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Autumn 2020 Loosey Goosey Be Nice to Yourself 6-Pac Thread

Started by kowgiirl.up, September 17, 2020, 12:57:36 pm

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boppingbeth

Yesterday I made a tester garment--an Alabama Chanin 4 gore skirt.  I used a well loved cotton jersey sheet,
some wide fold over elastic, serged and cover stitched the whole thing. I know, really not in the spirit of AC's slow sewing lol but I wanted to start with does it fit? and go from there.  It is actually pretty comfortable over leggings.  Not exciting but it fits into the wardrobe I have now so that is a win. 

Beading adds weight to these garments.  I don't know if the fit at the waist and hips is tight enough to keep it up if I add beads around the bottom.   I guess we will see. I kind of want to make a black full length skirt, all over beaded and embroidered, as choir wear.  It is something that would get a fair bit of use in my wardrobe (well, once we can sing in public again). I might even have it finished by the time we can sing again.

kowgiirl.up

@Grasshopper , I'm trying to do that too, just sneaking up on it LOL.

@boppingbeth you and @Towanda are power sewers! Gosh, cutting, sewing and hemming oh my!

I managed to get the muslin for my first top fitted more or less to my liking. I could keep tweaking it but why? I think it will be good enough for now. So, I started cutting the "real" fabric this morning (the sneaking up part). I did discover that the fabric has a few issues that I never noticed before. It's rippley along the selvage. I am not sure if this happened when I washed it or what. I think it will be ok. If the pattern works out I plan on making at least one more.
Theresa

Runs with scissors

boppingbeth

And for fun, I restarted my sewing blog since I cannot get into the previous version.  Gotta love password fail combined with I'm not at that email address anymore. 
If you are interested, check it out here.

kowgiirl.up

I have the first top almost done and I do not like it. I suspected I may not when I made the muslin up but I convinced myself to move forward with it. It has butterfly (?) sleeves that I thought I would just love them dang it! I'll get it hemmed up and the top may have to live in the closet for the rest of it's days LOL. There is a sleeveless version that I might make up but I'm going to put the pattern on the back burner to let it simmer for now and move on to something else.
Theresa

Runs with scissors

Turquoise

I've sewn up the second knit top.  This is the "Moved to Tiers Tunic" from So Sew Easy - a pattern that I had in my Craftsy library and saved before bluprint finished.  It's quite a long top which is fine for me as I'm fairly tall but if you're petite you might want to fold out some length from the pieces.  It's drafted well and has good instructions if you need them.






fzxdoc

I love your top, @Turquoise .

I saw we can purchase the Moved to Tiers pattern and pay for it via PayPal here:

https://so-sew-easy.com/moved-tiers-tunic-potm/

Kathryn
My blog: I Made This! at http://imadethis-asewingblog.blogspot.com/
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kowgiirl.up

Very cute top @Turquoise The colors look nice together. Thanks for the link @fzxdoc. I'm heading there now :)
Theresa

Runs with scissors

Susan in Saint John

Quote from: kowgiirl.up on October 15, 2020, 10:53:37 amI have the first top almost done and I do not like it. I suspected I may not when I made the muslin up but I convinced myself to move forward with it. It has butterfly (?) sleeves that I thought I would just love them dang it! I'll get it hemmed up and the top may have to live in the closet for the rest of it's days LOL. There is a sleeveless version that I might make up but I'm going to put the pattern on the back burner to let it simmer for now and move on to something else.

Sometimes you have to trust your instincts.  I'm not quite sure what a "butterfly" sleeve is.  Is there some way to sew the butterfly flat or together that would make you happier?  It might be a weird looking seam -- just call it a design element.

kowgiirl.up

Quote from: Susan in Saint John on October 22, 2020, 08:18:02 amSometimes you have to trust your instincts.  I'm not quite sure what a "butterfly" sleeve is.  Is there some way to sew the butterfly flat or together that would make you happier?  It might be a weird looking seam -- just call it a design element.

True, I do need to trust them. To be honest, I'm not used to seeing myself in fancy clothes. I normally wear tees, tanks and jeans so to see me in this throws me "off". Kinda weird I know LOL.

Here's a pic of the top Susan.

