For the blog tour I really wanted to try out a knit version. There are actually quite a few knit versions on the tour: Sweet Pea and Pumpkins, Idle Sunshine and Connected by a Thread. They are all fabulous! In fact Brook from Middle River Studio is sharing her knit version in the same fabric I have from our fabulous fabric sponsor Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe. How funny is that.
Well I saw Brook's version and just loved it. So excited to make one just like it. I decide though to try the contrast yoke with some lace over it. Unfortunately my version did not quite work out. Definitely not the look I was going for. I tried the top version with the flat back so it wouldn't have as much fabric all around. Uhm... I hadn't even had a big lunch! Eeeeck. So another mistake I made was to go down 2 sizes. The knit is very thin and stretchy so I thought it would be okay. It wasn't- the instructions do say only go down one, thats what I get. Back to the drawing board.
I still wanted a knit version. I decided to flip the style- flat front gathered back. First I marked the seam lines on the yoke and yoke opening. I laid the yoke down on the front piece and cut off the gathered section. You could just mark it and fold if you want.
Easy peasy. Cut my new pieces and viola! I did go ahead and do the tunic length as the top length was just not working. I used the same fabric for a band neckline per instructions in the pattern.
I cut the yokes and sleeve cuffs from woven rayon to add a little contrast. Then I felt like the front was a big gaping hole so I added an appliqué. Just love how it turned out. It will match perfectly with my burgundy jeans or cords in the fall.
Oh and look- no weird questions coming from this version.
Okay so flush on the success of this version, I went ahead and sewed up one more- for now. This time I closed up the front all together and went with woven Rayon from JoAnns for the front and back yokes. I used this knit rayon from Walmart I've had stashed, not sure how long it will last as it had small holes in it. Oh well. I went with bias binding for the neckline here too. I also took off about 4 inches to make it right between the top and tunic length. Worked out perfectly! This one reminds me of a ready to wear top I have from Target that I just love- woven front to skim over and knit back for ease of wear. Perfect combo. I definitely will have more of these in my wardrobe really soon.
Don't forget to head over to the Winter Wear Designs Blog for the details on how to win a fabric bundle from Fab Clique.
While you're there you can pick up the pattern this week for 20% off with the code AMUSEME. (Sale is over)
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