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Reversible Knit Top with Wave-Rotary Cut Edges -Test Top #2

I designed and stitched up this knit top as yet another try to come up with THE design for the ‘favorite’ fabric.

Goal

Though this design isn’t yet ‘quite it, I am happy with it and love some of the features I came up with to take full advantage of the reversible fabric shown here at the right, a digital rayon/lycra print I purchased at marcytilton.com

Fabric in this Top

The fabric I used in this top was in my stash – purchased at least a year ago from JoAnn’s, and have seen it there recently as well.

I don’t know if these pictures will show it, but it is a polyester double knit that is navy on one side with itsy bitsy woven in dots on one side, and the reverse on the other side:  aqua with teeny navy dots.  Perhaps in this large close-up of the front, you will be able to see the fabric.


The other things to observe in this large photo are:

  • Wave-cut edges.  Since knits don’t ravel, this is a ‘finish’ that works.  This is the coolest rotary cutting blade!  Find it at this link:  https://www.londas-sewing.com/product-page/wave-rotary-blade-45mm

  • Flattering shirred sides:  the shirring pulls the top up at the sides, causing a nicely curved hemline.  When the silhouette is higher at the sides, it gives the leg a longer look.  Learn all about many shirring techniques that I’ve developed and written in my pattern:  Sensational Shirring https://www.londas-sewing.com/product-page/sensational-shirring-sewing-pattern-booklet-pdf-delivery

  • Design features to note:  The lighter color at the neckline and it’s width, make it a flattering design.  The lighter aqua color softens the darker next to my face – which is all light (grey hair, light complexion).  With this lighter, attention-drawing color in 3 places (odd number), that is also a design-pleasing proportion.

  • Any time one creates width at the shoulder, the rest of the figure looks smaller. 

Construction

As for all of my knit tops, I use a pattern I developed to include all of the features I wanted:  Londa’s Terrific T Top 

https://www.londas-sewing.com/product-page/londa-s-terrific-t-knit-top-talking-pattern-booklet-pdf-delivery 

You see that pattern being used here below.  It has a higher neckline, with alternative design lines for cutting it lower, or in a V at the front.  I ‘use’ these alternative design lines by cutting the top at the highest neckline first, then using the templates that I’ve traced for the proper size to cut it down as I desire.  Doing it this way doesn’t call for any additional yardage either.  Try it – I think you might like it.  Some other features of my pattern:  fronts both WITH and WITHOUT a dart different sleeve lengths, a properly balanced armhole, 5 sleeve lengths including a flattering cap sleeve, shaped sideline option, Sizes XS – 3XL.

Note the fusible interfacing that I’ve added to my master pattern copy for durability.

Pattern Stash Value

Even though I thinned out my patterns when we moved from IL to TN 4 years ago now, I still have a precious metal pattern cabinet full of patterns (one of the very valuable pieces I took home when I closed my retail shop!).  You can see in this picture a pattern with a nice large soft collar.

To use this pattern, all I had to do was copy the neckline of this pattern onto my basic pattern, enabling me to use the accompanying collar pattern.


You can see in the picture below that I cut my top much longer (7″ at the side seams), gently curving to longer yet at the center front and back.