Continuing with my #makenine2019 Sewing Challenge, I changed my mind about the shirt pattern and blue print fabric that I was planning on using. Instead, I decided to try out IVIYE’s Adah Kaftan Top sewing pattern. Here’s the link if you’d like more details about the pattern, here.
I decided to go with the red print. It is fabulous! I even have some left over after cutting out this top!
The sleeves were the whole width of my fabric and I used a lot of gathers to attach the sleeve band.
The sleeve band wasn’t included in the original pattern but it was easy for me to make. The original pattern used elastic fed through the hem to make the gathers. I just wanted a looser sleeve. I cut a band double the width I wanted and long enough to go around my arm, plus seam allowances. I interfaced one half width of the sleeve band to make it a bit stiffer. I got a chance to use my “stitch in the ditch” foot (edge stitch foot) properly for a change! Usually I use it to make my topstitching uniform on my bag straps, etc. This was the first time in a long time I actually used it to hem up the sleeve band.
The sleeve head also had a lot of fabulous gathers.
Now the unfortunate thing is that the minute threads of the fabric easily get snagged (outlined in blue) so I’ll have to be careful with this top and anything else I make with this delicate fabric. I can’t remember what is the content of this fabric … I’ve had it so long in the fabric stash!
I kind of didn’t follow the instructions with respect to the neckline and the keyhole back opening. I like to have interfaced facings in my necklines and pieced something together. Next time I make this top, I just might make the neckline a bit lower.
My results! I love this red print. The pouffy sleeves are just fabulous! Next time perhaps a lower neckline, just a bit lower. I sure would like to make another top with these fabulous sleeves!
Summer is just around the corner and this top is ready for it! How about you? Are you sewing for summer now?
Thanks for reading and commenting!
STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? I used 1.3 metres making this top. My estimate in my fabric stash is now 117 metres.