I made several alterations to the pattern. The top had gathers at center back that I didn't like. I added more room below the breast point front and back so I could get more airflow. I also made the butterfly sleeves longer. I would've liked the top or cap of the sleeve to lay flat against my shoulder instead of poofing up but the way the pattern calls for the sleeve/armhole to be finished there was no way to do that that I knew of.
Theresa

Runs with scissors

Turquoise

Your top looks great @kowgiirl.up but I know what it's like when you're not sure about something.  Maybe hiding it in the cupboard for a while will help you see it with fresh eyes.

I want to sew up a few more knit tops and I've bought some sweater knit fabrics to have a go at making some cardigans - I need more layering pieces now the weather is changing.  I've washed and dried the sweater knit fabrics but still haven't totally decided on patterns. 

I fancied knitting a sweater as it's nice to have something I can pick up and put down and to keep me away from too much screen time in the evenings and I've started this one (James C Brett JB453) - it's a chunky wool so should be good for a slow knitter like me  :)


kowgiirl.up

@Turquoise , I LOVE that sweater. What colors are you doing???

I admire all of you knitters and crocheters out there. I could use a nice warm sweater as I am freezing in my office today. I'm ready for summer again. :))
Theresa

Runs with scissors

Turquoise

@kowgiirl.up I'm knitting it up in the wool used on the cover photo.  I'm not sure the colours look exactly the same as that photo but they are lovely.  I have some green jeans I've been wearing all summer and I'm keen to make some tops to wear with them in the autumn and winter.

The knitting shop where I bought the pattern didn't have that colour in stock but pointed me to another shop they thought did - they were so nice about it that I bought another pattern and some wool from them.  I really don't want to lose the small shops because of all the current problems with lockdowns etc.  I haven't knitted in ages so it was nice to see some patterns with designs more like ones I would buy in the shops.

Grasshopper

@Turquoise, it is a lovely pattern!  I agree that sometimes knitting patterns are lovely but aren't something that I would wear IRL.  That sweater, though, looks insanely comfortable, practical, and versatile!

@kowgiirl.up, I like your top!  I call those type of sleeves "flutter" and they do add a bit of fanciness, which could seem like too much if you aren't used to it.  My current favorite flutter sleeve pattern is Butterick 5859, which doesn't have gathering at the sleeve top and looks like it has a longer sleeve, but it does have the bow which is a little fancy.  :)
Lyneisa
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Striving to live a full, meaningful country life and carry forward the talents and skills of my ancestors.

kowgiirl.up

Quote from: Grasshopper on October 27, 2020, 03:24:14 pmI call those type of sleeves "flutter" and they do add a bit of fanciness, which could seem like too much if you aren't used to it.  My current favorite flutter sleeve pattern is Butterick 5859, which doesn't have gathering at the sleeve top and looks like it has a longer sleeve, but it does have the bow which is a little fancy.  :)

That sleeve top is the look I had envisioned. It lays flat at the shoulder. I might try the pattern again and fold out the gathers to see what I come up with.
Thanks for the link @Grasshopper
Theresa

Runs with scissors

Grasshopper

Quote from: kowgiirl.up on October 29, 2020, 01:14:35 pm
Quote from: Grasshopper on October 27, 2020, 03:24:14 pmI call those type of sleeves "flutter" and they do add a bit of fanciness, which could seem like too much if you aren't used to it.  My current favorite flutter sleeve pattern is Butterick 5859, which doesn't have gathering at the sleeve top and looks like it has a longer sleeve, but it does have the bow which is a little fancy.  :)

That sleeve top is the look I had envisioned. It lays flat at the shoulder. I might try the pattern again and fold out the gathers to see what I come up with.
Thanks for the link @Grasshopper

Glad I could help!  ;D
Lyneisa
***************
Striving to live a full, meaningful country life and carry forward the talents and skills of my ancestors.

CCL

Turquoise and Theresa, I like both of your tops - and Theresa, I think the sleeve is quite flattering on you.

Similar to Grasshopper, I keep trying to sneak up on my projects and get a little done.  On the green wool shirtdress, I have managed to get the seam binding machine stitched to the hem edge.  (Peak at the greens before machine stitching)


Vogue 8772 -20  both sides basted

I have been trying to avoid buying any fabric or notions - had both black and this green Hug Snug on hand, decided to go with the green as a fun inside thing just for me.  However, I did end up ordering buttons.  I was going to use the gold ones, but Better Half suggested black.  So that's what I ordered.  Just have the hemming, buttonholes and buttons to do.  The buttons (just plain ole black buttons, but I didn't have any more on hand and I try to avoid going into stores) should arrive this week.  It will be nice to have this one finished.

