Let’s face it. As much as I can’t seem to stop sewing with linen, nine times out of ten, K will reach for the knits. I’ve long stopped feeling intimidated by the slinky, stretchy stuff, but I have to admit that it’s not my favorite type of fabric to sew. But I get it. I reach for the comfy knits too, both store-bought and handmade (I’m only into day five of Me-Made-May and I’ve worn knits four times).
So when K asked if I would make her a knit top with a giant honking bow where her boobs would be, well…I said, “one giant bow over boopies coming up”. That was her special name for the mammary glands up until last year, and I’ve always been partial to it.
It was handy that I happened to have a pattern that fit the bill exactly from this book. However, for some reason I didn’t love the way it looked with the long sleeves:
So I decided to go sleeveless, and bias bound the arm holes. Not my neatest work, but it turned out just fine. The fabric is a slithery, luxe/lush rayon blend, and I made a henley out of it a long, long time ago with it. So satisfying to use up every inch of a piece of fabric!
K gave it a professional appraisal, declared it “beautiful” and then had to knock off points because the neck opening was too tight for her noggin to fit through comfortably. I left the serged hem exposed to balance out the sweetness of the bow, and I love how the gathers make the top so swingy.
Because the bow is sort of loose, tethered only by the center loop, I’m inclined to call it the droopy boopie top, but luckily I doubt anyone would notice were it not for my penchant to point out these things.
As soon as I finished making the bow top (the literal translation comes out to “Ribbon Top” but that didn’t seem accurate), I spotted another piece of knit jersey that I’d used before but had enough left over for a long-sleeved version. This time, I left the bow off.
Not a lot to add for this stripey version since it’s a glorified tee, but it’s even swingier than the other one.
The fabric is extra special to me since it’s what I used for my initial grown-up sewing project when I finally decided to get over myself and my body issues. It was just a simple tee, but at the risk of sounding dramatic, it changed my life.
But we were talking about droopy boopie tops and swingy long-sleeved tees that are definitely not changing K’s life. Despite K’s complaint that the tops are hard to put on, I’m certain these two rose-colored tops will be in heavy rotation. They’re cute, comfy and cool (I was straining for a more original and clever alliteration there. Foiled) — what’s not to love?
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Ours was filled to the brim with fun activities and I’m looking forward to a productive week. I think my favorite part was taking K and her best friend to see the movie Bears. Utterly charming!