We recently had “March Break” aka. the only mid-year vacation besides Christmas. (Brits, I’m in permanent envy of your school year schedule. So sensible.) Of course, I spent most of the week sewing! (I can’t really remember what I did on vacation before sewing!)
The first thing I made was another circle scarf:
The floral is a polyester slithery fabric, and the teal is rayon knit. It used just 40cm of each, and took about 20 minutes (max) to sew. I have winter scarves with this combo of navy, pink and teal, but I wanted something that looked spring-like that would still keep me warm while the weather is below freezing!
Next up was the top you already saw in my cuff tutorial:
Would you believe this interlock knit came from the thrift store? Score! The cotton lace is from my local fabric chain, and the cuffs and neckband are the same knit I used in the scarf above. I could be so matchy matchy, especially with the teal pants on my sewing table right now…
Stripe matching on raglans is so satisfying – even if it is secretly really easy! I don’t really worry about the stripes when I cut. Instead, I just slide the arm piece up or down the body piece until they align. That means the neckline and armpit edges don’t match up perfectly, so one or the other piece needs to be trimmed… but on a stretchy t-shirt a centimetre here or there doesn’t really affect fit. That’s my theory, at least!
Truth be told, I nearly wimped out on using the lace and contrast fabric… had to give myself a pep-talk that it would be really boring without! I trimmed around the floral motif, and glued it to the jersey with quilt basting spray. Love that stuff! I used a small zigzag stitch to catch down near the scallops. We’ll see how it lives through the wash! (Last time I made a similar top I drafted a yoke instead, which is nice because then all the lace edges are caught in seams.)
I’ve got enough lace to do a front or back of a shirt, but I’m worried because it has no stretch. Have you adapted a knit pattern to use a woven for one part? How much more ease should I add? Or is it better to start from a woven pattern with a dart? These are the mysteries of my life, people. Help me out, please!