I finished my Maria Denmark Top!! I decided to work on a striped version this time, not realizing how much I don't like working with stripes! In fact, if I say that I want to sew stripes again, remind me not to do it, ok?
It wasn't a bad experience, just more time-consuming. First I spent time carefully laying out my pattern before I cut it to make sure all my stripes lined up. Then I spent time pinning so that the fabric wouldn't shift and offset my stripes matching. The end results are nice, but I don't think sewing stripes is for me. Now that I am all done, here is how it turned out:
I cannot tell you how much I love this pattern! The fit is amazing, and it is such a simple sew with a big payoff. I could easily make more versions (this is my second one), and may do so once I finish my concert tee and white dress. Either way, I am well pleased with this one, and consider it a TNT!!!!!! Yay, my first tried and true!
*If all else fails, I could just sew this top all summer long, and not get tired of wearing it.*
I'm not going to go through all of the details for this top, but I will say you can read my review of my last version if you are interested in more information on it. Basically, this is a size XS done in medium weight value knit I picked up from Hancock Fabrics.
I prefer this fabric slightly more than the last version I made, only because of the weightiness of it. The drape is also beautiful, and I found it very easy to sew.
I am finding that I prefer to use a stretch stitch when sewing knits. I am slowly using my serger more and more again; but for finishing my knits off, I like a stretch stitch as opposed to the twin needle. Even when I can get my twin needle working correctly, I am just not a fan of how it looks. Also, sometimes I get a skipped stitch here or there. My stretch stitch is far more reliable, with consistent results.
I did add more length to this top than I did the last one. I think the total amount came to one inch. I may stick to that length going forward.
All in all, if you could not guess it from this post, I LOVE this top!! I plan on wearing it this week to one of my kids' playdates. You know you have a winner when you can't wait to wear what you made.