It was a cold, cold day in Melbourne town. The rain was steadily drumming on the roof, and the chill was setting in. Jorth looked out at the bleak greyness, and thought to herself "What this day needs is a pop of colour, and I've just made the very thing!"
Scrutinising herself in the mirror she decided that her pink linen top just wasn't quite bright enough to banish the gloom away. She put on her new red glasses. "That's better!", she thought. "The pink and the red clash perfectly!"
And so, though it may have been rather dull and drab outside, the world was bright in Jorth land.
Pattern: Vogue 1020 (out of print, but still available on the Vogue Patterns website if you're quick!)
Fabric: 1.4 m of Hot Pink Linen Knit from Tessuti Fabrics
Notions: 0.5cm wide length of elastic
I've had this pattern in my stash for ages. I initially bought it because it was very similar to a top I had bought somewhere, that I wore until it fell apart. It's a great pattern - the gathering hides any bumps, it's tremendously comfortable to wear, and can be dressed up for down as required. Great for work.
Alterations made: I lengthened the sleeves (as per usual) and made a neckline band. I also ditched the side zip. Why would you put a zip into a knit top? I simply could not see the logic of that at all. Seems like a lot of fuss for no reason.
Sewing took all of 2 hours. I can see that I'll be making this top again and again, and I dare say the dress version will also feature in my future!
The linen knit is a rather interesting fabric. Even though technically it is a knit, you can't stretch it too much, so you need to be careful with it so you don't distort the shape. I find myself doing a very careful wriggle dance to get into the top! It's also rather sheer, so you need to wear something underneath to protect your modesty (or not, I suppose!)
And, of course, it's PINK! I'm right into pink this year. I'm not quite sure where this has come from, but suddenly I can't get enough of gutsy, ballsy pinks!