Speaking of fun times, I found myself crawling around on the floor, pinning my pattern to my fabric and cutting it with shears. Considering I usually have a cutting table, pattern weights and rotary cutters, that was a throwback to my early sewing days. I sewed this Style Arc knit top:
Here are the pattern details:
Yes, the animal print completely obscures the interesting lines, but this pattern had just arrived in the mail and all of my other patterns are packed away.
A few interesting tidbits:
- the neckline came out a little higher than I expected (bonus - I like it higher)
- the front is constructed first, and then the back is constructed and then you sew them together at the shoulder seams.
- That means the binding for the neckline isn't continuous, which is always my preference.
- It worked out fine because I just sewed the shoulder seams together, pressed them open and sewed a couple stitches by hand to keep the edges out of sight.
- The seams are only a quarter inch, so it's a good thing this fabric doesn't ravel!
- I sewed everything with a zig-zag: hems, top-stitching, seams, everything except the shoulder seams because I wanted to press them open. My serger is packed away! And the busy fabric hides the zig-zag.
- I could stand to do a cheater FBA on this (add to the side seams at the bustline) so I'll do that next time. There WILL be a next time, I LOVE this pattern!
- I was able to make my pattern adjustments by referencing my past blog posts about Style Arc patterns. I love how consistent the drafting is.
Have you ever noticed what a sense of accomplishment you get from sewing? That is something I have been really missing lately and sewing this top last weekend gave me genuine endorphins.
Anyone else planning to sew the Tootsie? I am going to be on the lookout for cute striped knits.