I'm not normally a lover of boxy tops but I did like this little Lisette pattern. As I do have reservations though about boxy tops on me, I decided to make a wearable muslin out of two old white t'shirts, made out of the same material, that had seen better days. I also want to find out what I think about some of the techniques seen in Alabama Chanin knit garments. I'm not sure if the aesthetic is one I like or not.
The knit material was a fine cotton knit. I knew that I would need centre seams in order to use the pieces of fabric I had, and this top had a centre and back seam. I didn't have quite enough fabric, so I used a piece of white pin tuck voile, leftover from an earlier project, for the cuffs and the lower part of the back. Back features are sort of in at the moment, so I thought this was a good use of the leftover voile. Plus it's now out of my leftover stash :):
|Voile section bottom half of back bodice.|
I cut size 10 and lengthened the pattern two inches. As you can see, it is still short - and fairly wide. I like the width because in our hot and humid summer climate this shape will be cool to wear.
The original t'shirts had lace at the neckline, a finish I really liked and I decided to re-use this for the neckline of this t-shirt:
I'm not quite sure how the pattern finished the neckline because I didn't use the instructions, or really look at the pattern pieces, except for the three pieces I wanted - front, back and sleeve bands.
I finished the garment by machine and then used hand-stitching to top-stitch the seams down:
|Top stitching centre front seam.|
|Top stitching shoulder seams and cuff detail|
|Top stitching yoke and centre back seam.|
Now for some views of the top:
The top is fairly wide:
But probably not when you are doing things in it:
So that is my new hybrid re-fashion, wearable muslin Lisette top meets Alabama Chanin style. With a Sarah Liz feature back and cuffs. I like it and will love wearing this in the hot weather.
That's it for now, time for me to see what you have been sewing :)