Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sunny Swing Plantain Mashup!

I have been looking for ways to incorporate all of the awesome woven print fabrics I find here in Tokyo into the comfy knit tops that comprise most of my wardrobe, and when I saw the FREE pattern and tutorial for the cute Sunny Swing Top from The Sara Project I wanted to try it right away!

The only problem with this top for me was that I like a lower neckline.  I already had the (also free) Plantain Tee pattern from Deer and Doe, so I just printed out Sara's cute cap sleeve pattern and followed her directions for making this great top that incorporates knits and woven fabrics, using the bodice from the Plantain Tee that I had already adjusted to make it just the way I like it!

The woven that I used is a Japanese double gauze from Kokka.  I got a one yard remnant for about $3!  And the knit was another Nippori bargain find at 100 yen per meter (although I have no idea about the fabric content since I can't read the bolts!  It doesn't feel synthetic though.)  I bought a ton of this soft knit and have used it for pajamas for my kids as well as a t-shirt for my husband and another top for myself that I don't think I ever blogged about.  I think I'm finally running out of it!

I did french seams to join the woven to the knit, since the double gauze can fray at the raw edges.  I think that I over-compensated on adding in my seam allowance--I bet if I'd just used Sara's pattern I wouldn't have had that problem!  So it's a little extra swingy, but definitely comfy and perfect for Spring!

Hey!  I think I've got my 4th-of-July outfit ready!

Remind me to check that my sleeves are straightened out next time!
CHECK!  Another Selfish Sewing Week/Spring 2015 off the cutting table!

1 comment:

  1. It looks great! I love the idea if combining knit with woven, comfort of knit and more print option for woven.


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