Knit Adventures

On mega cut out day I wanted to reduce the stash a little and added to the pile some little projects I had been thinking of for a while and they were all knit…

First was a bright striped t-shirt from a piece of knit fabric I got…from I don’t know where…but most likely on sale with the intention of making t-shirts.  I used the Amvic ladies raglan top pattern that I used for my Thor dress (not yet blogged about) and with the alteration of a v-neck instead of a high round neck.
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However I have not got this one through the machine yet, but after the success of my second tee I cut out I will get it higher up the queue.

More stripes were on the menu with the blue batwing top that I drafted using a book from the library a few years ago. At the time I made a light cotton top using the pattern which I don’t really wear anymore due to poor fabric choice, but I haved wanted to re-visit the pattern.  As one of my first times sewing knit fabric it seemed to come together easily although the thin stripes hurt my head at times like a bad test pattern – and these stripes also do not photograph well, maybe they give the camera a headache too.
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After trying it on I took a few cms out of the bottom width and lowered the neckline. I bound the neck with a thin strip of fabric then I double topstitched it down to stop it from rolling. The waist is another wider strip cut so the stripes go vertical as a contrast to the rest of the top.
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And because it is a batwing top I had to do my best bat impression and spread my wings
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I will be back to this pattern again with a soft silk I have in the stash.

The final piece of fabric was supposed to be another batwing top with the patterned knit in the centre and a plain on the sides and sleeves however when I went to cut it out I discovered it was about 10cm short in width for this mashup so I created plan b instead which is a basic wiggle skirt.  The fabric is a heavy weight jacquard in purple/navy.  Thinking it was not exactly rocket science I sewed a seam, hemmed it and made an elastic waist. Except I decided to use my new blind hemmer foot, so I have to re-do the hem so it was wearable and take a pic. Lesson from this practise on waste fabric before going onto the actual garment.

Square Skirt

I hardly ever wear pants, even in winter I’m in skirts and dresses, and skirts are so easy to whip up. On mega cut out day I cut out the Square Skirt. I used a basic skirt pattern I had picked up from the St Vinnies shop and for once as a second hand vintage pattern it was in my size.
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Simplicity 7142 is a basic A-line skirt on a waistband. I cut the shortest view and it fell below my knees, so I had to cut several inches off it before I hemmed it. The only other modification I made was to insert pockets. I drafted up a pocket in a similar style to a jean pocket.. mostly I just winged it using a saucer for the curve.
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I made the insert for the back of the pockets from a dark brown sheet that I picked up secondhand a few years ago. Since the pattern of my main fabric is so busy I thought this would help break it up a bit.

This skirt came together easily, I had to make a few adjustments to the darts to bring in the waist a little, but then it was all done. I did my first ever button hole using the whizzy foot and stitches on my new machine. I have always been a bit scared of buttonholes but I think I am over that fear now. image

I will definitely use this pattern again as it is really comfy to wear and so easy to make. In fact I have some awesome gnome fabric that is calling to be a simple skirt.

Lederhosen – a first for me

The other day my friend asked me to make her a drindl skirt for an upcoming German themed party. I said ‘if course, that’s easy’. Then she said she would actually prefer lederhosen.   Of course I can do that… I have only made one pair or pants before and they were trackpants…

We googled a bunch of costumes. Most looked like this:
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And others looked like this:
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Neither was really the look we wanted but gave me enough to go on so I went home and dug through my burda magazines looking for a sailor style pant with buttons on the front. I have always wanted to make a pair of these pants so I knew I had a pattern somewhere. I dug it up in a 2005 Burda.
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I had some brown fabric of dubious origin that I used to muslin a pair of work pants several years ago that I dug from the stash. So all I purchased for this creation was the couple of metres of ribbon for the braces and the buttons.

Since I normally only sew for myself I just asked her what size pants she wore. That was my first mistake. I know that you should sew off your measurements as all patterns are different but somehow that slipped my mind. I traced out the pattern in a size 10 with a small seam allowance and guesstimated the length to make shorts that would stop just above the knee.

For a Burda pattern the instructions mostly made sense even with the complex front button flap. I read ahead and then figured the best order to do all the actions in. This meant I put the zipper in three steps earlier but it all turned out ok. It was a good practise for my new buttonhole skills as I had to do six of the suckers.

