Using Up Stash
I had a piece of light weight denim/lace knit that was an impulse purchase a year ago. Originally, I was going to make something for Ms M and thought it was light and delicate enough for a little girl. I do have something cut out for her, watch for that later, but I still had a rather large piece left. Rachel and I joke because when she buys fabric she gets a yard of this and a yard of that, figuring she can whip up whatever she would like. Since I am more used to getting fabric for large projects, I get 3 yards of this and 3 yards of that! So you can imagine my stash! Rachel’s knit top turned out so well that she suggested I try one for myself. It has been LONG time since I have sewn a garment for myself. But with encouragement I decided to give it a whirl.
Changing Up the Fit
Although Rachel and I are mother and daughter, our body shapes have some distinct differences. I do not have the busty issues that Rachel has and in fact am rather straight up and down. My husband complains that all my clothes are too big and fit me like a bag. I cut the pattern for a small and then cut the length as an XL. I never tuck anything and I like double hems on my shirts. I wanted it to fit comfortably over my jeans and stay where I put it. Because this knit is rather lightweight, I cut the facings longer so that they would cover the whole bustline. This gives me a little extra coverage which is much more comfortable for me.
Sewing: A New Device
Craftsy has a sewing with knits class that Rachel has been working through (watch for more on that later) and they suggest using a walking foot on your machine when sewing knits. (affiliate link) I am embarrassed to say that my walking foot has never been out of the box! Even when I am quilting, I just use a regular foot on my machine. Well I attached it, not even to the machine it was originally purchased for, and off I went. Some people have said that sewing with knits is scary. Well, use a walking foot and you will not have any issues at all! I am very impressed with the nice even stitches. There are no skipped stitches like you sometimes get with knits and the garment gives and stretches without breaking any stitches along the way. See the post HERE
When finished I was very happy with the fit of this top. It fits nicely across the bustline and even helps me to look like I may have some shape. I am happy with the length and by turning the hem under twice, there is a little more weight added and I am feeling it will stay where I put it. This is a pattern I will work with again.
You can find the Casual Lady pattern Here.(affiliate link)