Vogue 8597: Again!

IMG_2148Another rendition of Vogue 8597, a cowl neck top with raglan sleeves.  This time I made it using a lovely, fine wool knit recently on sale at Fabric Mart Fabrics.

This top should work very well for keeping me roasty toasty this winter.

There’s nothing much to say about the pattern or the sewing, though I did deviate from the standard procedure a bit.  Several months (issues?) back, Threads magazine had an article on doing slot seams.

What’s a slot seam?  You sew a regular seam slightly wider than normal with a basting stitch.  Press the seam open.  Back it with another fabric, and topstitch the backing fabric through the seam allowance from the right side.  It sounds complicated, but is very easy to do.  Go ahead and read the article!

IMG_2149I was rather taken with the idea, and thought it would be a nice change of pace for this top.  The seams along the top of the raglan sleeve lended themselves to embellishment quite nicely.

I used a zig zag stitch with variegated embroidery thread to highlight the topstitching.  Since the fabric is a pretty though mousy brown this bit of highlighting did the trick!  The same backing fabric also binds the sleeve hems.


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