Sorry for the radio silence since the end of MMM. I wrote this post ages ago and then managed to break my camera before taking photos of this make so had to wait for the new one to show up!
Having seen so many lovely versions of Grainline Studio’Scout Tee and Tiny Pocket Tank, I just knew I had to get myself those patterns –
especially after MMM ’12 showed me how lacking I was in tops!
I’m not the biggest fan of print out patterns, just because
of how precise you have to be with the sticking together, but it doesn’t stop
me using them if there’s a pattern I like – and I really liked the Grainline
So, once the pattern was stuck together and cut out, this
has to be one of the quickest projects I have ever completed. It’s up there with
the speed of completing the Sorbetto – I don’t think I spent more than 1
hour making this top! The instructions were so clear and simple; it’s
definitely going to be a fall-to pattern when I fancy a new t-shirt.
I cut out the recommended size for my measurements, and
although it’s meant to be a lose fitting top, it was a little too lose for my
preferences – not that it matters as it’s still perfectly wearable both with
jeans or tucked in to a skirt I think.
They’re serged… That’s right, I’ve splashed out and
bought myself an overlocker (Brother…)! They’re not the neatest of serged
seams, but I’m working on it.
As for the tiny pocket tank; well not quite as successful
although still wearable. ..
So… being absolutely positive that I had checked the ‘scale
to 100%’ box on the printer, and being positive that I had actually measured
the scale box on the pattern, I happily stuck and cut the pattern and then cut
out some black poly-cotton for it straight away. I spent a merry evening sewing
away, only to try it on and have it straining across my bust! Now, I’m not
exactly large of bust it has to be said, so I was at a loss to know what had
happened. I found the scale box and measured it off with a ruler, only to find
that it was 2 ½” square rather than 3” square… ooops!
In order to try and save the top, I decided to do a bit of a
bodge job. I found some brightly patterned cotton in my stash and cut out two
panels for the side seams and a new pocket. I stitched the new panels between the
old side seams and replaced the pocket and voila! One wearable, loosely fitted,
I’ve since re-cut the pattern pieces so it’ll be ready for
another vest when I get round to it.
In other news, I have traced the simplicity 1201 vest top
pattern, graded it up to my size and cut out the muslin pieces to sew. I’m
planning on getting the muslin sewn up this weekend.