I have been taking lots of interim photos for my niece - she's a lefty like me, so still images make it easier for her to deconstruct how to do things.  We've been talking about using basting as stitching guidelines, so I have used this project to take ooodles of photos to show her.

Sew Ruthie Sews

I've been away from the site for a while.
However I have carried on sewing, and my latest venture is navy blue with a splash of red., so looks like it would fit fell with the Neutrals with a Splash of Colour.



Ruthie in Derbyshire UK
http://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/

Turquoise

I've finished the first cardigan.  The pattern is Silhouette Pattern's "Hugo's favorite cardigan".  I need to test the scraps that are left to see if I can press at a higher temperature to get the hems to sit better.   


fzxdoc

Very nice, @Turquoise ! I hadn't seen that pattern. I may shamelessly copy your idea.  :)

Kathryn
My blog: I Made This! at http://imadethis-asewingblog.blogspot.com/
Flickr Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/72428033@N00/albums

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Turquoise

Thank you @fzxdoc - it's a lovely pattern and Peggy has a couple of webcasts with ideas of what to do with the pattern and a sewalong webcast.




kowgiirl.up

@Turquoise , thank you for posting the video's for your cardi. I've been wanting to make one so this might just be the ticket to get me going on it. Yours looks super by the way.  :thumbsup:

I just love the fact that we can post videos directly to our forum posts.
Theresa

Runs with scissors

fzxdoc

Thanks a bunch, @Turquoise,for posting those videos. Now I'm even more tempted to stash dive and make one up for myself. :)

Kathryn
My blog: I Made This! at http://imadethis-asewingblog.blogspot.com/
Flickr Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/72428033@N00/albums

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CCL

Still waiting for my black buttons to arrive.  I am currently thinking that my loosey goosey 6-PAC will be part of my what-ever-we determine for rules 2021 SWAP.   My planning has expanded... so for now:

Green wool shirt dress (lengthened 8772 blouse - becoming a TNT)
plaid turquoise, apple green and navy plaid pencil skirt (pattern to be determined)
Grey wool dress (OOP Vogue 8615)
black fleece jacket (TNT lekala 4398)
maroon plaid dress (pattern to be determined)
Maroon plaid jacket (Vogue 7975)

If left overs of the pencil skirt fabric - a vest - either a TNT or a new make - which will take a muslin.

Turquoise

Second cardigan finished.  Another Silhouette Patterns "Hugo's favorite cardigan".  This time I rotated the dart to the hem.  I straightened the side seams and took away some circumference there after trying on as it was too much with the extra fabric added by rotating the dart.



I had enough fabric left to make a top.  Silhouette Patterns Ann's Top.





Next on the cutting table is Style Arc's "Como Knit cardi".

kowgiirl.up

November 13, 2020, 12:56:02 pm #59 Last Edit: November 13, 2020, 12:59:34 pm by kowgiirl.up
Great progress @Turquoise, @CCL.

My progress ground to a halt. I was sick last week and I decided to get tested for COVID~ I'm negative :). Then 3 of the tops I made are close to wadders and that kinda got me bummed BUT reading here again I'm ready to get back on the horse. I'm changing directions back to a TNT top that I know will be a success if I can get a handle on sewing a knit collar again LOL.


Editing to add; I saw some sweater knit fabric on Angela Wolf's website that I've been thinking of buying to make the Hugo's favorite cardigan (after buying the pattern of course) but I am not sure it will make it here in time for the 6-pack.
Theresa

Runs with scissors

Turquoise

Sorry to hear you were unwell @kowgiirl.up - hope you are feeling a lot better now. 

The TNT top sounds a good idea for getting your "sewjo" back.  I'm trying very hard to keep mine going as I'm finding this second lockdown here in the UK very hard and need something positive to do to distract me from worrying.

fzxdoc

Very nice, @Turquoise . I like the sleeker look with that big French dart rotated to the hem. Your 6Pac is coming along nicely.

Kathryn
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Turquoise

Well the Style Arc Como Cardi was not a success for me  - I know it's meant to be oversized but I was swimming in it and it's not a design that you can just take in easily.  I like the fabric so maybe I could get something else out of it but I suspect it will all just end up in the bin. 

kowgiirl.up

I did go look up the pattern @Turquoise and it looks to me with my untrained eye that altering it would be a no go. :(
Theresa

Runs with scissors

fzxdoc

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