Monday, January 28, 2013
Emerald Green Wrap Top
Another modal knit top. I'm on a roll! And it's oh so on trend with it being emerald green. This is a great everyday top from Burda. I haven't bought a printed Burda pattern in a while from a store and didn't realize how inexpensive they are... I think about the same price as buying it from BurdaStyle's website as a PDF (roughly $5 USD). This is #7107. I made a size 40, going down about a size or two since this the material has incredible four-way stretch. The directions are better then most of Burda's I've been working with. I followed along with them for the most part just to see how they are written. If your a beginner, this pattern will be nice to work with.
The wrapping part is super long and unruly at first. I've never worn a shirt like this before so maybe it's just me.
I left all the edges raw. I generally use my serger when putting together any knits so the inside is all sealed and clean. I don't have any of that Vilene stuff Burda loves to use. It's a mystery to me why it's not widely available in the U.S. For some of my seam stabilizing I used a product called Seams Great, which also goes by the name of Stay Tape, too (they are simply slightly different widths). You can really only use it on seams that allow the tape not to touch your skin because it's so scratchy. Also, it's not a bias tape that would allow me to go around curves with it like Vilene probably would. I also use a 3/8" wide clear elastic for stabilizing shoulder seams. And of course I forgot to add it to this top. Sometimes I will just use a strip of the garment's fabric as a stabilizer. On the back neckline I used the clear elastic to prevent stretching.
And I'm getting smart with my printed patterns this year. I actually traced this one out on paper first! I found an economical paper source... Ikea! They sell rolls of drawing paper meant for a children's easel. It's only $5 USD and nearly 100 feet (30m) long.