3 Piece MINI WARDROBE CAPSULE
.Two knit tops with one pair coordinating TNT pants
Simple, yes; but I think it snapped me out of a depressed sewing stage.
Piece 1: Vogue 8634 Cowl neck knit top
FABRIC: 1-5/8 yards of a lightweight two way stretch knit purchased from Vogue Fabrics . I'll need to be careful in laundering this fabric - it has a tendency to shag a bit. I'll probably hand wash to make it last a while.
PATTERN RATING: Super easy, super quick. 45 minutes to make less the layout, cutting time, and an hours nap I took last Saturday afternoon.
WEAR-ABILITY TEST: Opppps! This top made it into this weeks work rotation but did not stand up to the test. Be careful if you plan on making this pattern because the neckline is an extremely low cut. I spent the day pulling it closed; got really tired of looking down at my bra all day long - should've just pinned it up.
SOLUTION: Came home yesterday and ripped off the cowl collar. Had enough fabric left to re-cut the bodice and sleeves for a new top because there was no way was I willing to spend time removing all of the serge stitches. Raised the front neckline of the pattern a full 3 inches and remade the same pattern. Now I love it and plan on making another maybe in a solid color.
TIPS OR TECHNIQUES USED: Used Steam-a-Seam Lite to turn up hems, then stitched down. Gives me a slightly stabilized more professional looking finished product. I have to try hard to remember to switch over to a jersey ball point needle when sewing knits.
Piece 2: Simplicity 2181 Mock Twist Front knit top
FABRIC: 1-7/8 yards soft jersey knit purchased at JoAnn's for $1.80 (after redeeming a coupon). One of my favorite fabrics. Its forgiving, easy to sew up and take care of. Minimal to no ironing needed after washing.
PATTERN RATING: Not so quick because pattern has 8 pieces. A two day project for me, but well worth the time to produce.
WEAR-ABILITY TEST: Gave this top a whirl at work also this week and it did pass the test. Completely comfortable and easy to wear.
TIPS OR TECHNIQUES USED: Used Steam-a-Seam Lite to hem this top too. Used a number 2 lead pencil to mark because chalk does not work for me on jersey fabric. Same with the jersey ball point needle.
Piece 3: SIMPLICITY 8707 TNT PANTS PATTERN
FABRIC: 2-7/8 yards of really nice gaberdine - source unknown. Washes up nicely and wears great without stretching out of shape as the day progresses. Wish I remembered where I got this from.
PATTERN RATING: What more can I say about this pattern. I've tweaked and tweaked it again and again. But the only change I added this time was more stabilization of the pocket area, which I'll address in another post.
WEAR-ABILITY TEST: Haven't worn these yet, but they fit real good in the sewing room. I'm almost sure they will work out fine.
TIPS OR TECHNIQUES USED: When ever I have to hem something that I know will leave pic marks on the right side of the fabric, I've started using stitch witchery. I'd rather use this than try to live with pic marks showing through.
It was such a good sewing week, now own to the next project...