Monday, March 16, 2009

BWOF 1-2009-106B - Black & tan leaves print knit top

Finished! This was an easy little top - as near to instant gratification as I get. I really liked the sleeves of this top. The knit used in the magazine is a bit thicker and the sleeve flounce stands out more, but I wanted to try it with a more fluid fabric, so I used an Ity jersey knit.

I bought this fabric from Denverfabrics.com. On the website, the leaves looked more off-white then tan. I don't wear tan well; it makes me look washed out and sickly. I was a little worried this print would cause the same effect, but I think it's got enough black to break up the tan. Here's a closeup of the sleeve flounce:

Back:

I made my usual 38, but cut 1/4" off each side seam, reducing the total width 2". The sleeves were already form-fitting. In fact, with a thicker knit, those sleeves might be a little tight. Then again, I don't exactly have stick arms.

Here's a few interior shots. I went ahead and used the facing they provided because I liked the shape of the neck and didn't want to round off the V. I did trim it with bias tape, and then I had to topstitch it down.

Here is the shoulder seam sewn with a french seam. I stabilized it on the inside so it wouldn't stretch out. I think I used a thin twill tape, but next time I'm going to look for something with a little stretch. Any ideas?

This side seam is french as well and you can see my twin needle hem on the bottom. I trimmed the fabric really close to the stitches. This is the only way I think it looks somewhat neat.

Okay, up next is BWOF 8-2008-121 in a light gray to match this blouse.
We have family in town and are running around to various tourist attractions tomorrow. Yawn, I'm so tired. Good night!

15 comments:

  1. Cute top. You could use clear elastic to stabilise the shoulder seams yet still have some give.

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  2. Hi Amanda, I love your top. Could you please post a picture of sleeve pattern piece? I don't want to wait until May for this issue of BWOF to reach the land of OZ.

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  3. Very nice, the fabric doesn't look tan at all in the photos. I always love seeing the inside of your garments, they are immaculate!
    Have fun with your family, I'll be doing the same thing next week.

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  4. Your knit top looks beautiful on you. I like your version with the jersey fabric. Great idea. Nice finishing touches. :)

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  5. I love the leaves print. It suits you very well! Also, thank you for posting so many pictures of your inside finishes - I hope to make mine look neater in the future, and it's good to have something to refer to.

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  6. That is such a pretty top and I love how neatly you finish the insides of your clothing.

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  7. That looks great on you - no "washed out" look at all. The sleeves are fabulous!

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  8. Like the fabric of your today top!

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  9. Amanda, what is "ITY" knit jersey?

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  10. Great looking knit top. I like the fabric!

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  11. Amanda I love your tops. Your fabric choices are great. I have enjoyed reading your blog for several months now and I always look forward to seeing what you are sewing.
    Debe

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  12. I love your top! I have been wanting to make a top with that kind of fabric but every time I try something it just doesn't look GREAT, just ok. I would love to see a tutorial on how to sew seams without a serger, I assume you do not use one. I do not have one and I just can't seem to get it just right on my regular machine. I know I am asking a lot but it never hurts to ask!hehe Thanks for your lovely blog, it always inspires me!
    Shorty

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  13. I finished this top last week (I made it from ivory stable knit fabric). Yours turned out great!

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  14. Cute top Amanda! What about using fold-over elastic to cover your seams so they still have some stretch?

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