I have made 3 garments prior to this fitted top. They were 2 basics i.e. not embellished and 1 lightly embellished. It's advisable to sew up a basic garment to check on fit and any alterations that you may have before spending many hours embellishing and finding the garment ill fitting.
This is my completed fitted top of which I have used the negative reverse applique method. Running stitches with visible knots. The template is Anna's Garden. This top is sans stenciling. What I did was copy the design with a water soluble pen and then stitched 1/8" within that line. The neckline and arm holes were bound with herringbone stitch. I should also mention that I only embellished the front.
|The wrong side|
|The shoulder seams were reinforced with a strip of twill tape as how it's done in regular t-shirts|
|Texture of the front|
As for the thread, I am using Coats Dual Duty Plus (297M) compared to AC's recommended Button Craft thread. Firstly I cannot get them here locally and I get more bang for the buck with the former. And it works just as well.