bell sleeves? check
loose fit? check
stash fabric? check. even better!
That is the mix for a great top for Miss K.
I had a blast making this.
The top is from Ottobre 01/2009 #28 "Marja" Jersey Tunic. I also made the sweats for K that sort of "go with" this top in the magazine photos. She's even wearing them in this photo shoot!
In the past I've had trouble getting the sizing down for Miss K in the Ottobres. She is 128 in height but her measurements are all over the place. She is not skinny, and not chunky. Her chest and waist measure the same, and then she is cursed with my larger rear. I measured every piece before tracing this to ensure it would fit and not be too small or too big.
I ended up tracing and sewing a 134 in height and a 146 in width. There is a bit of growing room, but I'm just fine with that.
(loving the bell sleeves!)
I took my time sewing, going slowly and taking breaks when I needed to. I sewed it over the course of 3 days. It was quite relaxing. I switched up all my thread (both machine and serger) to Gutermann. It runs/sews and seems to last much longer than the "crappier" thread I was using. Plus the lint is far less. I also switched up to sewing with a zig zag stitch set at 2.5 length and 0.5 width. just a slight bit of zag to ensure a bit of stretching. After I stitched all seams I then serged - sort of a way to double reinforce seams. These suckers aren't popping!
I followed the instructions - crazy concept, I know. The sleeve heads had about 2.5-3" of easing to do. Yuk. I chose to gather the tops instead. I like how they look with the gathering at the waist. I did the binding on the pockets as directed but the neckline I finished the way I like. My twin needle finished up the hems quite nice - still on the zigzag stitch. I also used fusible stay tape for the shoulders instead of elastic tape; however, I used elastic tape for the rest as suggested.
(a bit of room to grow still - 1.5 inches each side I'd say - K loves it loose)
Fabric: Stash fabric! Yes! Though not too long ago ordered. I picked this up from fashionfabricsclub on 10/24/13. 1.5 yards that shrunk when washed to 1 3/8 yards. It is a lightweight, cotton, pink, floral jersey knit in 60" wide. $5.56 total. I bought it exactly for this project and I'm happy I actually used it as such! The "official" description: Soft Pink, Fuschia, Orchid, Yellow, Dark Brown & White Small floral print Jersey Knit fabric This lightweight knit is great for shirts or a child's casual dress 100% Cotton 60" wide Machine washable
Freaking love it! Can I have one? The neckline is a bit wide on K so I will most likely reduce her bodices to a 140 width from here out. Otherwise everything else is perfect. She's already requested another one in fox fabric.
I'll leave you with a picture of the "redneck" fun the kids had with dad today. Yep, that is the lawn mower pulling the sled. hahahaha
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~
Total Stash yards used in 2014 so far: 4.5