Nautical stashbusting tunic

Knit top 1

Mr B and I wanted to have a little holiday before hitting the third trimester, while I’m feeling reasonably well; gearing up for the roller-coaster-slide to the due date.  I fancied a few days at the seaside, so we pitched up at lovely Ventnor on the Isle of Wight:


Ventnor iow map

I finished this top just in time to chuck it in the suitcase. The pattern’s a vintage one from 1979, which came home for free from April’s epic V&A meetup – thankyou, anonymous swap contributor!

Simplicity 9196

Check out that classy velvet number, accessorised with side ponytail!  Normally I would have looked right past this one, but it’s a loose stretch knit with a belted waist, which makes big waves on my maternity sewing radar.  Plus, the yellow version actually looks super-cute (sort of 1970s does 40s homage?)

The stripy stuff came from this Dorothy Perkins vest top, £1.50 from the local Barnardos.  I had a go at wearing it as-is, but the fabric is really flimsy and those white sections are almost see-through: much too high-maintenance.  Instead, there was just enough room to cut the four collar pieces.

Collar restyle vest

The blue fabric has been sitting in my stash for a few years, so all I needed to buy was some knit interfacing.  Yep, knit interfacing – REVELATION.  I have something of a crush on interfacing generally – it just makes fabric pieces so beautiful and crisp and mmm.  And you can get it for knits as well?  How did I not know already?!

Knit top 2

For what’s essentially a baggy t-shirt, I think the collar and gathered sleeves really notch it up a level.  Wouldn’t it make a good work outfit in a nice jersey fabric?

4 thoughts on “Nautical stashbusting tunic

    • Yes, just as easy as the woven kind – I was careful with the pressing so that it didn’t get stretched out of shape, but no considerations other than that. It gives a really nice snuggly weight to the fabric.

    • Thanks Lynne. I thought it was just me that hadn’t heard of knit interfacing! I’m making another version of this pattern now so I’ll show the interfacing bits in a future post…

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