For my first garment of the Learn More, Sew More garment challenge, I decided I wanted to make a top. After checking out all of my options and thinking back to my Sorbetto top, I decided to go with a Bess Top by imagine gnats. Since I am a “plus size” girl, I wanted a top that looked good on both “normal” size and “plus size” girls. Since Rachael tested the pattern on many different sizes, I felt comfortable trying it out.
Here’s what I made:
My lessons (some of them very remedial but I promised to be true to my experience!):
– I washed and dried my fabric before I cut out the pattern. I didn’t pre-wash my knit fabric, which ended up working well in leveling out my hems.
– I cut the pattern to fit my bust and completely ignored the hip measurement. I assumed (ass-u-me) that the hip measurement only applied to the dress. Umm… well, I was wrong and my t-shirt flares on the sides. I plan to sew up the sides in smaller increments using my serger.
– I have to read and read and read directions. I must have ripped out the neckline three times because my fabric’s wrong and right side look very similar. At some point, I realized that I should look at where my seams were to determine right and wrong side! Yes, we are talking remedial lessons here, people!
– I followed the directions and used my sewing machine to sew the sides of the shirt. I pinked my seam allowances since it was easier and shown in the pattern. Since I am lucky enough to own a serger, I will likely serge the edges when I make another one. I will also remember that the sewing machine finish uses a 1/2″ seam allowance and my default seam allowance on the serger is 5/8″.
I really love the length of the top and the sewing together of the sleeves on the front of the shirt gives the front a bit of detail without being overwhelming. There will be more of these shirts in the future! 🙂