Monday, March 14, 2011

Onion 5039

Description: Top/tunic/mini dress with large collar and optional belt.  Also, sleeve variations and neck variations.

Sizing:  XS to XL.

Instructions:  The instructions are easy.  When you purchase this pattern at the Onion site, the English translated instructions are emailed to you in a PDF file.  This is very helpful since the pattern instructions are in Danish with no illustrations.  The pattern itself is mailed to you after purchase.   Each step is in a logical order with good translated wording.

The pattern does have you sew the side seams and the sleeve seam.  Then you attach the sleeve to the body of the garment in the round, unusual for a knit but necessary in this pattern, the sleeves have a nice gathered head.

Another step that is a bit different for a knit is the instructions state the when sewing the collar to the neckline, the neckline will be stretched to fit the collar.  This is for the drape, as stated on the pattern instructions.

Likes/Dislikes:  I liked the sweater/tunic look with a beautiful collar and long cuff for the sleeves.  No dislikes

Changes:  I wanted a length between the top and tunic length.  So I cut my top at 5" below the top length (which is about halfway between the two lengths).  I also did not have enough fabric to cut the belt.

One more thing to check - the width of the cuff.  Before sewing this onto the sleeve try it on your wrist and see if the fit is okay.  I think it will depend on the stretch of your knit fabric.

Fabric:  A ribbed knit from  A bit lightweight but a nice drape.

Conclusion:  Well, it is snowing here today and I am so tired of winter and my winter clothes.  The twins have an orchestra concert tonight and I decided to sew this pattern this afternoon after I got home from work.  A new top will make me feel better about the snow and the never-ending winter.

This picture shows the sleeve detail and length

Better view of the front and drape.

I made a medium per the sizing on the pattern envelope.  I will go down to a small the next time.  This top is a bit bit and wide through the shoulders.  I do believe this rib knit will shrink after washing, I find this fabric to really stretch out-of-shape while constructing the garment.


  1. Nice Lori! I like it with the belt and I wouldn't know looking at the photos that it is too big.

  2. This is a really pretty blouse, and I think you did a nice job on it. I think it looks pretty good on you.

  3. That looks great on you!

  4. I love a good cowl neck top! Your version has such a neat sleeve treatment. You look fab!

  5. Cute, cute, cute! And I absolutely love the blouse in your previous post. Very chic!

  6. That is a very nice top. Love a great cowl neck and that one is just perfect.

  7. Anonymous8:38 PM

    The long cuffs really make this pattern. They add a nice shape to the sleeves. Love it.

  8. Wonderful top! You have such great style.

  9. Love the sleeves and collar on this one. You also chose a great color! It's a keeper alright.

  10. Anonymous11:37 PM

    I have had this pattern for years and every winter plan to make it up... I really need to do it this year, it looks fab on you. And it doesn't look big on you either. Lovely!

  11. Nice take on a cowl-neck top, and you look great! I am also yearning for Spring, and will be packing away my winter fabrics for now and moving on to summer sewing :-)

  12. Such a pretty color and a great looking style.

  13. Love the lines of the top and it looks nice on you even with the oversize. Love the color, too. Great job!

  14. Looks great, Lori! So sorry about the snow...