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.


  • Gail - I LOVE this outfit. But you have made me cross with myself on two scores. 1) I didn’t buy a piece of beautiful cyclamen coloured Italian ponte when I could have, and 2) I have had this Kwiksew patter for years and never used it. Oh well, at least I can rectify my second mistake.ReplyCancel

  • Alicja Wigglesworth - I love the turquoise top – I’ve been working with jersey a bit myself, and now I’ve even ventured into sweater knits! It is definitely more challenging than non-stretch fabric, but the results are so lovely, and usually forgiving :)

    Check out my post on sewing my first sweater knit sweater: thelittleironpress.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Stacy - I must agree with everyone who has raved about your color combination. So unexpected, and so flattering on you! Now I want to raid my own closet and try some unusual combos.ReplyCancel

  • Reana Louise - Somehow I missed this outfit, which is just INSANE! Thank goodness I’m ‘friends’ with you on Burdastyle or I might have missed it forever. That fuscia is delicious! xx
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  • Same Song, Second Verse, Just as Good as the First - [...] given the fact that this is a knit. I took Lauren’s advice for this from when I posted about my first attempt at knits. She warned that all knits are different and to stretch them to fit, which I did. The result took [...]ReplyCancel

  • Julia Bobbin - Oh oh OH!
    I don’t care if it’s yours and not mine I WANT IT!

    The colour combo, the fit the cut. I am suffering from extreme jealousy.
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  • Random Thoughts on Pattern Gathers - [...] has an excess amount of gathering (I feel) and one that I’ve sewn. The more I’ve worn this top, the more I’ve come to realize that it has alot of gathering at the bust and shoulder – [...]ReplyCancel