I made a new top and jeans to wear with Lisette because well, it felt like she deserved it.
I had some floaty, textured grey (I think a silk mix but I can’t exactly remember!) which I turned into a Laurel top. I hadn’t made Laurel before, she’s a pattern from Colette patterns and it seems that nearly everyone on instagram has one, so I was a little late to the party. I’ll definitely be making more – it’s a great basic shape.
Initially I thought that I’d have to add a little more ease to the waist because my waist measurement fell into a size a few larger than my bust and hips but I needn’t have worried because I ended up zipping it right back in at the waist once it was altogether because it looked horribly sack-like wider and I needed a more defined waist even if it was cut a little closer than the pattern suggested.
I also added an invisible zip to the back even though I realise now it’s finished, I could have left the whole zip out like lots of other people have. I have to enlist all my gymnastic skills but I can actually get it on and off over my head without touching the zip.
I’d say that my invisible zip skills are improving but it is a teeny bit pouchy underneath and I actually sewed one today that needed unpicking and still isn’t quite right. I think it’s the fabric I’m combing them with – lighter fabric isn’t keen on zips.
I really wanted the jeans to be fantastic but I have to accept that they are a “wearable” muslin. They’re OK but not awesome. Jeans are hard!
It’s super tricky to cut the denim without a twist and I panicked when I looked at them half done and held them up to my thighs thinking they’d be way too tight. The denim is a little stretchy but I couldn’t conceive of how they’d fit so I sewed all the leg seams with only a tiny seam allowance.
Sure enough they were tight although I could wriggle them up but I hadn’t factored in “natural jeans stretching” … by the end of the first day of wearing them I was yanking them up left, right and centre … too big! Actually in the photo above Mr Myrtle caught me giving my jeans a giant pull up!
I will make more – but I’m going to have a play with the fit around the back of my waist so it fits neater and I’ll try a denim that has a little more stretch so it zings back into shape better …
Anyhow, did you catch that I had a new shawl out? It’s the first of three accessories I designed for the Happy-Go-Knitty Winter Warmer club. Totally inspired by Crochet, Lisette is slightly retro, groovy shawl, guaranteed to put a spring in your step and she uses just one skein of fingering.
I’d say she needs a little concentration but if you’re a fairly confident, advanced beginner knitter, you’ll be just fine.
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