I have the Itch To Stitch Plitvice Top on my #makenine 2019 knit list, partially because I bought it on release and really want to make it (as well as my other impulse buys) and partially because I already had an outfit I wanted to wear it in as well as the fabric already in my stash. Did I mention it is also for a Sewing Contests & Sew Alongs Facebook Group Challenge? Yes indeed everything seemed to line up perfectly.
I bought this red jersey knit at my (then) local to me Walmart when they started carrying apparel fabrics for $3-$6 a yard. I grabbed several yards and while I did make a George & Ginger I Heart You Top from it, it ended up getting refashioned into the side front panels of the Plitvice after me wearing it, it getting passed to my sister and then passed back as a refashion or donate. This jersey was almost a tissue knit with little recovery and is on the almost sheer level so I chose to cut double layers and line the whole front of the top. I didn’t line the back on the premise of planning on wearing this top under a cardigan or blazer with business casual styling, or under a jean jacket or casual cardigan for at home. I have no inspiration pictures for the casual outfit, but I have worn a draped cowl with my jean jackets before so I know it works for me.
I found it pretty easy to put together, despite cutting double pattern pieces for the front cowl and side fronts. For the cowl I put the lining and outer together right sides facing and straight stitched them together across the top and then flipped them right sides out and assembled the front as instructed. Being very careful to catch all layers in the seams. I thought it could have bulky seams with all those layers but with such a thin knit it was like sewing through air. I do not particularly find the seams bulky at all, thankfully.
I am so glad I made this pattern. Even though I have the Rad Patterns Angel Top in my tried and true section of my Pattern stash: I really love how the Plitvice looks; and yes they are both draped cowl neck tops in a knit fabric…but they really do not look alike. The cowl construction and height on the Plitvice is unique and I think it will be easy to style professionally. A go to pattern for under blazers and cardigans. That higher cowl is definitely a bonus when you are in customer service and leaning over a cash register even a little. Not that I am anti cleavage. I just try for eye contact. I am well and extensively blessed by the bosom fairy and well…draped cowls are notorious for the hint-o-peep when leaning or bending downwards.
As a styling plus, it is easy to style casually with the crazy print Greenstyle Aspens I made for the Sewing Contests & Sew Alongs group challenge.
I love crazy prints and Aspens are my go-to pants pattern. I think my sister might regret buying the fabric at a sale and bringing it home to me…she is not nearly as flamboyant as I am with the prints. She also does not sew though. Me thinks these things are related.
She did do a little sketch for me when I was debating my top layer for the challenge though and I am so in love with it! It brings me all the joy ❤
January 2021 update:
As with many of my me-made’s, I have expanded quite a bit in 2020 and now need to remake this top in a nicer fabric and larger size.