This striped, double-knit fabric has been in my stash for about 6 months. I found it at Value Village for a few dollars and I think there’s about 4 or 5 yards of it. I love it!
Saturday was the Quilt, Craft, Sew Festival in Puyallup and I came home with a nice collection of discounted fabric remnants and a lot of renewed sewing fervor! Something I’ve been lacking lately. So on Sunday, I pulled all my patterns out of the moving box they’ve been in and spread them across the living room floor. From there I looked over each one and through process of elimination decided on something simple. I knew I wanted to use this double-knit, which helped limit the choice to a few patterns, and I finally decided on McCalls M4600 (View A, top right pic):
Simple long-sleeved top. What I really like about this pattern was that the top and the dress are the same pattern piece, so it was really easy to choose the length of the top that I wanted. I’ve noticed in past tops that I’ve made, they always end up a little too short than I like.
The only thing I didn’t like about this pattern was that it had a zipper in the back. I do not get that at all. I cut the back piece on the fold. However, I totally forgot to take out the allowance for the zipper, so the back is a little roomy. I cut a size medium which is 12-14 size and didn’t make any alterations besides omitting the zipper.
One thing I notice are the shoulders. They are a little farther out than they should be, but fortunately not so much that it looks funny. I think I can live with that ;) The shoulder seams and the sleeves are French seams using a stretch stitch. I set the sleeves before I hemmed the sides and it went much easier than I expected. I tried my best to line up the stripes, but as you can see didn’t quite make it :) I don’t have a double needle, so I went around the cuffs and the hem twice. The neckline I rolled under twice and sewed a straight stitch.
Overall, I really love this top! It is so comfortable. I really needed more long-sleeved tops like this in my wardrobe and it’s been a great addition so far. I’m definitely making this one again!