Back in December during my first lot of toile preparation for Susan Khalje’s classes I decided to make myself a new top for summer.
To start with I pulled out my TNT knit pattern, KS 3740 and then thought I would add the cowl from the ASG Cowl Neck Knit Top Sew-along, so I traced of a new pattern and followed the great instructions and had a new front pattern.
I merrily cut out my top, stitched the shoulders and overlocked the side seams and tried it on!
Did you notice above the words “no longer fits”, well it was a complete disaster, partly due to the fact that I have gained some centimetres and the stretch of the knit wasn’t what I thought it would be. The top has now had its side seams unpicked and I am trying to work out a way to salvage it.
However I was determined that I would have a new top by the end of the year!
Back to the drawing board, this time I pulled out some Coral Cotton Knit that I purchased from Pitt Trading back in 2015.
First I checked the amount of stretch and it was better than the fuchsia knit, so I went ahead and cut out and sewed another top but this time I only basted the side seams before I tried it on. A bit snug but wearable so the sleeves were basted in.
Looking in the mirror it was very apparent that I hadn’t made the forward shoulder adjustment to my knit TNT pattern, and with the knit being rather thin it was really noticeable.
It took me a few days and then it dawned on me, what about a cold shoulder top!
I undid the top of the sleeve and then put it on, turning down what I thought looked good, pinned in it place and then took the sleeves out, stitching the new top hems on my coverstitch and then trimming the seam.
I hemmed the sleeves and then stitched the sleeves back into the armholes. I added Lite Steam-A-Seam2 to the remainder of the armsyce
turned it under and coverstitched it in place.
|After a few washes|
Back to the sleeve pattern, I pinned what I had cut off and it was 6cm. So for the next version I will create a new pattern and straighten the curve at the top 1cm of the sleeve so that I when I turn it to hem there is solid fabric all the way across.
The back view
2017 Stash Out: 1 m
2017 Stash In: 4 m