The “Winter Blossom” Top
Fabric: 0.5 metres of merino knit, ~$15 from Lavana Textiles
Time to complete: 45 minutes
First worn: Good Friday, messing around the house and wandering to the Truby King gardens
Wear again? Oh yes, for as long as I can comfortably fit it
Total cost: ~$15
About 1.5 hours north of Wellington, there’s a small town called Levin. And in that town is Levana textiles – a textile factory outlet store. It’s one of those wonderful places that you only find out about through word of mouth, and that’s only open weekdays (although it turns out it’s now open for a few hours the first Saturday of every month as well), so you need to have a day off work to go to it. As a result, I’ve managed to get there maybe 4 times in the past 7 years. (This is probably a good thing, considering how much fabric I tend to buy when I walk through their doors.)
A few months ago, Steve and I went for a long weekend up in Taupo. We took the Friday off work and meandered up. Which meant I got to go to Levana textiles on the way – yay! I spotted this gorgeous merino knit there. It was a lot more pricey than what I usually buy (if I remember correctly, I think it was around $30 per metre?), but I couldn’t walk away from it, so I compromised and bought half a metre, figuring there’d be a way to get a cropped cardigan or something out of that.
This week’s VIP theme seemed the right opportunity to revisit that merino. It’s been sitting in my stash, calling out to me, while I hide from it in fear that I’ll accidently mess up and waste this pretty half-metre of merino goodness. This week was the time to brave up!
The merino decided it didn’t really want to be a cardigan after all. Instead, it wanted to be a fitted tshirt, one I can wear autumn through to spring, for work and casual. So, I listened to it, and it became a tshirt. A very comfy, warm and cozy tshirt. I think it’s going to be on high rotation in my wardrobe, at least for the next two weeks until my rapidly-expanding bump outgrows it. (I decided to make it my ‘normal’ size, since I want to wear it post-pregnancy as well.)
There’s a gorgeous floral design all over the merino – hence the ‘winter blossom’ title for this top. Ain’t it sweet?