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March Garment Made!

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 Yes, I managed to make a top this week.  I have made one of these before: If you want more details about this top, please click here.   If you just want to know what pattern I used, it was Kwik Sew 3766, a nice easy to sew, basic tee shirt.  I had scraps left over from the first top, and I thought with a judicious juggling I would be able to eek out another top.  I don't like keeping scraps, they tend to take up as much space as the original piece and you invariably don't go back to them.  And, I like black and white tops, so I thought a second would not go astray.  I did manage a second top, only I had to make the three quarter length sleeves, which I rather like The fabric is really nice in real life, but I am afraid is just strobing and looking grey in the photos.  It's a poly cotton mix, quite a good quality, which I found at Spotlight.  Occasionally you can strike it lucky at Spotlight.  It was not cheap, but as I managed to eke out two tops,

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

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Before I start this post, I would like to thank you all for your wonderful, insightful and supportive comments that you left on my last post.  I am humbled to be part of a such a talented sewing community - everyone of you, as well as sewing, have amazing stories of your own to tell.  Once again, Thank you for your love and support. Of course I am feeling a little tired and flat - that is to be expected, but I am slowly picking up the sewing again.  I had planned to make a second black and white t-shirt for the March Make a Garment a Month Challenge.  I'll cut this tonight.   The fabric is in the centre of the picture above. This year I decided to learn to sew knits, so I have pulled out two pieces of pre-shrunk jersey in berry and purple - these colours seem to be in at the moment.  I'm not influenced by the colours being on trend - they happen to be colours that suit me, so it makes sense to wear them, in fashion or not :). ***** My DH is very nice and while gratef

A little update and a lot of news...

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Recently I made a little black and white knit  top using Kwik Sew 3766 - you can find the top here. Prior to making that, I made a trial garment in cotton jersey.  I just didn't have time to blog about it. This is the pattern, for those of you who already have seen the black and white top, and don't want to look at it again.   It is a lovely simple top to make.  For this variation I used a cotton interlock, a very stable knit.  I cut size S but I really should cut a little large for this type of knit - it doesn't have quite the stretch factor recommended by the pattern.  On the other hand, the fabric was easy to sew,  and I didn't have any problems with needles, skipping stitches or any of the other delights that seem to happen with knits. I made the hem deeper - 2 inches instead of 1 inch, because I rather like that look, and also because I needed to make the top shorter.  I also used a little cuff at the wrists instead of a hem, because I liked the lo

Your Comments and My Sewing...

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Hello Everyone, First of all, I would like to thank you all for your lovely comments last Sunday - I really appreciated them, but have been so stowed under the last week or so I had no time to reply individually - as you know, usually I do.  Thank you all for your well wishes with my study.. Which sort of intersects with this post.  I have found the first two weeks particularly heavy going - this is always the case after a break from study.  I have to work really hard at Statistics, and usually decide about day 1,  that I will withdraw.  Then I take a deep breath and say to myself, head down and get on with it. Then there is the Research Ethics - we have a residential school in April, so there is going to be quite a lot of work to do. So, I have reverted to student ways - t-shirts and pants.  I decided I needed to spruce these up a bit, so I did a little bit of sewing every day and came up with three little scarves.  Total time about one hour, done in small bouts. The first