I finally finished a top for Faye’s Essential Top Sew-Along! Thank goodness she extended it 3 days for laggards such as I. Actually, this top took much longer than I ever thought it would, even given my picky picky ways.
I’ve been wanting to sew this top ever since I found a pic of SewEllen’s last year. Super cute. I sewed View B, which is tunic length like hers, but I think mine is a bit too long. Which I can fix easily enough. I did a muslin in the shorter length, but like it a little longer.
From reading reviews on Pattern Review, I knew that many sewists had run into issues with the negative ease in this top. Having a full bust, I did not hesitate – I added 5/8″ to the sleeve and side seams beginning at the top of the armhole and curing in just above the natural waist. (I like the additional length on the sleeve). I also dropped the armholes 3/8″ on both sides, they were just a bit high for me.
|Vogue 8584 Loose Leg Capris|
My fabric is a very soft cotton jersey from Girl Charlee. It is a very fine, yarn-dyed knit – and slippery! So my Very Easy Vogue became a challenge.
I had to be careful not to let the stripes move around, and the pintucks were little beasties. Twelve parallel lines with 1/4″ tucks in slippery knit. I ended up thread tracing the pleat lines through the tissue, then machine tracing those lines, and using the trace lines to form my pleats. I was wishing for some mid-weight printed jersey before I was done!
- Cut my binding width-wise across my fabric (so that the stretch goes with the length of the binding), 1/1/2″ x 40″.
- Trimmed 5/8″ from the neckline.
- Sewed the binding on the outside, right sides together, with a 3/8″ seam.
- Turned the binding to the inside and stitched in the ditch on the outside. Note that the binding is turned over the 3/8″ seam allowance – the seam allowance is not turned to the inside!