Sometimes great projects just happen. No crazy hunting for the perfect fabric. No long and involved fine details. Just a pretty fabric that you grabbed a while ago, and a simple pattern to showcase it.
Pattern: This is an oldie, but goodie. I think it was a very popular pattern last year (or the year before), and I've made it up before. That's what brought me here to this project now. I tried on the "1st Version" to wear out, and it fit great, but the v-neck made me really self-concious. Remembering that the pattern had a regular scoop-neck option, I dug it out along with some knits that I had in the stash. I made View A with the waistband ties and the longer version of the skirt.
Fabric: I settled on this ITY from Joann's that I picked up in the spring from the Red Tag shelf. It has a wonderful silky feel, and the print has some lovely shades of mauve, burgundy, and brown. Perfect for fall! I used every inch I had (not sure how much I started with), but the pattern calls for 2 3/8 yds.
Alterations: None to the sizing and none to the pattern. I even followed the directions, for once!
Notions: No zipper, not even interfacing! Love this pattern... just needed thread to match. Constructing knit garments with a serger really is nice, but I can't really list a sewing machine as a notion, can I? I used the coverstitch on the hem of the sleeves, too. "Honey... but I need these machines..." ;)
Skill Level: Beginner! Just a tiny bit of gathering under the bust line, but that's it. The waist ties are just 2 tubes wrapped over each other, super duper easy! Part of the reason I also picked this pattern to work on this week. The first week back to school is a rough one (always), so I needed something to sew that would be easy and stress reducing! I did a little bit each day, and it was very easy to put down and pick up and day later without confusion.
Warnings: If you've never worked with knits, you'll need the right needle (stretch) and a zig-zag. Other than that, this is a wonderful pattern and you can use it year-round with all the sleeve and neckline variations.
Future Plans: This is now a TNT pattern for me, I'll reach for again. It's comfortable and easy to make, so that makes it a win-win. Not necessarily the case for our Detroit Lions... boy, were they robbed today!