The Bateau neckline top that was a best pattern of 2009. I have made this top before in 2009 (twice) and even though it is not a really difficult top to make, I think I have made it more successfully this time round. My sewing has improved I think.
This time I made two versions a print and a plain ivory cotton/elastane, both with the 3/4 sleeve option.
The patterned fabric was stash fabric bought some time in the last few years (no blog record of buying this one). It is a fairly lightweight fabric but has good cool weather colours so I thought it would work for the change of seasons and as a layering piece (until it gets really cold!)
I am sooper happy with how this turned out. Before I made this one, I made one in a recently purchased fabric from Lincraft. It is a cotton/elastane mix - great quality, good ivory colour and sewed up beautifully, but did not photograph so well! :(
I tried to press it and the iron spit-up on it and now it looked worse than before it was pressed...
I have sent it for a wash and think, once washed and pressed properly it will be a great basic in the wardrobe.
Since the last time I made it, I think I better understand how the neckline is sewn (before sewing the shoulder seams) and I added an extra step - top-stitching the shoulder seam toward the back so that it sits nicely. I also left the sleeves alone - last time I lowered the sleeve cap. I think it gives it a nice crisp shoulder line and is not all that hard to sew in the stretch fabric. I did still sew the sleeves in before sewing the side/sleeve seams - can't see the point in 'setting in' a sleeve in a knit top.
I also (in the patterned top) hemmed the sleeve prior to sewing the sleeve seam. On such a little opening it really makes sense. I then sew the sleeve seam down for a few cms (at the opening) so that it sits nice and flat. This is how Ottobre seems to do them and I think it worked well for this top. I even looked at the RTW tee I am wearing today and that is how the sleeve hems are done as well!
Another infinity scarf. This time rather than piecing scraps, I used a pattern -this one. I did not make mine quite as wide. I had one yard of fabric and basically cut it into half and made two scarves. One is planned as a Mother's Day present for my Mum. The fabric I used is this one from Gorgeous fabrics - uber-soft rayon blend - a lovely soft, stretchy sweater knit (at least that is what I would call it). I had bought this fabric previously in a different colour and loved it but when I ordered this piece I must have had a brain freeze as I only ordered one yard - not enough for anything I might want to make from this fabric! This scarf was the answer!
This is such a quick simple make I plan to find some more suitable fabric and make a few more as gifts.
My Biegnet skirt's hem is re-sewn and I plan to blog it soon... Ciao kittens!