Pattern: New Look 6735 Top
Pattern Description: Three-quarter length sleeve t-shirt with a center back seam; sized for stretch knits
Fabric: Cranberry and brown stretch jersey (97% Cotton, 3% Lycra) from Fashion Fabrics Club.
Notions: Thread and bias binding
Overall: This is a great pattern for a beginning sewist or for building your wardrobe. I made a size 10 (instead of my usual 12), and recommend you make the top a size smaller than the pattern indicates. It seems to run a little big.
Construction: The shirt has a center back seam, which I eliminated when I made my dance dress. This time, I decided to keep the back seam in, because I thought it might affect the fit in the lower back, especially if you are adjusting for a sway back. I don’t find the center seam too un”seam”ly, and if you press the seam really well, it looks fine.
I followed the directions and ease-stitched between the notches on front of the blouse and then joined the shoulder seams together, including bias binding to keep the shoulder from stretching. I skipped stitching the sides together and went ahead and inserted the neck band. The neck band may seem like a pain, but all of the notches matched up well, and you just have to remember to stitch 3/8″ from the edge. I used my serger throughout this process and serged the raw edge of the neck band and then turned it in, pressed it, and topstitched the band down from the outside. The finish looks very nice, neat, and RTW.
For the sleeves, I decided not to set them in as the instructions tell you. Before I stitched the sleeve cap in, I sergered the edge of the sleeve, turned up the hem and topstitched twice–the stitches were 1/4″ apart. Once I eased sleeve cap, I sewed it to the shoulder flat and then sewed one seam from the sleeve edge all the way to the hem. I think sewing the sleeve in flat helped eliminate the puckering I usually get from easing the sleeve cap.
I hemmed the shirt the same way as the sleeves by serging the raw edge, turning up the hem allowance, and stitching twice around, the stitches being 1/4″ apart.
This is a cute, simple top that can add to your casual or work wardrobe.