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Posted on:10/28/12 1:35 PM
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Grace Buchanan said... (1/26/16 7:28 PM) Reply
Absolutely darling. It hangs so gracefully!
sewing addict said... (11/21/12 11:31 AM) Reply
Thank you so much Lynn for that wonderful explanation. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. It will be lots of trial and error for me. Knits kinda scare me. I've never ventured there but I have purchased quite a few bits so it's time to bite the bullet now.
LynnRowe said... (10/31/12 11:59 AM) Reply
Sewing addict; the seam is at the center back. I sewed the two short ends of the binding together to make a circle, folded in half wrong sides together and pressed. Then I sewed and serged the binding to the top with a 1/4" seam allowance, with the binding seamline placed at center back of the top. The binding is shorter than the neckline, so I stretched the binding slightly along the back area and slightly more along the upper chest and front area to fit the top neckline. I turn the garment inside out and place the binding on the right side of the garment. The wrong side of the garment is placed on the feed dogs and I sew from inside the fabric "loop". The important thing to make the neck binding lay flat is to press the seam after sewing and/or serging. First press the seam flat as sewn, then flip the binding upwards into position and press the seam downwards towards the body of the garment. If desired, you could top stitch or coverstitch the binding to secure it. I usually don't, as pressing is enough to keep the seam allowance in proper position. I "walk" the binding along the neckline to determine the length needed for the binding, and I attach the binding by "feel", rather than by quartering the garment and binding, or following pattern join marks, because every knit is different and has more or less stretch. The pattern markings may be perfect for one knit, but not for another. This is just a matter of practise and experience. For your first tries, either follow the join markings on the pattern, or quarter the garment neckline and binding. Then if the binding is too loose, rip it back out and shorten it. If too tight, cut another binding slightly longer. It really is a trial and error thing for the first while. HTH!
Pj3g said... (10/29/12 1:05 PM) Reply
Love it too!
A Beginners Needle said... (10/29/12 12:44 PM) Reply
Love it!! I have this and it's on my to sew list. I just wish I had such wonderful taste in knits as you do!
CissieW said... (10/29/12 12:16 PM) Reply
Fabulous top. Love the ruching and the fabric. Great job!
JEF said... (10/29/12 10:01 AM) Reply
Gorgeous fabric, lovely top, and a great review too!!
sewing addict said... (10/29/12 8:27 AM) Reply
I love your top too and your neckline is perfect. Could you add a little more information on that - where is the joining? Were there markings to show you where to line up centre fronts etc?how did you get it to lie so flat without any visible stitching from the outside? (maybe I just didn't see it) was it all done with an overlocker/coverstitch machine? Sorry to ask so many questions. I have this pattern in my wish list but have yet to brave the knits/stretch fabrics.
Levone said... (10/29/12 0:46 AM) Reply
Gorgeous top!
SavageCoco said... (10/28/12 10:38 PM) Reply
Beautifully made!
sewpelican said... (10/28/12 5:03 PM) Reply
Great top in your fabric choice. I have been waiting to make this up, so having read your review, what am I waiting for? Rhetorical question! Thanks for tip re gathering instead of applying elastic, maybe that's why I have been dithering.
Nan Kay said... (10/28/12 4:30 PM) Reply
Another Style Arc that I NEED! Well, want any way. You did a lovely job with it and the fabric is really nice!
Jstarr4250 said... (10/28/12 4:01 PM) Reply
Beautiful knit top; in fact I just looked at your past reviews and love every one of them. I'm dying to try a Style Arc pattern. They all look wonderful.
clotheshorse said... (10/28/12 4:01 PM) Reply
Another fabulous knit top! Beautiful sewing and great fabric choice! I have this pattern on my wish list now.
frame said... (10/28/12 3:38 PM) Reply
Love the fabric. Wish I could see a picture of the pattern. Did you post one and I missed it?
Barbara3 said... (10/28/12 3:06 PM) Reply
Another really beautiful top and helpful review, Lynn. I'm also an avid StyleArc and EOS fan, but I've avoided the tissue weight fabrics thinking they'd drape less well. You've proved me wrong.
Elona said... (10/28/12 3:01 PM) Reply
That's a beautiful top and a perfect, perfect neckline!
RatRace said... (10/28/12 2:06 PM) Reply
You have a way with knits. I'm calling you the Knit Whisperer. Gorgeous top and lovely fabric. I need to try EOS fabric store but I'm afraid of getting addicted to her stock.
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