I have not only completed my first (ha! optimistic much?) Spring top, but I have also worn it all day without it falling apart at the seams. I feel triumphant! Finally I have stitched a garment for myself from a pattern which has actually been wearable at the end of the day. A top I really like, which fits me, which looks like the pattern envelope. I know this might happen to you all the time, but for me, this is a new experience.
Here's the photo I've submitted to the Spring Top Sewalong 2012 pool, grinning like a stitch-happy fool!
The stripes have gone a bit strobe-y here, you can see the fabric a bit better in this one taken on my webcam (more lunatic grins, but in my defence, this is how I look all the time).
Pattern: New Look 6731 Misses Knit Top or Tunic (I do love a 'Misses' pattern, makes me feel like someone out of Little Women).
Fabric: Yellow butterfly print striped viscose jersey from Ottobre
Seams were stitched on my Toyota Quilt50 machine with a ballpoint needle, using a regular straight stitch and polyester thread but stretching the fabric slightly as I sewed. I overlocked the inside seam where the neckline is attached for neatness, but otherwise simply zig-zagged the seams after sewing them. The hem was turned using Joanne's clever paper method, which made it a whole lot quicker, and had the advantage of not stretching the fabric. I was going to order a twin needle and extra spool pin for my machine, but eagerness to finish took over and I just went ahead, sewing two lines of straight stitching for the hem. I used LOTS of pins as I was so wary of the fabric slipping or stretching. It's amazing what little waves and quirks the iron will fix though. Thanks very much for the tips in the comments to my last post, they were really helpful.
This is a pattern I'll definitely sew again. I really like the scooped neckline and the little capped sleeves and the sizing was spot-on for me. I found it a really great first project for sewing knits as the construction was very straightforward and the instructions were very clear.
I'm really keen now to get started on another top, from my stash of cotton fabric this time. We'll see if I manage to bag some sewing time over the next few days. The husband has already finished his school term, whilst child 1 and 2 are at school until mid-next week, so it wouldn't be too much to ask for him to do a spot of baby-wrangling so that I can sew, would it?