Sunday, July 31, 2016

KZJO Studio - Plum

I always love testing for Kaysie at KZJO Studio. Her patterns are well drafted and go together perfectly. I tested the Plum awhile back and had plans to make another version in July when the Plum was the Pattern of the Month. And before I knew it - it was the last day of July.

Today is the last day to get the Plum on sale for $6.50. This versatile top is great on it's own or perfect to wear under a jacket. The neck line scoops slightly lower in the back. You can make the Plum in 1 piece or 2 (with a seam at the shoulders). The pattern is intended for light weight wovens, but could be made easily with a knit.

I decided to make mine with 2 pieces. The first step was to sew the front and back together across the shoulders with a French seam. You make a French seam by first sewing the two piece together with wrong sides together.

You then iron the seam to one side and turn the top wrong sides out. You then Sew the pieces together again enclosing the raw edge from the first seam.

Now make the bias binding for the neckline.

Sew the bias binding on and leave a tail to join with the end once you go almost all the way around.

Join the ends and finish attaching the binding.

You fold the binding in half and fold it to the inside, press, and stitch along the edge.

Then hem the sleeves using a rolled hem. Then sew the sides together and hem the bottom.

Here I am in my Plum.

I bought this fabric at Golden D'or during an inventory sale for 99 cents a yard. It's a lightweight silky fabric - feels like a poly blend.

Here you can see the slightly scooped back.

This is such a cute and simple top to make. The hardest part is the rolled hem - if you don't have a rolled hem foot. I was planning on just hemming my next one with a lace trim.