In the spirit of early fall and pumpkin season, I whipped up this Butterick 5925, a Katherine Tilton tunic. Have I mentioned how I love it when the end of October rolls around and brings a little chill to the air? This is the consistent time of year in Tucson when sweaters and coats are realistic to wear. I happen to love it (I probably should be living in a cooler climate). I also love this top because it is easy to make, uses up some small knit remnants for the accents and is very comfortable.
The long necklace is thrifted from a local bookstore – a little unexpected find from an unusual place. It is jasper and hand knotted. I think I paid $12.
As you can see from the line drawing, there are many ways to combine fabrics. I chose View B but left off the pocket. I didn’t want to add any bulk at the hip and have the stripe fabric be more visible. The contrast I chose was simpler than Katherine had designed for View B, where you can incorporate 3 fabrics. I shortened the sleeves to a 3/4 length which is a year round length for me AND allows for a little visible arm candy.
This style shirt and the use of different knit fabrics allow for so many options. I had no fitting issues, except for the neck band which is always tricky so that it lays flat. You know, a neck band that is not too tight, not too loose = SAGGY. Yuck. In the words of Michael Kors, “Becky Home-Ecky”. No preventable saggy necks. So what to do? I haven’t figured out the perfect formula for the knit neck bands. Online classes and various teachers have suggested three-quarters of the neck circumference should be the neck band length, but that doesn’t always work due to the amount of stretch the fabric may have. If it is a low stretch, like Ponte knit or matte jersey, the neck strip will need to be longer in order to stretch around the neckline and still lay flat. Super stretchy fabric will be shorter in length for the neckband. I find pinning it and distributing it as evenly as possible around the neckline works best. Basically, I have to experiment every time. I like to jot down the length on my instruction sheet to a have reference info for the future.
Here is another jewelry option. Earrings are from Payless Shoe Source!! Can you believe it? Never underestimate the gems that can be found in unlikely places. The necklace is self made with agate tubes and spacer beads.
Here is the Google definition pertaining to fabric:
noun: gore; plural noun: gores
1. a triangular or tapering piece of material used in making a garment, sail, or umbrella.
verb: gore; 3rd person present: gores; past tense: gored; past participle: gored; gerund or present participle: goring
1. make with a gore-shaped piece of material.
“a gored skirt”
This is the cover stitch hem I did using 4 different threads with my Janome CoverPro machine. As you can see, the three threads show on top. The fourth thread color is on the underneath side.
I even had enough fabric left over to make a tank and infinity scarf. I have a post about infinity scarves here.
The tank is from the Ann’s Cardigan post. I lengthened it a bit from the waist down so that it can be worn as a vest over a button down shirt or under a cardigan or jacket. The scarf can be worn with the rust boots, and a completely different outfit.
Here is the 8 inch slit on the side of the tank.
So there you have it. Another completed sewing project and some jewelry to match. I hope you will grab this pattern while it is still in the Butterick book and make one up.
On to the next project!