Hampton Stripe

03-hhoodieSpring has finally arrived (well, almost, you wouldn’t know it today), so it’s time to focus in on projects that aren’t made with sweater knits or have long sleeves! Consequently, I thought I had better get moving on the Hampton Hoodie project so that it doesn’t sit there for several more months before it is finally finished.

I will not lie, this shirt was a booger to work on. While I love the stripe material, it’s one of those ‘thin roll to the right side of the fabric’ types that causes lots of headaches… plus it’s a stripe so there’s the whole fabric matching issue as well. The placket is another tricky aspect of this top – I highly recommend clipping the corners of your shirt to the stay stitching to help prevent puckers\make a clean ‘v-shape’ and basting the banding to your shirt before you sew this area as well. Once you get past this point, it’s smooth sailing, though!

The fit is a bit more snug that what I had anticipated, so if you’re looking for a more ‘relaxed fit’ or you’ve chosen a slightly more bulky material than a jersey, I’d suggest going up one size. Overall, I’m pleased with the end results, but I’m not jumping into making another version for awhile (although I think this would make a fun summer dress or swim cover-up if lengthened).



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