First, let me show you my Alice Tops:
I used an inexpensive gray jersey for the initial mockup to test my pattern alterations. Lately, I feel more confident with pattern alterations so I am sewing my initial attempts in wearable fabrics rather than muslin. The cost is about the same as muslin, and if it fits well enough, I go ahead and finish the garment. I have lots of gray jersey and black ITY just for sewing mockups of knit patterns.
Happy with this pattern, I proceeded to sew another version in this ITY knit. I ignored all the puddling at the back of the waist. I am not sure if I
Evidently I am sewing for summer!
|Here is my second version of the Alice top.|
Too bad the print is so busy you can't see the design of the top, or the design of the skirt,
which is the Style Arc Susan Skirt.
|The skirt is designed to be 28 inches (72cm) long,|
but I removed the excess and hemmed mine to 24 inches (61cm) .
Isn't this a cute skirt? I sewed mine in a size 14 (Australian) straight out of the envelope without alterations. My waist is not as small as the measurements indicate, but I suppose knit fabric is just very forgiving. It actually felt very swishy and swell in that 28 inch length, so I think I will sew another one, in a solid color, and leave it long.
In addition to a superior fit, there is a substantial amount of novelty to be enjoyed with the Style Arc patterns. For starters, the packaging is different. They come in large clear sleeves that I intend to store in a 3-ring binder. There is one piece of paper with the pretty pictures and the instructions on it. The instructions consist of a sequence of tasks to be performed. There is a glossary on the website along with more detailed tutorials. The pattern paper is sturdy; the notches, stitching and cutting lines are easy to see.
Just a side note, my mother never read the instructions when she sewed. Only recently, she shared her suspicion that she'd always had some type of learning disorder. And here I thought, all this time, that she did not follow instructions because she was just so good at sewing. I held myself to that standard all these years. It was as if I relied on the instructions, I was cheating or something. *snort* Her example certainly influenced my sewing experience. I have only taken classes and bought sewing books in the last few years. Classes and books feel like an indulgence, which is nice. Maybe this is just a hallmark of being middle-aged. I've come to appreciate simple things, and to be grateful when life is simply boring.
There is more! I've been sewing pants. I am just in love with the simplicity and the fit of the Linda pant, and I will share more of that in my next post.
And, just to keep it real, I have a wadder to report. The black ruffled cardigan did not work out. The stretch wool crepe was just too lightweight to do the job. I'll be on the lookout for a nice boiled wool and resume that project in the future. Maybe that wadder is why I am enjoying simple sewing so much.
Yay for knits.