I’m not really morally ambivalent. I just really like the word “ambivalent.”
This is another Sewing With Knits project. It turned out both better and worse than my last attempt.
I found this black and white striped cotton jersey at GirlCharlee.com and was so very excited about because it was just exactly what I wanted. I spent ages trying to find and true the grain and eventually gave up. I laid the fabric out in a single layer and cut all my pieces separately. For pieces that needed to be cut on the fold, I just cut half and then flipped the pattern piece. I was especially stressed about the cutting because I really wanted my stripes to line up properly. I ended up drawing a straight line perpendicular to the grain line in the same spot on each pattern piece so I could like that up with the bottom of a black stripe in an attempt to get everything lined up.
The fact that the fabric was super slinky did NOT help.
But, in the end, with some careful pinning and some slight stretching to make things fit, I think it turned out fairly well for a first timer. Well, practically a first timer. I’m not known for my superb pattern-matching skills.
There are some spots that are off a bit, definitely including the sleeve caps. I really just didn’t know how to handle them at all. There were many times that I wished I had cut the thing out on the bias. But, I’m glad I persevered. There are places on my sleeves that are perfect! I was like, “BAM!”
I did learn that a twin needle + slinky fabric is not the best idea. After finishing all the hemming, I realized that the fabric between the stitches had bunched up (more than normal)–maybe something was wrong with the tension? But it didn’t do this consistently. Maybe the threads got mixed up? But I didn’t have a problem on my knit New Look 6107. No idea, really.
I was also not in love with the look of the black topstitching on the white.
Anyways, I pulled it all out and did a very small turned under hem with a triple stretch stitch (I was very excited when I discovered my machine had this stitch!) on the black so that you really can’t see it.
I added two inches of length to my sleeves because when I’m wanting to feel cozy, I like to cover my hands with my sleeves. I discovered with my last tee that the sleeves were a bit short for me. My limbs are longer than normal for my height–I think to make up for the smooshed nature of my torso. Normal people would probably find the sleeves to be just right.
The big issue with this shirt is the neckband. I followed the same steps I did last time (I even took about an inch off the seam at the back) but the band still turned out too big so it flops over a bit. I think it’s partly due to the flimsy nature of the fabric. I’m hoping that it will shape up after a wash.
The shirt is very, very comfy and I do love the stripes! The only thing is that it scares Eloise–I don’t know why. She always gets startled when I walk into a room wearing it. Cats are so silly :) Speaking of. . .
I did also finish my Sewing With Knits fleece hoodie. Not much to say about it. It’s big. It’s cozy. It’s so easy!
It’s also a little too warm for wearing inside. Although, I did toss it on last night at 3:30 when the smoke detectors started beeping because the batteries were low. Question: why do they always start doing this at the most inconvenient times???
So, four projects down (plus a bonus!)–I feel like I’m gaining some momentum finally! I have made a couple of changes to the list which I’m really happy with–I’ll tell you when I get there. For now, I’m working on Simplicity 2305 (more rayon challis, deary-dear!).
There has been some craziness around here lately. Some good crazy and some crazy crazy. Changes are coming, and my brain is whirring with grandiful ideas :)
Also, I’m really ready to decorate my Christmas tree–who’s with me??