This is the first complete project I made this year, the Visby Henley Top from Itch to Stitch. The Visby Henley Top is a raglan top with different options: with or without placket, with or without hoodie, and with or without band. I made view A, with placket. The placket was the reason why I wanted to test this design. I made some plackets before, but with questionable results and I was curious about the instructions from Kennis. I was sure I could rely on those and I was not dissapointed.
I used two organic cotton knit farbics, both with 5% spandex. The black one is from Nosh and the print is from Lillestoff, called catched hearts. It’s the first time I used fabrics from Nosh or Lillestoff. The Nosh fabric is ok and behaved very well, but the feel of the fabric is not as cozy as I would have expected. The Lillestoff is very lovely. I bought it on a whim with no project in mind because I loved the print. The buttons were saved from an old T-shirt.
I cut a size 2 and blended to a size 6 at the hips. Usually I go only up to a size 4, but my hip measurement put me between size 4 and 6. As this top is a bit longer I did not want it to be too tight in the hip area. Else no changes. Next time I would lower the neckline a tiny bit as it feels a bit too high for my preference.
The top itself is a no brainer. The placket needs precise sewing, but with the great instructions from Kennis I wonderd in the end why I ever had a problem with such a placket.
As I said before the placket (i.e. the instructions for the placket) was the main reason why I wanted to make this pattern. I usually avoid raglan shirts as they make my shoulders look broad especially from the back. Also, this print is not something I would wear in my everyday life, but it is perfect as a pyjama top and I am in great need of pyjamas. I still have enough of the Lillestoff fabric left for some pyjama pants. So, I am not sure if I would make this pattern again as is. But I can imagine to combine the details (placket and hoodie) with a regular sleeve top.
The Visby Henley Top is still on sale until next Wednesney.
Disclaimer: I got the pattern for free in exchange of testing. All opinions are my own.