What’s going on with the shoulder there? Whatever it is, I can just add it to the list of this project’s “quirks.” While the dress I made from this pattern used a drapey knit, this one was snappy and rolled like crazy at the cut edge. It’s a yard of the Tokyo knit from Marcy Tilton; sleeves are 1/4 yard of a mesh knit. I’ve made this t-shirt three times, and EVERY TIME I over-trim the hem. I try it on, mark it, add 1.5″, and it STILL seems short to me. This is the longest and most wearable version yet; my daughter pairs the others with her high-waisted 80s jeans. Might be destined for the donation pile. And by “might” I mean “is.”
R: Deer & Doe Plantain
Very happy with this one. Body was a 1-yard end cut from Marcy Tilton; sleeves are a gray mesh knit from my small stash. I cut the hems along the selvedge end and felt very fancy.
The pants are flat-front chinos from Lands End. Flat-front pants are a rare find in the RTW world and confirmation that I really need to bite the bullet and try Colette’s Clover pattern.
Shoes are refurbished Donald J. Pliners from the thrift store: $5 + 20 minutes with the suede brush and eraser. I thought they looked vintage-y.
A knit dress made of fabric with knitting trompe de l’oeil. I feel so meta.
I started with the dress sloper in Alison Glass’ Knit Essentials booklet and tweaked it repeatedly using her clear, comforting instructions. Worth every cent of the $22 for the fitting walk-through, and for the raw-edge neckline treatment and wearable ruffles that I plan to try at some point.
The Plantain is definitely my go-to for scoop necks, but this will likely be my TNT for vees and drapey knit dresses.
What is your TNT tee shirt pattern? Did it require a lot of mods?
The top is Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark’s Rondeur, courtesy of Knitty. I love a curved hem and the waist shaping promised, well, a waist.
Turns out the curved hem + the shaped waist was too much, so I frogged it up to high-hip level. This one might join Date Night in the Multiple Makes Hall of Fame (2011 was a good year for patterns).
The skirt is a modified take Amy Butler’s Barcelona Skirt. I’ve sewn it before, but it always seemed too flared for my frame…because it was! After reading Dorothy Moore’s Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking, I realize that an a-line skirt is more than a real-life version of the triangle skirt on a stick figure. Different angles work for different hip measurements. Some math is involved.
I drafted an a-line skirt pattern using Moore’s techniques, laid it on top of the Barcelona, and modified the Barcelona to have a hem circumference that is proportionate to my hips.
I’d originally planned to use Kaffe Fassett’s shot cotton as a lighter alternative to denim; I wound up using Pepper Cory’s “peppered cotton” in Chambray because that’s what my local fabric store had. Frays like a mother, but amazingly soft and drapey right off the bolt. The lining is a solid aubergine lawn from Heather Ross’ Sleeping Porch collection.
When I asked the sales-teen whether they had any lawn in stock, I got a blank look. When I specified lawn fabric, she said “you mean like with grass on it?” #kidstoday #harrumph
It was a lighting-fast knit: less than a week between cast-on and bind-off. Then it sat on top of a pile of fabric until I blocked it. One skein of fingering on size 5 or 6 needles. I forget. The yarn is from Etsy seller SockObsessionYarns and I’m smitten. Not even remotely itchy and it pools in the best way. Colorway is “Baltico.”
After an untimely rotary cutter injury, I’ve finally been able to swatch the sweater for #OAL2017. It might skew towards what my friend Jolene calls “full-on clown car,” but I’m okay with that. Dressing like a member of the abnegation faction is starting to lose its appeal for me. My recent obsession with color feels visceral and I’ve decided to just go with it.
This month is the kickoff for #OAL2017, hosted by Lladybird and Andi at Untangling Knots. The terms are flexible and generous: Between June 1 and July 31, knit one item and sew one item to make a complete outfit.
I’m knitting the Rondeur by Mercedes Tarasovich in Wildwood Yarn’s Pima Silk Handpaint.
I’m sewing (and drafting) an a-line skirt that I’ll make in a blue shot cotton as a lighter-weight alternative to denim.
First, I have a small wardrobe that mostly consists of “basics,” so they get a lot of exposure and wear. I need to be able to rely on them and my skills aren’t quite there yet.
Second, I’ve learned from my participation in #100days100blocks2017 that I really, really miss working with color. I’m incredibly privileged to have the time and resources to think and act along these lines.
Are you participating in any summer sewalongs? Do you make your own basics?