Yesterday I made a Kirsten Kimono Tee, a free pattern from Maria Denmark. I made three of these last summer while tinkering with the fit - one was way too big, the second a touch too big, the third too small (but I can now wear it with cardigans on top). Such is the peril when sewing with different kinds of knits; the same size fits differently when you are dealing with different degrees of stretch and recovery.
Anyway, this time I decided to just cut a straight M and add the seam allowances (since they are not included in the pattern). I used a lovely drapey cotton/lycra that actually feels like it has some rayon in it, from Girl Charlee. I had bought this thinking my girls would like leggings out of it, but they have not been that interested so I snatched it for myself. Selfish sewing, indeed!
I used an older version of the pattern, that I had downloaded in spring 2013. There is a new version that promises 'improved fit' but I couldn't be bothered to print it out yesterday. I am curious now, though, to see whether it would fit better around my hips.
After I made this top, I cut a second one, allowing more room in the hips. I had such high hopes for it. It was going to be super-trendy: I used striped fabric to create a chevron in the front, I put in a decorative zipper at the back. I also completely botched the neck binding when I tried to sew it on with a wider seam allowance - now the neckline is too low and wide (is there even any fix for that?). Aand my stripes did not match across the zipper. I don't even think it is salvageable. I hate wasting fabric like that - ugh. Teach me to try to be trendy!
Maybe I will have better luck today.