Do you ever come home from the fabric store with a piece of fabric that is just plain ugly?
It doesn't happen to me often but I think you'll agree that the fabric used in one of the garments I\ll show you today is.
So here goes!
See? I told you!
The only reason I ended up using it was to try out Butterick 5524 . I think this would be a good project for my Sewing Group but I don't think my sample will help me very much to sell it to the ladies though!
One positive thing about the fabric was its selvage which I used to trim the hem, sleeves and pocket edges.
As for the pattern, I made View B. I find the neckline and collar are too small. I would make them larger another time. Also, I felt compelled to raise the underarm three inches .I would also make it a couple of inches shorter too if I were to try this in a prettier fabric.
On a brighter side, I had a black cable sweater knit that screamed out it wanted to be a boat neck pullover and I love this piece. I've already worn it three times this week and gotten lots of compliments.
I would have preferred long sleeves but I didn't have the yardage.
I used Burda Style , Feb./09, #108. This is a close fitting top so I cut the largest size and it fit just right.I scooped out the front neckline 5/8" and was satisfied with that.
To finish hems and neck facings ,I tried something different. I used a lighter weight knit together with Fusi knit interfacing which I sewed with wrong sides facing out. After sewing to neckline, bottom of sleeves and hem, I fused the facings in place , then hand stitched as well. It made a nice neat finish to the neckline ,sleeves and hem and no stitching shows on the outside..
I did my usual FBA and added a bust dart.
This is the first piece in a series of what I'm calling Classic Basics. I have too many silly looking tops made in the last couple of years. I really prefer to dress in simple lines and that is my fashion goal for 2013.
I'm wearing my boat neck top with a skirt I made for Swap 2009 and which I still love .
Hope you found time to sew this week.Next week, I'll show you what I did with V8817.