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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Green Tee


To test out the Kwik Sew 3658 that is my February sewing goal, I made up View B, the t-shirt, in a medium weight green knit that I had in the stash -- just enough for this view, I think it was a sign ;)

I wanted to test out how the neckline sat on me, as well as the sizing. I cut a medium all through, and discovered that this is a really easy, quick design that looks a little special thanks to the different neckline. I had no problems sewing it up, but found that I'd probably want to grade to a large at the waist/hips when I made the dress -- despite the Kwik Sew pattern sternly warning me: DO NOT GRADE BETWEEN SIZES.

I wore this to work (with a cardigan, as it's still cold here, though I removed it for a good view of the top) and the colour is so cheery! Great news, the dress has benefitted from my test muslin; I'll be posting about that soon, too. I'll easily meet my February MAGAM goals.


Something I found interesting: this pattern states "Designed for stretch knits only with 35% stretch across the grain." Well, I'm still pretty new to knits so don't always know right away what that means in terms of the actual fabric. I've tended to wing it, but have learned that that habit can cause some mighty annoying situations. Thankfully, I recently discovered this great tool to help judge the stretch of a knit. Print yourself one and save yourself the trouble of guessing wrongly (can't imagine who might have done such a thing before...)

8 comments:

  1. This very pretty top could/should meet your goal as MAGAM item. Mission accomplished!

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    1. Thank you! I really like it, and the dress is complete -- will be posting shortly -- and it is very nice too. Two pieces from one easy pattern!

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  2. I love the colour it really suits you and I'm sure the pattern will make a lovely dress. Thank you for sharing the link to the stretch guide, what a helpful article I hadn't really considered how important stretch percentage was before

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    1. Thanks! I was so glad to come across that post, it was really helpful to me too.

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  3. Great job and look forward to seeing this version in a dress.

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    1. Will be sharing the dress soon -- after making this I started right in on the dress :)

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  4. I love this top on you! But what does KS mean by not grading between sizes? Isn't that the whole point of multi-sized patterns? Confused, lol! And what does MAGAM mean, please?

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  5. Thanks! I was amused by the very stern instruction not to grade. Hmmm. Since I'm bigger on the bottom I did indeed grade and the pattern still worked...imagine! MAGAM is the Make a Garment a Month challenge I've joined this year, hosted by Sarah Liz at Sarah Liz Sew Style. The button in the sidebar should take you to the MAGAM blog if you'd like to check it out!

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