My earlier mistake came to light when my friend tried them on and they were too snug in the hips. I got creative and unpicked the side seams and inserted a panel of the fabric with a ribbon embellishment that matched the braces on each side. I didn’t measure it, and was apprehensive when it came to the second fitting as I had no other tricks up my sleeve if tne still didn’t fit. Thank goodness it didn’t come to that as the fit was fine.

Here is a bad floor photo of the lederhosen as I wasn’t at the same party to get a pic and I couldn’t model them as they are several sizes too small for me.
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More Palmerston Paisley

I wore my new favourite dress again the other day that I wrote about here – the New Look 6094. I got hubby to get a decent pic of it so here you go.
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Also I am still working on my spotty New Look 6000. I have a few fit issues as I only goes to a 16 on the pattern and my hips are a bit bigger than that. I did add some width when I cut it out but it is designed to be a slim dress. I may just squeeze in finishing it before the endof February.
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Polka Dot Frock Fest

I’m doing it…Winnie from Scruffy Badger fame is hosting the Polka Dot Frock Fest in February using New Look 6000.
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When she announced it I popped down to Arthur Toye in my lunch break and they had the pattern in stock.  They also had some polka dot fabric that I had been coveting but could not justify. Thankfully they had a half price sale on all patterns and fabric so I got a bargain of the pattern and 2 metres of cotton sateen for under $35.

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The fabic has navy and peach spots on a white background in a haphazard pattern.  I have cut out view A without the fabric flower.  Hopefully I can fit in a few hours of sewing in my busy weekend to whip this one up.

4/52 Palmerston Paisley

I fell in love with this material when shopping in Palmerston North over the Christmas break and even though I did not know what I would make with it I bought a few meters anyway as it was half price. 
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It is a cotton sateen with a slight stretch and similar type of fabric that I have used before.  When I did my big cutting mission the other day I decided on the New Look 6094 for this fabric. I went with what I am calling the wiggle dress view as I didn’t have enough to do the full skirted option and I thought it might be a bit full on with this print and that volume.

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This dress came together nicely. I finished all my seams as I went, I tacked down the facing when the instructions told me to, the zip went in well first time and Icompleted it in a day.

I haven’t got a pic of me wearing it yet but I wore it to work yesterday and it was comfy and great for wear. I will definitely make this again.

3/52 Border Pratice

I bought this pattern from Unearthed as the cover art drew me in – i wanted to be the young girl in the party frock off to have a great night. 

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Then i found some fabric that i thought would work perfectly…but decided i had better make a muslin first as this is a vintage pattern and having just made the re-printed Butterick B5748 i knew that my curves are not always like the pattern.  I prefer to make wearable muslins cause it means more dresses in my wardrobe and i didn’t think i had anything to use…then i rummaged on the table while thinking of making skirts and found this…
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I have no idea when i got it from but I think I got it from Pete’s emporium so it probably cost about $6-$8 a metre. AND even better it is a border print – which I have also been looking for recently with no luck.

I have been wanting to experiment with border prints.  I love the vintage style dresses around that make the use of borders like this Rose dress from Vintage Heaven but i cannot find ANY floral border fabric – maybe everyone else has moved on and I am left behind.

Anyhoo… this dress is my wearable muslin or Border Practice I’m calling it.  I made a small increase in the bodice and since the skirt is two large rectangles with darts and gathers i just made them a bit wider. In constructing the bodice I needed to add an inch into either side as my waist is not as petite as the pattern.  As I didn’t have enough material to cut out a new bodice and I couldn’t be bothered sewing all the darts again I just added in a strip in the side seams.  In the ‘real’ dress I also need to add about an inch to the length of the bodice as it currently sits between my true waist and an empire line.

I had not cut out adjusted linings and was planning on cutting out facings but this got put on the sideline when I put in too shorter zip and then I tried it on realised it was not right. The bodice pattern is too busy and with the other adjustments noted above it is definitely a  muslin but one that I have learnt a lot from.
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Just a pic on the hanger as I couldn’t get done nicely for a dress that I didn’t really like…and I had such high hopes too. I am still counting it towards the 52 dresses as i basically finished it – i could put it on but not wear it out of the house.
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I think i will convert it to a skirt