Added Jan 14, 2010
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Sagacious (adjective) – wise or shrewd
Pastel sage in the thinest cotton knit is the medium for a v-neck tank top with a twist.
This started out as a project to use a remnant which seemed only big enough for a small top. Enter, Kwik Sew 3339 Top B – V neck tank. (there is also a cardigan in the pattern I plan to make and this project served the dual purpose of testing the pattern for size and fit). I cut the pattern and discovered there was not enough material in the remnant for the arm bands to be cut with the stretch of the fabric running the length of them. And I decided to cut them with the grain running the length – i.e. with no stretch in the length.
Some of you probably know what happened next. And for those that don’t…. Note to self: For knits and jerseys it is really important to cut the bands/facings with the stretch running length ways as per the pattern!
There was not enough stretch for the arm bands to reach all the way around the opening. I resolved this by neatly turning them into a slim cap: each end of the band tapered in under the arm – see pic 2.
But then… the arm bands sort of gaped. There was not enough ‘stretch’ in the band to hold them in. I resolved this with a thin band of self fabric stretched around the inside of the arm holes and handstitched in place to create the flounce, that holds the bands close to the body. Thankfully there was enough in the remnant for those thin bands!
The neck band was cut and sewed correctly and it sat just fine… but it looked so dull compared with the ruffled arms, so it got the treatment, too!
– My first v neck
– A remnant saved from oblivion
– A tee saved from the ordinary
– Wiser for having learned the lesson of the direction of stretch in a facing/band