I had this striped French top for awhile now and just couldn’t seem to get rid of it. I loved the wide stripes, boatneck collar, and 3/4 sleeves. The problem wasn’t the overall look but it was too snug to wear comfortable. Instead of getting rid of it I wanted to refashion it into something I could wear. At first I thought a cardigan but I have plenty of those. I eventually came up with this interesting cut out detail on the back using stretchy strips of knit. It added that extra width I needed and of course a cool design element.
The key to getting this design to work well is Coats Eloflex Thread. Eloflex is a stretchable thread that you use for both hems and seams. It won’t pop when stretched because it expands with the fabric. It’s great for knit projects like this as well as athleisure, cosplay costumes, swim suits, elastic waistbands, etc. It gave this top the extra stretch I needed to make sure I wasn’t hearing that pop! of threads when putting the knit top on.