My eldest son bought me the December copy of Dressmaker Magazine as a Christmas present this year. With it came the free pattern B6258 from Butterick. Once I had finished all of the Christmas preparations and the house was full of food and opened presents I remembered this remnant that I bought earlier in the year and thought I had better use it before it was too late.
I made the size 12, which was nearest to my measurements, and I was really pleased with the result. This long sleeved top is so comfortable. I wore it over the Christmas holiday and am going to keep on wearing it at least until the end of January. I think that Rudolf’s red nose is quite inconspicuous and the design is rather Scandinavian, so not too obviously a Christmas top.
I have had my sewing machine for many years. It is a Husqvarna Viking 540 and has served me well. The other day I needed to take in the sleeves on a tee shirt for my 8 year old because they had stretched out of shape. I noticed in the machine hand book that there was an overlocking stitch which I had never tried. I was amazed to find that my machine had been capable of overlocking all this time and I didn’t know! This has been a revelation and just shows that you need to read the manual carefully no matter how long you have had your sewing machine or how often you use it. I have overlocked all of the seams for this top. I think the fabric is a stretch cotton jersey with 4 way stretch. The seams give with the fabric and they look so neat.
I have finished the hems with a double row of stitching. I didn’t have a twin needle so I stitched two parallel rows and put in an order to Amazon to refresh my supplies.
So here we are, my reindeer top!