I raided my stash and found another piece of the purple unidentified nice soft knit I found on sale at Spotlight last year - one of their job lots. I'm pretty sure this is mostly viscose - it has a nice feel and handle and is soft and lovely to wear.
I'm still new to sewing knits and am not really sure if I like sewing knits yet. I suspect not, I really like to sew structured garments. Knit garments are useful though, so I am going to persevere with learning how to handle this type of sewing. I think basically you have to forget everything you know about sewing with wovens and adopt a totally different mindset for knit fabrics. You sort of have to flow with them, I think.
Anyway, I used my modified New Look 6216 top - if you are interested in the pattern and the modifications over time, you can find them here.
This version is just a short sleeve shell. I cut a self fabric band, serged all seams and used a zig- zag stitch for the hems of the sleeves and bodice.
The views of the front:
The side - I always find New Look very roomy around the hips and tummy - so this top is a little big around that part, but this doesn't bother me - it is supposed to be a relaxed fit top, and you do see plenty around at the moment with this loose shaping.
Although it took time to make the alterations for this pattern, I am glad I did, because this is a useful basis for making more tops - I might take some of the fullness out in due course. Depending on the fabric I choose to use.
Next week I plan to use the remains of this length of fabric and make a second top - there does seem to be a need in my wardrobe. It doesn't bother me if they are the same colour - I like it and it suits me, so why not have lots of tops in it?
I want to try Kwik Sew 3036, another dolman sleeve top.
Until then, happy sewing everyone,
Sarah Liz :)