Saturday, August 30, 2008

BWOF 8/08 #108 Knit Top

Pattern Description: Raglan cap sleeves and a standing collar furnish the chic pullover look. Our sewing tips: Use an invisible zipper in centre back so that the collar fits snugly. Stitch all the hems with twin needles to guarantee suitably elasticity.

Pattern Sizing: BWOF sizes 34-42. I made a 38.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They weren't too bad for BWOF, plus I've already made #109, which is the same top without the collar. I still don't get the instructions for the underarm bands, but then again, it works fine just folded and topstitched.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It's a great basic shape, nice and streamlined to fit under jackets.

Fabric Used: Cotton jersey picked up at Jomar just on Thursday - it was a remnant, so the total cost was $1.25.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: None, this time. When I originally planned to make this top for my Falling in Love with Fall mini-wardrobe, I wanted to do the mock turtleneck in a gold sweater knit. Then the sweater knit arrived and it was tan, so I went to a bright orange-rust poly, and made version #109, which had some changes. When I found this fabric a few days ago, I went back to my original plan and made the zip-neck mock turtleneck.

This was my first invisible zipper in a knit, and it actually went in without any trouble, so color me surprised. The mock turtleneck was easy, though BWOF said to cut a piece 15.25 x 4, and then stretch it "slightly" while pinning it to the neck. Let's say the stretch was far more than slight, but it did fit. I finally found some interface bias tape, and that helped immensely with stabilizing the arm and neck openings.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I wasn't sure how I felt after the orange top, but it rurns out I really like this one. Go figure! I'm going to play with the pattern a little and draft full sleeves for it because I think this pattern has a long life in my wardrobe.

Conclusion: Great little top! And yes, I noticed the unfortunate placement of the circle on the top, but only after it was sewn. Oops!


Vicki said...

This is a really cute top. The fabric is so interesting.

stacysews said...

Wow! Fabulous top and I LOVE the fabric!

Cathy said...

Wow, I LOVE that fabric! Totally cute top, too.

laura said...

That is a really sharp top! I'm so envious of all of you who just whip out those Burda fashions. You've made all the things that I want to make and when my life hopefully slows down this winter I can't wait to dig in. And of course since I can't for the life of me understand Burda directions, I will be checking out your reviews and hopefully saving my sanity.

Tany said...

Just beautiful! Again, the same pattern but it turned out as a different top just by adding the collar and using an interesting print fabric!

Peacock Chic said...

wow it came out great!!! Love it!! Thanks for the details