I am so happy I can finally share this make with you all! Introducing the Chestnut Top / Sweater by Cocowawa Crafts.
I was very excited when the lovely Ana contacted me to see if I was interested in testing her new pattern. Her Marshmallow dress is still on my to sew list (not enough time to sew lately!) so I was excited to try one of her patterns out.
Let’s talk about the top. The Chestnut Top / Sweater has a couple of versions with numerous variations! You can either make it as a sweater with 3 different bow options, or a top with 3 different bow options.
I chose to make a top in View B which has the bows running down the back. I thought this was a super cute version and something I would get a lot of wear out of. I had this stretch black & white knit in my stash that I purchased from Spotlight when they had a sale on their clearance items. I have it earmarked for a Vanessa Pouzet but I purchased enough to make this top out of it as well. This knit is super soft and although it feels a little bit slippery, it was very easy to sew with.
Like the Tilly & The Buttons patterns, the Cocowawa crafts patterns come with their own sizing system. I cut the size 1 (the smallest size.) This top is quite roomy so I would probably cut the smaller size if I was between sizes.
Construction wise this is a really easy top to make. The open back pieces are both faced and top stitched to ensure a neat finish, and the neckline is folded over which I love as it means no neck band!! There are a lot of instructions due to the number of variations, so just make sure you are reading them carefully to ensure you are looking at the right instructions for your version.
I love the idea of the bows at the back, but I think if I made this again I would add more bows. I don’t feel like it does up as securely with just the 4. It is also better to do these up once you have the top on as opposed to doing it up before you slip it over your head. Something that may be a little bit annoying if you don’t have someone to help you.
Overall I really love the fit of this top and would make one again. I think next time I would try a sweater version.