I was in love with this top, and was sure I would stand in the same pose and walk with the same swag exhibited in the pattern illustration.
Initially when I began cutting and sewing this lovely top, I concluded during the first fitting, that this may very well not be a match made in sewing heaven. What went wrong? Was it my shape, was it the fabric, was the design wrong for me? Since I couldn’t come to a conclusion as to the problem, I stored this beauty away in the UFO pile/box.
That was three months ago!! Now, after clearing, cleaning, and organizing, I revisited the Issy Knit Top by StyleArc. Should this be considered the age ole: “I just needed some space.” sort of relationship? Because now, I am in love again. I don’t know about you, but maybe it was the time we spent away from each other, because now I can honestly say I am very happy with this top.
With that being said, I have personally come to the conclusion to now follow a few simple precepts when I have reached the breaking point in my workroom while dealing with a difficult issue regarding my sewing projects.
The softness of the cotton jersey is cozy, one of many great fabric pieces I bought while in Austin at the PR Weekend back in May. (BTW, that was the best sewing trip for me in years!!)
- 3/4” swayback adjustment before cutting,
- pleats instead of gathers for the front ruching
Personally, I did not like the amount of ease created at the waist from the ruching/gathers, so instead I pleated my fronts in those areas. this pattern is spot on for my frame. The shoulder seams are right on point.
I have a problem with the shape of the back hem, and I know it falls like that on the back because I should have added some width around the hip. (Next time.) I am really happy with this top because it may very well take the place of my more common t-shirts, that I wear often.
Tell me something, just between you and me. Have you ever tossed out a project after the first fitting because you didn't think it would work for you?? Or, am I the only one?