I made another top!
I used the same pattern as my other leopard print top but changed it up quite a bit. The pattern calls for woven fabrics but I was curious to see how it would translate into a knit fabric. Just to be clear here, I've never sewn with knit fabrics so this was a total crapshoot. I saw this super crazy rainbow vomit pseudo-leopard print at Joann's and picked it up for about $8 (about what I would pay for a generic on-sale t-shirt at a big box store).
Instead of cutting two back pieces and seaming them, I cut the back on the fold, removing the seam allowances and cut the front as usual. I gleaned some awesome information about sewing with knits from this post and made a second trip to Joann's for ball point needles, a twin needle, and some double-sided steam a seam and then I got to work. About an hour later I had this crazy top which I totally lurve. There are still some issues I need to work out - I still get some bagginess at the neckline, I have a slightly wavy hem, and I could take the seams in a tad more, but overall I'm pleased with it. I wore it to work on Tuesday with my black pencil skirt and tealy-blue cardigan - the good thing about the crazy print is that it works with a ton of colors. Now my interest in sewing with knits is piqued and I want to try sewing a pattern actually designed for knits - like Renfrew!
Do any of you home sewists have tips for me for working with knits? How about favorite patterns?