Saturday, November 2, 2013

Finished Items: Vogue 8679, McCall's 6844 and Sew Active Tank

November is going to be a really productive month! I already have three new garments sewn and it's only November 2nd! LOL!!

Okay...to be fair:
  1. they are all things I've made before.
  2. they are all knits (I love you Brother 1034D; serger of awesomeness!)
AS SOON as I finished the black version of the cardi, I was jones'in for number 2. I picked up a little over 2 yards of winter white ponte from the Hancock Spot the Bolt sale and cut the pattern. 

On the black version, I sewed 1/2" seams (instead of 5/8"), giving myself another 1/2". On the cream version, I intended to give myself an additional 1/2" and moved the back pattern piece 1/2" off the fold. Well, this gave me an extra inch. So, I sewed 5/8" seams to take it back "down" to the extra 1/2". 

Don't forget to add to the collar as well if you do this!!

I also added 1" to the sleeve length (only needed 1/2"). AND I sewed the collar on correctly! :) I did not interface the collar this time. We'll see how that works out over time.




When I saw how much fabric I had left, I got the brilliant idea to make a tank (using the Sew Active pattern), and turn this into a twin set! SCORE!!! However, the tank pattern is pretty long so I decided to chop it right after the waist, and then do a banded bottom. I cut a 5" band (that would be 4" after sewing to the top and hemming). Well, I went to try it on and...oops! I had cut the band on the cross grain! LOL!!!! Oh boy.

I took a swatch to JoAnn (where their knits were 50% off!) and got 1/8 yard for the low, low price of $0.62 - SCORE! Then I decided I "need" to do bands so I ended up with about a 3" band. If I did this again, it would be 5". It's *just* long enough.

My first version of the tank was in an active knit and this is of course, only 2 way stretch so I added 2 inches (at the fold) to front and back. It was perfect. Another bonus of this tank, unless your bra straps sit really wide, you may not need a racerback bra!

I need to stitch in the ditch because my serged edges want to flip up.


Next up, I made Vogue 8679, view B in a ITY knit. I am a little iffy on the print but I will wear it to decide if I like it or not. This pattern has raglan sleeves which are set flat. But, yours truly was just moving right along and serged the side seams...so I had to "set" raglan sleeves. DOH! 


The first time I made this pattern, I'd been sewing for about 6 weeks. I remember being so confused by the neck binding! :) it's nice to see that growth in myself. I constructed this completely on the serger, including the sleeves (yay me!). And who doesn't love a 1 yard top!?

In other news - I have a new sock! It only took me 10 days to make this one. I might not finish the other one until the end of November...I was chosen to test knit a pattern - yay me!!!

Seriously in love with this yarn. I'm not even sure I need to try an expensive sock yarn! 

Finally, I am (trying) to get a cat! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We've not been a pet family because we have always had crazy busy schedules. We tried a bird twice, when the kids were younger. But we were really gone like 12 hours per day and both ended up dying. Poor birds. That is also the reason we've never gotten a dog, even though the kids have begged asked repeatedly. But now, we've slowed down a bit and everyone is okay with a cat (my husband said absolutely not to a dog because he would end up being the only person caring for the dog! lol!) 

We're going to try to visit these two little guys to see if we want to bring one or both home with us!



17 comments:

  1. Ohhh! they are so beautiful. I'll have them.

    I laughed at your blog, it reminded me so much of the way I fit and sew sometimes. Add a bit then take it in a bit. Chop it off, oops a bit too much! But it all seems to work out in the end. Your outfit is lovely and I adore that print. Such a beautiful colour.

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I figure if it all works out in the end, the route you take is irrelevant! :)

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  2. That sock is gorgeous - you made it so quickly, you must have knit mania :)

    I adore your white cardigan/jacket and tank twin set :)

    Are you still in the Make a Garment a Month Challenge - if so, what will you choose (out of the big pile of plans) to make ?

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    1. Thanks SarahLiz! Yes. The sock knitting has me enamored right now.

      I think I'm going to make my garment for the challenge by the Simplicity 1699 jacket. I'll do a quickie post on it today.

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  3. I love the twin set. That's a fantastic idea. It looks gorgeous.

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  4. I love your white twinset, and separately it will be so useful too; really great wardrobe basics!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, that is my aim right now, to focus my sewing a bit so that I can have things to wear to work that are 'grab and go' and that make me happy :)

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  5. I have got to get this McCall's pattern! I like the twinset and, yes, 1-yard tops and skirts are the ish!

    Good luck with the cat!

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    1. L, McCall's are on sale at JoAnn right NOW! lol!!!

      I feel like some sort of guru when I pull out one little yard of fabric and get a garment out of it! :) Thanks so much!!

      Can't wait to see your finished moto jacket!!!

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  6. Love the twinset - such a good basic to have. The sock is great. I would love to be able to knit socks.

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    1. Thanks so much Beverly!

      Knitting socks is easy peasy! Well okay...it's just not that hard :)

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  7. Those are cute kitties-I hope one or both work out for you and your family. Kids need animals-adults too!

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  8. I really like the twin set on you. You look great!

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  9. I want to thank you for your review on McCall's 6844. After seeing yours, I immediately went out and got the pattern. I made the longer version and have to say, after being completely discouraged by a couple of real wadders lately, this one is a winner! I've just got to put the sleeves on and this baby is ready to go! Thank you again!

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  10. I love the twinset. It's awesome that you can knit. I tried knitting a scarf once. It was not pretty.

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