Knit Top Project on Sewing Republic

I’ve been quite M.I.A. lately. But the weather has finally started to thaw out here and so has my brain, I think. I’ve been doing a lot of crafting for work lately and haven’t done much for myself. Last weekend I finished a 6-month-late birthday present, and this coming weekend I plan on finishing two projects for myself. Finally.

In the spirit of new things and getting back into the swing of sewing for fun, I’m excited to share that a top I made for Bernina’s Sewing Republic is live on their site. The design was inspired by an Anna Sui top I came across last summer. I made it using affordable knit fabric from Jo-Ann’s in less than an hour. If I was to make it again, I would actually leave the under-arm seam loose. For a dress version, simply lengthen the lower portion and widen the hemline.

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