Hello lovelies,

For this month’s project, I fancied mixing two different fabrics in my make. So, I picked the Annika Top pattern from StyleArc and picked a solid red Lady McElroy Ponte Roma and a Viscose Challis to make mine.

From the get go, I decided that a single layer split sleeve cuff is not what I want and I cut 4 of each pattern pieces rather than 2 each as instructed. I also interfaced one set of pattern prices to give a bit more body to the fabric. The Viscose Challis is quite light.  Also, by doing this, whenever the inside of the garment is exposed while wearing it, you cannot see any visible stitching.

To make this top I used both the overlocker/serger and the sewing machine. All the seams were constructed and finished on the overlocker.  Then the neck bands, and the seams where I joined the two fabrics on the bodice and sleeves as well as for the hems I used the sewing machine and a twin needle.

The top came together quickly and in no time I was able to wear it. I am super please with the twin needle hem. It makes it look like it was bought in a shop.

I did not have any issues with the fit, as the top is not fitted. Also, I wanted the sleeves to be a little longer than it looks on the envelope drawing. As a direct result if this decision I did not shorten the sleeves as I would normally do.

I like the idea of mixing fabrics knit with woven, solid with print, etc. I can give one the option to use leftovers as well as going for shorter lengths of fabric, or even using recycled  fabrics. The options are only limited by ones imagination. 

Ops! No sure how I managed this, but by mistake I put the cuff back to front so the opening is in the back. Darn! But guess what!  Since this is not a fitted top and the neckline does not scoop to low, I tried it on back to front. And Voila! The sleeves look ok. The only bit that gives my mistake away is that the centre back seam sits right in the centre front. LOL

Sewing Summary:

Pattern:    Annika Top by StyleArc - Mix knit and woven fabrics together in this versatile style to create an interesting wardrobe staple. The dropped shoulder and the woven split cuff along with the body combination will become a go to garment.

Sizing:  Australian sizing 4 to 30.  Pattern is available in multi size hard copy or PDF single sizes or multi sizes (4-16 and 18-30). Minerva  sells multi size hard copies.

Fabric:   1 m of Lady McElroy of red Ponte Roma jersey and 1.3 m cherry viscose challis

Notions:  n/a

Modifications:  I made size 8. for the split cuff I cut 4 pieces of each pattern piece rather than 2 of each, to save me from hemming the edges. The viscose challis is quite slippery.

Fit:  lose

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  yes

Watch out for:   Make sure you add the sleeve bans the right way. I made a mistake and the opening ended up in the back. It has happened because I changed the construction order.

Make Again?: yes.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @Minervadotcom and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick