|The adjustment made to the sideseam|
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I've experimented with Pattern S and Pattern D from Happy Homemade Vol 1. With this top, I've used the bodice of Pattern S, lengthened and widened it at the hem so that it drapes at the side. I used the sleeve of Pattern D but adjusted it by making it narrower and gathering the hem and binding it with a self-fabric bias binding. I bought the Japanese cotton fabric from Clegs during their summer sale. I like the shape of this top and the way it hangs at the side. Because I added a dart at the front armhole I had to so some easing for the sleeve cap to fit. I used my favourite method, where you hold your finger against the back of the presser foot. This stops the fabric from moving smoothly and at the same gathers the fabric ever so slightly. It makes fitting the sleeve really easy and only one row of stitching is needed rather than two when you use the gathering method. The Pattern Review website has an explanation and calls it crowding.