Do you ever put something on and immediately just feel fancy?
Maybe it's because I usually dress pretty simple, and I wear a lot of solids, but I finished this top and just felt fancy when I tried it on! Let me introduce you to La Croix Cross Back Top by Winter Wear Designs. I tried it out as a part of the Top It Off Blog Tour hosted by Winter Wear Designs. This is a pretty neat top... know why? It can be worn with the cross in the back OR the front. So really, the design is kinda fancy, right? 😉
When I first saw the top, I thought that it was so pretty. I knew I wanted to do the open back crossover. Since I'm nursing my baby, I thought the crossover would be convenient to wear in the front for easy nursing this summer. Well, when I tried it on, I was a little surprised, because I like it a lot better with the cross over in the back. But it's nice to have choices, right?
This top has quite a few options, and it's really very flattering too! Be sure to check this pattern out right here!
Let me tell you a little about it!
When you print out your pattern, you will have two bodice pieces (one is the crossover piece, and one is the solid, cut on fold piece). The crossover piece has two options. If you want it to be open, like mine, you'll cut on one line, or if you want it closed (connected with the neckband, like some others made on this blog tour, you'll cut on a separate cut line at the top). You can sew this with sleeves, or sleeveless, like mine! It's getting warm here, and I'm ready for some fun spring and summer tops, so I opted for sleeveless. You can use all one fabric, or use a contrasting fabric for one of the crossover pieces to have a fun pop of color!
Check out these options!
Check out these options!
|Here you can see the options! (Image borrowed from the|
Winter Wear Designs Website - La Croix Cross Back Top Listing)
The crossover pieces have beautiful gathering on the sides so that you can also see the pop of color from the other side at the hem. I love this! Isn't that pretty?
As usual with Winter Wear Designs, the instructions are excellent, explaining everything step-by-step. There are plenty of drawings and photos explaining every step, so you'll know exactly what to do!
As I mentioned, I chose the open back, sleeveless version. I sewed it using some Double Brushed Poly from Amazon (Fabric.com). I love this fabric. So Soft! I made a maxi skirt from this floral last summer, and had just enough left to cut this top out. I may have been
a little very excited when I realized I had enough! It is probably my favorite floral! Such great colors for spring and summer! 💗
We took pictures showing the top worn both ways, both with the open crossover in the front and in the back. The crossover in the front would be super convenient for nursing, but I tested it out, and with this fabric, my neckline was stretchy enough to pull down, either way I wore it! Since I'm chasing little people, and prefer modesty, I'm more likely to wear it this way, or with a cami underneath.
Did You Know...
This is a wonderful pattern that you'll love! But it has recently become even better! You can now download and print just your size, because it has layers! It has also been updated to include AO formatting, AND it has updated instructions! So what's stopping you?
A Little Overview
- Unique top pattern
- Great for dressing up or down, depending on fabric choice and what you pair it with!
- Fun way to add a "pop" of color
- Crossover can be used in the front for nursing
- sleeves or sleeveless
- open or closed crossover back - you choose!
- different neckband/ binding options depending on which style you make
- layers that you love! Print only the sizes you need!
- AO formatting
- photos and drawings explaining every step
- updated instructions
- a whole community of ladies who will help you out, if needed, in the Winter Wear Designs Facebook Group
- It's on sale as a part of this blog tour! WOOHOO!! Get it for $6 this week only!
UGH... now looking at these photos is making me REALLY want to get back to my Real Deal Jeans that I started and muslined like two years ago and never finished! (Who does that? Goes to the trouble of making a muslin and THEN bails??) The jeans I'm wearing aren't that great. I'm sure I could get a better fit, if only I took the time! 😏
Thank you SO MUCH for reading this post! I have included my affiliate links to these patterns in my post. If you chose to buy based on my thoughts, I would REALLY appreciate you using my link! 💗
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Check out all the Stops on the Blog Tour:
Jessica of Jot Designs USA
Larissa of Connected by a Thread
Althea of So Today I Did A Thing
Laura of Custom Made by Laura
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
Patricia of Sew Far North
Livia of Liviality
Mari of MNW Sews
Annick of Flax Filed Sewing
Nikki of Seams Like Style
Lisa Dawson guest posting at Winter Wear Designs
Rachel of Violets and Jewels