First up is a redux of a DKNY shirt that I made into a knit top by leaving off the collar/band and the cuffs. I also shortened the sleeves. The pattern is an OOP Vogue DKNY 2742. It is a loose fitting knot front shirt. By using a smaller size and a knit I was able to use the Rayon knit in the stash quite nicely. I used a slightly lighter thread to have some visual interest in the hems.
Next up is the semi self drafted wrap dress. I used a simple wrap style raglan sleeve top as a basis and then made the fronts a bit narrower. The original pattern has the wrap stitched into the side seams. The fabric is a pure poly silk weight knit bought years ago as part of a Fabricmart bundle. As the neckline is a bit low, I threw together a quick tank from stashed Powerdry that happened to cllosely match the green in the print. The side ties are temporary in brown bamboo.
Now, the homework assignment! I wanted to make a bunch of nice knit tops that weren't T shirts when I bought a bunch of Sophia Knits from Ressy's coop a few years back. It is lovely to sew with ... drapes beautifully, wears so soft and still holds it shape nicely. Good thing I have more left! I mentionned that I had ordered a number of new patterns from my fave indie pattern line, Hot Patterns. I had been waiting for the right time, and August was it! First off the block was a unique loop front view of the basic T. The newer knot/loop combined with the lower necline and the French Dart on the side gives wodnerful shaping! I made the top a little longer in the front to give that shirt shape to it. Because I was shopping the stash, I did not have the match rib knit cuff called for. I used a dark forest type green Sophia knit once again. Here is the link to the pattern: Hot Patterns 3 Graces T shirts. Here is the top:
So, there you have it! First installation of the actual sewing challenge is done! Tomorrow Monkey girl is going to cut her pattern out (we are using a KS jean jacket) so that will be her first step in her project as well! I am nervous and excited at the same time. I am passing a skill on to my daughter that my mother and dear aunt passed on to me. The challenge of doing it right makes me nervouse, the excitement comes from having something that we can share and that she will use for the rest of her life! Watch out Darrell ... she may only be looking and fondling those samples now, but soon enough she will be buying it! SEE YOU IN A WEEK, DARRELL!!!!