Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Merino top with thumbholes
I've been wanting to make a top with thumbholes for a while now, so when one of my much loved basic wool tops died recently (I started to get embarrassed at all the holes ;-), I got out the fine black merino wool from my stash and decided to try to make one of these wardrobe basics that are so useful. And why not add some thumbholes at the same time?
I used the basic t-shirt pattern that I'd drafted a while ago, made it a bit more loose fitting, with a boat neck (seems to be most flattering on me), wide cuffs and a wide loose waist band to match cuffs. For the thumbholes, after consulting Mr Google, I opened up a gap in the cuff seam big enough for thumbs with my trusty seam-ripper and then sewed around it to reinforce it.
There's a fair bit of wonk in this garment, and it's given me a new appreciation of proper finishes on knit fabrics (as opposed to mine!), but hopefully I can look past the imperfections and it will be a useful basic.
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OK, my wardrobe's been restocked with all the sewing I've been doing for myself, time to move on to other things now... after I attempt this gorgeous knitted neckpiece, that is! The very talented designer, Kirsten from Assemblage, has such beautiful style and is a fellow lover of thumbholes! Wish me luck, my knitting is basic to say the least but I'm willing to sit with Youtube beside me on the computer as I try to work it out because I love it so much ;-)