We are almost done with Me-Made May and once again it seems to have kicked off my desire to make some lovely new things!
I had one of those moments a few weeks ago, I didn’t want to finish the dress I was working on, I didn’t want to get into a complicated project that would take ages to fit – I just wanted to sew something quick and easy and get it finished in one day. Often what happens in these moments is that I spend ages trying to decide what the project will be, only to realise that I don’t have the right fabric or the right pattern, or I can’t decide anything and get cross with myself for wasting time.
This time I pulled out some patterns from my stash and some fabric that I wasn’t quite sure if I would ever use and decided to try the Simple Sew Cross back top which came free with Issue 17 of Love Sewing.
I have had this pattern in the back of my mind for a while because I do like a top with a back feature – see here, here and here. I found a few examples of this pattern made up – Navybluethreads made it in crepe but found it boxy, Makingandmarking mentioned that the facings flap around and another blogger (who I now can’t find to link back to – sorry) mentioned that she found the kimono sleeves were too tight.
As I wanted this to be a quick project – I cut out the pattern from its paper without tracing (I know – living on the edge right..).. I did however make a quick toile – I’m not completely crazy! Based on my measurements I cut a size 12 around the shoulder and bust and graded the side seams out to a size 14.
I did find the sleeves very tight – to the point that I almost couldn’t get my arms through – basically I have fat arms relative to my bust size – and the neckline was very high at the front. I solved the arm problem by cutting the sleeve back quite a long way – about 3 or 4 inches along the shoulder seam and about an inch below. For the high neckline I just curved the front neckline down so it was about 2 inches lower in the front.Most people who have made the top found the facings were a problem. The facings along the back ‘flaps’ end up less than an inch wide and have nothing to hold them in place. I simply overlocked the raw edges (no instructions were given for finishing) and topstitched them down all around. This does leave a visible line of stitching but I think it works OK with this fabric – with something drapey you might handstitch if you didn’t want to see the stitches.For the neckline and sleeves I made some binding out of the fabric and used this to finish the edges, which I prefer to a facing.
So there was a certain amount of faffing with fit, but by the end of an afternoon I had a finished top which I have worn and I am pretty pleased with! Absolute sewing win!
Has anyone else got any quick win patterns to recommend – apart from New Look 6217 which seems to be the pattern of the moment…!