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Uvita Top — Keeping Me Warm and Cozy

I’ve been looking around for a good top pattern for the cooler months. I’m clearly in love with the Ogden Cami, as well as the Lago Tank, but they’re not warm enough for this cold weather. I was looking at the various raglan patterns that are out there, but I’m not the biggest fan of raglans. I was on the fence for a while about which one, if any, I wanted. This is another one of those times I’m glad I waited. Itch to Stitch* released a free pattern: the Uvita Top!

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The Uvita Top is a dropped-shoulder top with a relaxed fit. It has options for 3/4 or long sleeves, and is designed for maximum comfort. I was on the fence about the dropped-shoulder for a bit, but it was a free pattern, so I took a chance on it. As is the case with all Itch to Stitch patterns, it is beautifully drafted. The instructions are clear and everything lines up just right. And it came together so quickly!

uvita top | so rachel sews

My first Uvita Top was made out of a comfy grey variegated knit. It has some neon green and pink flecks in it, which adds some fun. The pattern is a quick one, with only four pattern pieces (front, back, sleeves, neck band). I stabilized the shoulder seams but forgot to stabilize the neck on the first version. As a result, it gapes a bit on the front. Apparently I don’t mind too much though, because I wore it 4 times in the first week. It’s remarkably soft, and super comfortable. The relaxed fit is forgiving in spite of way too many holiday snacks.

uvita top | so rachel sews

After the success with my first top, I decided to make another. It probably didn’t hurt that the temperature dropped significantly here in North Carolina. I picked up some fabric and was able to cut and sew this second version on NYE afternoon! For this one, I used a sweater knit with a diamond pattern on it. Kennis is right when she says that this simple pattern is great for showing off your fabric! I was thrilled that I was able to wear it when I went out for NYE 🙂

uvita top | so rachel sews

The details

Pattern: Uvita Top by Itch to Stitch

Sizing: I made size 6. My measurements are currently 37″/29″/42″

Fit: Relaxed but comfy. I may take in the side/sleeve seams by a bit in future versions.

Fabrics: Sweater knits from Joann, purchased with coupons or on sale

Lessons Learned

Don’t forget to stabilize the neckline. It seriously improves the fit of the finished garment so much! I have fabric for two more of these waiting and cannot wait to get started. They are a quick, easy sew, and so satisfying. I would recommend this pattern to anyone. The sleeves are sewn in while the sweater is still flat, so there is no setting in sleeves. It doesn’t require much fabric, and can be worn in a lot of different ways. This is definitely a new wardrobe staple for me.

uvita top | so rachel sews

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