Crossing into Spring with La Croix

Seasons change rapidly where I live and it is useful to have layering and versatile pieces in my wardrobe. Welcome into your wardrobe La Croix Cross back (or front) top from Winter Wear Designs.  It’s a pretty top and it’s options include two lengths, sleeveless or varying sleeve lengths, and the opportunity to wear it frontwards or backwards. That all makes it a multi season pattern, meaning there are no complaints from me!


The top has been around for a while but Suzanne Winter, the designer of Winter Wear Designs has revamped it. I like her new format of simple visual explanations. It makes the information visible at a glance for those times when internet access is spotty.

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I like to play with patterns and this one was no exception. Except I cocked up a few times and, as such, had to delay my post publication date. Oops! Its just as well Suzanne is fond of me – I think! Here come my comedy of errors. Take a seat and learn, or is that laugh

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You’d think I’d know better not to mix knit fabric types and weights – yup, well, what can I say? I chose a soft drapy dusky rose knitted cotton with amazing stretch from Sincerely Rylee fabrics. I paired it with some amazing geometric cotton lycra from Whimsical Fabrics.  The dusky rose picked out the pale grey triangles, so I decided to take a risk – much to my chagrin. Unfortunately the stretch was different, meaning I had a very visible pleat in the rose fabric despite having cut the two fabrics for the cross over together. I ended up adding 5″ to the cotton lycra! I should have used similar fabrics for the contrast. To say the stretch was quite a lot less is an understatement. I’d intended the geometric fabric to be in front, but am so glad I mistakenly put it behind – or you’d be able to see the seam where I added to it.

Still with me? I also decided the neckline was too low and added a wide seam. Not such a bad idea except it was with a curved neck. I also cut the pattern with the neck band and didn’t realize until I was sewing it together … ho hum … more creative sewing to the rescue. I will spare you the rest of my shenanigans but the end result is a very comfortable and flattering top. I think it is hugely versatile and I’d like more. Perhaps I will pay more attention next time and not have to make quite so many corrections?

Follow this link for the opportunity to win $20 of lovely fabric from Simply by Ti, and two of Winter Wear Designs patterns. I love Ti’s fabrics; I’d spend a lot more if I lived States side!

The more demure side
Lovely drape
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Super comfy

Disclaimer – A considerable amount of wine was consumed while creating this top. It might be why it took me so long. I am taking the 5th on that one.

I was given the pattern. If I didn’t have it my participation would have been even more sketchy, to say the least. I’d like to publicly thank Suzanne Winter for her tolerance and support – and lovely patterns.

Do have a read of what the other bloggers made. I am sure they were better behaved than me. Not difficult I hear you say! The La Croix pattern is on sale for US$6 until the end of the week – so if you want it you had best get cracking and snap it up.

Check out all the Stops on the Blog Tour:

Jessica of Jot Designs USA
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
Patricia of Sew Far North
Livia of Liviality
Mari of MNW Sews
Lisa Dawson guest posting at Winter Wear Designs


Thanks for stopping by and I hope to back soon!