My fabric is ordinary poly/lycra knit. Nothing special. The fabric isn't a gift. I did test this pattern for Melissa and I added a few 'bits' to it - reflective piping and hidden pocket.
Mr V said the fabric looks Maori-inspired, hence it's 'Kiwi-styled'.
None of my stash fabric used is wicking but this top is not form fitting either so it worked really well for a training road ride on the weekend.
The sleeves are raglan so there's a colour blocking opportunity with this top.
The neckline choice I've used hugs my neck, so there's less likelihood of sun or wind burn.
I added a zipper/neck guard that I'll post the technical details of in a future post. It stops the zipper teeth and top from sticking into my neck, and I've seen this detail used on RTW tops.
Can you see where I've used woven reflective tape at the back?
I bought a couple of rolls of reflective tape in Hong Kong when Allison C took me to Sham Shu Po in July this year. I have a stack of woven reflective tape and it's easy to apply if you use it like piping.
I think you can see the reflective tape better in this pic.
Can you see how clever Melissa has been with her design? Check out the fold over elastic.Here's a closer view of where the fold over elastic is used.
And I've sewn in a secure pocket using a white invisible zipper because I really wanted a secure pocket for my phone, money and id.
The reality of 'road cycling' is I take my driver's licence and medical card with me on every ride so if there's an accident, the ambos can identify who I am if I'm knocked out cold. 'Touch wood!'
|The 30km test ride was on a warm day. The real top will be smaller and really bright.|
I'll show you how to add a secure pocket and zipper neck tab in the next blog post. My next version will be the 'real' version.
Until then have a safe Christmas everyone.