The Sunburst Top
|Notice the Subtle pintucks around the neckline?|
I seem to be on a t-shirt kick lately. It is a lot of fun to make clothes for myself. My most recent creation is this basic pintuck shirt. I have wanted to try pintucking for a while, but I wanted a basic project to start with. I used the same cap sleeve pattern that I've been using the last little while. I found this great tutorial from Burda Style on pintuck fabrics. It really was such a simple technique. I am excited to try out a couple of different ideas that I have running through my mind.
The fabric that I used was a really lightweight aqua knit (another piece I snagged from my mom's collection), lined with some white knit that I purchased at Wal-mart on clearance. To do the pintuck technique I traced my pattern onto the fabric, marked where I wanted my pintucks to be, and stitched away. After sewing my pintucks I went back and adjusted the pattern (retracing the original pattern to accommodate for the pintucks-I needed more fabric for shoulder seams). Normally when pintucking you pintuck and then cut out your pattern from the prepared fabric. In this case I wanted the shirt to be one piece, and I wanted the pintucks to form around the neckline. If you try a similar project you will want to be sure that you layout your pattern with a bit of extra material on each side of your pattern.
I chose not to trim the neck and armholes with ribbing. Because I was using two layers of fabric, I simply stitched the neckline and armholes with wrong sides together, clipped the curves, and turned the shirt right-sides out. I added topstitching around the openings, stitched the side seams, and I was done. The lightweight knit had a nice curled edge so I left the hem unfinished.
It is a pretty basic top, but was the perfect project to try out pintucking. I think that it is going to be a great layering piece come fall.
I hope that it inspires you to try out a few new sewing techniques. It also feels great to use up fabric that I've had stowed away. Don't forget to sign up for Stashbusting September if you haven't already.
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Check out my tips and tricks for sewing with knits: Part 1, Part 2