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A mere 8 weeks ago according to my instagram feed, my local fabric ‘dealer’ The Fabric Store were having a sale and a good 30% one of that. And all the while my instagram feed is displaying all these pretty fabric spoils from said sale. One particular instagram image of some Liberty Jersey that I had been conveting since its arrival to the store was posted by Melanie of Made-by-Melanie had me weakened.
As posted on my Instagram, these fabrics were the spoils of my visit to the 30% VIP sale as specifically enabled by Melanie
In tribute I thought the fabric is destined to be inspired by Melanie’s style of comfortable tops and knit pencils.
I made a size S with no adjustments for the Liberty Jersey. It’s bright and fun, but when push comes to shove it’s just a cotton jersey nothing too amazing despite the Liberty brand name. It’s 100% cotton so no nice recovery in the stretch which is uncomfortable as those sleeves are tight…but that silk jersey I purchased at the same sale is a different story.
We have another Isla and this time I love it.
However beware silk jersey shrinks!!
Thankfully I pre washed the fabric so I discovered the shrinkage before cutting out.
But I still needed to place the top on hold until I could source some fabric for the pattern piece that would not fit amongst the newly shrunk silk. But not too long as my stash helped out – the majority of the delay was because I couldn’t exactly locate the black Lycra knit (from The Remnant Warehouse) amongst the fabric stash.
Again for new players: prewash, always prewash your fabric, and if unsure prewash *sigh*
For the second creation I used the same S sizing however this time I added 1cm to each side of the sleeves and blended back into the pattern piece – and success 100%
I love this top and teamed with my ever faithful Pattern Runway Scalloped Hem shorts I have my summer uniform. Seriously if I could wear this 24/7 I would.
Perfect for Summer Holidays! And again a big thank you to Melanie for being the best fabric enabler ever.