As much as I like a sailor collar and nautical styling, sometimes I just want a normal, comfy top to wear with my normal comfy pants while I go about the unglamorous business of being a functioning adult. I think of these kinds of garments as “invisiblity cloaks”- though I suppose not everyone considers red an invisible color.
Every Cake Pattern carries a promise of “re-make-ability.” That’s not a funny word I made up for marketing purposes. It’s one of my main drafting considerations. I get a lot of ideas and I have to I decide which of my designs is worth producing and printing. If I can’t honestly call it “re-make-able” in my own wardrobe, then it’s not Cake.
The collarless Bonny looks like a simple square neck tee at first glance, but she’s so much more. For one, the linework provides a dotted line guide to customizing the princess seams. It’s not comprehensive, it is a suggestion only and the lines can be followed during construction. Use a basting stitch, and don’t be afraid to run those princess seams in if you want! Someone asked if the princess seams demand a heavier fabric.
No, they don’t. For this sample and for the navy blue sample, I used a relatively lightweight organic cotton with a 5% Lycra content. I also ran in the princess seams to remove excess fabric- that’s my preference, yours may be different. Also note that heavier knits tend to “gloss over” lumps and bumps, while thinner jerseys will accentuate this when made into a closely fitted garment.
The binding requires a little bit of nimble-fingered dressmaker skill to balance them properly. We’ve talked about how knit fabrics behave differently, and this is one of those areas where it’s essential to understand how the binding behaves. It’s important not to stretch the binding along the straight edges, and to gently stretch it across the back neck curve. It’s not hard- but I would highly recommend approaching this pattern after gaining a little skill with knit binding.
The front neckline uses a particular facing finish to ensure it doesn’t gape, flip, or buckle during wear (and troubleshooting suggestions because I want your Bonny to be perfect!).
Grocery Store Bonny also features a hem band, just like the Sailor Bonny. This creates a nice firm edge for the bottom of the top, and of course you select the band width by your hip measurement. Handy! It’s also suited to various ribbing or striped fabrics, which allows you to put a designer touch on your Bonny.
I didn’t think I’d like this plainer top, but I do. I really do. She goes together quickly, she’s not fussy but she looks good, and I’m already considering what she’d look like if I used a striped fabric in the center section. I don’t know, but I really want to try it.
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Do you have an invisibility cloak? What is it? I realize red isn’t on everyone’s invisibility list… What color do you wear the most?