Saturday, December 5, 2015

Irena Top pattern release from Itch to Stitch

I mentioned in this and this posts that I have recently tested three patterns for Itch to Stitch. Today I will be showing the third one, the Irena top. A jersey top with a deep neckline. On the pictures you also see my purple jeans again, but now in combination with my upper body. I had a very efficient shoot that day (one of my collegues was nice enough to help me out because there was no moment of day light at home that day), so I couldn't show you these pictures earlier.

The final version of the Irena top has a very deep neckline, so you have to wear something under it, or be very self confident. The style is really different from what I have in my closet, so it is a welcome addition. The flower fabric is tissue knit that I bought at a year ago, it is extremely light weight and I haven't dared to use it for a project yet. It was very stretchy though and this project required a 50% stretch so this gave me a perfect opportunity to use it.

I had one yard of the flower fabric and I knew I wouldn't be able to cut the entire shirt from it, but I was trying to see how far I would get. You can probably imagine that the front piece looks a bit odd when cut. Well it looks so unusual that I actually ended up re-cutting it mistaking it for a scrap piece. Imagine my horror when I realized after my creative cutting and sewing some leftover together that I didn't actually succeed it cutting all pieces (except the waistband) from the one yard, but had all the pieces minus the front one..

Like always I did find a solution and like often I am happy with it. The contrasting black is much more stable than the tissue knit and I feel the fit is better due to its stability. The shirt is a relatively quick sew (especially compared to the jeans), but you will have to be patient and follow the instructions well to make the neckline line up nicely.

The first version I sewed is from a very slippery fabric that I bought at Stoffenelf. The colors match my jeans perfectly. That version of the pattern had a less steep neckline, but I still have to wear something under the shirt because the fabric wasn't stretchy enough. It didn't come close to the required 50%, but I was stubborn. Especially round my chest the neckline is pulled open, I still very much like the shirt though.

All three patterns are still one sale and also the extra bundle discount still applies. Use code "cyber" to receive an addition 15% off when purchasing 2 or more patterns. Valid thru Dec 6. Check out the patterns now at Itch to Stitch.

I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). 


  1. Die 2e versie past echt perfect bij je nieuwe jeans! Prachtige top, die zou zo ook in mijn kast mogen hangen!

    1. Ja wat een match he, zo zie je zie niet vaak bij mij!