|Yes, that's a very attractive compost bin in the background.|
|I think those flutter sleeves are just perfect. Love them!|
This is also part of my Remaking and Replacing the RTW project list. I had a favorite dark gray tee from Ross that looked pretty similar to this -- gathered at the front, cut-out back, slightly fluttery sleeves, and gathered to a band at the bottom -- that I unfortunately ruined with a large oil stain. It was right over my belly button, too; that's not a location that could really benefit from a camouflaging lace doily applique. I held onto that tee through two moves, hoping that one day I could replicate it. Although this top is black, it's got essentially the same function in my wardrobe: it's a top in a basic color that's slightly dressier/more put together than my screenprinted science tees, but still casual enough to go with jeans, but wouldn't be entirely out of place with work trousers, and the flutter sleeves and back cutout keeps it from being too boring. In other words, pretty much perfect.
|Yergs...look at the horrid binding job, all ripply and weird. |
Good thing my hair or a cardigan will hide it most of the time!
And you can tell that it's both very windy in SF and that my
fabric is indeed tissue thin.
|Walnut is depressed, just thinking about the long car ride. Kinda like Henri.|
|My husband decided to get artsy and try to do the sun flare thing. |
Okay, okay, I made him do it. Not bad, though, right?
Fabric: 1 yard of very drapey, tissue-thin, 4-way stretch jersey knit with a healthy lycra content
Notions: None. I didn't bother with the button at the top of the keyhole, nor did I stabilize my shoulder seams as the instructions recommended (oops).
Techniques: This knit binding method is brilliant. I will never go back.
Hours: A few? It would've been faster, except that my machine really wanted a walking foot for this project. I had to go really slowly to get the binding to not look wonkier than it already does.
Will you make this again? Yes, definitely, for all the reasons cited above about its versatility. I also want to try it with a slightly stabler knit, but with less gathers at the front, and extend it into a dress (without the band at the bottom, obviously).
Total cost: $2.50 for the fabric, from the time I met Aleah.
Final thoughts: With a few minor tweaks, I can see this becoming my go-to top pattern. I'm a sucker for flutter sleeves! Thanks for putting out this pattern, Tanit-Isis!
That's two tops done for R&RtRTW; I've still got a cardigan and several pairs of pants I want to tackle. Since my last pants fail, though, I think I'll go for the cardigan first. Time to start looking out for sweater knits! Oh wait, it's supposed to be ridiculously hot down in SoCal now. Hmmm, I might be able to talk myself into a sundress or two...