Gray Aztec Top


I've been working a lot with knits lately and have really been practicing how I can make easy to wear tops.  One of the first patterns that helped me start working with knits is Simplicity 1062A.  It's from their "Learn To Sew" pattern series.  Last year when I began sewing garments, I made two tops with this pattern.  Both times I followed the pattern instructions exactly as they were written.  The first top turned out cute and fit well.  However the instructions indicate to use a zipzag stitch so the seams stretch with the knit fabric.  I used the zigzag stitch for the seams but used a straight stitch for the neck band and arm band (because that's what it looked like in the pattern instructions).  Later these seams ended up bursting open because there was no stretch.  The second time I sewed this up I used all zigzag stitches but the neck band didn't look right, and I stayed away from those arm bands.  Well, after some knits education, lots of practice and finding the perfect knit for this style of top I decided to try this out on my serger.  Well the results are so much better!  This time around it was so easy to sew up.  I also used a double needle for the top stitching on the neck band and bottom hem.  This pattern is great, however Simplicity should come out with a serger series for this type of project.  The fabric was also purchased at Joann's.  I bought two different knits and used View B in the pattern (contrasting neck and arm band).  I love this top with distressed jeans or a denim skirt and of course finished with booties.

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