How do you make a sweatshirt that’s (i) easy to make, (ii) comfortable, (iii) yet still cute enough to go out in and (iv) fulfills a sewing challenge?
Well you make a Parisian top from Go To Patterns! Of course! Tadah!!!
I bought this pattern aaaaages ago when I saw it on Kollabora. I was mainly attracted to the peter pan collar (I went through a stage where I was buying any pattern that had a peter pan collar). It also sort of looked easy to make (I was still a sewing baby then). How right I was! This top has three quarter sleeves and cuff and a hem bands. With the banded cuffs and hems, it makes the finishing so quick, so easy, plus I didn’t have to get my twin needle out.
I jazzed it up by adding the paisley contrast cuffs and collar (from the stash). That collar makes it a standout. I held up a few different contrasting fabrics for the collar, but when I tried the purple paisley, sparks flew. Yep I lurve this top. It’s stylish, yet so comfortable.
My main fabric was a ponte roma (love love ponte) in purple, the contrast collar is a lightweight shifty viscose (not so keen on this). I am glad I used medium weight interfacing on the collar cause that fabric was a slippery as an eel! The construction was straight forward. The instructions are good. I liked that the narrow binding as facing meant I didn’t need some bulky interfaced neckline facing. Instead of a cutting a fabric facing from my ponte I used some pink jersey bias binding I had in my stash. My interiors are not too shabby either 😉
Why make it now when I have had this pattern for so long? Well I realised that my colour for The Monthly Stitch solids February Challenge was purple. Plus I had this purple ponte for ages in my stash so…. Yeahy!! Stash busting! Go!
The Results: Another win! I love it. It works well with jeans and leggings. There are a lot of options for differentiation. I could see myself making this up again! I mean you don’t even have to … now this is a big one … finish the edges!! I serged this one up and finished it quite quickly. Love that! I think I need to do a broad shoulder adjustment. Though it is perfectly comfortable, looking at the pictures it looks like the shoulder is small… grr..
Speaking of serging – how do you deal with your serger tails (sergtails)? Mine look loopy cause I turn at the end and go over so it doesn’t unravel…Do you have a neat trick that makes everything looks nicely situated? Share please 😉 My next TMS challenge is Inside Out whereby I have to challenge myself to have super neat innards.
Happy sewing everyone and thanks for stopping by!
PS I love the twin needle finish BUT it is still fiddly.