Here’s a project I’ve been waiting to share with you for over a month!! I had debated blogging on the go last month, but decided against it. So today’s make has had a lot of real-world testing since I finished it.
Long-time readers of this blog will remember my several versions of McCall’s 6848. I’ve made the shorts, several racerback tanks in knits (#1 and #2), and the non-tank top. Here is yet one more knit racerback tank, this time tweaked out in a way that I can easily reproduce.
In my last version of this top, which you can see below, I realized that in order for this pattern, which is drafted for woven fabric, to work for knits, I needed to do a little tweaking.
When I made the latest version of this top, I decided to take the tweaks from the above gray (or grey?) top and add them to my pattern in such a way that I could use them again. Here are my pattern pieces:
Now I can use the pattern pieces for knits or wovens depending on if I fold those little triangles down or not. The sizes of the triangles are the same as the wedges I took out of the shirt in the post on the gray exercise top I showed you above. The fit is terrific and, since this is a supposed to be a pajama pattern, there is the added benefit of being able to have the comfort of PJ’s in your everyday wear. You know I like that! I think I wore this outfit more than any other when I was in Michigan last month.
I got the fabric at Joann’s. I think it is a polyester. (You can see a fabric with a similar design but in a different colorway here. Looks like it’s a poly/rayon, so maybe that’s what mine is, too.) I’d had my eye on it for awhile because of the subtle print, but I was a little nervous because the last time I bought a polyester knit there (the fabric in these leggings), it pilled pretty badly after awhile. So, we’ll see if that happens. Also, the fabric is fairly transparent, so I lined it with some old, old white knit sheets I had around (also used as part of the lining in this dress).
And, in a stroke of brilliancy, I put the seams on the inside so it could be reversible! I haven’t actually worn it with the white side out, but I could if I wanted to. 🙂
I almost never line things, so I was pretty proud of myself. I may or may not have sewn the armholes together before turning it right side out and, again, may or may not have had to rip those suckers out so I could turn everything right side out, but regardless of what might have happened, it got sorted out in the end. The lining hangs a bit below the cream side, but I decided I’m cool with that. I even made myself a little braided bracelet out of the scraps of sheet that I had lying around.
I didn’t get any compliments (or even comments) on this, maybe because it looked stupid to people. I thought it was pretty cool, though, and it made me feel like I was enviro-saintly (yes, I just made that up–take note OED!) for using some scraps even thought I threw much bigger scraps away, but don’t think about that. Anyway, if you want to be cool like me (enviro-saintly, even), just take three strips of jersey from any old t-shirt or some knit sheets, stretch them out, braid them up, and tie some knots on either end. Then, knot them together and wear your bracelet like you paid an obscene amount for it at a cool store. In fact, if you make one, leave a link in the comments so I can see it! I’d like to see people put this with a festival look or just some kind of more-is-more thing and layer it up!