I really like asymmetric design features. They catch your eye and can make for some interest in what might otherwise be a plain garment.
Continuing with my love of Ottobre Woman’s latest issue (5/2014), I made up 5-2014-4, a scoop neck side ruched t-shirt in a poly/cotton knit I picked up from Needle Nook Fabrics in the summer. The fabric is a bit sheer, but this time of year, I wear a lot of t-shirts as layering pieces, so this is a good addition for that purpose. Despite my size, t-shirts tend to get caught up on my hips if they’re too long. All Ottobre t-shirts are too long on me because I’m 5’2.5″, which I’m sure is far shorter than the average Finn. This t-shirt was no exception. The problem was magnified by the relative firmness of this knit. I gave myself extra width in the side seams because I knew that this knit was not going to stretch any extra for me, but I still needed more width in the hips when the t-shirt was finished. I ended up adding godets in the side seams 7.25″ X2″ wide. This made the t-shirt a lot more comfortable but didn’t really change the overall silhouette too much.
I used clear elastic from Fashion Sewing Supply for the side ruching. It, like all Pam sells is really great elastic. I have no idea how anyone sews with the elastic that’s sold elsewhere–it’s too stiff, and my Janome will not sew through it at all.
Top #2 is totally weather inappropriate, but I still managed to get a wear out of it over Thanksgiving at my in-laws’ in CA. Burdastyle 2-2013-109 was the pattern that pushed me over the edge last year when I bought this issue.
The left “sleeve” is formed by a large section of the back pleated, gathered and wrapped around to the front to sew into the neckline. It makes for a beautiful little cap sleeve. You could eliminate the asymmetric element and make both sides to have the wrap around sleeves, I would wager to good effect. The wrap piece itself was a little too long and at a funny angle for me. To fix this, I pinned the sleeve where I wanted it, stitched it down and cut off the excess–very simple.
The Ottobre top review is here.
The Burdastyle top review is here.
6 thoughts on “2 tops for the unbalanced”
I am so glad to see yoou back sewing. I dont do much sewing any more but a great deal of enjoyment from your sewing and your adding so many skills for your craft.
LOL Elizabeth, yes, I think you are taller than the average Finn. There are several in my unit at work and the men are over 6′ while the women are 5’4 minimum.
Alright–pregnancy brain–meant to say ‘shorter’ than the average Finn 🙂
Your tops are super cute. I love asymmetric designs too.
Asymmetry is such a fun way to add interest to any garment.
Too funny! And congratulations on the baby!