The Red Top – as easy as pie!

May has been “Sew Stretchy” Month and I am enjoying sewing these knit tops.  This one is Butterick B5645 sewn with a 96% polyester 4% spandex.

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I love patterns that give you a few variations.

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I have a wild red, white, and black paisley print and a solid black for the sleeves.  The pattern is traced out and I am ready to go.

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Now you might notice I am using my sewing machine on this polyester spandex knit, not my serger.  Actually my sewing machine likes knits better than my serger!  I set my machine to a narrow long zig zag, just few steps away from using a long straight stitch, and my fabric loves it.  I try not to pull on the material as it feeds through.  But you should try it out yourself on a few fabric scraps.  See what your machine likes to do.

The shoulder seams have been sewn together with a seam tape on the seams to prevent future stretching.  I have sewn single fold bias tape around the neckline and for the first time find that I am going to have to steam the neckline as it is not lying flat. Don’t put your hot iron on the fabric though or it will shrivel up and die!  I think I should have pulled the single fold bias tape a bit more and not pulled the knit fabric as much and my neckline would have probably laid flatter.  Oh well, probably only something I would notice.

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On to the sleeves.  Elastic cord is sewed in the middle of the sleeves with a zig zag stitch to gather them up.

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The sleeves are hemmed with single fold bias tape.  Bah!  I cut it too short!  Re-do!

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The sleeve is pinned on to the armhole of the top.  The side seams have not been sewed up yet so it is really easy to sew the sleeves on.

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When sewing the sleeves onto the top, you have to make a sharp 90 degree turn at the beginning and at the end.  You will see.  It will make sense later….

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See?  Strange way to attach a sleeve, hmm?

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But when the top is folded over properly the sharp turn makes perfect sense.

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A little hemming under the arm as the sleeve doesn’t actually go all the way under.  Side seams are sewn up.

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And DONE!  Easy as pie!

7 thoughts on “The Red Top – as easy as pie!

  1. I love this top, thanks for the link on your newest post I don’t know how I missed this….I’m one of your sewing “groupies’ that read every post you do lol

    At any rate yes the sleeves are coolio!! I love this paisley red fabric. Fab top!

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