I've been pretty obsessed with making jersey batwing tops recently. They are quick to make and so nice to wear, win-win! This is a pattern my boss initially developed and I've done a fair bit of tweaking to, it works best made in jersey fabric that has a lot of drape.
The first up in this trio is a version that has already seen a fair amount of wear. It uses the amazing magpie fabric that I bought at the Walthamstow Blogger Meet-up. I was feeling very guilty about breaking my self-imposed 'no-new-fabric' rule but the sweet commenters on that post tried to make me feel better by suggesting it was entirely justifiable if I made something from it that would get lots of wear. I've kept that firmly in mind which is why I took my time deciding how to use it. The fact that I've already worn it three times in two weeks shows that I made the right choice in how to deploy this fabric's amazingness.
I've been thinking for a while about how stripey fabric would work with this pattern. I think the answer is: very well. The stripes, like the magpie print in the first version to a lesser extent, really show up the elements of the top pattern. The direction of the stripes makes the separate lower sleeves and neck binding really stand out, and the way the main body gathers into the lower sleeve sections is more visible.
As you may remember, this top pattern was used for the leopard print version, the poker top and as the basis for the leopard collar batwing top. The leopard print version is still going strong, the poker top has died (as predicted) and I hate to admit it but the leopard collar version is starting to do that way too due to frequent wearing and laundering. It was for this reason that I thought a basic plain black version might be a useful wardrobe addition as well and take some of the heat off the other two!
If Tilly hosts another OWOP! week I might use this pattern as the basis for my outfits. Maybes I'll get round to grading it and releasing it as a downloadable PDF if there is sufficient interest (though it might have a low price tag attached rather than being free).
What patterns have you used that requires a drapey jersey? Happy jersey sewing peops!