I’m pretty sure that every Itch to Stitch pattern I make is my new favourite, but this time I’m serious.
I’ve just finished testing the Vienna tank from Itch to Stitch, which is a perfect top to fill my wardrobe with this summer. It’s sleeveless to keep me nice and cool, but still classy and professional enough to wear to work or on a night out. You can purchase the Vienna here (affiliate link) – it’s on sale for $8 (down from $10) for the first week. And to celebrate the release, the entire Itch to Stitch shop (affiliate link) is on sale too – get 15% off when you buy any two patterns and use the code summerfun.
The top is made with a woven yoke and ties (and ruffles in View A), and a knit bodice, so it is great for mixing and matching fabrics, as well as for stash-busting! The woven part only needs half a yard, or two fat quarters, and the knit part needs less than a yard.
I made two versions – the first was made with a pale purple ikat print cotton lawn and a purple polyester ITY knit. I lengthened this one by 2″, which is a standard adjustment for me. The ITY is very drapey, and works well with the gathers and loose shape of this pattern.
I made my second top in the same view – View B, without neck ruffles. This time, I used a soft, buttery rayon woven for the yoke and ties, and a black mystery knit (I may or may not have bought 4m of this black knit… so you may or may not be seeing a lot of it). This time, I didn’t add any length, but I think it’s the perfect length to wear with skirts, either tucked or untucked.
The bodice has a center front seam with facing, which is sewn most of the way to the top, and then left open to create a V-neck. I do have to say that I find the neck a little low on my black version, but that would be very easy to change during construction – just sew the seam a little farther up.
Sidenote: I took these pictures on a very windy day, and by that, I mean I live in Saskatchewan and I barely remember what it’s like without wind. Side sidenote: I ventured to a nearby park with my tripod and that was mildly terrifying! But, once I got into a rhythm, I really didn’t even care if people gave me funny looks. So I’ll go back to take more pictures away from my backyard fence.