A new top - sleeveless, so I thought it might not get a lot of use in this current cool weather, but I think this piece may have found it's place in my wardrobe!
I used a piece of wool jersey bought ages ago from Gorgeous Fabrics and for the life of me, I don't know what I was thinking buying only one yard at the time. It has sat in the stash since then while I have tried to work out what to make from it. Eventually I came to the conclusion a sleeveless top that could be worn as a layering piece may be useful in the cool weather wardrobe. I settled on Ottobre 02-2010-1, the Linnea top. This top has had good reviews and now I want to rave too. Why did I wait so long?
This is a cute top layered or by itself. The slightly cut in shoulder is flattering but still allows you to wear your regular bra. The high neckline makes it work well under jackets and cardigans.
With my mustard cardigan..
With my jacket...
The fabric was interesting. After sewing with Merino wool jerseys this feels positively scratchy, but was advertised as a designer piece. However after sewing it up, I am in love with this fabric. The quality is great, it handles and sews up like a dream and has an interesting texture.
If anyone is interested the skirt is a Butterick one - blogged here.
I pretty much followed the pattern, but did not use the clear elastic in the armhole hems. I tried it as I was curious to see how it would go. My sewing machine happily basted the elastic on with a zigzag, but the twin needle just turned into a birds nest every time I tried to finish the hem. So no elastic, but I don't think it will impact on this top.
I can see more of these tops in my future (no crystal ball required!) ... Ciao!