I wasn’t really looking out for patterns when I went to Kirsty’s Handmade Fair last year but this little top had wardrobe staple written all over it. The design is similar to a Whistles jersey top that I wear all the time and looked like the sort of pattern I’d want to make again and again.
Minimal changes were made to the pattern. I sewed a size 8 and just had to do my usual short bodice adjustment. The fit is just right, not too loose or tight. I’m not a fan of clingy tops nowadays. There is some excess fabric near the bust and underarm area, something another blogger has mentioned but it’s not a deal breaker.
What I love about this pattern is the boat neckline, knit facing and side vents. The knit facing is interfaced so is pretty stable and the seam allowance increases at the vent which makes for a nice neat finish.
I used the lightning stitch on my sewing machine to sew up the top and I now prefer this to regular zig zag. The stitches are tighter so the stitching doesn’t show through. I also used it to do the hems and I really like how it has come out. No tunnelling and if your thread is a good match for your fabric, it’s hardly noticeable.
I was so keen on this pattern, I made another straightaway in this summery blue stripe from Fabworks. As the knit was quite fine, I left out the side vents. I also took a tiny wedge from the shoulder seam to get rid of some of the excess fabric in the upper bodice. I love stripes and this top will definitely get a lot of wear.