments I made for my height. Thank you for reading!



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