Stash-busting: Rosella Top

Here’s a quick and fun project that is great for stash-busting! This is the Rosella Top by The Sewing Revival.

Frivolous at Last - Rosella Top

I used a bunch of leftover/unused jersey knits from my stash including these fun octopi leftover from the McCall’s 6886 dress I made. The cuffs and hem band are hot pink to match the contrast colour on the octopi (my camera canNOT seem to capture that colour properly — sorry), and the back is a plain black jersey.


The design of the top is very simple, but I love how it allows for playing with colour blocking and mixing various fabrics, including a combination of wovens and knits if desired.

Frivolous at Last - Rosella Top - back view

The sample Rosella Tops shown on The Sewing Revival pattern website are great inspiration for mixing various prints and patterns — florals and stripes, burnout mesh and cotton jersey, etc. Janine, the designer behind this indie pattern company, really has an amazing eye for fabric as evidenced in all of her sample garments. Some, like the sweatshirt hoodie in a colourful velour or even a woven cotton, are not the first fabric choice you’d think of, but they seem to work really well. I’m inspired to colour outside the box I seem to have set up around myself in terms of fabric selections.

Frivolous at Last - Rosella Top

While I’m sure I could have drafted this top myself, I thought I’d show my appreciation for this Indie pattern designer from New Zealand and buy the pattern. It’s crazy comfortable, really quick to print out and sew up, and therefore rather addictive. I’m sure I will make a whole bunch more of these tops.


What’s your favourite pattern for mixing various fabrics in one garment? I’d love to hear about them. Please leave a comment below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

— Lori


8 thoughts on “Stash-busting: Rosella Top

  1. Have never thought this style was particularly flattering but your rendition has me changing my mind. Wish I had some octopi remnant hanging around but I don’t so I’ll have to go stash shopping.

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    1. Thanks! I love it when you see someone wearing something you’d never have considered for yourself before, and it makes you reconsider. Definitely try it out…you’ve got nothing to lose but some leftover fabrics. 🙂


  2. I’ve seen your octopi print on so many different fibers but never a knit! Beautiful with those vibrant pink bands. My favourite pattern for colour playing is J. Stern Designs Tee – just look at the lines on this pattern! I love it and always mix up pieces of knit to make new variations. It’s also a great Tee pattern for achieving a perfect fit. In fact Jennifer’s talents are extraordinary in the world of fit so if anyone is struggling to get the right fit she’s a great teacher to follow. She has a number of helpful youtube videos and her patterns come with very detailed instructions. In fact most are accompanied with some video help.

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  3. HI Lori – thank you so much for your review and kind words. I really appreciate you taking the time. Like you – I love colour & contrast and am always trying to think a little differently – re both fabric choice and design. The aim is to get more people creating and taking the time to make something for themselves (or others) – far more rewarding in so many ways. Another fun pattern is the Skullduggery Top – both long and short dolman sleeve – which also mixes and matches knits and wovens for a fun look.

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