Hellloooo! Today I’m sharing a merino knit top. I made the pattern myself (of course 😉 ). I thought it would be fun to combine a T-shirt with a more tailored concept by introducing princess seams. And then I added some more fancy-ness with the cowl neck. 😀
Now Jo, why would you add seams like this to a T-shirt?? T-shirts are fun and unfussy, which is fine for a casual garment, but I like the idea of a mid-ground between a tee and a more refined top (and let’s face it, I always make things more complicated, but I love it). Also, I think these kinds of design lines are very flattering on the body (not to mention that the seams give a drag-line free fit). 🙂
At least, it’s drag-line free when you don’t have it tucked in! But I tucked it in, like a total jerk, haha! I think if I REALLY wanted a smooth line and to tuck it in, I would make a leotard.
I’m pleased with how the cowl neck turned out; it’s pretty subtle. I wanted it to be high and not too full. I draped it on the mannequin, which was fun. Next time, I should take some shots of this process!
For this version of the top, I made it to fit the standard-sized mannequin, so it’s really a little big for me, which I would fix next time by taking in the underarms and shoulders a little.
Speaking of underarms, I am experimenting with adding underarm shields! I hate when tops get sweat marks. In the future I would love to try making removable ones; this would allow the top to be washed less, which would make it last longer and have a lower energy/water impact by reducing the use of washing machines. Win/win I’d say! I will keep experimenting and follow up with my results 🙂
I finished the hems with a twin needle. I think this works okay, but I really want to get a coverstitcher for the ultimate finish. This will do until then! Also, I bought a new, wider twin needle to try out, and broke it on THE FIRST STITCH. So… no idea if a wider twin needle would give a better finish. R.I.P, wider twin needle.
This was pretty simple to make once I’d finished the pattern (I faffed around with the pattern for quite a while, getting those seams perfect). When you haven’t sewn with knits for a while, you forget how much faster they are!
All in all, I’m really happy with this style experiment. I also think this design would work GREAT for an activewear style, since they often feature body-flattering seams.
What do you guys think? Yay or nay to the tailored knits? 🙂 And how do you like your cowls? This is a small and high cowl, but what do you like? I can imagine a lower cowl would suit full-busted ladies a lot better.