Turkey Tracks: October 28, 2018
Another Knit Top
I am really loving the three knit tops I’ve made from Simplicity 8529. I finished this last one the other day. It and one other are Cortton+Steel knits. The third is a fleece top, pictured below.
I like that there are side slits and that the back is longer than the front. The collar has a self-facing. It’s easy to put a t-shirt underneath it for more warmth.
I cut out this navy one last summer, but only just slowed down to sew it. I have three other garments cut out, but have gotten a bit side-tracked with quilty projects.
Here’s the fleece top. I put it on two days ago and stil have not changed it out for some other clothing. One reason is the totally yummy pants I got from LLBean. They are so soft—a cotton/stretch mixture. They are kind of like a sweatshirt fabric, but are plain on the inside.
Turkey Tracks: April 8, 2018
I Am Officially In Love…
…with my little Brother serger.
Once cut out, knit garments sew up very quickly on the serger.
Look what I made Easter weekend—after a marathon pattern making and cutting out on Friday.
The knit skirt only has two seams, a waistband with elastic, and a hem. I’m learning that different weights of knits can make a larger or smaller garment. Thin makes larger; thick makes smaller. I’ve just made a thicker black version of this skirt that came out beautifully. I went up a size for it, which worked perfectly.
All the tops are Cotton+Steel knits bought on sale 30% off from Pink Castle. (PinkCastle.com) These knits feel like butter on the skin. They are so soft.
The big top, longer in back than in front, is flattering and easy. It works well with both skirts and tops. I want to make it with the scooped neckline variation. It’s Simplicity 8529.
Paper Cuts makes the Rise and Fall turtle necks. Fall is meant to wear outside and has the larger turtleneck. Rise is more fitted, longer, and meant to be tucked in. Love both of these shirts.
I am having so much fun!
Turkey Tracks: February 10, 2018
Sewing Knit Tops
It snowed last night—just enough to trap me on the hill until the plowers come for the driveway. I’m a good snow driver, but the problem here is NOT going out, it’s coming home up the hill and the steep, curving driveway. I’m missing the Coastal Quilters monthly meeting. Bah Humbug!
So… I’ll just have to cut out another knit top. Once the pattern is made and the top is cut, it does not take long to sew it on the serger. And I’m doing great with matching fabric patterns.
Here is another, more polished, version of the Linden Sweatshirt—in an Art Gallery fabric I instantly fell in love with some months back. My sewing teacher, Cheryl Rodriguez, who has a studio in Belfast, encouraged me to go DOWN a size with knits. This top can be layered in the winter—which I need to do as I can’t bear the collar of a wool sweater on the back of my neck. Too itchy! This fabric feels like silk next to the skin. So nice.
This Turtleneck top is from Paper Cuts patterns, the Fall version of the Rise/Fall knit shirt pattern. I made it in Cotton+Steel knit fabric I got on sale from Pink Castle Fabrics. I LOVE IT. I made the medium, and it fits like a dream. Perfect.
I’m really enjoying making these tops on the serger and feeling much more competent with that machine.
On to the next…