Going Bats! Jersey Top
Posted on Tuesday the 14th January 2014 by Scruffy Badger
I went a bit off piste with this month's Minerva make. My intention was to expand my experience by making my first ever make from a Burda magazine. The candidate was this Panelled jersey shirt in the October 2013 magazine's "Woodstock collection". I was taken by the use of two fabrics but also the Henley neck opening & the batwing sleeves. More than just "a top" & worthy being assigned a Minerva make I felt. And when you see that this is what Burdastyle have to say,
"This is the perfect cozy shirt to wear with jeans when you still want a little style. Mixed prints keep your jeans-and-a-tee look from being boring, and have a bohemian vibe in ditzy florals",
How can you resist? Bohemian it was going to be.
This top is made with a front and a back – clearly shown in the solid blue. Each side is a single piece that wraps around from the side front to the side back & the shoulder seam encloses the sleeve with a seam all down the top of the arm. These are very big pieces to cut out! To make sure I matched patterns I cut them singly to attempt to get two identical sleeves.
Once I'd pieced together the body & sleeves of the garment the neckline & neck opening seemed straight forward! Not that I have sewn many placket openings, & never in a knit. Good experience as this is a lovely neckline for tops I think. I'm reasonably happy with it, but feel that the right angles at the bottom horizontal piece could be sharper! Next time…
So the top itself? When I wear it I feel like I'm having some amazing psychedelic experience (there – that's the Woodstock element then!). The "batwings" really are far out!- wing-like & large! Maybe I could have got away with making a smaller size, I don't know. I think with a lighter weight jersey the top would feel different, with more drape to these wings of desire.
But it's a great comfy top. I love the colour matching & as you can see it's great for getting flour all over when baking…!