Bamboo Knit High-Low Top

The idea for this top came while I was making view A last year. I was just starting to notice the colorblocking trend and thought it would be fun to have one side in black and the other in white. During the month of August (aka the month of wadders) I stitched it up using some polyester jersey. The fit was horrible on that first one and the fabric was gross. But worst of all was that it looked like some sort of court jester costume. Hmmm, what now? I decided to cut the front in black and the back in white, a la the Michael Kors Spring 2013 fashion show. He did pants, though.

bamboo knit top

The fabrics are both bamboo knits, purchased with my September Mood fabrics gift card. For me, the hardest part of making these types of garments is finding two fabrics that are the same content but different colors, especially if I already have it in my mind that I want to use specific shades. Mood has this knit in 21 colors! Here is the black and the white. This is the second time I’ve used bamboo knit, and it definitely won’t be the last. It’s incredibly soft and feels like pajamas. (And FYI, I’d just had my daughter a month before those pictures were taken, and was about 25 lbs. heavier.)

bamboo knit top

Okay, let’s talk about fit. I am not a fan of the original drafting of this pattern. See how wide the neckline is? Now picture it with 2 extra inches in the center front and center back. Yeah, that first one was so wide it was falling off my shoulders. I’d made the XS. Also, the ends of the sleeves were drafted too tight and they cut off my arm circulation. My alterations were to pinch out 2 inches from the center front and center back, resulting in 4 inches total eliminated from the width. I cut the front and back on the fold and added 3/4 inches to the bottom of the sleeves on both front and back, tapering to nothing at the underarm. I cut the neck binding 2 inches smaller then drafted.

bamboo knit top

Then, because I am always looking for little details to make my garments unique, I hemmed the white fabric in black thread and the black fabric in white thread. I used a twin needle to get a coverstitch look.

bamboo knit top

I have spent the past 2 weeks in pants- making hell and needed an instant gratification project. Start to finish this top took approximately 3 hours, and I’m a slow seamstress. That’s a quick make! I think it’s super cute and the high-low hemline is really on trend right now. This is a great top to throw on when I don’t feel like making much effort but still want to look put together.

bamboo knit top
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Comments


  • Jackie G.
    October 16, 2012

    This is a great top! I am partial to black and white to begin with, and this is something I’d buy in a heartbeat! Thank you for your comments on altering the pattern and fabric choice. Inspiring! Can you tell us why your first effort looked like a Jester top? PS – You look mah-ve-lous dah-link! Not a speck of baby weight shows, and by the way, congratulations on bringing a future sewer into the world!

    • Amanda S.
      October 16, 2012

      Thanks, Jackie. It looked like a costume to me because that is how court jesters use to dress. Right? Or is it a clown that I’m thinking of? At any rate, it wasn’t as cute as I’d pictured in my head, so I was not all that sad it had so many fit issues.

  • Cidell
    October 16, 2012

    Holy cow. You were eight months pregnant in the yellow!! I like this top. Simple but classy. And you’re right. I’ve had a hard time getting knits of the same weight when I want to do mixed projects. Great top!

    • Amanda S.
      October 16, 2012

      Renee, that picture was taken a month AFTER I’d had the baby. I assure you I was much fatter while pregnant. 🙂

  • Erica B
    October 16, 2012

    Cute top! I haven’t worked with bamboo knit in years. I found that it shrinks like crazy. How did you pretreat yours?

    • Amanda S.
      October 16, 2012

      Thanks, Erica. I didn’t notice much shrinkage, though I did not measure it before and after its prewash. Eek! I hope this doesn’t become an issue the next time it’s laundered.

  • Kay
    October 16, 2012

    Love the top and all the special touch details you shared. I need to focus more on quick projects like this that can be every-day or dressy, that have special touches and are fun to wear! The alteration thing brings a heavy sigh….as this is the bane of my would-be success! Being under 5′ tall and less than 100 lbs is fine with me, but requires significant pattern alterations and leads to half-finished projects. Recently retired, I hope to devote more time to my passion for sewing, and to honing my skills. This blog will be a regular inspiration, I’m sure. THANKS!

  • Amanda S.
    October 16, 2012

    Kay, not that you asked for my advice but… maybe you should perfect several styles of dresses that you can use over and over and wouldn’t have to alter down for each project. Like a fitted sheath that you could change by adding different sleeves or necklines. I’ve been doing this lately so that I don’t have to figure out my individual fit issues with each new pattern. I still buy the new pattern, but I use the darts/side seams/hemline of my TNT pattern to get the fit right. The muslin goes much faster with this method, if I even need one.

  • Ginger
    October 17, 2012

    Love this, Amanda! It’s so unexpected! I bet it looks cool when you’re walking towards someone and turn a little– pow! A blast of white!

  • Amy
    October 17, 2012

    What a fun top! I really like the creativity you have with your pattern and fabric pairings. Another knock out garment!

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 18, 2012

    Fun, unexpected, creative and original!

  • Marla
    October 21, 2012

    Love the black/white combo and your hem detail. Your top looks so comfy and wearable. Is this one view c?

    • Amanda S.
      October 21, 2012

      Thanks, Maria! Yes, it is view C.