Sunday, July 25, 2010


I know -- I asked for pattern advice regarding the teal knit nearly 2 months ago. I just finished it this afternoon. Other stuff to sew/quilt/knit keeps coming up!

The pattern went together beautifully, and quickly (1.5 hours sewing time, including pressing, changing serger from 4 to cover/chain to 4 thread operation).

I followed the instructions pretty closely, with the following exceptions:
1) I raised the point at which the front drapes starts at top 3 inches, fearing it would be too low cut.
2) Instead of clean-finishing the front edges and hems, then topstitiching them, I used a cove/chain stitch on the serger to accomplish it in one step.
3) Instead of gathering the front drape to fit the side panel, I adjusted the differential feed on the serger to do that while connecting the seams.
Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE my BabyLock???

I was warned that Christine Johnson patterns run big, but failed to heed the warning. Now I shall be taking up the shoulder seams, and, may be putting a dart or two in the back.

Still: it's done!

Do I look as sassy in this as I think I do?


  1. Yes, mamm! You look exceptionally sassy in that teal top! The younguns' have nothing on us! They can only hope they look as good as us at our age. Right, Katie??

  2. Very sassy. I love the top.

  3. It looks better now that I have taken in the shoulder seams! No pic's: my photographer was non-compliant.
    Also: the slightly low-cut drape forces me into good posture, lest the girls fall out.
    I like this top!!

  4. It looks awesome, but it is a darn good thing you raised the neckline! It looks great as it is, but I imagine it wouldn't leave much to the imagination as drafted! Great color and that fabric looks nice and soft.

  5. And yes, Gwen! I'm fortunate to have half of her genes! ;-)

  6. 不論做什麼事,相信自己,別讓別人的一句話,把你擊倒。..................................................

  7. You look pretty darn sassy to me!

  8. 認識自己,是發現妳的真性格、掌握妳的命運、創照你前程的根源。............................. ....................................

  9. Hi Sarahbelle!
    I'm Jade, I used to be part of Fragrantica a longgg time ago, glad to have come across your lovely blog - and to have discovered your manifold talents ;-). I left Fragrantica to set up my own blog, you can find it here if you care to have a look:
    Once again, very glad to have come across a fellow perfumista in the blogosphere!
    Best of all and greetings from Romania,