Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wardrobe Staples: Basic Grey Faux Tweed Top

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My best DIYs are the ones that end up being my favourite things to wear. The side-slit knit I made a few weeks back has become a go-to piece for me as the weather is steadily getting chillier. Basic faux-knit tops like this are also phenomenal for layering (which is essential for someone like me, whose many years in the Northern hemisphere have only served to confirm how much I resent winter). This edition is similar to the previous one, just slightly slimmer and with regular sleeves instead of dolman.

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Four- or at least two-way stretch fabric, I used a jersey mix with a knitted texture that doesn't fray, 1.5 m  |  Fabric marker  |  Scissors  |  Pins  |  Thread & Sewing machine 

I.  Fold the fabric in half, right sides facing, and trace the top. A width of approx. 55cm will give you a size M (European 38, US 8). Cut out with a 1 cm seam allowance, leaving you with two identical pieces. Adjust the other piece's neckline to be as deep as you'd like.
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II.  Trace the sleeves. Start by taking the remaining fabric and folding to create the sleeve, and use the top piece you just cut out as a stencil to trace the seam as shown below.
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III.  Measure the desired length of the sleeve and trace to complete. In my top, the curved seam at the base of the sleeve was about 22 cm. Cut out with a 1 cm allowance.
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IV.  Use the sleeve you just cut out to trace the second sleeve (never said I wasn't lazy). You should now have a front and back piece for the top, and two identical sleeves cut out.
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V.  Finish the necklines. Make a 1 cm-fold, iron if you like to make sewing easier, and do a straight stitch about 0.7 cm from the edge.
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VI.  Place the front and back pieces against each other right sides facing, and pin the shoulder seams together. Sew a straight stitch 1 cm from the edge.
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VII.  Pin the sleeve in its place, right side facing the right side of the top. Repeat for other sleeve and sew a stretch stitch 1 cm from the edge for both sleeves.
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VIII.  You may want to try the cape-like top on at this point to confirm size. Mark the spot for the sleeve under seams and the side seams with a couple pins, take off, and pin the sides together all the way. Sew using a stretch stitch. If you want to leave a bit of a slit at the sides, make sure your last pin marks the spot you want the stitch to end.
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IX.  Optional: you may want to round the corners of the hem slightly. The beauty of jersey is the ability to leave a raw edge that won't unravel.
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Trim excess seam allowances and go brave the elements.
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  1. Where do you buy your fabric?

    1. I currently live in Toronto, where I shop mainly at King Textiles which in my opinion is one of the best stores in the city. I also go to Designer fabrics here in TO. On trips to California I go to Britex in San Francisco, and I also sometimes order online.


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