A couple of weeks or so back I mentioned a few sewing plans and in that post I showed you a new knit top that I had in mind. The inspiration was from this image that I found on Pinterest which I believe links to a trendy Korean clothing website and I really liked the look of tie front and easy style. I liked the length of it and how it can be worn with various bottoms with different silhouettes.
I got the fabric for my top from the rag market in Birmingham back in April. I met up with a friend for a spot of fabric shopping and she told me of this stall that’s only there on a Tuesday and they have lots of random pieces of knit fabrics. You literally have to just dive in and rummage…I tell you what…I’m a Ninja when it comes to grabbing a fabric length that catches my eye. It was fun! I found a large chunk of this slubby ivory knit (it feels lovely quality, possibly viscose and poly blend with lycra) and I also found a charcoal rib that feels like a wool blend. I only paid £4 for what is approximately 4-5 metres in total for the two fabrics! My ivory knit pre-washed like a dream and I have more than enough for another garment…or two. Gotta love a bargain!
Using the Pinterest image for my start point, I sketched out my design and decided to just use the same Burda top (08/2017 112 A) that I used in my cropped sweater post, as my basic pattern to adapt. Basically, any fairly relaxed fit tee shirt pattern with loose sleeves would be suitable
I didn’t have much in the way of extra drafting to do. I just lowered the neckline a bit and then created the pattern piece for triangular side sections that extend to the ties. See the next photo for the shape that I did. I kept the grainline from the fronts and transferred it to the pattern piece for my ties so consequently part of them runs diagonally across it because they extend at an angle. I also took in some general width at the bottom from the original Burda pattern that I used.
I decided to make quite a deep hem at the back so that it could withstand a stretch when I pulled the ties tight as I tied them up. I also made both of the ties in double thickness fabric.
Tie Front Ivory Knit Top … Order of sewing:
So this is the order in which I made up the top (it’s a fairly easy make)
- Hem the centre gap between the ties on the front body piece.
- Sandwich the angled sides of the front top between the two tie layers and stitch all along the angled seam and around each tie, leaving the side seam of the tie open.
- Turn the tie through to the right side then repeat on the other side with the second tie.
- Make a deep hem along the back top piece.
- Stitch one shoulder seam.
- Bind the neckline.
- Stitch the second shoulder seam right through the neck binding.
- Sew in both sleeves.
- Stitch the side seams and underarm seams in one pass.
- Hem the sleeves
I used a fine jersey needle to sew with and used a slight zig-zag with my walking foot attachment. Then I overlocked each seam after stitching.
For reference: My neck to waist measurement is 16.5″ and my top measures 20.75 in length at the centre back (it dips down a bit at the back hem) and from the shoulder to side hem the measurement is 18.5″.
And that’s it…quite a straightforward make really and would work well in most light to medium weight knits.
Here are a couple of more detailed pictures for you. As you can see, I added two tucks at the front. This is because I just felt like the gap between the ties was a little wide once I had finished and tried it on for a while. It was almost as though the front folded like that anyway, so I stitched them down and I like how it looks.
I still want to play around with styling this top, but with the shorter length, I think it will work well with full-length wide trousers and also flared skirts…jeans too. I have a pleated coral skirt that should make a nice pairing and I reckon my striped tube skirt will look good as well. It’s a nice alternative to a basic tee shirt.
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