After showing you my greatly unpractical Burda Style Sixties dress in my last post, I am going to show you the direct opposite in this one: my first TNT pattern, the Molly Top from Sew Over It. I just LOVE this top! I rarely sew the same pattern twice – I am much to distracted by my ever-growing pattern stash, and I love learning new techniques. But I really fell in love with Molly – it’s such a practical, yet stylish top!
It super versatile to style – I recently discovered that it even makes a perfect top to wear beneath a blazer to work! Plus, I perfected my sway-back adjustment method for tops without back seams on this pattern, so it holds a special place in my heart (you can find a tutorial for the method here – it’s in German, but the pictures should make it easily understandable nevertheless). Anyhow, back to this Molly version: I used a striped modal jersey from Sweet Mercerie (if you don’t know them yet, check them out – the online store is based in Portugal, but they have reasonable shipping rates, and their fabric selection is beautiful!). The fabric recommendation from Sew Over It actually calls for a lighter fabric if you are making the top version – but as you can see, it works quite well with a stable jersey as well! I copied Lisa’s example and played around with cutting the neckback along the grainline to get an extra effect with the stripes.
That worked great with this fabric, but I really do recommend checking the stretch on your fabric – you might end up with a neckline that won’t let you pull the shirt over your head :-)! I have written copiously about the fitting changes that I made to the pattern in my first Molly Post – so I’ll get right to the Flying Needle sewing blog summary!
Pattern: Molly Top from Sew Over It’s ebook “Capsule Wardrobe – City Break”, sewn up in size 8
Fabric: striped modal jersey from Sweet Mercerie
Changes made: Shortened the pattern and made a sway back adjustment
Summary: Molly is my first TNT pattern – I have made the top three times by now, and I am sure many more will follow!
What about you? What is your favorite TNT pattern?