Wow – it’s been two months since my last post! Unlike other blogging breaks I’ve taken, I wasn’t doing any (or much) sewing during this time off. My sewing motivation had completely abandoned me. It’s still not back entirely, but I’m starting to get back into my sewing room more often. Nothing happened in particular to keep me from sewing, I guess I’ve just been working a lot and stressed about creating (and sticking to) a timeline towards graduation.
Nonetheless, I have 4 knit garments to share today: 3 tops and 1 dress.
#1: Simplicity 1716 in Rayon Spandex Knit from SR Harris (MN)
When I made this back in mid-January, I wasn’t sure how much I’d wear it. I made a size 12, my normal Big 12 sizing, and it was HUGE – particularly through the bust and the armscyes were very low. I removed a generous 2 inches from the upper arms through the bust which significantly helped the fit. I like the top now and have worn it quite a bit. If I make it again I’ll remove the bust pleat and go down in size. Armscyes are still a little low.
I really love this pattern (View A) but with the neckline from the Deer & Doe Plantain. The fabric is a little funky and loud but I really like the resulting top! I love the quality of the knit as well.
I spent quite a bit of time playing with position to make sure to incorporate the colors I wanted. Not much else to say :)
#3: Vogue 1250 in a mid-weight Rayon Spandex from SR Harris
I made this dress once before and forgot how much I like it! The only thing I dislike is how wide the shoulder are, I don’t find it terribly flattering on me. So for this version the only change I made was to remove 2 inches from the shoulder end. When I finished this yesterday I was very happy with it…then I tried it on again this morning and it just didn’t seem right. I might have to do more shoulder/armhole alterations.
#4: StyleArc Issy in White Light-Weight Ponte
I wear my first Issy top all the time so I decided to make it again. My first version was way too large, partially because of the sizing and partially because I used a very stretchy, very lightweight knit. So this time I used a light-weight white ponte. I made the STUPID decision to try to even out the hem before cutting the fabric. Anyone who has made this top knows the front piece is confusing and my attempts to even the hem were awful. It’s still wearable, but one side is much shorter than the other side.
I still love this top – I find the neckline pleats so elegant and flattering. Even despite the obvious fitting problems. The front isn’t so bad…
But look at the back! The shoulders fit terribly. I still wear this top, and have gotten many compliments, but I’m constantly tugging the shoulders forward. I’d alter the pattern, but (1) it’s hard enough to fit a normal top let alone a crazy front pattern piece! and (2) I’m not sure how many more times I’ll make this very distinctive top.
I can’t say for certain, but I don’t think I’ll be posting much in the next few months. I have so much lab work and writing to do (plus I’m on a Jury right now!); however I plan to force myself to sew a little here and there to reduce stress and embrace my creative side. I can’t decide whether I should undertake more involved projects (pants, jackets, etc) or simple projects (tops, knit garments). The benefit to simple tops is the immediate feeling of accomplishment, but the benefit of an involved project is that I know exactly what to work on when I’m in my sewing area. I’m very indecisive so even simple projects can be tripled in time because I stare at patterns and fabric forever before making a decision.
Do any of you readers have suggestions on projects to work on during stressful times? Have you found simple or complex projects to be more rewarding?