Nothing to post yet on my efforts with my OAL Dress…. lots of interuptions to regular sewing !! But I’ve had some pictures ready to post with a while so here we go….
I’ve mentioned before that I own a pretty old Knitting Machine which I’m slowly teaching myself to use. I have even made something very wearable!. But before that there were quite a few wtf pieces that will never see the light of day ( or blog!). But there is one such piece I am prepared to share, since I managed to salvage the remains!
I had gone all creative making a dropped stitch design on the front piece and using some black yarn on the back piece. Here’s the before picture:
wonky geansai – not even slightly wearable
The neckline is a mess, the hem is a mess, it hangs away from the body stiffly and the sleeves were pretty gross too!!
I made alot of beginner mistakes on this one. First up I didn’t make a swatch…. Big Mistake! I ended up with a sweater that was stiff instead of draping nicely. I had knit it too tightly, but thought it would soften up in the wash. It didn’t.
I also misjudged the sizing, so ended up with sleeves that were too wide at the top and just looked ugly. The neckline doesn’t bear mentioning, it was just wrong! But because I tried to fix my sweater by taking the sewing machine to the seams ( yep bad idea) I couldn’t unravel the yarn to be re-used.
I know…. a real learning curve ha!
I follow a great blog that has lots of info on sewing with sweater knits call Crafting Fashion. The designer Olgalyn Jolly knits the most beautiful sweater fabric that she sells online. So with a little courage that it might work , and knowing there was little to lose at this stage, I went for broke and cut it up to use as fabric…….!
I then cut apart a childs sweatshirt to use as my pattern ( it was stained beyond saving ). It was a case of Bye Bye Kitty…..
Using the sweatshirt sleeve as my pattern
And hello sweatshirt pieces:
I used a strip of interfacing around all edges to stabilise them for sewing together:
Then assembled the new child-sized sweatshirt
Sewn and overlocked seams
I attached the sleeves flat and added cuffs of cotton ribbing:
I also used cotton ribbing for the neckline and the waistband:
Neckband was zig zagged then overlocked
All that was left was to try it on its new owner :