Remember back when I used to be apologetic about always making clothes for myself? Ha! That ship has sailed. There is just no end to the things I want to make for myself and I’m not even resisting it anymore. (Although I am hoping to participate in the upcoming Kid’s Clothes Week and get in a few things for the boys). I’ve been stitching up lots of tops for myself these days and this sweet fawn fabric from Girl Charlee was calling my name so I modified a Plantain tee pattern (free!) from deer and doe to make this simple top.
My modifications were minor and less effective than I would have liked them to be. I attempted to add a bit of poof to the shoulders by spreading out the sleeve pattern a little but I just didn’t go far enough and the effect isn’t exactly spectacular. I also added a sleeve cuff. I also removed some of the flair in the stomach to waist area. Nothing big. This pattern is a great fit for me so I don’t need to do much.
It’s a sweet little top and I’ve worn it many times. I’ll be honest with you, much as I love this top I was a bit disappointed in the fabric. It doesn’t have much stretch and has a stiff hand. The amount of stretch was clearly stated on the website, to be fair, I should have realized it. At the same time, I still expected more softness. I feel like the top pulls and puckers in places it shouldn’t because it’s got so little stretch and is stiff. I am beginning to think that knit fabrics are one of those things I should really purchase only when I can feel them for myself. The quality varies so much. I still love this top, I just wanted to love it more. Ya know?