Knew Nit Top!

Project: Knit Top
Pattern: Jalie 2805
Size: V with rounded back alteration
Fabric: Rayon or bamboo lycra knit

Jalie 2805 with v-neck

Yay!!! I sewed something!!!  And it’s wearable!!!

Pretty good, considering that I haven’t made anything wearable since last April.  The v-neckline kinda tested my resolve and almost made me throw the thing in the trash, but I ripped and overcame.

It was a good project to get my feet wet, especially since I had to use all my machines–sewing machine, serger, and coverstitch.  The sewing machine was only used to stay-stitch the V, but that counts.

The coverstitch, being my newest and least-practiced machine, was the biggest challenge.  Naturally I went back and reviewed Debbie’s tutorials before I even tried it.  I managed to coverhem it without too much angst.

Best I can tell, the only alteration I made to the pattern was a small one for rounded back. The good news is that my back isn’t as rounded as it used to be.  Now that I don’t spend 40+ hours a week hunched over a computer or 3, I’m standing straighter.

I usually change the sleeve caps, but didn’t on this pattern.  I almost always slide the sleeve cap forward 1/4 to 3/8ths inch to make it more anatomically correct.  It really surprises me that I did not do that here.  The sleeve I cut is the regular symmetrical one that Jalie uses, where the front is exactly the same as the back.  You could put either sleeve in either armhole provided the fabric was the same on both sides.  Amazingly, I’m happy with it.

I took a photo of the back, and it shows the need for work on the shoulder area and swayback.  The sleeve caps look fine.  Very interesting.

It’s funny how clumsy I felt doing this top.  I have another cut just like this one, so I’m hoping to breeze through it now that I’m practiced up!

10 comments

  1. LauraUK says:

    Just caught up with the fact that you are “up and running” again; it is great to see that you have come up with a winner after such a long break, even if it didn’t feel like second nature to you. It very soon will, best wishes.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Yeah, you sewed! I’m so happy that you were able to do something you love again with such wonderful results. I’ll be standing/reading right here and cheering you on as you get your sewing legs back!

  3. Linda T says:

    Glad to hear you are back in the saddle again!

  4. Lori says:

    Great new top and perfect first back-to-sewing project.

  5. Yay! You’re sewing again! Personally, the simple tee-shirts are my favorite projects for a quick sewing fix, and yours looks like it will go with lots of wardrobe standards.

  6. Laura says:

    So glad to see you back, hope Mr. H is doing well too! I went through the same after taking a break — took me a couple of items to get back into the swing of things — been taking another hiatus because of family/housing situation but hopefully the ‘helping’ of daughter & grand-kids through their changes will move on and I can get my machines back out (they just don’t mix well with 2 years old twins — and I lost my sewing room for their sleeping accommodations :) — I am really glad to see you posting again — I love seeing the old Sew4 friends blogging :D

  7. Lynn Berry says:

    Welcome back to the sewing. Missed your blog, and glad that you had success in your first project. Looking forward to many more!

  8. Debbie Cook says:

    Yay! You’re back! And with a nice new top!

  9. teri says:

    It looks great. Can’t wait to see more projects from your new space

  10. Gwen says:

    Good for you! This is a hopeful start to sewing in 2013!