Hot! The “Winter Blossom” Top

The Facts

Fabric: 0.5 metres of merino knit, ~$15 from Lavana Textiles
Pattern: self-drafted
Year: 2001
Notions: none
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?



Kat stumbled upon The Sew Weekly at the end of 2010. Inspired by Mena's creations and dedication to sewing each week, Kat stitched along with all the weekly themes for 2011. Through The Sew Weekly and the girls who contribute to it, she deepened her passion for vintage styles and started amassing a large collection of vintage patterns. Now she needs an excuse to try using them all.


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  1. Aw Kat look at your growing bubba belly!! now that’s sweet… gorgeous. I bet that fabric feels divine I can see why you love it so.

  2. Love the shape of that top, even moreso knowing you self-drafted it. I bet that’s so soft and cosy. It’s a lovely pattern close-up, I’m not surprised you couldn’t pass it by.

  3. Hey Kat, not sure what’s more beautiful the Mummy to Be photo or the shirt!

  4. Wish I could go to that great fabric outlet! You look great in your new T. You’ll be making baby clothes before long. That will be a lot of fun.

  5. Ooo that fabric would be hard to turn down. Always nice to have pretty and comfortable tops. Well done!

  6. Woah, in the face on pictures I couldn’t even tell you are pregnant! The print is so cute and looks comfy too.

  7. Thanks everyone :-)

  8. Every time I drive through Levin I think I must stop at the Levana shop, but I’m always travelling with the kids so I’ve never made it. What a lovely top, I shall make it a priority to stop there next time with such gorgeous fabrics.

  9. It certainly is sweet – very pretty fabric and hope your pregnancy goes smoothly.