Saturday, February 8, 2014
The "Little Betty" on Little Maggie.
Oh my goodness, I am so distracted by that cute face. What was I saying?
Oh, right, this is the "Little Betty Top" by Sewpony. This was a case of love at first sight. A cute knit tee/sweatshirt with little ruffles reminiscent of the tops I wore growing up in the late 70s/early 80s.
I made this in a size 18 months for Little Maggie. It is a bit big, no surprise - Maggie is a tiny peanut. The extra fabric makes it extra cozy, though - big enough to layer over other tops, and more like a sweatshirt.
You'd never guess it from these photos, but that is navy blue knit with eggplant ribbing. The ruffles came from a striped thrifted t-shirt. It is finally raining here, which is great news for the garden, but doesn't make for the best 5 p.m. photos.
I think I did something wrong with the button loop placement. It seems too low to me. I'll work on that if I make this again.
Oh gee, Maggie, kill me with the cuteness, why don't you?
This pattern is awesome. As some other reviewers have said, it's not necessarily a "whip it up in an hour or less" t-shirt like the Flashback Skinny Tee - it requires a bit more time and attention. But the results are overpoweringly, distractingly cute.
Folks who are intimidated by knits might especially enjoy this pattern because most of the seams can be completed with straight stitch. The neckband doesn't have to stretch because of the button placket, so you don't even need to use a zig-zag stitch. Similarly, the ruffle is sewn on entirely with straight stitch. I did use a serger for the bottom panel, ribbing, and side seams, but a shallow zig-zag would work just as well. I don't know that I would choose this for my very first knit fabric project (just because of the complexity of the pattern), but it is a good choice for someone who has gotten their feet wet with knits and wants to try something a bit more challenging.
The ruffles!! The cut of this shirt makes it really good for using up knit scraps that are too small for much else. The possibilities are pretty endless.
So remember how I had a sore throat on Thursday? I went back to work yesterday even though I felt horrible. Then I felt horrible again today. So I went to the clinic to get a strep test - the "rapid test" was negative, but they are doing a proper culture as well. Probably it's just a virus and I'll be feeling better soon. In the meantime, as long as I don't forget to take my ibuprofen every few hours, I am functioning, if not exactly happy. Somehow, it seems appropriate to feel yucky and sick on such a dark, wet day. Hopefully I will be feeling better when this storm system passes.
Until then, Maggie is my little sunshine.