Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Knit Lace Tee-shirt

Stash-busting 2015:  Vogue 8524


Fabric:                  1 metre knit fabric @ $5.65 ($10.00/metre - 50% off + taxes)

Pattern:                 Vogue 8534 @ $10.29 (5.99 + taxes + shipping)

Sewn On:              Janome 4120QDC using a regular presser foot for knit stitching, walking foot for the twin needle hem.

Seam Finish:        Serged on a Janome My Lock serger.

Let me say that I love everything about this pattern and I am thrilled with how this top turned out! And to be completely honest, I don't know why it has taken me so long to make up this easy tee-shirt. From cutting to stitching you can whip this top up in no time.  

Vogue 8534: pre-hemmed

Let's talk about this fabric!  

I only picked up a metre piece of this fabric because it was the only piece found in this bin of texturized knits. I fell for the lace-y texture of this knit and I had no idea what I would do with it when I bought it. I actually had it set aside for one of the chemo caps but changed my mind when the need for a top to go with the skirt came up. I'm so glad that I was able to squeeze out a top from this piece of fabric. Although, it would have made a cute cap too.   

Now, let's talk about the pattern, Vogue 8534. It is an out-of-print pattern but you still can find it on the Vogue website in the out-of-print section but keep in mind that it may not be available for much longer. I made version A with the front pleats (love) and the kimono style sleeves (also love). Actually, there are no dislikes about this pattern. Absolutely, none.  

Some people over at Pattern Review expressed a dislike for the unfinished neckline but I actually don't mind it. I guess because my knit is stable enough to keep its shape in that area. I just serged the area and left it. I think if I were to make this top in a knit with more drape I would add a seam allowance and neck facing. But I like the way it looks here in this fabric.   


I took my time with the hem finish though. I shortened the pattern length by one inch when I cut out my fabric and then shortened it another two inches after I tried it on. I still had enough length to hem it up an inch. The sleeves are supposed to be hemmed up 5/8" inch but I didn't want to do a rolled hem as illustrated in the pattern instructions, so I just finished it off with twin needle stitching as the bottom hem.  


If you stumble across this pattern I would say get it! It made a comfortable top that I'm sure I will get a lot of wear out of this spring and summer.

Total cost of basic materials for this awesome tee-shirt is $15.94.

Happy Sewing!




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