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.

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.

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.
And because it is a batwing top I had to do my best bat impression and spread my wings
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.

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.

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:

And others looked like this:

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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. 

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.


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. 


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…

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.

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.

I think i will convert it to a skirt