A blog about my adventures in sewing & crafting

Friday, November 17, 2017

Black ITY Knit Drape Neck Top

I think I sew up so many of these drape neck knit tops because they flatter my shape and are a true classic.  I have a maxi skirt that I hardly ever wear because I don't have a great top to go with it.

In comes a leftover piece of ITY knit fabric from my stash and out comes a perfect top!

Black ITY Knit Drape Neck Top

Classic wardrobe staple

With my McCall 6844 cardigan
I'm happy to say that I can now wear this skirt more.

Until next time............


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pink Black Jersey Knit Drape Neck Top

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

There are a few ladies of our Church that I really like their style.  Both ladies are older than myself by about 20-30 years.  But they always dress so classy.  "Jan" likes to dress in boxy style jackets with blouse and skirt.  I've always admired her jackets and I do own a jacket that I refer to as my "Jan" jacket.  She always had her accessories matching and I always try to compliment her on her outfit.  A few months ago she had on a pink & black chevron? type print drape neck top under a black jacket and with a black skirt.

I knew I had to make a top similar to hers.  Luckily I found a fabric at my usual online shopping place of www.fabricmartfabrics.com that was similar. 

I do love me a drape neck top so the pattern wasn't even an issue on this make.  The fabric was a jersey knit and of course it would be a thin, rolling to the inside when cut, won't stay on grain and the yard of fabric was cut short.  But I went ahead with a sleeveless version and I can't wait to show it off to "Jan".

Pink Black Jersey Knit Drape Neck Top

Loving this top!

With Black ponte knit slim skirt

With Ponte knit jacket & skirt

$4.00 top!
I think this top will be a wardrobe staple and I will get a lot of wears out of it!

Until next time.................


Monday, November 13, 2017

Navy Blue Jersey Knit Half Circle Skirt

There are so many different types of jersey knit fabrics.  I found this navy blue jersey knit with spandex in my fabric stash and thought that it would be perfect to make a half circle skirt.  The fabric has a nice wight to it and the stretch is perfect.  I used my TNT circle skirt pattern, two seams and added an elastic fold over waistband.

I have been using Pellon EK130 knit iron-on interfacing for years on both knits and wovens.  It's light and doesn't affect the drape of fabric.  I cut the interfacing in 1/2" strips.  I ironed the strips onto the hem of the skirt, turned up the hem and sewed.  It made the hem crisp and neat and sewing so much easier then when I used the Steam-a-seam 2 and didn't gunk up my needle.

I really like how this navy skirt turned out and can't wait for cooler weather to wear it with boots and a sweater.

Navy Blue Jersey Knit Half Circle Skirt

Skirt Hem

With blue stripe jersey knit cardigan

With blue white broken chain drape neck ITY knit top

With green sweater cardigan

Good news about my foot, between all the wonderful advise of my fellow sewers and my continual "hippy" doctoring, my foot is starting to feel much better.  I wear a compression style sock during the night, do foot stretches in the morning before I get out of bed, wear good shoes ALL the time, rub on some essential oils, started some foot stretching exercises on my pool deck stairs, tennis ball rubs on my foot and just being mindful when my foot feels tired and/or sore.  Hopefully in another month or or so I can update that my foot is healed.

I'm off to sew up something wonderful...............

Until next time...............


Friday, November 10, 2017

Tan Princess Seam Peplum Ponte Knit Top

I've been looking at a peplum style top.  Being a busty, lumpy, curvy girl I didn't want the top to accentuate my hips.  I used my TNT Simplicity 7243 princess seam sheath dress as a base.  I shortened the length and added a little width at the bottom hem of the side front and side back pieces.

I only had enough fabric for a short sleeve version.  I'm not a big fan of solid tops since I fear a cold room or just that my bra seam shows.......

Tan Princess Seam Peplum Ponte Knit Top

Back View

With Fall Paisley Skirt

With Plaid sharkbite hem skirt

With Navy Ponte Knit Slim Skirt
I hope to be brave enough to wear this top.  I like the navy ponte knit slim skirt the best.  Maybe a nice scarf too.

Until next time..............


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Plum Black Heathered Jersey Knit Skirt

Of course I had to sew up a skirt to go with my maroon and gray striped top. I used my TNT yoga skirt pattern and omitted the yoga style waistband and added 1/2" to the waistband of the skirt.  I then serged 1/2" elastic to the waistband and turned inside and zig-zag stitched down.  Easy!

A tip I learned from Nancy Zieman the other day was to cut strips of knit interfacing ( I cut 1/2" strips) ironed them along the hem of the skirt, turned up the hem and did a zig-zag stitch there too.  Helps to keep the hem crisp, gives you a fold-line and doesn't gum up my machine needle like Steam-a-Seam 2 tape does.

Plum Black Heathered Jersey knit skirt

Plum Black Heathered Jersey knit skirt

1-1/2 yard skirt $3.00!
I think a navy blue version may be next on the sewing table!!!!

Until nest time............


Monday, November 6, 2017

Maroon Gray Striped Jersey Knit Cap Sleeve Top

I sewed up a TNT pattern that USED to fit me.  I really like this cap sleeve knit top.  I've sewn it up many times, just not recently.  It's too big above the bust and the neckline is wonky.  But I'm going to wear it anyways.

I like this pattern because the sleeves are already in the pattern.  But I think it may also alter the fit.

Maroon Gray Striped Jersey Knit Cap Sleeve Top
 This TNT pattern only takes 1 yard of fabric so I have 1/2 yard leftover to make Girl M. a pair of shorts.

$4.00 top
I'm thinking a skirt will be on the cutting table next.

Until next time.................


Friday, November 3, 2017

Baby Blue Striped Jersey Knit Cardigan

I think what I don't like about jersey knit are the types that are paper thin.  They move around a lot, it's hard to get the selvages to line up, they roll on the cut edges and they cling to my lumps & bumps.  Then I find a jersey fabric that is beautiful.  Soft, behaves well, and is a pleasure to work with.  Arrrgh!  Why can't they all be like this?

I thought a simple cardigan would be perfect match for this striped jersey knit fabric.

Baby Blue Striped Jersey Knit Cardigan

Self drafted pattern

Back view

$5.98 Cardigan

Waiting for cooler weather
I'm not sure what will be next on the sewing machine............maybe something in wine colors.........we'll see..............

Until next time.................