Since we started the Finished Object Parade talking about my knit fabric class, I figured I would show you my second assignment. Although this is my second assignment, it is actually my third shirt. The second was a disastrous New Look pattern that had weird shoulder darts per the pattern, and a weird hunchback, overstretched, holey neckline, courtesy of my horrible “stretch and sew” technique. It now resides in a landfill somewhere. My third shirt, however, came out pretty good for a pattern with more than two pieces.
Pattern: Butterick 4347
Pattern Description: Close-fitting top has long sleeves, neckline extending into collar or shawl collar
Pattern Sizing: Size Lrg
Fabric Used: Sophia Double Knit (67 percent Polyester 30 percent Rayon 3 percent Spandex)
Pattern Alterations: Petite Alternations
- I love the fabric!! The Sophia Double knit is to die for. It is also pretty expensive. I was happy to have bought it at 25% off so it wasn’t THAT bad. I am now on the constant hunt for this fabric on sale.
- I really like the color of the fabric. I don’t have very many garments with this coloring so it makes me feel refreshed for the fall.
- The pattern was pretty easy. Nothing too bad
- Staytape is your friend. USE IT! The pattern didn’t state the need for staytape this time so I forged on without it. Bad idea. I think the shoulder seams have stretched a bit due to the lack of stablization. Ah well next time.
- The armholes are too long. If I lift my arms it find of tugs up and creates a bit of a bat wing. I should have done a 3/8″ petiting in the armholes as I do on Burda patterns. I also think the lack of staytape a the shoulder accentuates this problem even more. The solution? Push the sleeves up. It relieves the pulling and makes the garment okay to wear.
- The neckline is a bit fussy. Even in the picture you can see all the wrinkles. I think I will slip stitch the collar right at the seamline in the front as that seems to be wear it want to be anyway. That way I am not always fussing with it.
- Not really a bad thing but something to note. The front is a double panel of fabric so this is a pretty substantial shirt. It should be great for the fall.
- For a knit garment, this shirt has a lot of handwork at the hems. I blindhemmed the sleeves and the bottom which I think gives it a polished look, but man was it a pain. I think the hemming took longer than the whole shirt! 🙂