Quick knit top finished - Silhouettes #175 "Valerie's Top"
This twisted band around the collar interested me so I pulled a piece of rayon jersey from the stash and sewed it up. There was not enough fabric to make the collar from the pink knit, so I used a similar knit leftover from a skirt project. Then I put them together as an outfit.
|photo lightened to show detail in the black band around the neckline|
Once I had sewn the basic bodice, I put it on and used chalk to draw the scooped neckline where I wanted it. The twisted band is gathered before stitched down, so it is not necessary to measure the length of the band perfectly. That makes this a pretty easy project. I'll admit, it is a little confusing at first, but if you just pin patiently, it all works out in the end. The drape in the collar band can be arranged to be puffy or flat - symmetric or asymmetric. It is pretty cute, I think.
Once I had sewn the collar band, I remembered a post from a few years ago, by Liana. In her version, the band is attached in 2 steps and there is no gathering. I can see how it would work very well with a narrower band.
Next I will use these ideas to manipulate the chiffon for a collar band on my lace jacket. That will be fun. I am anxious to finish that up and see how it shakes out. If it doesn't look good, I'll keep trying ideas until something works.
I was pleased to read comments letting me know you like fitting topics! I think I am a pattern-maker at heart. I will write more as I apply the concepts I find in books, online, DVDs and classes. Thanks a lot for reading and for taking the time to leave a comment! I love hearing from you.