Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gathered-back slouchy top: Vogue 8514 (first knit project!)‏

I bought Vogue 8514 because I thought - based on the pattern picture - that it was for wovens, and didn't even bother to look at the fabric suggestion. You'd think the lack of darts would have tipped me off, but moving on…

I adored the gathered back of this casual top, so I decided to use this pattern as my first venture into knits! I was going to make a solid top, but Peter suggested a stripe knit we saw at H&M Fabrics. While his outfit choice Saturday was questionable, his fabric intuition wasn't: I love how this turned out!




I made View B, but ended up taking over 4 inches off the length: unaltered view B is crazy long!  Like, beach cover-up or knee-length dress long.  A Pattern Reviewer felt that the instructions were goofy: there is no discussion of serging and the facings are interfaced. As a novice knit sewer, I didn't notice any of this, and felt that the pattern overall was incredibly easy: the sleeves are kimono shaped instead of set-in, and the gathering was super-easy to do.




It wasn't lightning fast, as the sleeves are also gathered and finished at the bottom with a band - details that took some time to complete:



I'm mixed on sewing knits: I found it difficult to prep the knit before I cut it. It kept shifting and stretching on the mat. However, once I wrestled it down and began sewing, what a breeze. The material was easy to maneuver, and the lack of darts makes a project much faster.

Frankly, I don't wear really wear knits, so I don't think I'll sew with them often. Also, I think I'd like to spend my precious, limited sewing time creating dresses or skirts that are more expensive to buy than knits.  But the overall ease does make sewing with knits very attractive...





23 comments:

Gail said...

Love it. I have just the fabric for this pattern.

Andrea said...

You look fabulous in your very first knit top. Very nice job!!!! Hey, your hair looks different and I like it. Did you get bangs?

Susannah said...

Ooh, very nice. I'll have to make a note of the pattern as I'm just discovering the flowy knit top. And love the nautical stripes -- very in this season!

toy said...

very nice I like the stripes

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of a NYTimes "On the Street" video feature that I watched recently that featured stripes. Great top!

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/06/11/fashion/1247468032311/on-the-street-graphic.html?ref=bill_cunningham

Hope the link works.

Alexandra Mason said...

I love your top! It looks great on you. I have never sewed knits and really want to give this one a go now xx

alethia said...

Great casual top.

sandra said...

I love your top - I have had this pattern for ages but have never been inspired to sew it up, will have to keep my eye out for some cool stripey fabric!

Leslie V said...

How Cute!!! Love the stripes!!!

Mary said...

Love, love, love this top. SO summer. Great job on your first knit project.

Sew it my way! said...

You have inspired me to find time to sew this up! Great job! Georgina

Clio said...

Nice job!

I know it is largely considered taboo to cut paper with one's dress sheers. BUT when I cut knits, I pin the fabric to a large sheet of tracing paper, being careful that it is not pulled or distorted. Then I pin the pattern pieces on and cut through all layers. I get perfectly cut pieces without worrying about stretching the fabric or distorting it. I picked this up from Connie Crawford at a seminar last year - apparently this is how "the industry" does it.

Rebecca said...

Where did you find this fabric? I love it! I've been looking for nice stripes everywhere! I love this top btw! Great job!

Eugenia said...

Great top - excellent first venture into knits!!! The gathered back is lovely and the stripes are just right to show off this style.

Tasia said...

What a great top! I never sew with knits, but if I did, this is EXACTLY what I would make. Love how you've styled it with the wood-like necklace!

Karin van D. said...

Nice top! I love how it drapes on you, it looks so comfortable, yet still elegant. Very cute.

Rūta said...

It's very nice and fits you so well!

Betty Darling said...

Love it, so cute, I can just picture it with little red ballet flats! Gorgeous!

amber said...

The stripes were a great call by Peter - they really make that top come alive. Fabulous job on your first knit project!

I'm always surprised when folks say they don't wear knits often since I feel like I pretty much live in them - with an obvious exception for jeans and tailored pants/skirts. I had to get comfortable with knits pretty early on in my sewing journey b/c I wanted to know how to sew what I love to wear so much. :)

Little Rascal said...

OMG! I was obsessing about a top like that the other day!
Christen in The Hills (yeah, I'm sad) had one on the show, it look so casual buy yet very stylish!
Love it! Well done!

Anonymous said...

Very cute, the stripes totally make the shirt. I have this pattern too, and seeing this makes me think it's finally time to use it. It does seem odd to me to use the interfacing here; it seems like pre-washing and top-stitching should be enough. I couldn't tell from your post-- Did you end up using interfacing? If so, how does it look after a washing?

Kelli Ward said...

Wow, I am in love with this. I must make. Soon! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Kelli Ward said...

i can't get over how cute this is. i will be making this for sure. in your opinion do you think it would work with a flowy woven?