Monday, December 24, 2012
Maria Denmark 103 Day to Night top
I had this cut out and put aside until I saw Sew Busy Lizzy's version and got to it straight away! Its a very quick sew (I made it in about an hour before lunch with the in-laws), this is a sz XXL with sleeves from my Macaron dress added but no other adjustments. Its a tad too long, looks nicer tucked in so next one I'll hem a bit shorter (or leave longer to wear over leggings). I have a fair bit of lower back excess too, but its a knit top and it doesn't really bother me (I'll think about adding a centre back seam next time).
I used the clear elastic method on the back neckline. The other cowl neck tops I've made had a self fabric bias strip on the back neckline and I found after wearing them all day they feel like its stretching out across the shoulders. The clear elastic already feels nicer to wear.
The instructions are really good, coloured pictures and nice plain language.
The fabric is a very thin, rayon blend knit from fabric.com I left it a bit loose as it tends to cling to every lump and bump. The fabric has the colour grading stripes through it, it would have been nice to match the sleeves to the pinker stripes but I only just squeezed them out of the fabric (the tops very economical, only need just under a meter to make the XXL).
This was my first time using these patterns and I'm pretty impressed. I have the Winnie Trouser pattern sitting on my cutting table ready to go next!