Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Latest Kwik Sew 2565

Here's the Native print T that I made during winter vacation from my TNT Kwik Sew 2565. Although windy today, it's warm enough to actually wear it outside.

...with a sweater of course. 

The SewWest Closet: I styled the T with a Coldwater Creek cardigan I've had for several years, Jones NY jeans, and Ivanka Trump suede booties. Also, a black wrist brace on my left wrist, courtesy of a bout of tendonitis I've been dealing with this month. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

What I Did on My Winter Vacation

I was fortunate enough to have some time off over the holidays and was able to spend a good bit of time playing in the Sewing Cave. I was able to finish several sewing projects and a crochet one as well.

My first project is the third twin set I've made using the Loes Hinse Sweater Set pattern. It's another older one of her patterns that's still on the Casual Elegance site.

A fast make, and I loved how this set came out. This version was made with 2 yards of a rayon blend sweater knit I bought from Casual Elegance last winter. I couldn't resist the chunky knit print on the fine gauge knit fabric!

The sewing was pretty straight forward, following Loes' techniques. I used a combination of a narrow zigzag and serging for assembly, with only a few hand stitches at the hem of the cardigan (as instructed by the guide sheet) and at the center front neckline (not on the guide sheet). I added an additional button and buttonhole to the front placket since my chosen buttons were smaller than the recommended size.

My next project used the OOP Kwik Sew 2565, which I can always count on for a good T-shirt.

I've made a bunch of these over the years, but when you've got a well fitting basic, why re-create the wheel? My most current version was traced off in 2012. It's a combination of sizes, the neckline has been dropped a bit, and I've adjusted the fit due to weight fluctuations (sigh). I like that the pattern has curved side seams and even has bust ease built in, as well as a high cap for the sleeve.

I originally planned to make this T when the weather is warmer since the fabric is a printed knit lace. However, I noticed there was a big pull in the fabric that had resulted in a hole when I was getting ready to put it away. I didn't want to risk any additional damage, so I cut out the T and sewed it without even washing the yardage first. I have better control using the sewing machine when sewing delicate knits like this, so I used a narrow zigzag for assembly, and a wider zigzag for the hems.

The fabric came from Casual Elegance, but since I had this sitting on the cutting table for a couple of weeks before putting it away, I can't say if the fabric was flawed or if kitty paws were responsible. I've always had a good experience when purchasing from them in the past, so I suspect that Smudge is to blame.

I made a couple more pairs of pajama pants from cottons in my stash. These two I bought from the estate of a sewing friend. I have enough of the black print left over to make another project. For the pattern, I used the McCall's 2476 pattern that I've used many times before.

This particular pattern is probably out of print, but the major pattern companies seem to always have a few sleepwear patterns in their catalogs. I've found that most of the pants are very similar to each other. I do prefer a Miss pattern to Unisex ones because I don't need as many adjustments that way.

The last two projects didn't require patterns since they're scarves! The plaid one came from a remnant that a friend of mine gave me, so I'm not sure of the exact fiber content. One side is a plain weave and the other is brushed. I really like it, and it's already seen a lot of wear. The crochet one is just double crochet and is made from reflective yarn from Red Heart. I wear it when DH and I go on our early morning walks. It's warm and since the yarn is bright and reflective, it also adds a bit of safety.

The plaid scarf was originally a large square with fringe on all sides, but I was unhappy with the way it looked. So I re-cut it into a narrow strip, saving some fringe on either end. The long edges are machine sewn.

A close up of the crochet scarf shows the reflective qualities of the yarn a little better. I went with with double crochet throughout and improvised as I went. It's simple and utilitarian, but that's what I was going for.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Loes Hinse Cowl Top, Part Two

And the third top from the shoot! I'm loving this tunic since the fabric is so soft and cuddly. I made this one about 2" longer than the pattern so I could wear it as a tunic if I want to (and I have).

The SewWest Closet: Simply Vera narrow ponte pants with faux leather patches, MIA boots. The coral necklace is a vintage piece I bought at a silent auction.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

TSW Border Print Liberty Shirt, Part Two

I've yet to wear this one out of the house because it's been a bit too cool, but I wanted to show you what it looks like. Since I'm home today with no plans to go anyplace, I threw it on with a pair of narrow pants and some boots. They're really for a different top I'm photographing during this shoot. However, in "real life", I'd either be wearing this with a more conservative pair of pants or black jeans.

Some more sleeve.

The SewWest Closet: Simply Vera narrow ponte pants with faux leather knee patches, Mia boots.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

TSW Cortina Shirt, Part Two

Seeing that it's still Christmas vacation and I had a little time for photography, albeit inside. Here's me wearing the Cortina I made recently. Unfortunately, the pink is a bit plain for a stand alone piece, although it works well with other items in my closet.

As I mentioned in the previous post regarding this shirt, I've worn it with this cardigan I made from the Loes Hinse Sweater Set pattern.

The SewWest Closet: NYDJ jeans, Ivanka Trump suede boots.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Loes HInse Cowl Top

This is another TNT pattern that I've made before in both long and short views. It goes together quickly in all sorts of knit fabrics, including sweater knit, stretch velvet and interlock. This one is made from a cuddly cotton and synthetic sweater knit I bought from Casual Elegance Fabrics earlier this year. This picture of the collar shows the texture of the fabric in more detail:

My tracing of the pattern combines size Medium in the neck/shoulder area and Large from the armhole down. The only changes I made this time were to drop the neckline about 3/8", cut the cowl a little larger for the deeper neckline, and lengthen the body by 2". I wanted a tunic length that I can. wear with jeans or leggings.

I went from cutting out to finished in an afternoon, and really is an easy make. The pattern is still available on the Casual Elegance website even though it was issued many years ago. It features a couple of shorter versions too. I highly recommend it. 

Pattern envelope and technical drawings:

The garment pictures are also from the post-Thanksgiving shoot, so I'll provide some pictures of me wearing it soon.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

TSW Liberty Shirt with Border Print

Another Liberty Shirt; I think this is the fourth one I've made, but they all look a bit different based on the fabric This time I used a cotton that came from JoAnn's and has been in my stash for several years. I had just enough and resorted to a mandarin style collar in order to make it work.

The fabric had a border print on both selvages and I had enough to center the pattern along the back hem and the sleeves. The photos below show the border print in more detail:

I had just enough of the lemon print for the fronts and collar.

Here are the illustration from the envelope and the technical drawings to give you an idea of what the design looks like. This pattern is a favorite of mine, and I love how it looks with the border print!

These photos are also from the wintery post-Thanksgiving photo shoot, so I'll try to get some photos on me later so you can see how it looks on a person.