October 12, 2011


I'm showing you two things today that you haven't yet seen. For starters, there's my pencil skirt here. This is the self drafted skirt that I was raving on about back in July. It's finally cool enough to really wear it. I'll be going into more specifics about the drafting process and I've got a fresh tutorial for the lining with a back vent. It's so much easier! That's coming up very soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

I finished this knit top in a day, which is what the name of this post is referencing. OK, actually this is the 3rd try for this puppy. I'll allow myself a little leeway on that since this is the first knit I've attempted for myself. Thank goodness I had hoards of this wool jersey. Ahem...

Specifics: I made this from Kwik Sew 3616 which I made a TON of alterations to. Actually, let's start from the very beginning shall we? Remember this top from my little inspiration outfit board (which I'm totally aware I haven't really discussed)? Yeah, its a vintage pattern and on the back it claims that I can whip out a top in jersey. Ummmmm....yeah. That doesn't just work. I cut out the entire pattern from this lovely wool jersey (believe me, I made a muslin first) and guess what? It was a complete sack of potatoes. What a joke! Ha! So I turned to this Kwik Sew pattern I had instead, leaving Simplicity 3940 for a woven instead. I whipped it out and after a day of wearing it, I also found that it just didn't have the right kind of fit. So they say that the 3rd time is the charm. Yup. I've blazed through 3 yards of wool jersey quite quickly. Kind makes me sick. Sigh...

Anyway, this is part of an outfit for my Clovers, which, I know, I'm not wearing here. But you get the idea, right? I'm pretty happy with this version. It is a little difficult, in my opinion, to sew with knits. And I totally feel foolish saying that because I read that everyone else has such a glamourous time with them. For me, knits are harder to fit and they are harder to handle too. Like, you have to make sure that they aren't being stretched as you cut them out - I learned that the hard way. But I'm not giving up just yet. I'll get the hang of them, don't you worry.

Oh yes, this is a wool jersey by the way. And normally, wool is fairly itchy - even though its a favorite fiber of mine. But this jersey, is heaven sent. Extra soft merino, and sorry I can't remember where I got it because it's been so long since I bought it - but I have a faint inclination that it might be from Fashion Fabrics Club.

That's about it here. How have you fared with knits? Ever ventured into that territory? What makes your experience easier? I could use a few secrets, I think.

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