I'm having an at home day today, you know, doing all those scintillating tasks like cleaning the bath and so on. In between I do a seam or two of sewing. And I thought I would also post knit two knit tops that were made some months ago, as wearable muslins. As I am very much at home today, the photos sort of reflect that. Ordinary life sort of photos. Complete with my too short RTW pants that are worse than any me made pant I have ever made. Good for bath cleaning and that sort of thing though!
The first tip is Burda 6696:
I like the look of the pleated neck area in this top, but was not sure how the pleats would really work in practice. Only one way to find out, and that was to try the pattern. I found one of my Spotlight clearance knits - goodness knows what it is, it was labelled "cotton/polyester/nylon/spandex". Take you pick. I think it has some viscose in it, as it does wrinkle quite a bit, and it also has a softness about it. There was a slight residue left when I burnt a piece. It does have polyester in it as well, as it dries quickly.
I cut size 12 and added a small amount through the waist, as it had a very definite waist, and I don't. I took out 1 inch (2 cm) in the bodice along the L/S line, and took in the back and front neck area - my muslin from old t shirts indicated that the neck area was far too big for me. I shortened the sleeves, and used some stretch interfacing along the neck facing area. The pattern did not suggest this, but I thought it was essential, or that neckline was going to grow and gape enormously. I actually had to take in the CF seam through the chest area and seamed all seams at 3/8 inch (1cm approx) instead of the 5/8 inch suggested. I also added buttons to the pleated area, because it somehow just looked wrong and pointless without them.
I found the pleating was quite bulky - one area had twelve layers! I am not sure if it is my technique, but this is my finished pleating:
See how bulky this is - and the neck wants to sit away a little from my upper chest. However, I don't think anyone but me will notice, so I am going to happily wear this top in any case.
Even though I do think the pleats look a little silly and not quite right. But maybe I will get used to them:
Now for Burda 6694. I am actually wearing this top today, and the wrinkles reflect that - it's been tucked into my pants, with an old fleecy top worn on top (again, for cleaning baths and the like).
It's actually a favourite at home top because it is so comfortable. The fabric is soft and cosy, one of the softest knits I have ever worn next to my skin. I'm not sure what it is, again, another Spotlight special that was labelled assorted knits. I think it's a cotton/polyester mix, judging by the softness, wrinkles and burn test residue. It gets a slightly faded look quickly, but that sort of adds to the appeal:
I love the high neck band - actually, the pattern is twice this width as they did not turn the band down, but just finished it. I did not like the look of that at all, too high and didn't sit well, so I turned it down and made a band instead. Just right - a bit of warmth without that double chin look you get with real polo/roll necks.
Oh, I haven't shown you the pattern so you know what I am talking about:
I made view A, but without the contrast lace insert. I actually found the insert went in quite nicely:
And of course, in my usual fashion, I topstitched the edge to hold things in place and because I like the look.
I cut size 12 again (and yes, I made a muslin out of an old nightie... ). I took out 1 inch from bodice and sleeve along the L/S line, and then a further .5 inch through the upper back area as the pooling in the middle of my back was more extreme than the first top I showed you.
I took a further .5 inch off the sleeve and bodice hems.
I found the neckband marginally too tight but it sort of goes on, and there is slight pooling off the fabric below the neckband. Not a problem for a casual wearable muslin, but would be something I would address if making this for a really nice top.
Okay, some quick photos of my soft, squashy, worn and lived in top:
And this is a pattern I will use again. It works, and I like it. And, I can tell you, the dress works as well.
How do I know that? Because I have made it :). But that post will have to wait for another day...
And, I think that is quite enough for today, two blog posts in one is tiring to write, and probably tedious to read!
Wishing you all well,