Things I love:
- Serenading my dogs with 80s hair metal in an epic falsetto
- Stupid floppy cheap jersey knits
Ladies and gentlemen- this is cake sewing in its finest. While I love nothing more than gorgeous 50s frocks and will wear them when I can they honestly do not get enough wear. But as a jeans and tee girl, this sassy number is all cake… with a whisper of lovely fabric frosting…
This was another project in which I learnt a lot of great skills. Firstly, grading a pattern. For the first time ever I now have adjusted pattern pieces tailored to my size. It took a couple of goes and some help from my french curve (and a lovely gin and tonic) but I got it done!
The second thing was well matched stripes at the sides and the top. For the life of me I couldn’t get the sleeves to match quite right but I gave them a valiant effort as well. I mean, look at these side seams. Oh wait! There’s not any evident because I matched them like a boss! Kazam!
Now let’s talk twin needle stitching. This has been a problem in the past (see: PJ top of hot messness) and I was feeling the pressure when taking this on. Enter: two hours of playing around with stitch settings, length settings and tension adjustments which wielded some unexpected results! Check this out!
In the end I went with the elongated wave setting and I love the finished look!
So, what I loved about this pattern:
- Easy to follow directions. There were lovely clear pictures which is always helpful for a learning lady like me.
- The bands on the cuffs and waist- this is a great way for beginner stretch sewists to start working with this style of fabric.
- The variety of necklines and arm lengths. With this version I used the Version A neckline combined with the Version B sleeves. There was no stress in swapping these in.
- If I do stripes, coordinate neckline colour with cuffs and waistband. It looks great the way it is but my inner (okay, outer) neat freak likes it when everything matches.
- Version C- I want me some longer sleeves and a cowl neckline!
- Nothing significant requires change- after I graded the waist in to reflect how I like my tees to fit everything else worked well. I also avoided a FBA as there was sufficient ease in the bust to get a fit I liked.