I have been itching to do some sewing and the 3-day weekend was the perfect opportunity. Many of you voted to start on the shower curtain, but I just couldn't resist a quicky sewing project...so the new red knit top in a day was born.
|Marcy Tilton by Vogue Red Knit top|
I bought this pattern a while ago and had forgotten about it. It fit the bill for a quicky top perfect for a 3-day weekend Saturday.
I happened to have some red medium weight cotton knit that I bought for another project - all washed and ready to go. As quick as that - the other top went to the bottom of the to-do pile.
I didn't look closely at the time, but the pattern is a "wearable art" pattern which, I guess, means unfinished sort-of deconstructed/uneven seams.
You basically lap the front and back pieces and sew them down in a quarter inch seam with a varying zigzag stitch.
|Varying the zigzag from wide to straight stitch|
The biggest challenge since starting to sew for myself again has been figuring out what size to sew. Of course the fact that I'm still losing weight - down 36 pounds over the last 3 years! - doesn't make it easier to settle on a size. My measurements are all over the place from a 12 to a 20!
I ended up making a 16 and tapering the waist in a bit (Pattern sizes are frustratingly larger than ready-to-wear!). If I had followed my measurements on the pattern envelope, I would have made a much bigger size and it really would have overwhelmed me! Thank goodness I tissue fitted the pattern on Donna the Dressform before cutting the fabric.
I think that what I really need to do is get over my fear of cutting up my patterns and learn how to do a full bust adjustment. Then I can make the smaller size everywhere else. That will be my next challenge - after the promised shower curtain gets done! Ha!
|My pup just couldn't resist being in the photo!|
Overall, the top was fun to make and easy to put together. I did lengthen the top by 3 inches - it was way too short for me as drawn. I also lengthened the sleeves from 3/4 to wrist length.
I'm not sure that the bat-sleeve, boxy look is the best look for me, but it is comfy and I will definitely wear this top with jeans on weekends.
Next up...Shower curtain...I promise! ;-)