Friday, January 14, 2011

Olive Top - Crazed Fabric

Some months back I bought some *novelty* knit. I only just realized how novel it really is. I'm not sure if that is exciting or maddening. The base fabric is black knit as can be seen in the picture below (back side of fabric showing). The front side (at left) of the fabric has strips of knit sewn vertically to the black backing. The strips are gray on one side and white on the other. They flop all over the place. I'm learning that I need to sew edges carefully to avoid strange corners of the strips popping out from the seam. Of course, I'm learning by unsewing :|

If I don't become overly anxious, this may turn into something fun. It's hard to control and I'm so glad I selected the Sewing Workshop Olive top for it. It has a minimum of seams. The pattern calls for an exposed zipper going down the back. I'm pretty sure I don't want an exposed zipper going down the back of this top. It is purely decorative anyway - the top slips right over your head. When I cut out the left and right backs, I purposely evened up the seam in anticipation of this.

The only trick to cutting was to be sure to AVOID flipping the pattern pieces over when laying it out. The left and right backs are quite different from one another even though I evened up the back seam. The front could not be cut on the fold for the same reason. Only the sleeves could be cut double.

This fabric was a little pricey so I only bought 1.5 yards - not enough for the Olive top. That's going to be OK though. I don't think I'd like extreme texture all over. The sleeves will be solid black jersey, as will the neck band. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out, if I don't lose my mind in the process.

Is wine considered a sewing notion?

1 comment:

  1. Martha, thank you for all the insight and information re this top. I have a few knit candidates, but I don't really care for the back zipper either. Good to know that I don't need to have an opening to get it over my head.