Wednesday, March 03, 2021

The Gothenburg Top by Itch to Stitch - An Easy-to-Sew Knit Pullover Top

When I saw the line drawings for the new Gothenburg Top from Itch to Stitch, I immediately liked the stand up funnel neck that gave off a retro 60s vibe. Then I discovered it also had multiple cup sizes - boom!  I applied to test the pattern.

The pattern is described as "the epitome of casual chic. With simple lines, the wonderfully easy and elegant Gothenburg lets the fabric do all the talking. The Gothenburg is designed for structured knit fabric, and as a result, the funnel neck stands up to create an interesting feature.
The PDF pattern is available in sizes 00 to 40 with cup size options up to DD.

Since the top is designed for a structured knit, I pulled out a beautiful red Ponte knit that I had received last year in one of my Fabric Mart Fabrics mystery bundles. The weight is similar to a heavier Ponte and I suspect it is a wool blend.

I sewed a size 6 DD, grading to an 8 at the hip.  I did have to make some adjustments to fit me. I narrowed the shoulder seam by 3/4", and shortened the sleeves by 1".  These are somewhat standard alterations for me as I have narrow shoulders combined with short arms (thanks Mom!) 

Looking at my back photos, I probably should have done a small sway back adjustment also.  Or maybe I just need to make some type of adjustment to keep it from catching on my full upper hip.

One thing I really appreciate is the forward-leaning funnel neck. The designer intentionally drafted it that way so you won't feel like you're being choked when wearing this top. 

For the photos I paired mine with skinny jeans (I know, I know, according to Gen Z they are out of fashion...just Google it, Ha! Ha!), and a pair of leopard print heels. After all, where else am I going to wear these heels right now :-) . 

I absolutely love the red color! And the way the neckline stands up.  I'm debating whether or not to shorten the sleeves to a 3/4 length.  I think that would give this top an even more retro look.

Although French Terry was not one of the suggested fabrics, I decided to stitch another top just to see how the different fabrics reacted.

This French Terry I had planned to use to sew another ITS Lamma Sweatshirt. However I sacrificed it so I could see the difference between a structured and soft knit. 

I like them both! You can see the French Terry has a much softer drape at the neckline.  This one I have already been wearing with leggings around the house and to walk the dog. Maybe that's why she's looking up at me :-) 

I'm not sure how apparent it is in these photos, but the back is slightly longer than the front.

Did I mention how quickly you can sew this top?  It's a true instant gratification sewing project. Once you have your pattern printed, taped and cut (or traced) your sewing time will likely be less than an hour. 

I'm pretty pleased with my new tops. And so is my dog! 

The Itch to Stitch Gothenburg Top pattern was released today, March 3, 2021, and will be on sale (20% off) until March 9, 2021. 

I have an affiliate link you can use to purchase the pattern if you so choose. It's no extra cost to you and I receive a very small commission.

Note: As a pattern tester I did receive a copy of this pattern at no cost in exchange for feedback on the fit and construction.  I was not required to write a blog post.  I just like to share when I find patterns I like!

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