Round neck, puffy sleeved top hangs on a hanger

Reuse, Rewear, Repeat!

Mindful, sustainable sewing is about making a garment using planet-friendly materials, that you will cherish and wear time and time again. So when you've found a sewing pattern that you love, make sure you keep it, and reuse it! For me, that's the Closet Core Patterns Cielo Top. I love making and wearing the short-sleeved, cropped version (View A). I've made it mainly in cotton and linen fabrics, plain and prints, and love how versatile the tops are. I can wear them alone in the summer as a tee, or can wear them layered on top of long sleeve tops and polo necks.

When I reached for the pattern this time round, I re-read the information booklet, and wondered why I had never looked at the other options available with the sewing pattern. Mainly because I love how quickly the short sleeved top comes together! I then noticed the long sleeved top, with its puffy sleeve-head, and shaped cuffs. These simple differences add such an element of interest to the top.

I was originally going to make the View A top in a plain coloured linen, as one of my old ones is looking worse for wear, and is now used for loungewear! But on looking at the long-sleeved option (View B), I thought it would look more interesting in a print. I chose Atelier Brunette's Native Cotton in Off-White as the cotton has structure to keep the shape of the cropped boxy fit, but is also thin and lightweight enough to give volume in the puffy sleeve-head, without too much of it!

I love the finished look. I did want to make it in the Night (Dark Navy colour with pink lines) but thought I would keep a neutral garment so I could wear it with a variety of bottoms I have in my wardrobe. 

Closet Core Patterns have a variety of thoughtful sewing patterns that are wonderful as wardrobe staples. Most patterns have various options within the pattern too, so you can really customise the look to what works for you. The Cielo Top and the Kalle Shirt are my favourite go-tos, and I'm looking at making some Pietra Pants soon.
What's your favourite?!


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