Knit Zippy Top Hack - With Exposed Zipper
Hi all! So I made another Zippy Top. If you remember from my first one I made (you can see it here), I absolutely loved it and couldn't wait to make a bunch more. Well, being a mom and having a list 20 miles long of things you'd like to sew in your "spare" time, means I just now found some more time to squeak out another top for me. And guess what? I absolutely LOVE this one too!!
I decided to try it out in a knit this time. It's a super thin tissue knit I spotted at Joann Stores, and normally I'll take my time and mull over a fabric purchase a little bit. This one I grabbed the second I saw it and new immediately it would become a shirt for me. The only draw back is that it is sheer... My friend Monica just posted about sheer knits in her last post, and I have the same feelings as her. I wish this one would be twice as thick! But even so, I do love it and I happened to have a tank in almost the same color so I just threw that on underneath and we were good to go.
Since I was making it in a knit with quite a bit of stretch, I sewed one size down from my last one. I'm really really happy with the results. If I were to do it again in a lightweight knit that was not as sheer though and I wanted it to fit a little closer I'd actually go down one more size.
The other thing I did to "hack" the pattern was to add an exposed zipper in the back. To do this I cut the back of the pattern in two pieces (after adding seam allowances) instead of on the fold. Then I referenced this lovely tutorial found on The Sewing Rabbit, written by Lexi Made.
Here's a close up of the dainty zipper I found (at Joann Stores, of course! :) ), and you'll know why I did the exposed zipper hack! I think I almost squealed when I found it.
The last "change" I made to the pattern was to add clear elastic to the shoulder seams so that they wouldn't stretch out with wear and lose shape and look frumpy. (How's that for a run on sentence???)
This is so super easy to do. In fact it only took one picture to show you.
I have only been able to find 3/8" clear elastic everywhere I've checked and I was only using a 1/4" seam allowance on the top. This was an easy fix though, I simply cut the length I needed for the shoulder seam and then cut it in half lengthwise.
See how easy? Simply pin the fabric together and then lay the clear elastic on top of the seam as you sew!
It's going to be the perfect top to wear all over the place this summer.
I think it looks great paired with my seersucker shorts I found at Target last summer for $2. No, not a typo!
And then I got all Polyvore on you :)
I was doing these photos during naps and this little man woke up and came out for his after-nap-hugs. <3
This one's my fave!
LOL. "Mom, why are you kissing my head...??"
Feel free to pin away!!
Outfit details:Shirt: Zippy Top - Pattern by See Kate Sew
Size Sewn: XS
Changes made: Used a lightweight knit, 1/4" SA, Exposed Zipper, Clear Elastic in shoulder seams
Fabric: Tissue Burnout Jersey from Joann Stores
Shorts: Target clearance, last year
Shoes: Old Navy, 2 years ago, but they still have the same ones!
In "Polyvore Style" photos: