This little top is a Simplicity Pattern (1317):
The fabric was a polyester/elastane 4 way stretch knit I purchased at Spotlight for $9.99 per metre. I don't normally go for polyester but liked the colour and pattern on this fabric. I have since found that this fabric is quite nice to wear, especially as I wear a t-shirt underneath for warmth.
The finished result is really quite nice - although this is a sort of casual sweatshirt sort of top, in a nice pattern it looks like a very pretty top.
As for the details: I cut Size S, view A. I took 2 inches out of the sleeve along the L/s lines, but as I seamed the cuffs at 3/8 inch instead of 5/8 inch, the resulting sleeves are only 1.75 inches shorter. I did not alter the length but again, seamed the band at 3/8 inch instead of 5/8 inch, so the top is 1/2 inch longer than it is supposed to be.
This was a straightforward make but I still have problems running off the overlocker neatly on these very stretchy knits when I do the neckband:
I guess one day I will get the feel of how to manipulate knits better under the overlocker. What I tend to do is distract the eye away from the problem area by adding a feature - in this case the guipure daisy.
The bottom band looks good though, so I am slowly learning:
Well, I have a corker of a headache today, so I will just say goodbye today, and leave you with the pictures:
Oh, and before I go, I just need to mention that the neckline on this top, while pretty, is a little wider than those I normally wear. While this looks nice, it is also a bit chilly, so with a leftover strip of fabric I made a cowl scarf. Which looks almost as though it is part of the top and certainly works nicely with it.
That's it, off for a lie down now...
Bye for now,
P.S. : Costings - Simplicity 1317 - Fabric $19.98, Pattern $5.00. Needle and Thread allowance $6.00. $30.98. (More expensive than most of my me makes this year - but then, I did not purchase this fabric on sale. The scarf adds a more expensive look though, so that's okay!)