Have you guys seen polka dots EVERYWHERE this season? I have! The great thing about sewing is that we all likely have a polka dot somewhere in our stash, so we can crown ourselves officially ahead of the trend.
Winning at life.
On which basis, I sewed a Tilly And The Buttons Nora Top!
I don’t entirely buy the received wisdom that knits are easier to sew with than wovens. Sure, the fitting is more straightforward, but with each knit you spend some time (at least!) understanding the fabric’s structure and behaviour. Patterns for knit makes forewarn you to explore the personality of your fabric with swatch tests. Interesting.
So, it proved to be with this knit bought … somewhere off Walthamstow market. It’s not TMOS. The fabric is definitely a knit, but with almost no stretch – so ostensibly a woven. I needed to add four inches to the length of the collar band alone.
I also ended up using fusible interfacing to stabilise the hems. Always a good tip with knit fabric hems, as long as your interfacing is lightweight good quality. I recommend this resource.
But what a gorgeous top this is! Tilly really is the queen of fast and simple makes that allow you to feel creative with a minimum of head scratching.
The top is teamed with – YET ANOTHER! – pair of B6178 culottes. I will never stop loving this pattern.
I wasn’t sure about the size of these polka dots for a top, but I think they work perfectly. I’m almost tempted to make a pair of small polka dot print culottes to wear with this. If you have any fabric suggestions, let me know!