Sleeveless Striped Metallic Knit Top

After last month’s complex Easter dress, I decided to keep it simple for April and make a knit top in a pattern I’ve used before with good results.

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The pattern is Jalie 2921. I used Mood Fabric’s oyster/brown gray metallic striped cotton jersey knit. A couple months ago I’d bought a cut of it along with its matching larger stripe for a different knit top, but the project bombed. However, I liked the fabric so much that I got another 1.5 yards and went for a garment I knew would turn out.

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Since I wanted more of a casual look and didn’t want to tie the scarf into a bow like my previous top, I cut the scarf shorter and on the fold. I cut a size T and made fabric facings for the armholes. A twin needle was used to hem the armholes and bottom.

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This fabric has a subtle metallic sheen to it. I’m kind of a Magpie when it comes to fabric selection. If it’s shiny or brightly colored my brain says, “Oooh, pretty! Come to mama!”

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Now, one of you needs to buy both sizes of this stripe and make something fabulous.

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Comments


  • Angela
    April 25, 2016

    So cute!! As usual, it looks great on you. :) How did you finish off the armholes? They are done so wonderfully – no puckering or anything, looks great. And once again, wonderful stripe matching! Seems like no matter how much I pin (like every inch or so!) the fabric shifts a little as I sew the seam and stripes end up a smidge off, so frustrating. Oh, and one more thing – I noticed how precisely you attached the neckpiece with only a tiny bit of white showing along the seamline, very even all the around. You do a wonderful job of sewing up even a simple knit top and making it look classy.

    • Hi Angela! The armholes are finished off with a strip of knit and stitched on like a facing. Then I turned it to the inside and topstitched with a twin needle from the front, then trim away any excess fabric. I like it for thinner knits when I don’t want to add much bulk. As for the scarf around the neck, I laid that piece facing up when I stitched it so I could keep an eye on where I was on the stripe. I *should* have cut it so that a good amount of white was showing instead of only a tiny bit, but I forgot and didn’t want to redo it. Thanks for your comment!

  • Amy
    April 26, 2016

    I am a huge fan of this type of shirt. I’ve never tried this particular pattern, but I once hacked the Sewaholic Renfrew into a similar look. I’ve always wanted to make another since I’ve nearly worn that one to rags, but I haven’t made the time yet. You’ve inspired me to move it up my to-sew list. Maybe I’ll even be adventurous enough to try metallic stripes?!

  • Amanda S.
    April 26, 2016

    The whole time I was making this I was thinking – why haven’t I made this up more times? It is ridiculously fast and cute without being too try-hard. Maybe we’re always after the new and shiny with patterns. Anyway you should definitely give this metallic stripe a chance. It’s cotton but not the thick, unforgiving kind. Thanks Amy!

  • Michelle
    April 28, 2016

    That’s an awesome top. It’s getting hot here in Tampa so tops like this would be perfect for the office and for going out afterwards. Pairing it up with some jeans or heels shows how versatile the design is. Brilliantly crafted also so kudos there. Always loving your posts.