My Merryweather tops have become a wardrobe staple and my go to pattern for comfortable tops. I love the shape they give me and the fit is perfect. I’ve worn them so much I’m sewing myself some more.
The pattern is the Merryweather from Stitch Upon a Time.
It’s a super simple jersey top with optional colour blocking. I’ve not tried the colour blocking yet as the line sits right on the bust and I feel like this would draw attention to my ample bust. But actually now I’m looking closer the line is at the top of the bust just below the V neckline so it might actually flatter my figure. I’ll have to try it at some point. It would be very useful for putting large scraps to use.
There’s the usual long, short and three quarter sleeve length options. It’s nice to have the versatility. I wear the short sleeve for summer, the long sleeve in autumn and spring. For winter wear I layer two of them together.
I’m particularly fond of the neckline options. I think a V neckline is the most flattering on my figure. There’s a simple round neck line too. And a turtle neck which I haven’t tried because I don’t find them comfortable to wear.
I almost forgot about the dress option. I’ll have to give that a try at some point, I think it would make a lovely comfortable casual dress.
I love this soft and stretchy cotton Lycra. It has fabulous recovery so it hugs my figure in all the right places and skims over all the bits I want it to.
I have sewn this pattern in a buttery soft organic cotton jersey and it’s very comfortable but the recovery just isn’t up to the job. It’s become baggy and shapeless so it’s now a lovely pyjama top.
Sewing the Neckline
The only vaguely involved part of sewing is the neckband.
For the round neck option it’s a super simple looped neck band. I always sew the two ends together with a straight stitch and press the seam flat. This reduces the bulk in the neckband.
I also like to add a row of top stitching with a twin needle. This secures the potentially irritating seam on the inside and leaves a neat finish on the outside of the neckband.
Sleeve and Body Hems
Being someone of a shorter stature I typically need to shorten sleeves an inch or two. It’s difficult to get the sleeve length just right without a second person to help. I generally fold the sleeve cuff and try it on, adjusting the fold until I’m happy with the length.
Instead of cutting off the excess fabric I decided to make an extra large cuff. I like how it looks and it fits perfectly.
I use a twin needle on my hems too. I love the professional looking finish it makes.
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