My first effort at sewing with stretch fabrics (that's if you discount - and I certainly do - the Josie Jump-esque tracksuit I made for my daughter before I knew you needed a special needle to sew stretch fabrics). This is a little top for my daughter from Ottobre 1/2008. It wasn't an altogether successful project. The instructions said I needed to stretch the fabric slightly on the curves, but apparently I was a little overzealous as the front wrap panels were gaping when I'd sewn it all together and I had to take in the sides to compensate. Also, I don't have a serger, so I winged it, stretching both the sleeves and the hem of the top and zig-zagging them to try and create a slightly ruffled edge. Luckily stretch fabrics are quite forgiving!
The word from my little girl is that the top looks very 'pyjamary', which is fine, and it's probably quite comfortable for nightwear! She's wearing it with a skirt I made for her last weekend in 20 minutes (she was utterly unimpressed by the speed, though I was very pleased with myself!). Officially the world's easiest skirt using a patchwork fabric (from John Lewis). One side seam, a hem, a turned waistband and some elastic - finished!
I also cut into the lovely brown pindot fabric I'd bought at the weekend on Monday to make this top.
The pattern is Simplicity 3887, which I've seen here, there and everywhere in blogland. I added it to my pattern stash last Summer and thought it was high time I did something with it! You really have to ignore the pictures on the pattern envelope, though, which do little to recommend the pattern.
I really like the finished top, though it is a bit gapey - too gapey to be honest - at the back of the neck. I probably should have made a smaller size, but my measurements came up a size (bordering on two) larger than the size I'd take in a shop. Is this normal with sewing patterns? Or am I just kidding myself that I'm two sizes smaller than I really am? Maybe learning to draft/adapt patterns properly is the way to go. Or maybe I should just stick to sewing clothes for my children as they move around a lot so it's harder to see the botched bits!