01 Mar 2024 • • by Heather Lou

Meet the Alabaster Top, Our Crew Pattern for March!

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Say hello to the Alabaster Top, the third pattern in our "Stone Collection" for Crew 2024! Alabaster is the classic t-shirt, reinvented. With a dramatic + asymmetrical slit, a classic crew-neck tee gets a major upgrade, one that is both super-wearable and a little avant-grade. You can get Alabaster in sizes 0-32 by joining Crew – our monthly sewing and pattern membership – starting at just $12 USD a month!

The Design

We are exploring a few design ideas this year, and asymmetry is one of them! Alabaster is our first opportunity to explore the ways asymmetry not only excites the eye but makes things we *think* we know feel fresh and new again. How else to take a basic and make it feel so elevated?

Alabaster is designed for knit fabrics, and features a classic crew neckband and short sleeve. The center-back is seamed and shaped, but the real magic comes from that asymmetrical opening that starts at high hip. As it opens and draws to a mitered point at the hem, it creates a wedge opening along the leg that looks ahhh-maze-ing layered over jeans, and of course, our mega-popular Onyx Ponte pants (a true match made in heaven!)

Alabaster comes in two lengths. View B is a classic t-shirt length, with a shorter slit opening. View A is our longer tunic length option, ending around the knee (of course, you can also shorten it to any length you desire). We've styled it up and down so you can see how flexible it is (pants! jeans! bike shorts! skirts!) and we think it really spices up those days when all you want to wear is a soft, comfy tee.

Alabaster Design Story

Still have questions? Learn more about the design of Alabaster as I walk you through all the design features in the video below.

Suggested Fabrics for Alabaster

Alabaster can be made in a variety of knit fabrics with at least 30% crosswise stretch. For a more structured look, choose 100% cotton interlock and jersey. For a drapier effect, choose cotton/spandex blends, ribbed or rayon knits. As always, we've created exclusive fabric kits so you can recreate our samples. Our Luxe Organic Cotton Jersey is a particular fave - it's sooo soft and has the perfect structure for this pattern!

Don't forget - Unlimited members enjoy a standing discount at Core Fabrics! Get 15% off any order of fabric, notions, tools or kits in the shop for as long as you are an annual member. Visit the Crew Hub when you're logged in to see your exclusive Core Fabrics code.

How to Sign up for Crew

Crew is a monthly subscription service that sends you a unique pattern + curated resources to sew it each and every month, along with access to our private and supportive community. You can join monthly at just $12 USD a month (and cancel at any time) or join with our annual Unlimited plan. With Unlimited, you get 12 patterns in the coming year, PLUS our full catalogue of past patterns, and exclusive standing 15% discounts to Closet Core Patterns + Core Fabrics! You also get access to our Fitting Concierge, an Unlimited-only service with industry fitting pro Gabby Brown to help diagnose and solve your biggest fitting issues, regardless of the pattern or company you're using! Read more about that here.

We're so excited to see what you do with #ClosetCoreAlabaster! Join today to get sewing!

(Please note that if you are signing up after March 2024, you'll only be able to access Alabaster at the Unlimited level).

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