This one happened because I found a gorgeous double-knit jersey in The Craft Sanctuary in Hertford on a visit to collect a Collette Moneta pattern to take part in the MonetaParty on Instagram at the end of February….one thing leading to another.
Ok, sparkly stars and pink stripes aren’t very mature but I liked it and I wanted a long-sleeved cosy top for our upcoming trip to the Lake District and because this was reversible I knew the roll-back cuffs I’d used before would look good.
I changed the basic neckline on this one by raising it by about 5cms and then making a rectangular collar to fit it, I didn’t want it standing as far away from the neck as the two funnel-neck ones [in truth, I could have raised it a bit more as it still isn’t that close to the neck] By cutting two rectangles and stitching them right side to wrong side I could make the stripes visible. I’d got another heavy metal zip so I thought I’d put that into the collar seam to give it another detail. I made it up as before although I also added extra, uneven, length to the hem and mitred the corners for neatness. I overlocked the seams throughout with bright pink thread to match the stripes.
The fabric sewed up beautifully, it’s very stable, nice and weighty too. Because the style is a raglan it sews up very quickly-that’s why I keep making different variations of it! [it’s worth mentioning that the original was New Look 6320 free from Sew magazine ages ago and you can read my previous blogs about them here and here ]
The sleeves are hemmed and then rolled up, simple as that.
I got loads of wear from it while we were away hence the blog is only happening now. I’m happy with the variety the collar offers, up at the back, down at the front, rolled down or with the zip open, and I’ve been wearing it with long-sleeved Ts underneath as I’m a bit cold-blooded.
So there we are, another top. There are unlimited variations to this pattern which could run and run I think. I’ve traced off the whole pattern now in its new version to go with the collars and sleeve variations. There are lots of top-stitching opportunities too, and pockets, but I didn’t bother on this one.
Basically what I’m saying is don’t ever be constrained by how a pattern looks on the packet, there can be masses of variations you could try. I’m often influenced by what I see in the shops RTW then I toddle home to do my own. There’s so much satisfaction in having made your own clothes and I’ll never get tired of that feeling. Sometimes a fabric is the springboard to an idea too
Now, back to that Moneta before the deadline…!