virginia’s sintra halter

Virginia has sewn a fantastic version of the Sintra Halter Top using a knit fabric. We love when stitchers try a pattern using different fabrics. This pattern calls for a woven, but Virginia used a knit, and we love the results! Take it away, Virginia. 

Girl standing outside and smiling. She is wearing the Sintra Halter Top and black pants.

Twice a year, I always wait in anticipation for the latest Liesl + Co pattern release, and the spring patterns did not disappoint. As soon as I saw the Sintra Halter, it was love at first sight. The style of the Sintra Halter is very versatile. Depending on fabric choice, it can be a casual top worn with jeans, shorts, or a skirt or a very elegant top or dress worn out to a restaurant or the theatre.

This pattern is drafted for woven fabric, but I had some striped glittery knit fabric that I knew would be perfect for the Sintra halter. I decided to make the top for my daughter, and as she was between sizes, I decided to sew the smaller size as less ease is required with knit fabric.

I sewed the back seam of the halter on my sewing machine with the new Gutermann Maraflex sewing thread, which can be used to sew knit fabrics with a straight stitch. As the seams didn’t need to stretch, I could have sewn it with a normal straight stitch, but I love using this thread at the moment.

The slit opening at the back of the halter is supposed to be double-turned under. Still, as this fabric was tricky to fold, I used the overlocker to neaten the back seams, pressed it open, and stitched it down one side of the slit placement, along the bottom, and up the other side. I sewed the side seams of the top just with the overlocker (serger).

Close-up of back neckline opening.

I love the way the arm binding is sewn with this pattern, and it turned out really well on this fabric. I also used the Gutermann stretch thread to sew and topstitch the binding on the armholes and to sew the halter neckline.

Close up of halter top front.

Sewing the neckline on the Sintra was a bit trickier as this fabric did not press and hold a fold at all. I followed the instructions carefully, took my time, and I think it turned out well. The Sintra is supposed to have a button and buttonhole at the back of the neck, but I was not sure how a buttonhole would sew on this fabric, so I used a snap fastener to give a nice neat finish.

Closeup of neck and armhole finishing.

I love this pattern; the instructions are amazing, as are all Liesl and Co patterns. This Sintra Halter will definitely get a lot of wear in the future, and I can’t wait to sew some up for myself. I have a lovely Tencel fabric that would make a very elegant top to wear to the theatre, and I also have some lovely linen blends and rayons that will look lovely for a nice day at the beach.
The Sintra halter would also look amazing as a long dress with a slit up the side which I aim to make in the future.

Front view of Sintra Halter top.

Back view of halter top.

Thank you, Liesl, for another amazing pattern.


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