Knit versions of the same cross front Ottobre pattern. This was my last top. I took it in an extra 1/4 inch on the side seams just through the bodice. I put the neckline in with a 2 inch wide fabric strip as you would a ribbing. The shoulders I bound the edges 1/2 inch deep. The white and pink knit below was my "muslin" for the knit version. It was a bit loose and the ribbing application for the armholes did not lay as nice as I would like. Both bottom bands were not hemmed. I just did not want the added bulk. Thanks for looking!!
I am on a mission to make some cool and comfortable tops for the Texas heat. I pulled out an old Ottobre magazine and decided to try this top again. I usually make myself a 38, but this pattern runs tight across the chest and the arms and neck gaped on my first attempt. Maybe, I am just used to sewing knits that are much more forgiving. When copying the pattern, I did not use seam allowances at the neck and arm holes because they were to be bound. On the sides, I used 5/8ths SA because I needed that for the invisible zipper. The rest of the top I used 3/8th SA. I have a link in the upper right side of this blog that goes to a "How to" video of my 3/8th SA ruler. To prevent gaping, I zigzaged dental floss and slightly gathered the front criss cross about mid-chest down to prevent this top from gaping at the bra location. On the armholes, I put a tiny dart at the level of my arm pit. It worked out OK, but I think I may have to rethink the armholes because the dart made a narrow curve and the binding was a bit tricky because of this. Any suggestions would be welcome! Thanks for looking!