I like a challenge and although I sometimes regret taking one on, there’s usually something to be learned along the way. I’ve been sewing for a long time and am enjoying a phase of testing and extending my skills.
This top is one such challenge. It’s designed for woven fabrics (so I am also making one on in cotton lawn) but I thought I’d have a go with jersey.
The black and white striped jersey was kindly supplied by FC Fabric Studio and is very similar to the navy and white stripe that I used for the Bella dress. It is rather slippery and has made this simple pattern into a slow make as it can be rather tricky to match the stripes.
I cut all the pieces on a single layer of fabric to make stripe matching less stressful, and found that sewing the seams with an overlocker reduced the sliding somewhat, although not completely.
The collar is sewn with a lightning bolt stitch (a specific stretch stitch that’s a variation on a narrow zigzag) and a long straight machine stitch secures the bias binding around the inner neckline. Rather than binding the armholes, I pressed a 1cm hem and stitched this and the lower hem edge with a twin needle.
In place of a full buttoned back opening, I stitched a centre back seam, leaving the uppermost 10cm/4” open and hemmed the opening. The button loop is an extension of the neckline binding.
There’s still some work to do on the woven blouse. I drafted a facing for the neckline and armholes instead of binding them and will talk more about that soon.
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