2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

November 18, 2016

BLOGLIKECRAZY 2016 DAY 18: #Faye'sSewingLife...

...sometimes in Faye's Sewing Life getting down to the actual sewing process
 becomes quite difficult.  Unless of course unless you take into consideration:
  • Time spent thinking about sewing
  • Time spent perusing pattern after pattern
  • Time spent pulling piles of fabric from the stash trying to decide just which piece to use; then having to put the fabric back up again
Vogue 1261 won out this week after hibernating in the pattern stash since 2013.
I chose View B, an easy enough top to make. 
  •  I alleviated the center back seam because what's the point of having it on this particular design.
  • I toyed with using the exposed/top-stitched armhole seaming as the pattern suggested but decided not to due to the textured knit chosen for the project.  I stitched the sleeve in flat and then top-stitched the seam.
  • I hemmed the sleeves but zigzagged the bottom hem as a finish.  Normally I would have serged the bottom hem then turned up to stitch.  But in this case I had only one spool of mustard cone thread, and I felt that turning up to stitch would have caused the hem to be a bit bumpy due to this textured knit.
  • I folded the collar and stitched to the neckline, then top-stitched the seam down

MY REVIEW OF THE FINISHED PRODUCT:  I really should have listened to the advice of Pattern Review contributors who had this to say about the pattern:
  • View B runs smaller than Views A or C
  • Sleeves of View B are smaller than those of Views A and C
  • The sleeves are tight and need enlarging
I guess you could say, what's the use of reading the reviews if you aren't going to take heed of them. 
Besides that, the sleeves even looked tight the pattern envelope.   I think it's a great top give the fact that I should have cut a size larger and enlarged the sleeves.

Nice top, but future makers beware...


15 comments:

  1. I like the fabric you used for this top! I have had this pattern forever and yet to make it.

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    1. Thank you Linda, the fabric was gifted.

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  2. Thanks for the review, Faye. I think I'll just manipulate my fave knit top pattern to look like this one. I would've bought it - it's very much my style. Nothing against pattern companies but...

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    1. Manipulating your favorite knit top pattern would be so doable Samina. Please let me see it when you get it made.

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  3. Can you do anything to enlarge the sleeves? The fabric is so pretty!

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    1. The sleeve seam was stitched, serged and top-stitched down Samina and I'm afraid it would do damage to the body of the top.

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  4. Lovely top Ms. Faye! Can you still wear it despite the size issues? I sure hope so, because it's nice and I would hate to see it become a wadder!

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    1. The sleeves would have a vice grip on my arms. I'm going to gift it to a skinny armed friend Myra.

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    2. LMBO!!!! Honey if you couldreally see these "flap-a-gonias" you wouldn't think that! But I will definitely take the top just the same young lady!!!!

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  5. Looks like a good cold weather top in your fabric. I hope Skinny Armed Myra enjoys it!

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  6. The fabric is just right for cold weather. I will be making another to include enlarging the sleeves.

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