I want to start by saying I LOVE this pattern. It really makes me want to sew more Bluegingerdoll Patterns. Which is good because I own the Violet dress and the Betsy skirt patterns as well. I’m discovering that I really like to use patterns that cater to my bust size. I try to minimize fitting time as it is not my favorite part. Unfortunately, I don’t think that any of Bluegingerdoll’s most resent patterns are my style, but if I liked them all that may be unfortunate for a whole other set of reasons. Lately I have been having a hard time controlling myself when it comes to patterns.
This fabric wasn’t bought at any of my usual fabric stores (Joann’s, Fabric.com, and Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkely), but at one that will quickly be a new favorite. I don’t really hear a lot of people talk about it when discussing Bay Area fabric stores and I think that may be because it is not really a tourist spot, but more of a local jam. It is called Fabrix and it is in the Inner Richmond neighborhood near the park. This store scores remnants from garment manufacturers in LA as well as a couple other sources. Most fabrics are $3.99 a yard and are pilled high on shelves that line a long wall. There are a few speciatly fabrics for a bit more at the front of the store and a table full of polyester $.99 fabrics in the back. I got 4.5 yards of this cotton, navy blue, interlock, so you can look forward to seeing more of it in the future. I have been using it as muslin fabric to check out a couple of summer patterns. I also bought 3 yards of a similar knit, but in black, and 1.5 or 2 yards (I’ll have to check that) of super soft, short white fur for $12.99 a yard. I am really enjoying the quality of this kind and look forward to checking out Fabrix again.
This pattern is called a sweater, but I am not really so sure about that. I would call it a semi relaxed fit shirt/blouse. If you made it in a the right material it could make a light sweater over a camisole and I cans see myself wearing it this way in winter. I can also see myself making it in a light weight knit for summer. The knit I used is a little middle of the road and would be perfect for spring. Unfortunately, we skipped spring and went straight into summer. For the moment at least, I am still hoping for a little more rain out here in drought stricken California.
The fitting this top was a breeze. I started with a size 14 bust, graded in to a size 12 at the waist and then back out again to a size 14 hips. Those are the only adjustments I made. Ease peasy and I love the fit. It is a nice length hitting right at my true waist. It works well with Colette Pattern’s Mabel (pictured here) or Ginger Skirt. There is a small bit of gathering in the back at the band. The hardest part of this top for me was the neck band. I basted it in no less than five times before I got a neckline that I was happy with. I think that my fabric is a bit more stable than the pattern calls for which was causing the band to distort. Got it right in the end though 🙂
I sewed the whole thing up on my sewing machine. Even though I own and love my serger. I’ve been using my sewing machine for knits a lot lately. Mostly out of laziness as I have to rethread my overlocker.
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