My “Take 2”
I love the way this version fits me, close through the shoulders and upper bust, then gently flowing over my fluffy bits.
My disclaimer; I received this piece of beautiful ITY Knit Jersey in my favourite shade of teal from Distinctive Sewing Supplies in exchange for blogging about my experience. Please know that the opinions expressed will be my own.
I didn’t have quite enough fabric so I creatively pieced the back. (This isn’t the first time that I felt I had to make a second version of a top because it felt too tight for my liking)
Using my serger, I joined the horizontal seams first, then the vertical seam after using a bit of basting tape to keep the cross seam in place. I’m pleased with the results.
I changed the front neckline by raising it by 1 and 1/2inches and re-drawing the curve. The binding band for the new neckline was 95% of the neckline measurement. (It worked out beautifully)
Then I proceeded as directed in the instructions, by joining the shoulders and the side seams.
I didn’t add the fusible knit interfacing to the binding strips this time, and sewed them on with the right sides facing, then folded in the excess to the back, around the seam allowance, and then top-stitched 1/8″ from the seam.
I chose to use a rolled edge finish on this version, and did a test run first. It’s a good thing I did, because I have “pokies”. Can you see how the stitching isn’t smooth?
I solved that by cutting a couple of strips of lightweight water soluble “topper” and serging with the topper on top.
It was worth it.
A bit more…….
I recently purchased a remote “clicker” for my camera, and took a photo of the back of this top. Notice the “fluff” across the upper back? And how the fabric is pulled? I don’t like the way it looks. If I make this style again, I’m going to widen the back by one inch in that area.