I have been wanting to make a black knit top to go with my kiwi skirt I finished a few weeks ago. I was planning on the S4076 Twist Top but then I saw Sharon's ADORABLE TOP and changed my game plan. I thought the bolero style top (Vogue 2980) was a little retro looking and would look nice with the 60's-ish flower power print on the skirt.
I purchased a thin poly knit from JoAnn's (total cost $3.00 - no lie!) You really do need a thin knit for this as the sleeves are doubled and the front is self lined. The seam around the armhole has 4 layers of fabric for most of it. A thicker interlock might be too bulky.
The pattern is very clever. It's only 4 pieces and fits together like a puzzle. The pattern is designed by Sandra Betzina and I believe she actually wrote the directions, which are very clear and take you slowly, step by step. I still goofed up connecting the front to the sleeve and the bolero but since I basted everything, it was easy enough to fix. I will be making this again in the long sleeve version and maybe even another short sleeve version. Now that I understand the directions, this will go together in a flash.
I will make it a little larger next time. I don't usually have a problem with tops being too small (that's an understatement!) but even though the smallest size in the pattern was dead on my measurements, it's a little snugger than I like.
(Forgive my tired eyes and the burnt Hostas behind me. It's been a long, hot summer. LOL!)