For me, 2015 went by too fast, a crazy blur of fabric purchases, sewing marathons, and mad dashes to the store for notions. When I look back on it, well, it was a bit chaotic. My resolution for 2016? To sew strategically, that is, to use my sewing time to fill in the missing elements in my wardrobe rather than to follow the allure of whatever new and gorgeous fabric catches my eye! Hmmm. We’ll see how it goes…
To that end, my first post of our fresh and shiny new year is a tee top with an overlay, a project that’s a stash buster that fills a wardrobe hole. Many of my much-loved long sleeved tops are showing signs of wear, so it’s time to replace them. And, honestly, one can never have too many tops to wear with jeans and boots, right?
As I considered what to make, I found this top to be especially appealing. I love the front overlay and the options that offer the opportunity to use contrasting fabrics.The pattern is McCall’s 7247. It’s a stash buster because the bodice of view C uses only a yard and the sleeves use 3/4 of a yard. Yay! I can use up those small remnants I’ve been saving (hoarding?).
Pattern Modifications:I adjusted for my narrow shoulders, but otherwise, I sewed my usual size.
- I used a contrast color for the sleeves.
- I used ribbing for the neck band in a third contrasting color.
- I added three contrasting buttons to the overlay front.
- I added a contrasting sleeve band of three inches to the bottom of the sleeve to give it more of a finished look.
- I used a contrast fabric for the back.
Fabric: I used a moderate-stretch sweater knit that I purchased when I was traveling some time ago in Pennsylvania. Sad to say that the fabric store has since gone out of business. For the sleeves, I used a solid black rayon knit with lots of stretch.
The pattern went together easily and quickly, a plus for those of us who love an occasional project that can be cut and sewn in a day. To me, the success of this project seemed largely dependent on the fabric, and I was glad I chose a medium weight knit that had a nice drape. If the knit was heavier, it may not have worked as well.
I’ve worn this top several times and the good news is that the overlay stays in place nicely. I worried that I’d spend my day adjusting the front so that it would hang nicely, but I wasn’t tempted to do that even once. I plan on making this top again in the Spring with short sleeves and the squared off front.
As we begin a New Year, it’s always a time to reflect on our aspirations. In terms of sewing goals, well, I’m usually the type who prefers to create when inspiration strikes. But at the beginning of the year, I always find myself envying those who create with a plan in mind, so I offer these goals.
This year, I want to push myself a little more. I want to make another coat or two, and I’d LOVE to find a pants pattern that can become a ‘tried and true’ (Ideas, anyone?). I’d like to create a fun dress for a special occasion. I hope to learn a bit about pattern design too and maybe even try my hand at creating one for fun.
But most of all, I hope to visit more often with all of you. I enjoy so much, the friendships I’ve made over the last year. As you look forward to the year ahead, will you be planning your projects, or sewing as inspiration strikes?
Here’s to a great 2016! Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by.