Knit tops are so fast and easy to whip up that I tend to never blog them. Plus, it’s gross, dark and rainy in Boston so I never want to take any photos. But I decided now is better than never and whipped out lots of photos last night. So, I apologize for awful photo quality (not a first on this blog!)
First up is McCalls 7019, which I’m quite proud to have chosen because I looked past the terrible top on the front of the envelope. Sorry, I just really don’t like this. I purchased the pattern specifically for View A/B.
The first version was made with an Ella Moss cotton knit from Fabric Place Basement. Straight size 12 – no alterations.It’s not bad but it is a little long and I hated the neckline. I really should have noticed this from the cover photo where the neckline is pulling and not very attractive.
What I really love about this top are the side seams that have been moved forward. I have a tendency to fidget with clothing and with knit tops, I’m constantly wrangling with the fabric to make sure the seams are at the sides. I don’t do that with this top! I think it is also a more comfortable, soft and streamlined look from the front.
So I made a second version in a white monotone stripe knit from FabricMart. I scooped out the neckline using the Plantain pattern (love that neckline). Here you can see the forward seams a little bit better. I really like them a lot.
I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of this top. It’s comfortable and white so it goes with most everything. Plus, I’m surprised how much I like the white on white stripes.
Final Thoughts: Highly recommended pattern!
Next up is Simplicity 1325. I wanted just a plain, straightforward long-sleeved top and had this separates pattern in the stash.The outfit on the front is just so darn cute!! Would I ever wear it like that? No. Will I ever make the dress/tunic? Probably not. The jacket is pretty cute. But I just had to buy it. You know the feeling :)
First version was made using a Christmas Reindeer themed knit. They’re out of the fabric now but here’s something similar. I’m a sucker for holiday printed knits like this.
The fit is pretty darn good. One thing I’ve started to notice about others T’s I’ve made is that the sleeve caps are too short – creating a pulling effect on the top of the arm and shoulder. Here you can see there is some curvature of the fabric pattern near the top of my arm but it’s actually pretty straight. And the shoulder seam extends to nearly the end of my shoulder (duh!). This makes the top much more comfortable than others in my wardrobe and more flattering too.
I scooped out the neckline again. Same as before, using the Deer & Doe Plantain as my guide.
I made this top with a size 14 I believe. I don’t sew with Simplicity patterns as often as Vogue/McCalls/Butterick where I’m typically a size 12. I went with 14 based on the final garment measurements which had quite a bit of negative ease. Also, if you make this top please pay attention to HOW LONG the sleeves are drafted. It says right on the sleeve they are 4″ longer than normal so you can push them up for gathering at the wrist. Finally, I made a second top with this pattern. This time with a thinner, more drapey striped knit from Girl Charlee. (Sorry for my distracting neckline!)
Yea, I think the fit is pretty darn good. Stripe matching isn’t bad either :)
So there you go, yea for knit tops! And in other news, my wonderful husband got me an early Christmas gift yesterday… So excited!! Just trying to think of a name for my new sewing friend!