MBM - Another go at Tessuti Frankie
After the first version of Tessuti Frankie, I looked to make another quickly, to see if I could address the issues the first version had. That is, the high front neckline, and the narrow shoulders. Here is the result:
There is a big improvement in the comfort factor with this version. To address the neckline issue, I lowered the centre front neckline by 1.5cm and blended. To lengthen the shoulder seams, I slashed from the midpoint on the shoulder seam over to the armhole, leaving a hinge, and added 2cm in length.
I experimented with fusible web to support the twin-stitched hems on both my Frankies. On the thick cotton jersey of the first version, this worked fine. On this version, the web was a bit too stiff. So for the sleeve hems I just blind stitched, which I’ve decided is now my preferred knit hem option. It’s easy to do, you don’t have to muck around with ironing on the webbing, and it stands up to wear.
The other improvement was to use a knit with a bit of drape to it. This is a poly knit I picked up from the Remnant Warehouse website. It feels nice, and works nicely with the A-line shape of the top. However, it’s one of those polys that doesn’t breathe, so I can only wear it on cooler days. Anything over about 23C, and I feel sticky. Eergh. So I will be on the lookout for some drapey jersey from a natural fibre to make the next version.
Happy sewing, everyone!