There’s a new Itch to Stitch pattern in town – the Arenal Top! This pretty knit top is great for autumn and can be made as a basic curved V-neck top or a little more special: Both versions come with small shoulder accents, perfect for showcasing that gorgeous fabric you just haven’t got enough left of. The basic version has a regular fitted hem, and the other version – the one I made – has a swing bodice with a handkerchief hem. Additionally you can choose between long sleeves and 3/4 sleeves.
I chose a simple black viscose knit for this top. I like wearing black, but I really really have to start remembering that black just isn’t the best colour for pattern tests and maybe even for blogging in general. It’s so hard to see all the details on the photos and to get the light right!
For the front shoulder yokes and the V-neck binding I used some scraps from this knit from LA Finch Fabrics. As you can see of the pics, the accents aren’t symmetrical. I have no idea where my head was while sewing this top, I didn’t realize it before I was close to finished with the top. But you all know that ripping black stretch stitches in black stretchy fabric is nearly impossible, so I chose to just leave it. I will still wear it and I am going to make other Arenal Tops later – hopefully paying a little more attention.
This was actually the first V-neck I ever sewed and Kennis’ instructions are impeccable. It was so easy! I have to admit that my V-neck is a little wonky, but that has mostly to do with the fabric. I am eager to make an Arenal top with a little more sturdy knit – I think making a tidy looking V-neck with a French Terry, for example, should be a breeze!
You can buy the Arenal Top at 20% off until October 19th. You can also get 15% off your entire cart if buying two or more patterns.
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