My dream winter outfit is flannel PJs. Yup. If I could get away with it there would be PJs rocked all the way through the chilly months. Who can say no to that perfect storm of comfort and coziness? Unfortunately for me, PJs are not acceptable for social outings and work functions. So what is a lady to do when she wants winter coziness and comfort PLUS style? Papercut Patterns Circle Top to the rescue!
The Circle Top is – wait for it – a simple circular top with two sleeves. Bet you didn’t see that one coming! I went with a size M for this Papercut pattern after previous sleeve fit issues (read: buff guns) on my Ensis tee and Coppelia wrap. Whilst this was great in theory of course this was the pattern with already loose sleeves in the design /facepalm.
For the Circle Top I wanted something super snuggly to wrap myself up in so finally decided to bite the bullet and treat myself to some merino knit. Holy monkeys hats this stuff is luscious! The top turned out so warm and cosy in this fabric that it has been worn everywhere. Hell, it’s even been worn to to bed over my PJs on a super cold night recently. Snug like a bug in a (merino) rug.
Construction wise, the Circle Top was pretty simple and all the construction bar the binding was done on the overlocker. The only hiccup I had was the binding. You’ve all seen The Neverending Story right? Well, this was The Neverending Binding- pretty much the same but minus the catchy 80s theme song. And Falcor.
My first attempt followed the instructions and it was pretty average (read: red hot mess). The top stitching was wonky and it felt like a not quite right finish for such lovely fabric. Regardless, I decided to stop being fussy and wore the top everywhere for two weeks. And then cracked like an egg and decided to redo it. If there is anything worse than The Neverending Binding it is UNPICKING The Neverending Binding. The binding was redone by overlocking the binding raw edges to the top, pressing this flat and then, using all the tips from peeps from my Coppelia Cardigan post, top stitching the sucker down. What an improvement! To get the topstitching looking good, the following collective wisdom was used: tension loosened a little, stitch length slightly increased and a walking foot used. Winning at knits!
Now, the Papercut site says that there are many ways in which one can style this top. So far I have found:
- Chillaxing with the circle draped round my neck meat.
- The circle part high above my head pretending to be an Ancient Egyptian sun god with my headdress already in place.
- Pretending to be Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars and rocking a faux hood (all that is needed now is lightning bolts to shoot from my hands!)
- Each half circle wrapped over so I feel like a snug little cinnamon bun.
- The whole cardi scrunched up in my handbag so it can be dragged everywhere.
I am finding option #1 and #5 are most commonly used. Though #3 has been dragged out in a surprisingly wide range of social situations BWAH HA HA!
- How simple it is. I state again – one circle and two sleeves. Magic!
- The complete lack of fitting issues. Who needs to worry about bust and waist and hip measurements when you’re wearing a circle?
- The comfiness of the finished result.
What I would change about this next time:
- Go down a size and fix that sleeve width issue.
- Try the recommended binding finish again. Slow and steady, Manda. Slow and steady.
- I’ve got nothing else. It’s a pretty sweet make!
Pattern: Papercut Patterns Circle Top
Fabric: 2 metres superfine merino wool from The Fabric Store
Notions: Thread in stash
See also: Sew Wrong
My Circle Top has turned into one of my most used wardrobe items this winter. It is seriously like wearing a sassy blanket everywhere that you can wrap around yourself as needed. Winter win!
But let’s enjoy a little segue from winter to snow! A fortnight ago saw myself and my dear friend Jess headed to see the snow for the first time! It was crazy fun! We made snow angels, drank cocoa with schnapps in it whilst sitting on a mountain and went snowboarding. So awesome! And of course I managed to look like a giant pink goofball the whole time – teehee! Who knew the cold could be so fun?!