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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Two More Bethioua Tops

Since I'm loving the Bethioua tops I've made, I've made two more!  This first one is the same fabric as my first gray one, Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey, only in Dark Teal.  I loved the feel of the first one so much, I knew I wanted another!  This fabric is kind of funny to work with.  It's super soft and drapey, which is why it feels so great to wear, but that makes it a bit challenging to sew.  If I just take my time and am patient though, it all works out.
The second one I made is Stretch Rayon Bamboo French Terry in a Smokey Blue color.  It has the loops of French Terry on the back side, but the front looks like a regular knit.  It is also super soft and drapey, but it was a little easier to work with than the jersey.  The pattern directions say to go up a size if you use fleece or French Terry, but I decided not to because this rayon French Terry is just a medium weight and the pattern is kind of oversized anyway.  I haven't worn it yet, so if that choice backfires on me, I'll let you know!

I did all the sewing with my serger, except for the hems, which were serged, turned under and then topstitched with a double needle.  This gives me five of these tops and this also completes my winter sewing.  I'm going to be sewing spring and summer things now, which (in addition to pajama pants for Loopy Academy) means some Moss Skirts.  Knowing me, there will probably also be a Wiksten Tank or two, or maybe I'll surprise everyone, and find a new warm weather top pattern!



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