I was fortunate enough to receive a coverstitch machine from my Husband for Christmas this year, nobody 'needs' a coverstitch machine it really is a complete luxury, so I feel very lucky. My sewing room had transformed into a spare room for my mother in law over Christmas so I had to wait a few days before I could use it and when I did I was ready to throw it in the recycling! Luckily Johanna at The Last Stitch has made a series of YouTube videos that are brilliant, so after binge-watching, I got the hang of it and was ready to go.
I'd spotted the Busan Top from Itch to Stitch while waiting to get back into my room, I was looking for a casual top in a knit fabric that had a bit of something about it, and the statement sleeves on the Busan certainly fit that brief.
The pattern comes in a vast range of sizes from a 00 to a 20, I opted for a size 12 and didn't make any adjustments I went straight into my fabric without making a toile. I figured that as it's made in stretch fabric and has a casual fit with no darts etc that I wouldn't need to and on this occasion I was right, I think the fit is spot on.
The instructions are very detailed and very clear using lots of diagrams and including tips along the way so great for a beginner or anyone who might be wary of knits. Fabric wise I used a French terry that I bought from B&M Fabrics in Leeds, which I think has just the right weight and stretch.
I was pleased with how the top came out, so I decided to make another immediately this time I used a striped French terry that I'd bought from the same shop. It took a little longer this time, but only because I wanted the stripes to match on the side seams. The shoulder effect is just pleating, and they're sewn flat so honestly really simple to make with no easing like with a set in sleeve.
I really like how the shoulders in particular look with the stripe fabric, as you can see I changed direction for the lower part of the sleeve which I'm really happy with.
Here's a photo of the result you get with a coverstich machine, I used mine on the neckline and the hem. I've still got a bit of practising to do, but overall I'm really happy with it.
I think the Busan Top will be a staple now for me it only takes about an hour or so to sew up (if you don't use stripes) and uses 1.7 metres and there's no reason why you couldn't use contrasting fabric for the lower sleeves and neckline.