This is a very quick and simple make, but it marks the domination of a pattern I’ve made unsuccessfully three times before this. I have no idea where this pattern came from but it’s one of those patterns that has never quite worked regardless of which view I have made. So, I feel I’ve earned the 5 stars I’ve awarded myself.
Elements of what resulted in three unsuccessful makes of View B alone – only one of which remains and I wear as PJs -were to do with fit, at other times to do with fabric, and also to do with finishing preference.
So, what I changed:
- I straightened the side seams tapering them in where they were wanting to flare out. This gives a relaxed easy fit on my negligible hips.
- I chose a fabric with a bit of drape, that wasn’t too heavy or thick.
- I finished the next with a binding rather than turning it inside and stitching as the pattern instructed. I can NEVER get a good finish on a stretch fabric using this method, I struggle on hems and cuffs too. I’m thinking it’s time to try a twin needle?
Because this top is only made with two pattern pieces – front and back – it’s always very deceptive as to how much fabric it requires. Usually I make a centre back seam and I can squeeze it out of about 1 metre of fabric. This time I had to do a little juggling – hence the vertical stripes on the back. I also needed to to a bit of piecing on the back seams to get the sleeve to the length I wanted so I could have the cuffs.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with this top. It’s made from second hand fabric and still smells a little musty even after a good wash and air on the line, but I’m sure that will wear off eventually.