Just a few weeks ago I purchased the Spring Mini Collection from Indie Sew. Yes, I realize they just released their Fall Collections, but I’m just on top of things like that! And besides, I love the patterns in the Spring bundle and have had my eye on them for quite a while. (Watch for the others soon.) So the first pattern I sewed from this bundle was the Seafarer Top. Abby from Sew Much Ado designed this pattern, and it’s really lovely. It ranges in size from XS to XXL. There are lots of different design options so I’ll be making more of these in the future. One thing I really love about the Seafarer Top is that because it’s has a dolman sleeve, there are fewer pattern pieces, and no sleeves to fit in, so a very easy top for a beginning sewist.
Another thing I really appreciate about the Seafarer Top is that I made it from 1 yard of fabric. I had to piece one shoulder to be able to do this, but I don’t think it’s really that noticeable.
And yes, I appreciate the irony of making a dolman sleeve top look like it has a sleeve. But when I started building my stash of knit fabric, I bought a lot of 1 yard cuts. Like this fabric produced by Birch Organics. It’s called Bear Flight in the Mineral color, designed by Jay-Cyn Designs. Let me tell you, it’s deliciously soft and I think it drapes in a very flattering way. In looking at these photos I realize I’m getting a little bit of whiskering under the armpits, so I’d love any tips on how to make adjustment to my pattern before the next time I sew a Seafarer Top.
I did lengthen the Seafarer Top to adjust for my height. And because of my fabric shortage, I didn’t add a hem band, just used the hemmed option. Let me tell you my absolute favorite thing about the Seafarer Top; the neckband lays PERFECTLY! Sometimes it’s the little things, right?
One sad piece of news, this top was the last thing I sewed on my sewing machine before taking it to the repair shop for a visit. (The mad faces I seem to be making in this blog post are probably because I’m a woman without a sewing machine during Selfish Sewing Week!!! Just kidding, I wasn’t really mad!)
But I bring it up because the problem with my machine was stitch length not adjusting, so you can see some gaping on some of the seams. When I have my machine back, I’ll go over these seams again. This is my 2nd make for Selfish Sewing Week. And on my sewing table lie many more…just waiting, waiting, waiting for my machine to return. So we’re probably going to have our own Selfish Sewing Week whenever I get my machine back.
Now, if you want to know why you need to make a dolman sleeve tee using bird fabric, go read our Spirit Animal sew along inspiration post over on the Top Stitchers blog. See you there! P.S. It involves prizes…