It wasn't until I couldn't find leggings in the colors and stripes that I wanted that I decided to give knits another go. I started with the Sunki leggings pattern - a very good place to start, to quote The Sound of Music. I slowly worked up the courage to try a few more things. Now, I'm hooked.
Knits are relatively simple to work with, actually. They don't fray, so there's no need to finish the seams and you don't have to worry about back closures like zippers or buttons. I've been having really great luck with stretch thread. So far, no broken hems. This time I decided to really live on the edge and not use my double needle, to test if stretch thread is stretchy enough to handle hemming with a single needle and straight stitch. I'll report back on that!
I have to admit, while I have tried sewing t-shirts, in the end I just couldn't get jazzed enough about them to move them to the top of my sewing priority list. But when Heidi of Elegance and Elephants sent me her patterns for her pattern tour, I couldn't wait to try the Hemlock Top.
I love the ruffled sleeve and I particularly like the look of this top when sewed so it looks like there's a t-shirt underneath.
This pattern was easy to sew and came together in a naptime - not a long one, either! You can't argue with that!
The pattern neckband was too short for the knits I was using. If the neckband is too short, you will have to pull it so it's very tight in order to make it fit and that causes the neckband to gather the shirt fabric. I re-cut the neckband so it was 1 1/2 inches shorter than the shirt neckline. That seemed about right.
Based on the girls' measurements, I cut a size 6 for Indigo (who's 7 1/2) but added the length of the size 9. On the sleeves I add the size 9 length plus one inch and it was perfect.
For Tia I cut the size 4 and I wish I would have added a little more length to the sleeves, but otherwise, it seems like a good fit.
For Indigo's top I used this fabric. I'm so excited about all of the awesome, quality knit fabrics coming out lately.
For Tia's I tried this bamboo rayon. It was kind of silky and really smooshy and I like it but I have this feeling it might run. I'm not sure. I'll report back on that, too. Call me a one-trick pony, but I couldn't resist sewing up another white with black dots + mustard combo (my previous ones are here and here).
Even Indigo informed me that three was enough. I'm becoming a little too predictable, apparently.
So about that rayon. I sewed a Magnolia skirt for Tia in a tealish rayon and the drape of the rayon was not working. It reminded me of an 80's prom dress. The 80's may be back, but this most certainly was not. Also Tia was swimming in it. Well, you win some, you lose some. So Tia's wearing some linen pants I made here.
I don't know either, T! :)For Indigo's skirt, I sewed a size 9 length and size 5 width and I think it changed the shape of the skirt somewhat? This is more of a tulip shape, which Indigo really loved, but just an FYI that I don't know if it was supposed to look like this exactly.
I had planned to take photos of just Tia and Indigo but I had a bunch of photobombers this evening.
But, in the words of Pete the Cat, It's all good!
They're all for one for all and all for one, these guys.