I’ve been working my way through some of my knit stash lately. I have a few knits that I bought some time ago as remnants from Rathdowne Fabrics. They were bought primarily to make wearable muslins, but I now realise that I really prefer to wear matt fabrics or those with just a bit of sheen – even if it is just a wearable muslin! Quite a few of the remnants that I own are really too shiny for my liking. This green knit falls into that category, but I really loved the heavy, liquid drape. Perfect for a Lovely Layers top.
Since I had green thread in my overlocker and machine after making my leafy Lola tee, and this pattern already cut out in my “to-sew” box, I ran this up straight after making the Lola. I’ve talked about my love for this pattern before. The scoop neckline is just right for me, especially with a wider band. I did try topstitching it down with a twin needle, but in this slippery shiny fabric it looked terrible and I unpicked it.
The neckband is actually an even width all the way around; the photo is deceptive. And as you can see from the photo, I left the hem edges of the short sleeves raw. Actually, I left the bottom hem edge raw as well. This really isn’t the type of fabric that you want to be turning, pressing and topstitching. I shortened the pattern to top length and curved it up a little more at the centre front and centre back hemlines.
This is also a fabric that shows off every single curve, bulge and strap that is underneath it. But luckily for me, I don’t see the back when I’m wearing it! The colour goes nicely with my Lola pants, which is why I chose it originally. I’m not sure how much wear it will get, purely because of the shine and bulge-defining factor. I may need to make it again in this colour but in a more appropriate (for me) fabric.