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Name: Trifecta Top
Brand: Kitschy Coo
Description: This knit raglan t-shirt offers a wealth of options to cover you for all seasons and occasions. There are three necklines (high scoop, low scoop, and scooped V-neck), three sleeve lengths with hem or band finishes (cap with hem or band, elbow length hem or band, long sleeve hem or band), and two shirt lengths (a hit-at-the-hip hem length and a marginally longer waistband length). Fitted through the bust, there is gentle side seam shaping through the high waist before skimming through the hips. Scrap hoarders will be delighted that there are also options for a tiny pocket, contrasting shoulder insets and a centered triangle inset to showcase those small scraps you can’t bear to part with. Contrast the sleeves for a casual baseball vibe, or fancy it up with lace or sequin insets for a night out.
Skill Level: With easy to sew raglan sleeves this top is a perfect introduction to sewing for yourself and testing the sewing-with-knits waters; it is a super fast sew and straightforward to fit. More experienced sewers will enjoy the myriad customization options and more challenging insets and V-neck.
Techniques Involved: Sewing, hemming, banding knits, inset triangle neckline, V-neck insertion
Sizes: There are eight sizes included in the pattern, ranging from a 30” to 44” high bust, and a 24” to 38” high waist.
Recommended Fabrics: The weight, stretch and drape of the fabric will change the look of this pattern. In stable fabrics (like medium or heavy weight cotton/lycra, ponte, double knit, french terry or sweatshirting) the shirt will have a more defined shape. In drapier fabrics (like ITY, rayon, interlock), the result will be more slinky with less obvious shaping. You can even use oversized old t-shirts and garments to mix and match or color-block! From a fitting perspective, fabrics with at least 40% stretch across the grain and good stretch recovery (normally this would mean a blend containing lycra/spandex/elastane) will require less fitting adjustments to your specific body.
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