Made by a Fabricista: Knits, Knits, Knits!
I love knits, they were my first sewing love. Some new sewists find sewing knits tricky, but I loved that the fit was more forgiving as I was learning sizing. This month three knits spoke to me and I couldn't decide between them so I just went again and got all THREE!
First up is this black and white geometric print jersey knit. Everything about this fabric made me love it; it's a rayon jersey, it's black and white and it's a geometric print. It sewed up really nicely with minimal curling at the edges. I used my serger for most of the construction, which is another thing I love about knits.
My first thought was a wrap dress, which should be no surprise. My favorite wrap dress pattern is the Mathilde Wrap Dress by Untitled Thoughts. It's a true wrap, which is always a plus to me. It features a 2 sleeve options, three length (including a peplum top), a waistband, inseam pockets and ties that meet in the back.
This trippy abstract print ITY is completely different than the previous knit and is totally outside my comfort zone, but as I mentioned in the last post I've picked up skating as a hobby and I felt it would make a great loud skate outfit. And BOY did it! I wore this to a social distance skate meet up and everyone asked where I got my bodysuit. Don't you love when you can answer " I made it!" This fabric drew all the looks. Unfortunately this print has sold out, but if you love bright abstract knit check out this blue and pink wavy ITY or this green and red one.
When this first arrived a was a bit concerned that this wasn't opaque enough my intended use, but it worked fine. The edges of this knit do roll a bit while sewing but not terribly so. I was also able to construct this entire look with my serger, save for the neck and armholes making it an incredibly quick sew.
For this simple bodysuit I actually modified Mimi G's Simplicity 9150. I've already made it as designed, here, but this time I wanted to eliminate the midriff opening. To do that I simply extended the front leg pieces by overlapping the back piece over the front pants piece matching the crotch lines. Then I blended and cut around the front pants and the back top portion. Thankfully this worked out very nicely and I only had to modify the neckline a bit.
Lastly I snagged this groovy broken daub stripe print ITY. I've order a pair of gray skates (yes I'll have two pairs) and I knew this fabric would go perfectly with them. Though this colorway is sold out you can still grab it in either a blue/green or a peach/blue. I'm so pleased with these that I may grab a few more yards myself.
I'd seen so many skaters on social media cruising around wearing flared pants and I really wanted a pair. Obviously these also just make for great lounge around or running errands pants as well because they pull on and are so comfy. I used Simplicity 8212 because I already had it in my stash and simply modified the simple leggings pattern to add a flare. I chose to start the flare 1" below the cut/extend line because that lined up right at my knee and I wanted to start a tad below. Using my curve ruler I graded out a smooth line to about 5" to either side of the original pattern width keep the original hem line. My only regret is not lengthening the hem, I should added two or so more inches because while leggings can stop right at the ankle I wanted these to go over my skates a bit more.
Well that's it for me this month! Can you tell I'm obsessed with skating now?
See you next month,