The yellow and white stripe was another one of my 100 yen/meter (about $1/yard) finds, and it's a nice one. It's soft but not too stretchy. My top maybe came out a tiny bit small, but only because of this fabric--if I was using a more typically stretchy knit I would make the same size again. Oh, and also because of the fabric I used (I think), I had a little trouble with my neckline binding. I cut it on the bias to get a little more stretch out of it, but it came out too wide and wouldn't lay flat. So I folded it over to the outside and topstitched it down, which worked great! I am actually very pleased with the final result on the neckline.
|Whoo, stripe matching!|
For the accent panels, I used bits and pieces of the Melody Miller Ruby Star Spring 2012 that I found for 380 yen/meter (less than $4/yard). This fabric has a bunch of different prints incorporated into it, so it was fun to figure out which pieces I wanted to use.
|It's on sale at fabricworm.com for only $5.50/yard! Here's the link!|
I cut up one strip that featured the floral and made that into the elbow patches and the shoulder panels (I added those; they are not part of the original pattern), and I used a different part to make the back yoke (also my addition to the pattern).
I have long arms, so my elbow patches ended up hitting just a bit high. When I tug the sleeves all the way down, my elbow barely hits the bottom of the patch. So when I make this pattern again, I'll lower my elbow patches by about 2 inches I think. I also added about 4 inches to the length, because I like long tops. Partially because I have a long torso, but I also just feel more comfy in my skinny jeans if my top covers up a bit more!
|To give a better idea of the length|
The shape of this tee is great--it's fitted in the bust but has a slight a-line, so it feels comfy and casual without looking sloppy. There are three sleeve options too--short, 3/4 (what I sewed), and long. I definitely need more of these in my fall wardrobe!