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The Uvita Top

When I moved to New York, USA from the Southeastern USA last year, I was totally unprepared for winter. I had not experienced a northern winter in 5 years! My wardrobe was filled with short sleeved tees, summer skirts and dresses, and shorts.

Here I was, thinking I should probably beef up my wardrobe with a few more long sleeved shirts and pants. I had no idea the rude awakening I was in for! The winter was unbearably long, full of one snowstorm after another, and plenty of ice and wind.

We moved the day after Christmas. I busied myself with unpacking, setting up our household, and home improvement projects. Fatigue and winter depression set in. (This area of the country is so dreary that many people experience winter blues.) I made a couple of long sleeve shirts but what I really needed were sweaters.

Needless to say, I am now more proactive about sewing a season or two ahead. I do not want to be unprepared again! I selected this Faux Angora Sweater Knit Fabric and I have not been disappointed.

This sweater knit, in petrol, is soft and has a heathered appearance. I would call it mid-weight, and it has about 40-50% stretch on the crosswise grain. Some sweater knits don't have good recovery, which limits what you can do with it. This one clearly has some spandex for recovery so I decided it would work well for the Itch to Stitch pattern, the Uvita Top.

The Uvita Top is a dolman sleeve tee and it's a free pattern! The designer has also created an add-on pack that is offered at a great deal. Here, I have used the floppy collar and the patch pockets.

This is a great pattern for beginners. It's also fairly easy to fit because it has a relaxed silhouette. Here I have sewn the size 0 with length adjustments to my petite height. When I adjust a pattern, I usually take length from the torso. I have such short arms that I take length from the bicep area AND just below the elbow. This ensures that I have a great fitting garment!

I made sure to use clear elastic in my shoulder seams. This prevents the shoulder seam from stretching out of shape, which sweater knits are more prone to do. I constructed the garment mainly on my serger, and used my coverstitch for the hems.

Pocket finishing tip: One thing I really appreciate about this pattern is that it includes pocket interfacing for the hem area of the pockets. It can be impossible to sew a square and professional-looking pocket for a sweater knit without it! This makes topstitching the pocket a breeze.

It's so cool here this morning (July 1st) that I photographed my Uvita and it wasn't too hot! This winter I'm going to be prepared!

Thanks for reading,

Stephanie @ The Petite Sewist

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Linda Johnstone said:

Really like this, it??s definitely going on my list of ??Must Makes? · 19th Oct 2019 10:53am