Sunday, November 26, 2017

Shades of Blue

For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful joy-filled one with family, friends and lots of good food.

A couple of years ago, I took a Pattern-making for Knits class at FIT in NYC.  One of the homework assignments was to draft a pattern for a slouchy knit top with dropped shoulders and a turtleneck.  Back then, I made it in French terry and I love that top.  I wear it frequently because it is so comfy and cozy.  I decided to make it again in a different fabrication to wear for Thanksgiving.

I am wearing my new top with my Closet Case Ginger Skinny jeans which I wrote about it a previous post:

The top came together rather quickly.  I am a slow sewer and I was able to put it together in an afternoon.  That is rare for me.  I always find some way of making a fast project slow-going but since I had already worked with this pattern, the fitting issues had been worked out.

Here you can see the silhouette:

Here is a view of the back.  

I purchased the fabric at B&J Fabrics in NYC.  It is a rayon poly blend with a textured surface.  The interesting thing about the fabric, which I did not notice at the store, is that it is actually two knit fabrics woven together.  I realized this at home when I cut the fabric and noticed the cut edge.  Interesting, right?!:

I made sure to stabilize the shoulder seam with stay tape to prevent stretching.  For knit tops, I often use the coverstitch for the hem but in this case, I wanted a more formal look to the top so I serged the raw edge and topstitched it using a walking foot (to prevent stretching).  You can see the texture of the fabric in this photo:

If you would like to make a top with a silhouette similar to mine but don't want to draft the pattern, you can try Kwik Sew 4190 or Cutting Line Designs Fun with Fabrics pattern (the top).  

Happy Sewing!