A few weeks ago I whipped up Skirt As Top's free Scoop Tee Pattern. The pattern is available as a one size PDF which I think fits me reasonably well without adjustments. Its intended to be a small to medium. It has a longer hem at the back, which keeps you in-check when leaning over, and kimono sleeves, which makes for an easy sew.
This tee was my first attempt (and last, so far) at sewing knits and I was very nervous! I'd been thinking about giving it a go for some time but freaked over not owning a serger, a cover stitcher, a double needle attachment or any other helpful expensive tools (BTW: any advice on what I should invest in first?). I took the plunge and bought some thin, soft, slippery, stretchy fabric from Darn Cheap Fabric which wrinkles like crazy. I don't know what it is as I'm not up to speed on knit fabrics, and I took no notice at the time.
So how did I do for my first knit? Well, for starters I sewed the neckband on inside out so that the seam allowance showed! Luckily, that was easily solved. Secondly, my hem is all sorts of crazy! I zigzaged the side seems and neck band but straight stitched the hem; it's less than optimal. Take a look for yourself. I even decided to leave the sleeves unhemmed given this mess. Is that 'allowed'?
So above were my challenges, but I can triumphantly say this top is super comfy and a great wardrobe filler for around the house/weekend/casual stuff. If I can improve my knit sewing skills then I will definitely make this tops up again! What's not to love: it's a PDF, it's a great fit, it's a super quick and easy, and did I mention it's FREE? Thanks to Skirt As Top's Kristin for providing the pattern and easy to follow instructions for us noobs (or am I the only one!).
Hope you liked my action shots. Doing the laundry is so glamorous ;)