Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Seafarer Top--Sewing for Me


I have a confession--I don't like to sew for my boys as much as I like sewing for myself. I guess it's the selfishness in me, or maybe the fact that I love sewing dresses and skirts more than shirts and pants, or the fact that my boys don't like stuffed animals and prefer all things sports and Army. I don't know for sure what it is, but that's the way it is. Because of this I have decided that every one item I make for myself must be followed up with one item made for the boys. I'm not going to limit myself to clothes for them, I'm going to try and find other things I can make for them, especially toys. Then I will blog about them. I'll have a "Sewing for Me" series and a "Sewing for the Boys" series (I'll try to come up with more creative names than that. . .boooorring!).

(I already posted about the shirt I made my son. Go check it out! It's adorable!)

First up for me, the Seafarer Top. I have been eyeing this pattern as soon as it came out, but could never justify buying it (we're on an incredibly tight budget right now) and so I just kept dreaming. Cue my birthday a week ago, and my mother-in-law gave me some money. I knew just what I was going to do with it! And so I bought the pattern. Using the rest of the money and some from my bank account--hey, it's okay, I just got a job--I bought some beautiful knit fabric from a local store, Nuttal's

(FYI: I know nothing about the fabric, who made it, etc, I bought it not thinking I would be telling the blogging world about these tops. Also, sorry for the lack of pictures of me wearing the tops. My husband and I have been too busy with grad school and work to stop and snap some photos of me.)









This first top is made with a cotton/rayon mix. I've never worked with a rayon mix before and I'll just say it was kind of a pain to work with, but is a dream to wear! While I was walking through the store the print just jumped out at me. I have nothing like it in my closet, I'm mostly a plain t-shirt kind of gal (don't expect any sort of "What I Wear" series, because I'ma fashion disaster), but I loved the brown with the large, un-detailed flowers. The best part? It goes with most of my jewelry that until this has sat neglected in its box waiting for me to get more stylish. 


I went with the banded sleeves, the banded bottom, and banded neckline. I love the length on this top! It's actually almost too long on this shirt. I've got an incredibly long torso and so I always have to add extra length to tops I make. But not this one, this one is perfect! I forwent adding a pocket because I loved the fabric too much to cover any of it.



Banded bottom


This next top is made with some fabric I bought from the store's bargain bin. I think that it's just a regular cotton jersey, but I'm not 100% sure. I've got a book I want to buy to help me identify fabrics, but I haven't gotten around to buying it yet; maybe for Christmas, right, honey?? Anyway, this fabric was easier to work with than the rayon mix. I put the band on the sleeves and neck, but did not band the bottom. To finish the bottom I just used my double needle and hemmed it. I also added double-needle hemming around the collar as well.

Double needle hem


Yeah! One picture of me in my new top!

I highly recommend this pattern! It's a PDF pattern and so once I printed it out I felt just fine about cutting out only the size I needed, not having to save it in case I wanted to make one bigger or smaller. If I ever do, all I have to do is print out another one. Printing it out and taping it together is not at all difficult, they give you detailed instructions regarding that. Also, these were a quick sew, neither one taking too much longer than an hour. The instructions come with great photos and are really easy to follow.

I can't wait to use this pattern as a maternity shirt as well (no I'm not pregnant right now). I'll use the longest length available, hem the bottom and then add some ruching to the sides. Now I want to get pregnant, just to make some more of these shirts, haha!

I'm super excited to try out a few more of Sew Much Ado's patterns. Right now I've got my eye on the Ruby Lou Doll pattern (hello Christmas presents).


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1 comment:

Kade and Stephie said...

I love that you posted a beginner pattern, you are helping me get excited to try something new. I love both of your shirts, you are absolutely beautiful.

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