These are actually the first articles I started on for the Fabric Stash Contest 2011 over at www.sewing.patternreview.com. My goal is not to win anything, instead, my purpose it just to clear out some fabric and get things made that have been in limbo for a while. The tops are for my soon-to-be 2 year old. She likes them very much, but just won’t keep still to take pictures in them. So, I will post what I have. This is the pattern in speaking. For the contest I made top version A. This is my second and third times making it. I made the top once before and the neck band was a dud. I put it down and didn’t pick it back up until now. I remember why I put it down now…I didn’t feel like stitch picking the neckband off. Come on, it’s on a knit! It was worth more of my time to throw it away than redo it. I have more of the material anyways. It was like the blue ‘flowers’ only red.
Here are the two fabrics used for the tops. I think they are very pretty but a little light weight for the winter months. I didn’t know it until I got the fabric here. It sord of remind you of a Swiss dot material in knit – with bad return. But it works for a 2 year old who grows like the grass (Or if you are standing in my yard – like the red dirt). Here’s the front and back pieces sewn together at the shoulder seams. The blue has been turned to the right side.
The shirts sat like this (unhemmed) for a few days. Dangling form the chandelier that I rescued from the landfield about 5 years ago. I just do NOT like putting hems in knits. But thankfully, I ran into this technique that is really neat and fun and makes some good hems on knits. I’ll do a how-to later – so I can use some fabric where you can actually see what’s going on. It’s not a new technique at all; it just works for me.
I was trying to get my baby to turn to the front for a picture but I guess she likes the back more than the front. Then she wanted to stand in the chair (second picture) like her sister was doing for the hemming of her Jalie’s. She still wanted the back to be pictured.
Well, I got to turn around but she started taking off the shirt! She really don’t like the front, huh? :~?
Well, I actually had another opportunity to get a front view. But now she won’t look at the camera! OMG…I quit. lol Kids. (Oh, the dress that’s hanging in the background is for a lady who asked me to fix her sides seams. I called and left a message and have not heard from her, yet. Sonny, if you are reading this blog, your dress is done.)
I tried to do another technique I read somewhere. (I have got to remember where I read these things!) I may do a how-to for this one too. I said ‘may’ because I am not too happy with the results. It could may as well be the fabric though. I’ll try again on another fabric and see how it works. If it does good then I’ll post it. Cool? Cool.
Here is how the hem turned out with that technique. It looks like there was a band put on but really it’s not.
That’s all I have for the tops. So, as always, until next time,