Red Marinière

Everyone knows that you cannot beat a good marinière top. It is one of my favourite go to tops when nothing else seems to look or feel right. The classic stripes always seem to hit the mark.

My current navy and white stripe top is from Petit Bateau (the latest in a long line of navy and white striped tops ).Given that they get quite a lot of wear it is the type of top (like white shirts and t-shirts) that just need replacing after a while so I thought that I would have a go at making one.

I spent a while looking for just the right navy and white jersey – not too thick, not too thin – but to no avail. I then spotted on the Raystitch website this red and white striped jersey.Lovely, but just a pity they didn’t have it in navy.

But then I saw this red and white striped version from Boden. Maybe? I ordered the Raystitch jersey and set  to creating the boat neck variation of the T-shirt pattern from Sew-U Stretch.

Et voilà, the finished article. As you can see I also adapted the pattern to create long sleeves and I added a ribbon stay tape into the back neck line to stop the neckline stretching out.And, the finishing touch? The three gold anchor buttons sewn onto the canvas strip topstitched onto the left shoulder.

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