Helena from Gray All Day has today released her new pattern The Athena Top, and guess what….. I was a pattern tester!! When I saw her post asking for testers I couldn’t reply fast enough! I’ve never done any pattern testing before so wasn’t sure what to expect. When I received the email to accept my offer I was over the moon and got to work straight away!
This morning I decided to make another one, not realising that today was going to be the release day, so now I can share it with you!
Here’s how she describes it:
The new Athena top is a relaxed but chic raglan sleeve knit or woven top that can be whipped up in an afternoon. The sleeves twist under the arm to create a graceful waterfall and the hem dips in back for a subtle hi-lo effect. The knit version is finished with bands at the neck and arms, while the woven uses bias binding. It is perfect for those ultra-soft drapey jerseys or tissue knits that feel so great to wear. It would also look great in a fluid, silky woven
I made the knit version today, with some fabric I accidentally bought whilst I was supposed to be taking photos for a meet-up I’m organising in Dewsbury.
Here’s what I came home with and I wasn’t even looking…. Please tell me I don’t have a problem and this is absolutely normal!
I used the 2nd one down from the pile on the left which I did actually buy with the Athena Top in mind. It has a nylon see through layer and a jersey layer with loads of holes all over it. £5.50/m from Lucky Fashions…bargain!
It only took an hour to make as I’d already had the pattern cut out:
I’m trying to get better photos – and I think the way forward for me is to pretend I’m somewhere else!
Because the fabric is so detailed you can’t see the draping so well, but it does drape, honest!
I completely missed off the neck and arm bands, and left the bottom unhemmed as I thought it wouldn’t work with this fabric. Around the neckline I sewed a narrow zigzag about 1cm from the edge to help it keep it’s shape.
VERDICT: I love it!!
I’m going to the golf club for a meeting in 1/2 hour and I’m going to be a rebel and leave it on. I usually don’t dress so casual when I’m going there but I really don’t want to take it off!!
If you want to whip yourself a new top up and fancy making the Athena then head over to GrayAllDay Patterns where Helena is giving a 20% discount with the code FIRSTWEEK.