Tessuti Leni Top

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Tessuti Leni Top

I’m taking a break from the Blackwood Cardigan posts today! As much as I love making patterns and supporting fellow sewists as they tackle my designs, I also LOVE making other indie patterns and want to continue to share those makes, too. The blog will be busy with Blackwood sewalong posts in the next couple of weeks and I have lots of great tutorials planned. For those of you who aren’t interested in the Blackwood, that’s OK! The tutorials will be useful for other patterns and I will continue my weekly indie sewing posts and round-ups, too.

That said, today is the LAST DAY for the Blackwood Cardigan sale! Grab your copy today for 20% off and join in the sew-along fun starting next week!

Tessuti Leni Top

My partner and I rented a studio space to take some nice photos of the Blackwood, and I had a chance to shoot some other things, too! Included in that was my latest indie make, the Tessuti Leni top. I instantly fell in love with this design because of the boxy, modern shape and the interesting yoke. I love cropped tops paired with high-waisted bottoms, and the Winslow Culottes are particularly ideal for this look. These ones are made from black tencel twill and are a great wardrobe basic.

Tessuti Leni Top
Tessuti Leni Top
Tessuti Leni Top

I made my Leni from a piece of thick, natural cotton from an Our Social Fabric sale. It has the perfect amount of drape for this pattern. It is soft rather than crisp, but has enough body to show off the style lines.

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I made a muslin to check the fit of the Leni and ended up making three adjustments:

  • Lowered the front ‘V’ by 1”
  • Lowered the back neck scoop by 1”
  • Took some height off the shoulder, because it was sticking up a bit on me.

Tessuti Leni Top
The one thing I am not 100% sure about is the yoke. It is pretty, but I’m not sure I like it. I’d like to try the top again with a different finish on the V-neck, or a scoop neck alternative. It would be easy to adjust for a different neckline, and the front could be cut on the fold to eliminate the center front seam.

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The top has a nice fit on the back thanks to the yoke. I also thought the method for getting a clean finish on the inside where the v-neck facing meets the yoke. The hem is finished with a facing as well, giving the body even more structure.

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In short, I really like this top. I love the comfort level and the modern cut. What do you guys think of the oversized, box-top look? Love it? Hate it? Let me know! 

Reminder: Today is the LAST DAY for the Blackwood Cardigan 20% sale!


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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

13 Comments on “Tessuti Leni Top”

    1. Thank you!! They are thrifted Zara shoes – they are soooo tall! I can only wear them if I know I wont be standing all evening, lol.

  1. Looks good! I do love the boxy look. First it was just on other people, but I’ve come around to even liking the look on myself! Love the color and they look great with the culottes (another phrase I never thought I’d type!).

  2. This looks great on you! I purchased the pattern a couple of weeks ago (and your Blackwood pattern last week) but have not yet made it up. I’ve got to disagree with you and say I love the yoke and that is one of the standout features of this top (as well as the hem facing). I could also see the top looking good with a high waisted pencil skirt.

    Can’t wait for your Blackwood sewalong 🙂

    1. Thank you!! The yoke definitely is the unique feature of this top. I think V-necks have never been my favourite neckline, but that is purely personal preference. Thanks for purchasing the Blackwood! The sewalong is starting tomorrow 🙂

  3. I’ve made two Leni tops, one in size Medium, and the other size Small. Personally I love the V neck and the high back of the neck, which I note that you changed. I find the high back neckline to be an interesting design feature, and the V is high enough, that I don’t have to worry about showing any cleavage. I note you are contemplating changing the front facing. Personally, I like the way it looks, particularly because of the top stitching. I used a relatively thick cotton pique, and the stitching appears almost to be embossed. Based on my experience, I believe you might like this top better, if you made it in a smaller size. Just a thought.

  4. Thanks for the review Helen. Leni looks so great – the whole outfit does – and it’s lovely to see it in a softer fabric too

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