When I think of fall sewing, I think of wool, flannel, and cozy knits. I know it's not actually fall yet, but I think we might get a taste of slightly cooler temperatures coming up this week, so I thought I would test out two fall-ish knit tops that I made at the end of the summer.
I bought Simplicity 1463 last summer after stumbling across Lauren Dahl's version of view A and Sally's version of view B. I actually made both versions at the time, but I wasn't entirely happy with the way they turned out. I didn't have a serger, and while that doesn't break a knit project, I just didn't feel like my tops looked all that professional or fit very well. However, I decided to try again now that my serger and I are good friends, and I'm quite pleased with the results this time.
I love this loose drapey style for fall--it's perfect with skinny jeans and boots. I'm not sure of how flattering it is, but that's all a matter of personal preference anyway, and this is mine. I made this version in a size small, which is right where my measurements fall, so I would say this view runs fairly true to size. This fabric has been sitting in my stash for quite a while, mainly because I wasn't sure what to do with it. The gray stripes are jersey, but the orange stripes are a sheer mesh and they are bright. I think this works pretty well with the simple design of this top.
The back hem dips significantly lower than the front, but I think this works well with skinnies.
I cut this top out in a single layer to keep my stripes in line. Both side seams match nicely, but only one shoulder seam matches...weird, but not terribly bothersome.
View B looks like a regular t-shirt in the front, but the beauty of this pattern is in the back.
I know it's a bit hard to see in this busy floral, but the back of this top features a pleated cross-over with a tie at the neckline. The pattern cover art does a really poor job of showcasing this feature, and I would imagine a top this unique would be a major selling point.
When I made this view last year, I cut a size small thinking that it would fit similar to view A. It was huge. I tried to wear it a bit to see if I would end up liking it or finding a way to make it work, but it went to handmade garment heaven. I'm not a pattern tracer, so I figured this view was a loss unless I bought the pattern again. Fortunately, miraculously, when I looked at the pattern tissue again this year, I was able to simply cut down a size with very little issue. I think this was just a case of sewing stars aligning.
The success of these two tops makes me want to whip up a few more knit projects before I dive into my wool and flannel. I definitely want another cowl-neck Renfrew, and I think Cara would be quite cute in a stripey Skater dress. How's your fall sewing going?