Several months ago I picked up this fantastic organic interlock knit from Bizzy and Boos Fabric. I knew right away what I wanted to make with it: version B of Bonnie by Bluegingergirl. The only question was what fabric to use for the neckline and waistband. Having bought fabric a number of times from Bizzy and Boo, and knowing that Natasha was quite good at making recommendations, I asked for her help recommending the right shade of yellow ribbing. She suggested the ‘gold’ ribbing would be a nice, somewhat muted match. And it works perfectly together I think.
Version B has a scoop neck, 3/4 length sleeves and is cropped at the waist. The pattern is supper easy to follow and very quick to sew. I used a ‘jersey’ needle (80/12) on my machine – I would have liked smaller one but that’s all I had left in my stash. And used the overlock stitch for all the seams, coupled with a twin needle to finish around the neck and sleeve hem..
Based on my measurements I was somewhere in between the 8 and 10. I decided to cut the 8 and, if need be, let out the side seams a touch around the waist. But only once I had cut it all out did I realise that it only had a 1/4″ seam allowance which doesn’t give any wiggle room.
Cropped waists aren’t really my style as I like my tummy well and truly covered and I’m not really sure what I was thinking when I chose the cropped option. I mean it looks super duper cute with my low waist ginger jeans but really I’d never wear it. In the back of my head I can hear my ma admonishing me that my kidneys are going to get cold. It does however make me think of sunshine and lollipops and roller-skates
So I decided to lengthen it. If figured to make it look intentional I’d unpick the ribbing and attach a new band. I cut out a 6 1/5″ band of the stripes (but on the vertical) for the front and back, and joined these at the side before attaching to the top, and then reattaching the ribbing. However in the process of unpicking it I definitely stretched the top piece and I’m not pleased with how it looks with the panel. Rather irking as I love the fabric. I suspect you’ll be seeing quite a few more in the months to come, through not the cropped version.