Anywayz, I chose and bought the fabric, washed it, pegged it up and only then! noticed a horrific thing, the stripes were printed on the fabric terrifically off-grain, which in itself would not be too much of a disaster except that it had been cut in the store for me as though the stripes were on-grain. I had only planned a little top, so had only asked for a little piece. So I had this rather smallish and off rhombus with which to somehow wrangle a top. Great.
So although my plan was for something very simple, it didn't seem like it was going to be simple at all. I agonised and pondered for a bit. Finally I was just like, oh to heck with it! I've got to just make something. Anything!
I decided to embrace the wonkiness, and make a wonky, off, little top from out of my wonky, off, little piece of fabric. This is Burda 04-2014 111, and is the second version of this pattern that I have made; my first version is here.
Because I am rather obsessive about corralling at least some sense of order to my wonkiness, I cut my top on-grain and very carefully measured, cut and sewed my body piece so that the stripes matched up as perfectly as I could get them at the one side seam. So the stripes have become one stripe, rotating around and gently down my body like that on a barber shop pole, and because of the twist of the top are slightly more horizontal on the back.
the side seam
I left the raw edges of cowl and sleeves raw, because the jersey is very stable and does't really need finishing. The edge naturally curls up quite nicely and I like how this looks :)
To get as much length to the top as I could I added a wedge of fabric onto part of the bottom edge. The lower edge is simply overlocked, turned under once and stitched using a double needle. One thread is white, the other ivory, but I'm just fine with that. Didn't want to wind another bobbin for just one little hemline. For what should have been a nothing-much top, I reckoned I'd expended enough thought on this thing already!
Top; Burdastyle magazine 04/2014, 111, jersey stripe
Skirt; Vogue 1247 lined, ivory curtaining fabric, details here and my review of this pattern here
Sandals; 2 baia vista, from Zomp shoe boutique
stripe ever-so-slightly more horizontal on the back