|This top is one of my entries for the 2013 UFO Contest. Prior to a few weeks ago, I had completely forgotten about this project. I was working on a skirt refashion (not for this contest) and pulled out a hunk of this white knit to look for a piece suitable for a foldover waistband. When I unrolled the fabric, I was surprised that this top was in with the yardage. |
The shoulder and side seams were originally sewn with a zigzag stitch, so it was well before I had my serger. I have no idea which pattern this is or who I was making it for, since it is too big on me. So, I decided to finish the top and will give it away if someone really loves the beading. My mom plans to visit us later this year and it might fit her.
First, I redid the shoulder and side seams with a 3-thread overlock. Then I serged the neckline, armholes, and bottom again with a 3-thread overlock. For the neckline and armholes, I increased the differential feed so it gathered very slightly. Then I hand-beaded all of the edges with beads from stash and polyester sewing thread because that's what I had. I knotted the thread at the back approximately every 4 stitches in case one segment breaks. It was an experiment, but I like the result. If you are unfamiliar with this beading technique, the March 2008 issue of Threads has a great article written by Kenneth King that includes illustrations on how to do this.
Neckline beading closeup
Hem beading closeup
White Supplex nylon lycra 4-way stretch knit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I don't know what the original pattern was, but I'm sure it didn't include hand-beading on the edges.
Am glad that I completed this top and experimented with the beading. It goes much faster than other beading techniques.