Despite sewing at every available opportunity, my wardrobe is still lacking in basics. Tops mostly. And particularly ones that go with everything. I spotted this pin dot jersey in a remnant box for 99p and imagined it as a top right there and then. I’m still quite scared of sewing with stretchy fabric but only because I don’t do it enough, and that is probably why I have a serious shortage of go-to tops. But I have to say, this pattern: New Look 6753 really was as ‘easy’ as it said on the packet.
I remembered to use a ball point needle and set the stretch stitch and a couple of hours later it was ready to go. No notions, no sleeves, no lining… just the ticket for a brain addled by a weekend of pure self-indulgence!
The binding on the armholes and neckline looked to be a bit tricky from the instructions, mostly because I hadn’t done this before but it was painless, I can assure you. The binding strips are cut on the cross grain and not on the bias because, hey!… it’s stretchy already! The strips are seamed with right sides together on the short ends to make a loop and then pressed, long edges and wrong sides together. The binding is sewn, raw edges and right sides together and then the seam is pressed down towards the garment and a row of stitching made close to the seam from the right side, to stop the binding from rolling out.
To retain the ‘v’ shape neckline, before the binding is attached a small snip is made at the point of the raw edge of the ‘v’ and opened up to sew the binding on. When seamed and top stitched, a little dart is sewn on the wrong side of the binding to pinch the shape back into the neckline. All clever stuff!
As you can see from the picture above there is a top and a bottom bodice section. The top is subtly gathered to give some shape and create a bit of detail. This particular jersey fabric is very fine. Not sure of its content but I’m sure the shaping would have worked better on a sturdier stretch fabric. Not complaining at all for 99p though. This was a fabulous outcome for what really was a test drive.
I’m also sure that it is possible to go down 2 sizes in this style. I went down one size and it is still very roomy, though to be fair I haven’t washed it yet and if there is any amount of cotton present it is bound to shrink a bit, I hope!
I wore it today with my shorts which incidentally didn’t coordinate at all! Ironically, it appears I don’t have anything at all to go with this top so I now have some plain skirts to add to the project list. I did however have a snazzy M&S jacket to pick out the red of the shorts. Should have worn the blue shoes too I guess… doh!
22 Replies to “easy peasy spotty top”
Thanks Amyy 🙂
It’s lovely, and what a bargain too. I really need to try sewing with jersey and knits, you’ve inspired me!
Thanks Kerry. There are some great patterns around for knits but the simpler the better methinks!
Great job!! I love it!! 🙂
Thank you Stacy 🙂
Such a great outfit, especially with the snap of red on the blazer.
Thanks Gail 🙂
I like the way you find little excuses to expand your wardrobe. Very cunning! 😉 But it’s a lovely top and deserves a matching bottom,
lol…. sussed, doh! Indeed, I really do need matching bottoms!
I love it and how you paired it with the shorts. Those shoes are amazing, too!
Super cute top. I have never seen this pattern and now want it. Bad. 😉
Very sweet ! – I have been working on just this kind of shirt for myself using existing shirts as patterns.
Very cool top…and thanks for the how-to re creating v neck with binding!
Very nice…thanks for alerting me to that pattern – it’s really flattering. Although I just KNOW that the underbust will be too high due to my long chest, but that’s what muslins are for, eh? 🙂
I’m in the same boat… lacking basics, but then again I’m lacking everything LOL. I like the top very much, but I REALLY like it with that super awesome red trimmed black blazer – that’s TOTALLY something I would wear! I have jacket envy! 🙂
I really enjoy your blog and nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! 🙂
Great top! And it’s a dotted fabric which I love!
There is nothing like a spotty top & those shorts on – are to die for ! I like mixing patterns too, & maybe you’ll find that there are some other things you’ve made that you can mix it up with…but then maybe it’s great knowing there’s an excuse to make more!!
By the way lovely Burda pics, but how impossible to view when we have such an un-summer ….depressing 🙁
Awww… thanks Winnie! And yes… the despicable ‘unsummer’! We’ll be onto the winter coats before we know it! x