Flora models a newly released pattern: Kwik Sew 3790. Side ruching with gathered shoulder detail, suitable for knits only. This is the first in what has become a search for more sleeveless summer tops that are not basic tank tops.
I made this out of leftovers from another project, and think it turned out rather nicely. The body is only gathered along one side, which, if you believe the What not to Wear folks, is supposed to provide a slimming look. I like it just because it’s different.
The neckline and left shoulder piece have actual facings, which is a bit unusual for knits. I followed directions, and stitched them in. I still ended up cover stitching the neckline all the way around to provide stability, as knit + diagonally cut fabric = mondo stretch! I sure didn’t want that.
Once the top was finished with a 1 1/2 inch hem, I went back and took out another 1/2 inch from the pattern. Yes, the pattern tells you to do the lengthen / shorten on these lines. You get 2 places to adjust, which is a nice feature.
I think if I had made this top the original length, it would have been a dress! Hmmm….that’s an idea. Nah! Too form fitting for me.
Overall, a winner!