Thursday, February 04, 2016

Simplicity 1072

Quick post of the red knit with lace overlay sweatshirt.  It is growing on me, I have yet to hem the sleeves and the neck band does not lay exactly as I would like.  The back needs to be shortened if there is another version.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fabric Diet

I said I would not buy anymore fabric for several months-then I got the urge to try a GirlCharlee Knit Fix so jumped in for the January Knit Fix, which arrived on Wednesday.  I was so sick that day and stayed home from work.  When package arrived I could not get excited enough to open it and did so Friday.

Here are some photos of the knits that arrived in the GirlCharlee bag:

Aztec Knit

Paisley Knit

Blue-black Buffalo Plaid Sweater Knit

Blue-gray floral french terry knit

Another aztec like knit

Fuschia-lavendar-beige geometric knit
 I think I won't try another knit fix for awhile.  There are a few pieces that I like and will definitely sew.  Some of the others I need to give some real thought to as to whether they will become something!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Under the weather

Since all the snow last weekend and digging out from a lot of snow, I also caught the "crud" which is a vicious cold that leaves one with a horrible cough.  I did complete the Simplicity raglan sleeve top. I think my desire to use the red/black/gray/beige/white lace is somewhat doomed.  The faux suede knit fabric has left me feeling that I want wear it much.  It is rather limp.

I have not felt like putting the top on, setting up the tripod to take photos of me wearing it.  I will soon.  I hope to feel somewhat better this weekend and get some sewing in.

I fell off the fabric diet and caved into the Girl Charlee Knitfix for January.  I received my package yesterday.  There are a couple of fabrics that I like; one is in a colorway that I do not wear much and right now none of them are screaming for my attention.  I have not yet taken photos of the fabrics.

I also realized that I had made what was to be a final year end purchase and have not posted those items either.

Here are photos of the Simplicity top on a hanger:

Front with lace overlay
Back view

Friday, January 22, 2016

Snowing and sewing

We are experiencing snow-a lot of snow.  It has been snowing since 7 AM.  I took a PTO day as I did not want to be out in this snow driving a Honda Civic.  Not a good vehicle for heavy snow.

I continue to work on Simplicity top.  The fabric is bear to work with and the pattern has required a considerable amount of tweaking.  I had to take deeper seams in the front sleeve area and then took a deeper seam in the upper back area in the sleeves.

I basted the side seams for fitting and need to take a full one inch seam from the underarm to the bottom of the sleeve.  The sleeves are huge, very wide.  I may yet take out some of the fullness.

I am ready to stitch the neckband to the top.  I wish I had cut the neckband wider as I don't think the neckline is like what I am seeing on the model. That leaves attaching the hip band and hemming the sleeves.

We are hoping we do not lose power as the winds are supposed to pick up in the early morning hours and just hoping that the snow and winds don't bring down power lines. More updates later.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Holiday sewing

This is what I started working on this weekend-Simplicity 1072.

I am using these fabrics.
The red/white/gray/black circles is stretch lace fabric that I purchased from Vogue Fabrics a second time. The first attempt at using it was back in August when I was working on the Paulina Top by Itch to Stitch.  I still plan to remake that top as I used the wrong sizes and this fabric was not quite right for that project.

Fast forward to November/December I ordered the suede-look knit in a cranberry red color from Vogue Fabrics and the stretch lace was still available.  So I ordered more to use with the knit, not really sure what I would make.

I went back and forth over what top to make using the cranberry red knit, thinking I may make another Renfrew top and decided that the lace would not work.  I then looked at other patterns and while reading through blogs or sewing reviews on Pattern Review I came across another version of Simplicity 1072 and decided that this was what I would make.

I am using the stretch lace as an overlay to the knit center piece.  I hand basted the lace to the knit fabric.  Let me say that the suede look knit fabric is clingy and fiddly to work with, adding the lace was challenging.  The hand basting I treated like quilters do when layering base fabric to quilted top fabric.  This was the only way to get the lace laying right and the knit from moving and puckering.

I have sewn the front pieces together requiring some undoing of stitching because of the fiddly knit. I have attached the sleeves which are HUGE-WAY TO WIDE! I suspected that when cutting around the pattern and went down in size.  I normally use a 14 for upper chest and shoulders, should have gone with a 12 as I am having to take a deeper seem at the front where it is attached to the sleeves.  This will help draw up the front area so that the neckline will be better fitted.

I will end up taking out a lot of width with the sleeves.  When you look at the model on the front of the envelope, her sleeves are crunched up and twisted, plus she is holding them close in to her sides.

That is where things were left for the moment.  I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon and a few errands to run in the extremely cold weather we are experiencing.  It was 17 degrees F with wind chill of -4!!!  Too cold for my liking.

More later!

Friday, January 15, 2016


I wore my new sweater jacket, McCall's 7262.  I had time to take a few photos before going to doctor and work.

This past the wearability test.  It is little on the heavy side but was perfect warmth for today.  By the time I left work, it was raining and I was still comfortable!  I can see another one in a boucle type knit. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Random Prize Winner

I thought I would share my good news with everyone!  As I posted previously I entered two garments in the New to Me Pattern Contest.  One was a Muse cardigan and the other was By Hand London Jacket.

My jacket was selected as the Random Prize Winner. Here is the post at Pattern Review if you are interested.  My first win at PR for a sewing project.  That challenge boosted my sewing mojo and now just need to find a little extra time here and there to sew some other projects.

More later!


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