Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New Pattern - Celia Cruz Strapless Top

My new pattern, Celia Cruz, is now available up on Ravelry and available for purchase.


Celia Cruz is knit top down in the round, using Cascade Sierra (or any light worsted, cotton/wool blend yarn, such as Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece).

Directions are included for optional straps, which can be worn a number of ways:

halter back crisscross back

For maximum versatility, I’ve provided directions for both a babydoll verison (above) and a fitted version (below).

To ensure a perfect fit, I’ve provided 14 different sizes, from XXS to XXL+ (based on above bust measurements of 28,30,32,34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50,52, and 54". Use your above bust measurement (not your regular full bust measurement) to determine your size; the bust shaping will help you to customize the fit in the bust area. Full instructions are provided for bust shaping using both horizontal and vertical bust darts (especially recommended if you are a C-cup or above).

Cuban salsa singer Celiz Cruz (1925-2003) inspired this quick and fun summer pattern. Born in Cuba, Cruz spent most of her life singing and recording in the United States, but she was known throughout the world as the “Queen of Salsa.” By the end of her career, she had 23 gold records and 3 Grammy’s to her name.

The floral motif for this strapless tube top is reminiscent of Cruz’s 1960s style.

Celia Cruz makes a quick and easy summer project, and a perfect top for summer jeans, capris, shorts and skirts.

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