I decided to make myself a top over the weekend, something nice and simple! I chose a pattern I bought last year, Butterick 6256, and picked some pale mint jersey from my stash. It’s a lovely weight jersey, I bought it in Fabworks a couple of years ago, I think it was their organic cotton range. I’ve got a length of pale mauve as well.
The fabric was made in a tube, which I’ve not come across before, when I say a tube, I mean there was no selvedge, both sides were on the fold. It feels lovely and it was nice to sew too.
Considering it’s a simple pattern – there are only three pattern pieces, it’s amazing how many mistakes you can make when you’re not firing on all cylinders! I sewed the wrong bits together, sewed back to front…my seam ripper was well used!
The front of the top has a crossover design and a curved hem. The first time I tried it on it looked awful, a right dogs dinner, I commented to my OH that it was a perfect lockdown top as I wouldn’t be going out in it! It was too big, even allowing for dropped shoulders and the front cross-over just sagged in a most unbecoming way!! I took it in a bit down the side seams..
The fit was a little better, but the cross-over was still awful, it sagged under my bust and made me look about 7 months pregnant – not a good look!
I then hit on the idea of stitching the cross-over in place. Initially I was just going to slip-stitch it down but I then had the idea of embroidering the neckline and continuing the stitching through all layers of the cross-over. It worked brilliantly. Initially I thought I would have to stitch both sides, but having secured one side the other side sat OK. I just used fly stitch in a very pale blue DMC thread.
Please excuse the lockdown hair – my last haircut was the end of August – I went from autumn lockdown to self isolation to national lockdown!! Goodness knows how long it will be when I next manage to get an appointment!
I rather like it now, whilst it’s not a great make as the hems are wavy, it is wearable out of the house! I’m even tempted to make another one now, probably a size smaller though!