Yes – that’s right. I made another knit top! Yahoo! I think I’m finally ready to get back to making more involved garments, ones that involve fitting and pretty woven fabrics (I need to sew all the silk crepe de chine in my stash). Until then, I have some more fast, quick, easy projects to share.
This is my second version of Vogue 8790, which is now sadly out of print. (See first version here). My first version was made with a drapey rayon/lycra knit and ended up sagging out quite a bit at the end of a day’s wear – which is one of my biggest pet peeves.
This fabric is from Fabric Place Basement in Natick, MA. I don’t know the content but I wish I did, because I really like it! It’s mid-weight, only slightly stretchy and has a certain fuzziness to it. It’s wonderful! Plus, great colors for fall!
This here is a size 10, one size down from my typically Big 4 size (12). I went down a size based on reviews…and also because that is what I made last time and so my pattern was already cut :) This time I shortened the bodice by 5/8″ since last time the side gathers hit me at a odd unflattering point.
And apparently I needed a swayback adjustment as well.
This top is fast and easy to sew. The instructions call for you to set in the sleeves which is just silly. I changed the order of construction to sew the sleeves in flat and then gather and attach the side seams. Much easier. My biggest complaint is how the side seams pull and don’t stay vertical. Part of it is probably due to sewing a small size because I wanted this top tight. And thus the front has more tension from two overlapping layers pulling on the back. I sewed clear elastic into the seam to support it but that barely helped. I’m not sure there’s much to do at this point, it just annoys me. I’m constantly trying to readjust the sides!
I didn’t mean to cut the sleeves out symmetrically BTW. The orange flower on each arm look like eyes to me! And once you notice it, it’s hard to miss. But I wore it today and no one noticed. So that’s a good thing! Overall, I really like this top. I’ve always been cold (average temperature of ~97.3 F) and in the winter I love love love cowl necks, scarfs, and turtlenecks (they’re so warm and cozy!). So I’m sure I’ll be reaching for this top a lot in the next few months as the seasons change.
We have the last of three weddings to attend this weekend. I originally had plans to make new dresses for each wedding…but I really have no desire to sew more dresses! I rarely wear them in real life except for weddings. Once I catch up on functional sewing I’m sure I’ll be pulled back to pretty party dresses :)