Well, I’m back posting after the holidays. Hosting family, being sick, shopping, working pooped me out and all I could do to get back on track was to sew! Here are two tops from the same pattern that I made quickly to satisfy my instant gratification craving. The first top is View A from Vogue 8952.
The crazy print and black knit were remnants from my stash and I thought it would be a way to try out this pattern. I like the way the ‘baseball sleeves” tone down the print. It was also a great way for me to get some more practice on the Janome CoverPro 1000CPX machine on the neck band and hems.
The next top is View C made out of a great sweater knit from JoAnn’s. I bought it recently with Christmas money and I couldn’t be happier with the fabric. It has a faint copper animal-like print woven through it and it was a dream to sew on.
Minimal jewelry so far; tortoise shell earrings and a tortoise shell cuff watch. I may come up with something else to fill in the neck in the future…beaded necklace?The only problem is the boob-shelf issue. It falls straight down providing casual comfort, but without seeing the fabric move, it looks a little big. I made the medium, which is the combo size of 12/14.It also has a bat wing sleeve, which takes a little getting used to. I prefer the tidy look of a set in sleeve, but I loved the picture in the Vogue Pattern Book showing the chevron stripe on the arm. Sooo, that means the next project will have to be a striped knit!
The only change I made to this top was to add a neck band for stability. This sweater knit was heavy and I dreaded a distorted neckline, so I measured the neckline circumference, subtracted 3″, and cut a 2.5″ strip. I used the CoverPro stitch treatment again for further stabilization.
While I’m on the subject of stabilizing knits, I just watched my Craftsy class on Sewing Fashion Knits by Linda Lee. Click here if you want to know more about Linda’s patterns, classes and bio. I have been sewing on knits for a long time, but I’m always interested in learning new techniques. The class is very thorough and Linda’s delivery is professional and smooth. I also admire the way she understands color. Seeing the clothing samples from her pattern line may have been my favorite part. If you have an interest in learning more about working with knits, I definitely recommend this class.