Monday, January 27, 2014

Knit Tops

I've made 2 new knit tops.

 For the first top I used McCall's 6203 - which is now OOP. 

I tried to get a good close up picture of the fabric, but it's very hard to get it to look right.  It's a deep purplish blue with black stripes.

It's been a long time since I've had a top with dolman sleeves.  I wasn't sure about the style, but I really like it.  It's just loose enough to be comfortable, without a lot of extra fabric.

I made a size M, but added some extra wide from the hip area down to the hemline.  I also made a swayback adjustment.  This helped, but I think I should have made a larger adjustment as there still a bit of wrinkles back there.

The fabric I used is a knit that I bought at Zinck's Fabric Outlet. The store is located in the Millersburg/Berlin, OH area, in Amish country.  This is a true, no-frills outlet store that's located in a warehouse type building.   I like that sort of place, so shopping there was a lot of fun for me.  The fabric looks like a typical poly knit, but the inside is so soft and is nice to wear.   It was $3.00 yard, and there was only 3 yards of it - naturally I bought it all.

I changed the neckline.  I cut the neckline like view "B" and then added a simple cowl neck collar to it.  I cut a rectangle of fabric 20" long and wide enough to fit the neckline.  I folded it half and serged it to the neckline.  I like out it turned out.

I still had some fabric leftover, but not enough for another top.   I really like the fabric & wanted to come up with some way to use it.   I love the look of knit tops that use contrasting fabrics, so thought I'd give that a try. 

I had this pattern in my stash and decided to use it.   This is Butterick 5925 - a Katherine Tilton pattern.  I made view "B: 


I had enough of the blue stripe to cut the front and the sleeves.  I used some solid black from my stash for the back.  And bought some gray tweed slubby knit at Joann's and used it for the pockets and as a binding on the neckline.  

I used a size medium, and made no changes to the pattern.  The neckline is a bit wide on me, so if I make it again, I will narrow it just a little.


  1. Great decision to add the cowl collar on the first top. Looks great. The second is a wonderful use of fabrics. Look at the neckline this way, it gives you lots of possibilities for necklaces and scarves.

  2. I like both tops! I bet it was fun to pull the second top together using the different fabrics. i've wanted to try a dolman top but was worried about the fit. Yours looks very nice.


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