I was pottering around on the internet, as you do, the other day when I stumbled upon Ottobre designs' etsy store, jam-packed with cute stretch prints for children and a really good choice of stripey ribbing which is what initially drew my attention. But then I saw this lovely viscose jersey which was too hard to resist on such a beautiful sunny day (although they sell by the metre, you can contact them to request a customised listing for the length you need, in my case 1.2 metres) and couldn't help myself. Now that I've got it, i can't quite decide whether I like it or not, but the weight really is perfect, and it has a lovely slinky soft feel which looks like it's going to be nice and forgiving but which will probably be awful to sew.
The pattern is New Look 6731 (out of print as far as I can see, though ebay has one on sale), which looks like the perfect basic knit top-shape, with a bound scoop neck and capped sleeves, but also with options for an elasticized hem, tunic length, long sleeves and a higher neckline. It scores pretty highly in reviews on sewingpatterns.com, which is a good recommendation as all those reviewers must know 100 times more than I do about dressmaking! And rather fortuitously, it just happens to be Spring Top Sewalong 2012 over at Made by Rae, which is a great incentive to get stitching.
Having abandoned my blog post in favour of cutting out the pattern and starting to sew (I get such itchy fingers sometimes!) I seem to have the makings of an actual real wearable top!! That's as long as I don't botch the sleeves. Can anyone give me some tips on machine hemming knits too? I am thinking of buying a new spool pin and twin needle for my toyota, though I do have an overlocker. What's the best way to do it? Any tips/links will be gratefully received!
*Have you ever put a leather boot through the washing machine on a nice long cottons cycle? Well I have, accidentally gathered up in a pile of sheets (which tells you all you need to know about my housekeeping skills). Just the one boot, mind you. The boot, however, survived to tell the tale and lives on in all its hideousness, stopping me from being able to justify a new pair.