The Fabric Wrangler’s Lula Top

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The Lula top is the perfect layering top.  The fabric suggestions are for wovens but I could see a warm layer waiting to work. I’ve used a snugly brushed jersey from F.C Fabric Studio, it doesn’t have much stretch so it won’t work up much different to a woven but it will be a warm layer.  Much needed as we move in to spring. Transitional wardrobe anyone?
The fabric came as a tube so I cut both front and back on the fold.  Because this is a slightly bulky fabric I didn’t bother with the facings, I’ll just overlock the neck edge.
Once cut, this was really quick to put together.  I stitched down the front as requested by the pattern but because it was cut on the fold I didn’t need to finish the seam edge.  To control the bulk of the fabric I top stitched the seam allowance down. 
I stitched the front to the back at the shoulder and overlocked the seams. 
Next up was the collar.  This was also quite straightforward, I like to pivot at the corners so that I don’t create too much bulk with the stitching.  It can be a bit tricksy getting the placement right but it’s worth going just a stitch at a time when you’re nearing the point.  Pop your needle down and lift your foot to pivot and check for seam allowance placement.
I then trimmed back the seam allowance and turned the collar, with a bulky fabric you’ll seldom get super sharp points but if trimmed enough and not too closely across the point you should get close.  I was in two minds about top stitching the collar and decided against. 
Once pressed,  I pinned the collar to the neckline.  The front of the collar overlaps so you need  to make sure you have all of your markings in place.  It fits quite nicely, I think using jersey also helped as it was quite flexible for fitting.  You may need to snip the neck edge of a crisp cotton.  Once stitched, I overlocked all three layers of the neck edge, trimming off some of the bulk.
I whizzed up the side seams and then overlocked the sides and the bottom and arm hems.
I could then give the hems a press, I turned them up about 2cm and stitched them down. 
Yes, I did indeed run out of bobbin about 2” away from the end of the hem!!!
Nearly done.  Now, the collar gives you two options on the pattern.  I wanted a stand up collar, I like a warm neck, but I wasn’t so keen on the straight lines.  I’m not so tall and although I don’t have a short neck, I felt it didn’t do me any justice.  I played around with the collar until it was laying in my preferred spot and pinned it down
 It can be a bit tricky to get off when pinned so beware of your face, make sure the pin’s facing away from you.
 It’s roomy enough to get a t-shirt under for those warmer spring days, you know, the ones where you have that chunky jumper on in the morning but by midday you’re stripping off.  I made a 12 so that I could get a t-shirt underneath but I’d size up if I was going to put any more under. 
Next came the search for a button.  I rummaged in a couple of drawers to find some that I thought might work.  Oh, the decisions!  I only needed one, how have I got so many single buttons?  ?  It couldn’t possibly be the sample button cards on offer in my local fabric store.
I caught the inner collar down with a couple of stitches and attached the chosen button to the corner of the collar. 
Done.  A warm, snugly,  top to keep off the chill of a spring day.  I have to say, this fabric has been a dream to work with.  it does exactly what you ask it to.  You can’t really go wrong with a simple top in this.   Now, what’s the weather going to do today?
Do you layer?  How do you keep warm, but not too warm on spring days? 
Come let me know over on my blog.  The Fabric Wrangler

 

Comments 2

    1. Thanks Bea, it works really well with a bit of stretch. Total comfort top. The collar is quite deep so I’d have been peeking over it if I’d left it as it was.

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