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Layercake Sleeveless Step Top in Black Linen
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Layercake Synergy Step Top

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New: optional gradient yarns (see episode 48 of the podcast on YouTube for more info). If you would like the yarn for the sleeves and panel of your Synergy Top to be in a gradient (see gradient choices HERE) then please write your gradient choice in the NOTES section during check out and I will send you gradient sets instead of solid colours.

The Step Top is the first of what will grow into a range of Layercakes that are sewn by The Slow Wardrobe and then, with our guidance, finished by you.

The idea is that the final piece consists of a combination of sewn and knitted fabric. However, each garment will be perfectly wearable without your additional work. Our instructions give you a number of options to decide on the final look you like best. And the most adventurous may want to do their own thing and design their own additional parts to the garment we send you!

The Step Top is a boxy one-size-fits-many (UK8-28) throw-over in our lighter linen. The back of the top is much longer, creating an interesting silhouette that teams well with your existing Layercakes and creates an unusual, elegant line. Measurements are found in the size guide below.

It comes to you with yarn and a pattern to knit sleeves as well as a rectangular panel that could be added to the shorter front panel to lengthen it. The pictures show plain knitted sleeves and a plain knitted panel on the white top and lace knitted sleeves on the Pink top. Instructions for both versions are included on the pattern.

In summary, you receive:

  1. The sewn top (pre-shrunk) in your chosen colour.
  2. 200g of Layercake Linen 3-ply (same colour as the top or 2 x 100gr gradient sets of your choice), which is plenty to knit sleeves of the length of your choosing as well as a panel to lengthen the front of the top.
  3. Knitting pattern that includes instructions for both plain stockinette as well as lace sleeves and panel(s).
NOTE: currently out of stock of the Blue and Black fabrics, so apart from the ready-made Blue Tops we have left, they are not available for pre-order until further notice.

If a certain fabric/size shows the "add to bag" option, then there are 2 possibilities:

1. We have some ready-made in stock (shown directly above the "add to bag" button).

2. It is a pre-order, i.e. we have to make it for you. If this is the case, you will be able to put it in your cart and order it, and you'll realise that we won't be able to ship immediately (pre-orders usually take between 2-4 weeks, up to 6 weeks during very busy times like Oct-Nov)
PLEASE NOTE: standard-sized made to order garments CAN be returned for a refund!

If you need an outfit for a special occasion, please contact me BEFORE placing your order to ensure it can be made and shipped to reach you in time.

If we have run out of stock AND fabric, it will show as "No longer available" and you will not be able to add it to your cart, it truly is all gone.

The Slow Wardrobe sizes
We follow our own sizing system, recognising that the traditional system of "ladies dress-sizes" does not account for body shape and height. See how The Slow Wardrobe sizes relate to body measurements HERE.

Joy Jacket/Jan Jacket/Duster/Step-top/Synergy Top/Gansey
These garments are designed to fit a very wide range of sizes and heights, from a UK size 10 to 28. Check these garment measurements to give you an idea of their dimensions.

Garment Underarm*
cm / in
Armhole depth*
cm / in
cm / in
Length front**
cm / in
Length back**
cm / in
Joy Jacket 81 / 32 31 / 12 81 / 32

74 / 29

68 / 27
Jan Jacket 83 / 32.5 28 / 11 89 / 35 98 / 38.5 90 / 35.5
Duster - short 74 / 29 31 / 12 83 / 32.5 64 / 25 84 / 33
Duster - Medium 74 / 29 31 / 12 83 / 32.5 82 / 32 102 / 40
Duster - long
74 / 29
31 / 12
83 / 32.5
100 / 39.5 120 / 47
Step-top - Small
74/29 33 / 13 open
56 / 22
71 / 28
Step-top - Large
37 / 14.5
64 / 25
79 / 31
Synergy Top
37 / 14.5
64 / 25
79 / 31
Gansey - Small
33 / 13
61 / 24
66 / 26
Gansey - Large
37 / 14.5
71 / 28
76 / 30

* measured with garment lying flat, so double this measurement for circumference
** measured from top of shoulder

Custom sizes

We do everything we can to be truly size-inclusive. We can highly individualise your Layercake, by adapting the standard fit and/or choosing a non-standard fabric/colour.

Find out more about this service HERE.

Linen Care & Washing Instructions
Every Layercake has washing labels sewn into them, usually in the left side-seam.
All our linen is pre-shrunk, unless stated otherwise and can be machine-washed at 40º C and either line-dried or machine-dried. If you machine-dry them, take them out of the dryer as soon as it finishes and hang them up straightaway, then you will not have to iron them.

Our Linen
Linen is one of the world's strongest textiles and most sustainable fashion choices, creating zero waste as every part of the plant is used (for textiles and food). Our linen is all European grown, yarn-dyed and woven especially for us, then boil-washed to pre-shrink it.

Find out more about our linen.

Linen is not only a Summer fabric, it is also a natural insulator, providing warmth when it is needed and offering the perfect base for a layered look, trapping air between the layers to keep you cozy year-round.