As I said in Part 1, most of you probably know by this time that my very favorite TNT Tee pattern is Nancy Erickson's FSG #1960. I change it around quite a bit, but the 'bones' remain the same. This version is called Tropical Palms.
|FSG#1960 Tropical Palms|
|FSG#1960 Tropical Palms Back|
I bought ONE yard only, and it was plenty, but only just. The sleeves are this length because that's how much fabric I had. I ended up cutting them lengthwise (which I think looks cuter than they would have the usual horizontal way, since the stripes continue over the shoulder seam) between the front and back pieces. I needed the remaining length to cut the neckline binding. It's a crosswise strip cut carefully following the stripes, and I think it turned out really cute. Of course I used the No Fail Binding Method.
|FSG#1960 Striped Neckline Binding|
You can see how following the stripe made for a cute binding on this striped fabric since the neckline has a curve. There was nowhere near enough fabric to do a bias cut, and I think the effect might have been lost in all the stripes, curve, palm trees, etc. This worked out just very well. And yes, I know my 'in the ditch' stitching wandered slightly for a while. It happens. But this is a quick summer top and it's fine.
The hems on the sleeves and lower edge are stitched with a straight stitch, fairly short. I stretched the fabric quite a bit but not excessively and steamed it back into shape. It doesn't show any signs of popping, and I think there's enough thread in the stitching that it should be all right.