Alexa meets the known universe

Alexa meets the known universe

Well, this was a Tessuti match made in heaven –  The Known Universe, a viscose and elastane jersey, and the Alexa T-Top Pattern.

I originally brought this fabric to made a sleeveless cowl neck top, so I was working with limited fabric (80cm), hence the elbow length sleeves.  And please excuse the posture/look on my face combo… it’s hard to smile and look natural when you are trying to suck in your tummy!


My first version of this top, a medium, was a little big through the shoulders, bust and hips, but perfect for my waist (my thick waist shines again!).  My second attempt (this version!) was sewn up in a small but graded out to a medium in the waist.  I think I’ve found my ‘go to’ layering top.


The shape of this top is lovely, but do you know what else I really love about this pattern?  It’s the seam allowances.  They are 1/4″ or 6cm and are designed for overlocking.  What can I say?  Simple pleasures people!


And my lesson with this make… don’t sew when you have a sinus infection.  There will be miss cutting (and swearing), you will attached the neck binding to the wrong side on your first attempt, and what should have been a quick sew will take forever to make.  Right, enough said.

Pattern:  Tessuti’s Alexa T-Top Pattern
Size:  S in the shoulders, bust and hips and graded to a M in the waist
Fabric:  80cm of  The Known Universe from Tessuti (now sold out)
Alterations:  Grading from a S to a M in the waist

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