LB Stripe

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Stripes are a firm favourite of mine, as is the LB Pullover pattern by Paper Theory.

The idea of LB Stripe was born when I found a wide (180cm) navy and cream striped knit (95% cotton/5% Spandex) at The Cloth Shop a few months ago.  This particular fabric has sold out (oh the power of the stripe), but don’t fear, there are many other stripe widths and colours currently on offer.

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I’ve talked about it before, but I treat stripe matching as a competitive sport.  In my eyes, the key to success is:

  • accurate cutting,
  • excessive pinning (in this instance I pinned every stripe… yes every single one!),
  • the use of a walking foot (if you have one), and
  • machine baste your seams before committing to sewing them with a stretch stitch or overlocker

Sure it takes a little bit of extra time… but the perfectionist in me relishes in the results.  On this occasion, Sharon and I failed to remember to photograph the stripe matching, so we’ll substitute with some scarf action.

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I will confess to having a lot of trouble with this neckline.  The funnel neck option on this pattern is very appealing, but I knew that the narrower neckband would result in a top that was easier to layer and accessorise.

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As much as I love matched stripes, I also love neckbands that sit perfectly flat.  This neckband was misbehaving in a big way, so in the end, I just folded the neckline under by 3/8″ (1cm) and top-stitched it in place using a twin needle.  My neckband frustration turned into pure joy.  Sometimes the simple solutions are the ones that work the best!

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And my final thoughts…. this pattern and fabric work so well together that I have put aside a brown and navy striped jersey for LB Stripe Version 2.

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Pattern:  Paper Theory’s LB Pullover
Size:  8
Fabric:  Striped knit (95% cotton/5% Spandex) from The Cloth Shop
Alterations:  I added 1″ (2.5cm) to the length of the top.  I folded over the neckline by 3/8″ (1cm) and top stitched it in place.
Outfit:  Scarf and socks from Scarlet Jones and gold t-bar shoes from Zomp
Photo Location:  Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne

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