This garment came about after I was pulling fabrics out of stash and spotted these two fabrics side by side.
The bugs are a cotton knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics (although I’m sure that I’ve spotted it at Rathdowne Fabrics as well) and the stripe is from Clear It. The two together really appealed to me. So I rummaged through my pattern stash and came up with Vogue 8950.
MISSES’ TUNIC: Semi-fitted, pullover tunic has yokes, side slits and stitched hems. Back is longer than front, wrong side shows. Front, back and sleeves C: cut on crosswise grain.
FABRICS: Two-Way Stretch Knits: Rayon/Spandex, Cotton/Spandex. Also Contrast A, B: Stretch Mesh, Sheer Knits.
This pattern has similar style lines to the Papercut Patterns Ensis tee with the contrast yoke and upper sleeve. I chose to make view B, the shorter length, and shortened it further still by petite-ing it at the shorten/lengthen here lines. Without checking the cut pattern I think that I used size 12 but cut size 10 from the armholes up.
Construction was mostly on the overlocker. I used the twin needle on the machine to finish hems and to secure the neckline. Hems were stabilised first with double sided tape. I really wouldn’t want to sew knits without tapes – they make such a difference to the finished product.
I’m still on the fence about the finished garment. It is comfortable to wear and fits well, and I love the two fabrics together, but maybe it’s the tunic thing again. Or maybe it’s just the jeans that I am wearing it with. I’m planning on sewing some Style Arc Misty jeans in indigo stretch denim soon and when I do, this pair of op-shopped Target jeans will be going back to whence they came!
I still have some of both fabrics left, and may give a raglan style a go and see how that works out. I wore this with an orange scarf and a cardigan. I only have a blurry phone photo to share but you get the general idea.
Yes, the more I look at photos of these jeans, the more I think that it’s time to say farewell to them. As a good friend has been known to say, “Lara, you can do better”.