Friday, January 28, 2011

Totally Cute Knit Top

Before I even begin I HAVE to show you the cutest top!

I'm sure if you have gone to the mall lately you may have noticed a huge trend in knit blouses.  Everywhere I look I see unique designs in  knit, ribbon, and flowers, all sewn onto clothes. At Sally's Fabrics we are noticing the same thing. One of our talented seamstresses brought this shirt in last week for display.  Didn't it turn out great??  If you are interested in making this blouse, first off  you will need to purchase McCalls pattern  M6031; and, follow the directions for Style B.  This is a DYI pattern and is so cute (I'm sure I already said that!)  This stylish shirt would look great  pared with jeans or leggins.

Now, of course, when you see this pattern you will notice right off that Kathy,  has "dressed up" the shirt.  The first thing she did was add sleeves, which is purely optional.  She was able to pattern the sleeves after one of the t-shirts she had seen in a clothing store; but, if you feel a little nervous about doing this, you could easily copy a sleeve pattern from one of your shirts at home.  Kathy did sew in a small strip of 1/8" elastic to form the "sinched up" look on the sleeve that is shown.

Next, Kathy added a gathered knit piece onto the top of the blouse. For the running knit that you see, she cut a piece of knit 1" wide.  Underneath, Kathy used "Chiffon," and cut her fabric pieces to 2 1/4" wide.  For the flower she just pulled the gathers up to form a flower.

On the bottom of the blouse Kathy attached more of the 1" knit on top of the 2 1/4" chiffon.  

Overall the blouse did not take long at all, and turned out so cute!

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