My daughter wasn't happy when she saw my new top, the Issie top by Sewpony.
Well, I made her a long-sleeved raglan T-shirt last winter in the same fabric and apparently she is no longer keen on twinning. :(
We had so much fun twinning a few months back in Melbourne, when she was wearing the Issie top I had made for her. We got lots of surprised and positive reactions making her very shy.
She's growing up so quickly and is rapidly outgrowing all kids patterns.
So the good news is, Suz from Sewpony has recently launched the Issie pattern in teens and women's sizes!! Today I'm excited to join her blog tour to celebrate this new pattern release.
I've always wanted to sew myself a top in this fabulous, and divinely soft, Twinkle Night fabric to match a store-bought orange skirt I've been hoarding in my wardrobe for over 10 years.
I opted for the simple version with a turtleneck.
This sweater knit is a medium weight fabric, it sits in between a jersey knit and a common fluffy brushed sweater knit. So it can be used for both tops and jumpers, but is great for dresses as well. (I was going to use it for a wrap dress at first)
It has enough stretch in it to use the same fabric for necklines and cuffs. It may be hard to spot in the photos but I did add the long cuffs which is a detail I love.
I sized down as I was making a top, rather than a jumper, and made a size 8. I used the straight bodice and added 7cm in length to compensate for the fact I was not adding the bottom waistband but finished it off with a simple hem instead.
The sleeves are designed to be eased in as you would on a woven fabric. I had not done that on a knit before as that's usually not necessary. I must admit it is not my favourite thing to do, but it does add a nice little detail. It results in a fuller sleeve and makes the top that little bit special, especially if you are not adding the ruffles this pattern is known for.
I totally get why this fabric made my daughters favourite top, I'm totally biased of course but this fabric is just so lush, and with the turtleneck it just feels so snug.
It's a definite winner!
The pattern is very versatile. I've already used it again to sew myself a T-shirt in a bamboo Jersey (and this one does include a ruffle) but more on that later...
Project summary:Pattern: Issie Top by Sewpony
Fabric: 1.5m of Twinkle Night sweater knit by Atelier Brunette
Alterations: 7cm added to straight bodice, regular hem with twin needle.
Another fabric alternative for this pattern is the french terry fabrics with matching ribbing from See You At Six.
During the tour, this pattern can be purchased with a 10% discount when you use this code: WOMENSISSIE10
And if you are keen on twinning, you can buy the pattern bundle here.
Enjoy the rest of the Issietop Blog tour, here are the links to the other bloggers: