It all started with this stripe top using New Look 6149 v-neckline and a good rugby knit I bought from Tessutis last year. A walking foot, many long pins and a lot of resewing seams helped me match the lines on these tops.
The neckline is made with overlapped binding and it sits very flat.
There was a fair bit of pieces and lines to be matched. Even the two-piece sleeve needs to be matched.
Then I moved to this fabric from Tessutis and made this version again. I think I’m a bit obsessed with stripes and matching patterns at the moment.
The lines on this fabric vary quiet a bit so the fun was cutting the pieces out and sewing this up.
Again I used lots of long pins, my walking foot to keep the lines in place and a lot of unpicking.
And this version goes well with what I already have in my wardrobe.
This time the hem has a slight curve to it this time around and I’ve cut the back on the fold this time because I was a bit tired of matching lines by this stage.
These tops are my ‘go-to’ weekend tops. The fabric has just enough lycra to help the fabric keep its shape. These tops were worn a lot when we traveled in June.
Now might be the time to stop sewing with stripe knit fabric. Or maybe not:)
PS: There are some heftier sewing projects happening at the moment and you’ll read about soon. Promise!
Why are remnant fabrics my weakness? Maybe it’s because they’re a challenge. Finding a pattern to suit the amount of fabric I’ve found is a challenge.
Do remnant fabrics ignite my passion for puzzle solving? Should I see a shrink about trawling for fabric especially when the sign on the basket says ‘designer remnants’?
|Original Charlie Brown remnant fabric from Pitt Trading
The case in my defence remains, remnants are a low risk purchase to test a future pattern. Making a pattern fit usually means testing it out. Using calico to test a pattern for knit fabric or stretch wovens doesn’t work.
This Charlie Brown abstract knit looked too big for a shortie like me, but I tried to used the main print where it made sense. I bought this fabric at Pitt Trading a few years ago.
See where the longest part of the print is? I’ve used New Look 6149 for this top.
And I’ve kept the front ‘clean’ at the waist. I love my Minerva black jeans.
Below is the second knit remnant I bought ages ago at Pitt Trading. Both prints were from Charlie Brown. The main buying guide I used was to choose strong colours for possible wearable toiles and at the time of purchase, I hadn’t made the purple skinny jeans below.
Test #1: This top above was my attempt at recreating a RTW top. The shaping didn’t come out as planned. The neckline gaped so I added knit lace so the neckline and armholes sat properly. This print gave me a practice at matching the print at the side seam and balancing it on me.
Test 2: New Look 6940 was tested using this fabric. Again, testing it with this fabric confirmed the fit and I got to play with print placement.
And the Bomber jacket above was made using an Ikea remnant. This jacket is a keeper.
Test 3: I used this remnant again to test the bodice for the PR Winter dress. I wasn’t sure about the neckline or shoulder fit. I was also curious about the waistline.
So once I put this top together, I had just enough fabric left to put a band at the base of the top.
I rest my case ‘Your Honour’.
Have a lovely Easter break everyone.