But when I saw Vogue 8581 in the Vogue pattern book, I thought of a top that had quickly become a favorite of mine over the past few months. One that was very similar in styling to this pattern. (In fact, it's the blue one I'm wearing in my photo on this blog.) Before I thought about it and realized I could create a knit shirt with an existing peasant blouse pattern this one was in my shopping cart and on its way home with me.
My daughter saw it and decided she'd really like version A - the short sleeve one on the envelope. As she doesn't let me sew for her too often I jumped at the chance. I choose a red knit out of my fabric stash, as that is a gorgeous color on my daughter, and began sewing.
The top is rated very easy. Which it is. What it is not is quick to sew.
Here's what I would do differently.
- The instructions have you gather the front, back and sleeve upper edges before sewing the sleeves to the front and back. If your knit is lightweight, don't do this. You'll achieve a more even distribution of gathers if you gather the neck edge with one long session of stitches.
- The instructions have you sew the neckband to the neck edge, right sides together, then turn the neck band to the inside of the neck edge and slip stitch in place. Ugh. I secured the neck edge with a stretch stitch, but in the future I would fold the neck band in half before sewing the neck edge and serging the edges.
- The bottom fullness is pulled in with elastic. Don't bother using the pattern guide included for you to measure the elastic. For a size 14 the guide is 39" long. The hip measurement for a size 14 is only 38". To get the look illustrated on the front cover you'll want the hip elastic to be fairly snug.
She's anxious for the alterations so she can enjoy the top in the few warm weather months we have remaining. Plus she said she'll model it for us after I fix the fit. Trust me, it's much cuter on my daughter than on GiGi, my dress from.
Then take two will be coming up very soon. This time a purple long sleeve version to move her into the fall season.
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