Last year during Fabric Weekend while shopping at Mood, 6 of us decided we loved the same fabric. Inspired to see what we could each create, we divided it up. I had 7/8 of a yard of coral floral knit to work with. In my size, that’s not going to go too far. So I decided to use the print for the front of a shirt I’ve been drafting.
This top has a raglan sleeve with a scoop neck. I love the length. Slightly hi-low. I’m not exactly wearing leggings these days but the length is great for jeans as well.
I’m not trying to be mean here. I’m not sure what I was thinking but didn’t my 8 year old do a fantastic job with these photos?
The 3/4 length sleeves are finished with a wide cuff. My favorite way to finish sleeves.
The sleeves have a dolman/batwing? look. I love it for the comfort factor.
Here’s the contrast back. I made the back pieced because I had planned to inset a panel of a lacey knit but decided against it at the last minute. I don’t love the back of this shirt. Moving on…
I use my coverstitch machine to do the hemming. They aren’t necessary for the average seamstress but I LOVE mine. You can get a similar looking finish with a double needle. See the tutorial here.
Overall I’m in love with this shirt. I already have more cut and ready to sew! I definitely plan to grade it to other sizes and sell the pattern as well.
Please head over to these lovely ladies’ blogs to see what they have done with their yard of floral knit!
Sisterhood of the Floral Knit from Left: Merrick’s Art, Leanne Barlow, Melissa Esplin, Mad Mim, iCandy Handmade and myself! (& Bethany– not pictured)
If you sew for kids, don’t miss my new Winter Wonderland Collection!