When I started my sewing journey I only sewed dresses and skirts. I never wanted to tackle tops because I found them daunting. Was there a reason for this? Not at all. But that was the case nonetheless. I still relied on ready to wear tops to get me by. It wasn’t till last year that I was chatting with my friend Emily and decided I was going to take the plunge. It really couldn’t be that hard right? I had made dresses and technically they’re made of a top piece. What I didn’t count on was the vast selection of patterns. Emily helped narrow down the list with her recommendations. I finally landed on the Athina top, a free pattern, from Tessuti Fabrics.
A Patchwork Athina Top
I made the largest size but took two inches off of my version. I ended up using linen remnants from Robert Kaufman that I had in my stash and for the abstract floral section I used a linen towel I picked up from Gorman Clothing a long time ago. It was from their collaboration with Miranda Skozek and I found it too pretty to use it the way it was intended, for drying dishes. Funnily enough, once I finished this top, I really disliked it. I don’t know why. Probably because I had an image in my head and it didn’t turn out like that image. So I packed it away until we moved into our new house.
When we moved into our new place I had taken out all my older makes and hung them in my sewing room. When I was doing an Instagram story some of you with eagle eyes spotted that top and flooded my DM’s. So I decided then to try it on again and to my surprise I loved everything about it. So a big thank you to you all there. It’s now one of my favourite go to’s. Considering it was super simple to put together I hope to make more soon with remnants again. I just love piecing things together from my stash. You never really know what you’re going to end up with until the end.
Cora on Apr 19, 2021
Very pretty. Nice color choice