For Christmas this past year I made myself the most snuggles sweater ever, the Utivia top from Itch to Stitch.
Free patterns are a great way to try out pattern companies that are new to you and get a feel for their instructions and construction methods.
Constructing the Utivia Top
The Utivia top is super simple to construct and probably a really good beginner pattern for sewing with jersey. The pattern comes in sizes 00 to 20 and is recommended for knit fabric with 25% to 50% stretch.
Because of the drop shoulder, there isn’t much fussing with set-in sleeves and the neck facing is a little easier in my opinion than having to stretch a neckband around.
As with all Itch to Stitch patterns, I’m happy with the detailed instructions.
|Date Sewn||Dec 23, 2019|
|Pattern:||Itch to Stitch|
|Fabric Used:||Fleece backed jersey|
|Instructions:||Excellent instructions with detailed illustrations|
|Construction:||The construction is super simple. There is two main bodice pieces and sleeve. There is a neck facing instead of a neckband, which gives the top a slightly more dressy look while still having a telexed feel.|
|Modifications / Recommendations:||I hacked the top by adding a funnel neck to it. I simply increased the height of the neck facing by 6 inches, folded it lengthwise and sewed it on as a neckband|
|Overall Thoughts:||This top is simple to make but so many possibilities. I love the soft neckline and dropped shoulders. Itch to Stitch patterns even offers an expansion pack for the top, adding several other features.|
Utivia Top Hack
When cutting out this top I knew right away I wanted to add a funnel neck to this top. Itch to Stitch actually offers an expansion pack to this pattern that includes a funnel neck, but I figured that it would be easy enough to create on my own.
Basically all I did was take the neck facing and extend it by 6 inches. I folded the funnel neck over and then sewed it on as a neckband. I really love how it came out.
I think the Utivia top is a great pattern to hack and really change the look of it. I’ve seen a bunch of versions that are color-blocked at the sleeves which I want to try. As I mentioned there is an expansion pack with a funnel neck and I think a hoodie version, which could also be amazing.
Most Sunggliest Sweater
In the end, this has to be hands down the most snuggliest sweater I’ve made. The jersey back fleece I used is so comfortable and cozy.
I’m also really happy that I choose to make the Utivia top. At first, I thought about making another Toaster Sweater but I already have a few and I wanted to try something new. The Utivia top checked all the boxes of a simple and comfortable make.
Have you made the Utitiva top? What were your thoughts on this pattern?