Yay for feeling better (and incidently boo for boys yo yo ing out of bed instead of staying there long enough to fall asleep, but you can’t win ’em all). I finished sewing another thing.
The original idea Use some left over very soft and lovely knit fabric from my prototype tunic dress to make some kind of long sleeved top for my daughter. This was fairly obviously to me the thing to do as it’s “her” colour, she likes the feel of it and I struggle to get her to wear long sleeves/layers and yet the weather round here (plus her tendency to asthma) means that even she needs to wrap up a little sometimes.
The design brief A cardy was requested rather than a long sleeved top. She drew a lovely picture of a cardy, with round neck, buttons and two squarish patch pockets. I
left it in the middle of the table carefully saved it to scan in for the blog but due to my carelessness despite my best efforts hubby threw it away when tidying up. It was a cute picture, honest.
The distraction I wasn’t going to buy buttons until it was finished, to check they were right. I was eyeing some up alright, but I was not going to buy any. And then I ended up in Guthrie and Ghani when I was away and my patient friend suggested I look at buttons and they had these amazing clear circular buttons with red hearts outlined on. I didn’t stand a chance. (They don’t seem to have them in the online shop. I also got some with turquoise cat heads on, which are much nicer than that sounds).
The pattern Simplicity 1573. Again. I used the long sleeved t shirt (technically a pajama top but hey), in a size 8 rather than the usual size 7 (so she can wear it over the other t shirts that I’ve made from this pattern) and hacked it after rather breifly looking at some tutorials on hacking t shirts patterns into adult cardies (sorry, links lost in the mists of time, but I’m sure you’d find something if you’re interested).
The design element I realised that I had pretty much all of the red t shirt left that I’d cut up to make a neckband for me and that the pockets could be heart shaped like the buttons. And before you know it it had red heart shaped pockets, red cuffs, collar, bottom band and cuffs.
The technical bits. The front was cut as two pieces (instead of on the fold) and extended slightly so the edges could fold over and be the button band. (Originally I was going to have the button bands as separate pieces added on. I think actually that might have been neater after all. I was swayed by what others had done). I also lowered the front curve of the neckline slightly and I stay stitched it to prevent stretching. The button band was reinforced with interfacing, as were the shoulder seams. I forgot to turn under the edge of the first button band I sewed down so it looks a bit messy, grr. The “ribbing” is standard t shirt fabric and I cut it 90% of the width required plus seam allowances, I was worried it wouldn’t cope with 85%, actually I think it would’ve but it looks fine as it is. The seams are all finished with my overlocker foot as I don’t trust the turquoise fabric not to fray. I had to trim the edge of the ribbing/main fabric seam at 45 degrees (as if you’re going to turn something) as it was poking out the front of the sitching band slightly, so then topstitched all the ribbing seam allowance in place with my twin needle, which makes the bottom a bit uneven as the overlocking had made the seam allowance wavy.
The finish Could do better. My cardy pattern hack worked fine but as my finished piece ended up more complicated than I orignally planned (no seperate ribbing bands) I hadn’t thought through how to hide the raw seams and on a cardy they may well show if it’s unbuttoned and flaps open. So I think a proper pattern could have led to a neater finish. (For instance, I realised after reading Sparkleneedles recent cardigan adventures that the side/shoulder/armhole seams would have been better as french seams, which would’ve been easy enough with the 5/8″ seam allowance). The top buttonhole messed up too (it would be that one) and is a little wonky. And why oh why did I decide to use turquoise thread and twin needles to topstitch a red heart pocket? That’s just asking for trouble, especially with the curved edges. So, I think it definitely looks home made to me. But it doesn’t scream home made to all and sundry, so I can live with that because it’s so fun.
The result Great, I’m really happy with it.
Ready for the big reveal photo(s)?….