Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Fab 5 Collection

One of my sewing goals for this year was to find an assortment of tee and knit top patterns that I could make mine by tweaking the fit, simplifying the directions, making a note of serger settings, etc. and generally have everything in place so I could quickly churn one out.
I'm very happy with the tops that made it to the short list. For the most part, they are basic patterns that include several different neckline and sleeve variations, further expanding my choices. The views above are geared a bit towards fall hence the longer sleeves.
With the exception of V8536 all of these patterns are still in print. I reviewed each of these on Pattern Review and several of them are in earlier blog posts, but my PR friend  BeaJay suggested I post them collectively and so here they are.
Also, I keep a little journal of all my sewing projects and take it with me whenever I shop for fabric. (Actually, I keep it with me all the time, you never know when you''ll have to pull over for an emergency fabric fix, right?) I record the pattern number, a thumbnail of the view or view(s) I've made or might like to make in the future, a swatch of the fabric used that contains a serged edge and what those serger settings were, the fabric requirements, etc. This method is really handy when I want fabric for another or need a swatch for a companion garment. Here is a typical page:
If you love tees and knit tops and haven't tried any of these I hope you are inspired to...before long you will have you own favorite collection.
And don't be surprised if you see a Sensational 6 posting one of these days!
Thanks for stopping in and here's hoping your day is only sew-sew!