See Kate Sew is one of the sewing bloggers I remember reading first. I think she released a hedgehog pattern first? I thought wow, how cool to print a pattern from home! Her Recess Raglan *was the first pattern I bought to sew for my son (and I’ve sewn a billion of them since!). So, I jumped at the chance when she posted looking for testers on Instagram. This is the Zippy Top* from See Kate Sew!
It is intended, and written for, woven fabrics but I asked her if I could try it out in a knit fabric since she had already filled my size for the wovens. So, I bumped down one size and omitted the zipper. And I love it! This blue striped version with neon trim is actually made from target (this was a shot of my first haul… I went back for more!) jersey sheets. The neon trim is just some tshirt scrap – I love using those up!
A detail shot of the cap sleeve edging and neckline! I used some clear elastic for the first time to stabilize the shoulders and felt very professional.
I used some of this amazing, vintage iron-on seam binding for the hem. I hate hemming! I need a fairy godmother to bring me a coverstitch machine.*
My husband told me today he couldn’t believe I was “taking selfies of my butt to put on the Internet”. I hadn’t thought of it that way. Yikes.
Whenever I test a pattern, I try to use cheap fabric, scraps, or stuff I don’t love. This pink stripe is a little tweeny for my tastes, and was my first trial, but I thought I’d include it too! I’m looking forward to using some woven cottons from my stash to make more once summer is here (we’re looking at a high of 2 tomorrow in Iowa. Yuck).
Want to see more Zippy Tops?
Never fear, little people sewing is also here! I’ve never been a big holiday celebrator, but I now love an excuse to make my kiddo a themed shirt. And you know, by now, that I love elbow patches. This is a See Kate Sew’s Recess Raglan*.
I’m trying out some fabric ink/stamping for his size tag!