Pattern review | Itch to Stich Crystal Cove Cami
Updated: Dec 16, 2022
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I've had a major girl crush on Kennis Wong, owner/designer of Itch-to-Stich, for the longest time. She lives in Costa Rica and designs classic sewing patterns full-time (so jealous!). I was curious about sewing one of her patterns, and the sweltering summer heat gave me a good excuse to sew up her Crystal Cove Cami.
Read on for my brutally honest, unfiltered sewing pattern review.
Crystal Cove Cami is a fast, easy sew with a fantastic fit. I'm digging the overlapping back detail. This is a great stash-busting project that doesn't consume too much fabric.
Designed for woven fabric, the Crystal Cove comes in different cup sizes (A, B, C, D, and DD cups). The relaxed-fit bodice has an overlapping back with a curved hem, providing a unique look and plenty of comfort. I cut out size 4 based on my measurements and shortened the waist by 1" to fit my petite frame.
I scored this H&M rayon wrap skirt at the thrift store for $1. I have a weakness for floral prints, especially if it's on a black background.
This was a fast and easy sew. All aspects of this pattern, from printing to cutting to sewing didn't take long since there are only five pattern pieces. If you're looking for a stash-busting project, this cami is a good candidate as it only requires 7/8 yards for sizes 0 - 8, and 1 3/8 yards for the larger sizes.
This pattern had 50 pages (instructions + pattern), but all the information was well organized and cataloged. There were 36 pattern tiles to accommodate all the sizes, but Kennis included a print range for your size, so you don't waste paper. Also, the pattern is layered, meaning you can print the size you need.
I was worried about making the tube straps since I have PTSD from past projects with the Big 4 patterns, but this was one of the easiest parts of the project because the straps are cut on the bias. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but this is a GAME CHANGER for me! Anything cut on the bias has a lot of stretch, which makes turning the tubes easy as it stretches around the tube turner and the fabric that gathers along it. The Big 4 companies tend to lay this piece along the grain, and turning the tube was always a pain in the a** as the fabric bunched up with no give. I will never go back to making tubes the old way. Check out Kennis' very helpful post about making straps.
Kennis also includes design ideas on finishing the hem, like adding a narrow trim that's easier to sew while adding flair.
I can't get over the perfect fit of this top. This cami is super comfy thanks to the subtle flair from the bust to the hem. And I adore the super cute overlapping back, which provides some "give" around my growing stomach pooch.
Nothing bad here.
Nothing ugly here.
The easy-to-sew Crystal Cove Cami is a great layering piece with a cute overlapping detail in the back. This top comes together fast with only five pattern pieces and 7/8 yards of fabric. I also learned a new, game-changing way of turning tubes.