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Friday, May 13, 2011
Another New Top
Burda 115 8/10 may very well be my new tnt knit top. This is the same pattern as the white top, but a single layer with the lower of the two necklines. Even though summer is approaching, I made another long sleeved top. It's still chilly here, especially at night and I don't have many long sleeve tops in my wardrobe. This was a roll end rayon knit from Emmaonesock. ( It pays to watch her roll end section as I've found some great bargains there). It doesn't have a lot of stretch so it probably doesn't have much, if any lycra in it, I didn't have enough fabric for the neckband and this ivory rayon lycra leftover is perfect for a neckband. It's also from EOS, one of her stock 11 oz knits and it doesn't roll at the edges the way a lot of single knits do,making it easier to work with.
I used the same neckband technique from Lynda Maynard that I used in the white top. You can see how nice and flat it is and interfacing the neckline really stabilizes it and makes it easy to stay stitch and to stitch in the ditch when you are applying the band. It's a 3/8" finished width and while she suggests cutting 1 3/8" strips, I added an 1/8" to give me something to cut off when I serged it. You don't really need to serge the knit edge of course, but it looks more professional if you do. If you are having issues sewing nice neckbands on knit tops, this is the method to use.
The interfacing I used for the neckline is tricot from Fashion Sewing Supply. It's by far the best fusible tricot I've used.
I have been sewing since I was a teenager, mostly self taught. I sew for myself, with some some occasional sewing for my daughter. I love garment sewing and will only sew home dec if desperate. I love to cook and read and try to avoid cleaning as much as possible.