this is the “wearable muslin” for my scoop top, after i graduated from using my husband’s old t-shirts as muslins and cut into “real” fabric. once i saw that this top worked and i had the fit and construction down, i cut into my Britex tissue knit and took the tutorial photos. i had posted this one to Rae’s Spring Top Sewalong flickr group but didn’t have time to blog it before it was time for KCW and then time for my two guest posts to go up.
what i’m saying is, sometimes blog post timing is weird.
anyway, it’s made in a purple rayon jersey from JoAnn, which wasn’t super expensive but is super soft with a really nice drape. the fabric was just finicky enough that my machine ate it a few times until I pulled out Jess’s tissue paper trick for the hemming, which worked like a charm! first time a double needle has really worked for me too, so that was fun.
it has the pocket that i include in my pattern, and i ended up angling the placement in the final version since this seemed a bit crooked. i also played with the hemline a bit after the shirt was already sewn, so the hem has a bit of a “don’t look too close” situaish going on. probably not noticeable to anyone but me though.
it’s really comfy. probably the comfiest shirt i own. annnnnd yes i’ve definitely worn it as a pajama top. i just love it so much! it’s like something i’d actually buy in a store, you know? big accomplishment over here, i’m still waaaay too jittery about self-sewing (but trying very hard to get past that, because wearing clothes i’ve made is incredibly rewarding).
my necklace is from rare bird on etsy – husband actually spotted it on my pinterest board and got it for me! good man. thorough.
oh hey, did you see that Anna made a scoop top?! it looks so awesome! it’s crazy to me that someone else could make a wearable top from my pattern. it’s like when i sewed my first skirt for Em and had this irrational fear that it would fall apart at the seams when she wore it. i just designed this top to fit ME so well, it’s pretty cool to see it fits other gals too! guess that’s the beauty of knits though, eh? 😉
i’ve seen a couple other lovely versions popping up on instagram and in comments too, and it makes me so happy you guys are giving it a whirl. this has been a fun “dip my toe into patternmaking” experience. i also want to give a huge THANK YOU to Melissa of Melly Sews and Blank Slate Patterns, who got me going on Illustrator – she offers a full class on it which she talks about here, and the first lesson is free! if you’ve always wanted to learn Illustrator but don’t know where to start, start there. it’ll blow your mind.