I didn't have much enthusiasm for starting new projects this week - sometimes the first blast of winter winds and chills tends to but a damper on my sewing spirits for a few days. So I decided to tackle those little things that annoyed me with some of my garments.
Firstly, I revisited the Tilton Tee that I made earlier this year. The ribbed knit I was using was ex--tre--me--ly stretch (like about 100%) and I used a tape that was just a glue thing when stuck on and the paper removed. But it made the knit very heavy at the hem, and it also rippled. I decided that the ripple was sort of quite okay, a bit like a peplum. Trouble is, I'm a more classic sort of dresser. and don't really like peplums or ruffles:
So I found a piece of leftover knit in a ivory colour - it's a slightly different colour from the knit I used for the cuffs and collar, but it really doesn't show. I removed the offending rippled hem, and added a band. Problem solved and I am happy with the result :)
Next, I altered a ponte pinafore dress that has been in my wardrobe for a few years now, unworn. I tried to convince myself that I really would try to wear it this year, until I realised I was kidding myself. So, out it came, off with the top, then I raided the knit scraps for something thick enough and suitable, and then on with a band, and in with some elastic:
And now I have a wearable skirt - and also a skirt that I will wear:
And last, but not least, recently I made knit shirt with a collar stand:
I did not like the top stitching and inner hand stitching I had done - it was wonky and not my best. I know the only person who would know this would be me, but then I decided that was important - I need to be happy in the shirt. So I undid the top stitching and the hand stitching and redid it:
Now it looks neat inside, and also outside. I did two rows of top stitching very close together. The effect is quite textural, giving a slightly braided look - very like the soutache braid used on this type of collar years ago when the Russian inspired ideas where around. It now makes the collar more of a feature.
Next I am going to try and use up a piece of fleece that I purchased in an op shop. About 85 cms - what was I thinking? Other than I loved the colour. I am going to try and make something interesting out of the fleece - and make that 85 cms work!
That's the challenge for next week:)
I hope your sewing challenges are going well too.