After the excessive amount of effort demanded by my last project, I am happy to report on three (just one today–the others later) very simple and rewarding makes that remind me that not every sewing endeavor requires blood, sweat and tears to accomplish. And aren’t we all so grateful? It’s a wonderful thing to be able to choose just how challenging we want each project to be–within reason, I suppose. Sometimes things pop up unexpectedly and we have to deal the best we can.
Fortunately, my last three projects went along very well!
Today, let’s chat about a New Look 6107 that I modified for knits. I have to say, I’m pretty proud that it turned out so well 🙂 I began by asking Google what it thought about changing a woven pattern to a knit pattern. And it didn’t really know much at all. Granted, I only dove two pages into the results, so there could have been pearls of sewing wisdom that I missed on pages three and beyond.
However, I decided to just use my common sense to puzzle something out. A couple of modifications were obvious, such as removing the front facings and buttons/ button loops, etc. Basically, I cut the front bodice piece on the fold, rather than cut two. And I eliminated 5/8″ seam allowance from the center front.
Other changes took a little while to figure out. Removing the double point darts from the front and back involved a lot of tape and pinching and folding to get the pattern pieces to lie flat. Also, since I removed the opening and facings from the front, I wasn’t sure the best way to finish the little bit of neckline between the two ties. I ended up doing some stitching to reinforce, carefully clipping and then folding over the middle bit and stitching it down like a hem. It’s not super pretty, but the bow covers it nicely!
I did make the bow twice as wide as the original pattern and I am very, very happy with this change. If I make it again, I will probably shorten the tie by about six inches, I think.
I also reduced the sleeve cap ease by two inches. And then panicked because I thought I’d taken too much out when in reality I could have removed a little more. The sleeve cuffs turned out quite big because I forgot to remove the extra width necessary for overlapping the ends on the original. So, they look a little odd, but they’re quite comfortable.
And finally, I substituted tiny little pleats for the gathers at the yoke on the bodice front. To be honest, I could have just redrawn the pattern to eliminate the yoke and gathers/pleats altogether, but I kind of like the little bit of detail they provide.
I should mention that I could have removed a LOT of ease to make it a fitted shirt. Honestly, though, I’ve never been a fan of skin-tight tees, but I especially don’t need to be wearing them now. Fitted jersey does not flatter me. So, I kept it pretty loose and comfy but not too baggy.
One word about the fabric: I had no idea I liked blue and white together so much! When the fabric first arrived, I was a little disappointed because it seemed busier than I remembered. But the more I look at it, the more I like it. It reminds me of this china that my mom always had when I was growing up. It was blue and white, you know what I’m talking about? It’s a pretty classic pattern, I think.
I have to say, I’m really enjoying sewing with knits! I’m so grateful Craftsy offered such a great class so I can skip over all the bother of figuring things out for myself 🙂 And I know that it sounds like I had to do a lot of work on this one, but it all got done in an afternoon (well, except for the hem. I wanted to wear it out that evening and ran out of time. I have since applied my twin stretch needle to it).
Whew–another project done! It’s a great feeling, isn’t it?
I’m curious–have you ever modified a woven pattern for knits or vice versa? If you wrote about it, do leave a comment with a link to the post so I can be all nosy!
P.S. I just went digging in the basement to find that china–see what I mean?