As our South Carolina mountain weather has cooled a bit..... (finally!), it's a perfectly perfect day to venture off to Devil's Fork State Park wearing my new top.
The first thing that might grab your attention are the exposed serged
rolled hem seams. Front v-neckline, center front, center back, sleeve
hems and hem are all serged rolled hems.
The more I make Ottobre patterns, the more I really like them.
They seem to be designed for my lifestyle and body shape; so, without too much trepidation, I cut a size 38 and stitched this up with no modifications using a sweater knit with terry pile to the inside purchased at Hobby Lobby for @$6.00/yard. I used 2 yards.
It really does sew up looking just like the line drawing.
An initial struggle for me was deciding the best way to create the exposed seams. Should they be left as
raw edges, should they be serged, should they be serged rolled hem with
matching thread, contrast thread..... on and on... somewhere along the way the thought struck me to use red.....
....so red it became! Not only did those very visible front and back (and of course side-to-side) stripes have to line up..... there was now the concern of the very visible red seam. I knew if it was not done properly, the mistakes would be glaring. Struggling to match the stripes with my new Brother 1634D serger to these high expectations while serging, not to mention
I could not bring myself to take out the stitch finger to use the rolled hem stitch ability as I did not want any drama getting it back in... I thought of my very old Bernette for Bernina FunLock 006D serger that was placed in retirement a few months ago when the Brother was purchased, and decided it must be brought out of retirement and be used again. Let me pause here a moment and say.... I love my old serger! Purchased new in the mid-1990's it has been used ever so much with nary a day in the shop, but the last year or two the left needle thread tension had gone out, so I'd only been using it as a 3-thread serger until I bought the Brother. The Brother cost about what a shop repair would've been, so figured that was being a good steward of my money. And I do like the Brother for day to day serging..... but oh my goodness..... the Bernette/Bernina purrs and serges oh-so-smoothly compared to the clunkier Brother. Anyway.... with a click of a lever, the Bernette/Bernina serges the most beautiful rolled hem AND keeps my fabric moving through more evenly than the Brother, even though both machines have differential feeds. This top begins by serging a rolled hem on both sides of the front V-neckline. In the photo below, I've already serged the rolled hem on the neckline and have it set up to serge a rolled hem down the center front. Thanks to a serendipitous photo Carolyn put on IG
showing how she pins both the beginning and end of each stripe, I did the same, below, and it worked beautifully. You can see a little of how my sweet machine has yellowed with age but still serged beautiful rolled hems on this top. A workhorse!
The stripes aren't perfectly matched..... but they are acceptable to me.
When I make this again I'll probably add a little to the hip width.
Side view shows stripe matching there too and may I say it was sooooo much easier stitching right sides together, using my Bernina 1230 sewing machine. Nothing wiggled or moved while sewing there!
Instead of the 3/8" stretch grosgrain ribbon the pattern required for binding and stabilizing the back neckline, I used bias binding made from a scrap of coordinating fabric from the stash. Love the way Ottobre has you bind the back neckline as all raw edges are covered and tucked in nice and neat.
I was afraid I would not like the serged rolled hem for the sleeve and top hem, but find it doesn't bother me at all.
The top goes well with my red Ottobre no. 14 pants
. Overall I really do like this top and can see it getting lots of wear this cooler season!
Also this is the first item completed for the Make a Garment a Month October Challenge of 'Sew One'. Sarah Liz, our lovely moderator of the Make a Garment a Month group comes up with our creative monthly themes and she can be contacted here
if you are interested in participating too. My take on this theme is to use 1 sleeve pattern for 2 different tops.
The two tops, no. 15 and no. 8, are circled below. In this 05/2016 issue, Ottobre designed two different tops with the exposed serged rolled hem as a design feature..... with both tops using the same sleeve pattern. How cool!
And back to today..... thought it'd be fun to share the very first photo I took this morning when walking upon the sand......
....and the very last. They flew right over my head. :)
Happy Sewing Everyone!