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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sewing Workshop Stella Top

I made the new Sewing Workshop Stella Top yesterday, a reissue of the older "Cowl Neck Top". I am very pleased with it.

In my opinion, there are enough changes to warrant buying the new pattern. I was so taken with Terri K's version on the Stitchers' Guild Sewing Forum, I knew instantly that I had to give it a try.  I used a rayon knit from Emma One Sock which I LOVE the print of...
It's hard to see it here, but it's Guinea Hen feathers! We used to have Guinea Hens at the winery and I have fond memories of them and their funny behavior.
I'm not as wild about the hand, however; it's another wimpy rayon knit...I should stop buying them! I can't wait to make it up in another fabric, something with a little more body (as if I don't have enough body:) ) The only changes I made were cutting the cowl double on the straight grain, as Terri K suggested, and narrowing the sleeve considerably at the wrist. I knew the moment I saw the drawing of the pattern that I'd have to make that change.
Here it is under a Shirin Guild Sweater...it's a really nice top to wear with a jacket.


  1. Glad my top and sewing suggestions helped Margy. You look great as usual.

    We used to have a flock of Guineas on our property in Maryland. They were funny, eccentric birds - expert weeders and ate lots of bugs. Our son played with them and they guarded the property, menacingly running up to the FedEx guy when he pulled up. We gave them to a farm with more Guineas and goats before we moved. I loved my Guineas.

  2. Another beautifully elegant look on you. I keep being drawn to feather fabrics (and real feathers - they're all over my house in one form or another) & love that print as well.

  3. Very nice, Margy! That is an interesting distinction you make regarding drapey vs droopy fabric. I am curious to see what fabric you think would have a better hand for this pattern.

    This top looks great on you. I particularly like the 2nd picture. You are so sassy and I love it. :D

  4. Sassy, indeed! This top looks great on you, and the style is so trendy right now. Definitely a great layering piece. Another SW pattern I need to add to my collection!

  5. Looks great! I like that the cowl is drafted higher on the neckline and not hanging down so low.

  6. Hi Margy, this is so elegant and the colours are great for you..