|Just noticed the chalk F... it is not always easy to tell front and back apart with this top and I tend to scribble a memory aid on both until I have sewed in a label.|
I found a very slippery but oh so soft knit fabric in my stash. I can't remember where it came from and I can't remember what it is, something man-made in any case: I melted a hole in it when I pressed the neckband. Yes, I did swear. I don't often wear man made fibres* and I don't know why I bought it. The fabric probably had a name that I don't associate with plastic. I fell into the same trap with another fabric, which you'll see soon (top under construction). I was too worried to melt the finished top and decided to let time and washing machine take care of the seam bobbles and wrinkles. I am sure I can be forgiven.
I am not very confident with knit fabrics and this one was particularly challenging to work with. It is slippery and quite obviously prefers to remain a flat piece of fabric for it resists attempts to turn it into something else. I did get my way in the end! I have some fabric left if you'd like it, probably enough for a child's top.
The dark navy didn't make it easy to decide which is the right and which is the wrong side of the fabric. I actually used a magnifying glass to determine it and I am by no means sure if I chose the right side. I am also not sure about the grain line, which by definition runs parallel to the the selvedge. It is how I cut the fabric but it looks a little bit like the knitting direction is wrong, horizontal instead of vertical.
I used the overlocker for most seams, after practising with a few cut-offs. Boy this thing is fast! I had to re-thread it from scratch because a thread broke when I tried to change colour by the quick method, which involves tying the new thread to the old one and pull it through - ever so gently. It is such an faff, threading an overlocker from scratch. I still don't understand why the four threads have to be threaded in a particular order.
As always with the Sailor top, I like the end product and as I write this, all the hassle is forgotten. It is a shape that suits my ageing body. The neckline is not too deep but does leave skin exposed to show a nice necklace. I don't wear much jewellery but when I do, it is likely to be a necklace.
I have already started working on my next top, it is the revamped Colette Sorbetto top, a free pattern to download if you like a bargain. The updated pattern includes a sleeved version and Colette now have a block for big bosomed ladies. Watch this space.
In the meantime, enjoy Spring while it lasts. It is in full swing here, I know because Sam has been complaining about pollen and cat hair allergies. The animals are shedding so much hair that it is astonishing they are not bald.
P.S. You can see previous iterations of the Sailor top here, here, here and here. We also made a one for Annie but I can't find the link.
* Bras being the exception