So Sew Easy Cowl Neck Top

So Sew Easy Cowl Neck Top

I mentioned last week that on my WIP was a top for myself. It’s been a tricky week in our household, which I have found rather stressful. By the time Friday arrived I felt ready to treat myself and whip up this top ready for a girls night in Saturday evening:)

The top is a cowl neck top pattern is from Sew So Easy. It comes with two different sleeve lengths plus sleeveless, so perfect for every season.

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I was super organized for once and prewashed the fabric, and already had the fabric printed ready to cut out pattern pieces. Having a serger/overlocker means I am feel far more confident about sewing with knit fabrics. I have limited thread choice, with only two different green threads. I popped over to the Sew So Easy Facebook group to ask advice re threading the serger and the placement of the two green threads. Too eager to start I failed to wait for an answer I therefore decided to only change the left needle to green and cracked on with sewing. The seams to have worked fine with the one green thread and the rest black. In case you are interested I received conflicting advice re the threads, some people advised changing both needles, others the first and third threads.

The top was super easy to sew up, taking less than an hour – the pattern instructions comes with a link to a you tube video which was extremely helpful for working out how the cowl neck stitched together.

When it comes to hemming knits I am still doing this by hand, although next time I will invest in a twin stretch needle,  fit the walking foot to my normal machine and attempt a machine finish.

I am slightly disappointed with the shoulder fit:

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Any suggestions re the shoulder gratefully appreciated:)

So Sew Easy Cowl neck top vickymyerscreations

 

Overall I am delighted with my new top – I love for me an unusual choice of fabric.  I suspect I will be making many more. Do you have a favourite top pattern?

I had a lovely relaxing night in with girlfriends, drinking wine, eating takeaway and chewing the cud.. very relaxing:) Have a good week:)

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Finishing WIP – knitting

Finishing WIP – knitting

Do you have many projects on the go? Oh good, I’m not alone!  I have two knitted projects, a denim rag quilt in progress, fabric bought to replace ripped curtains, top to be made, plus keeping stock levels maintained in my etsy shop. Naturally I go through phases, going from one project to a next, dependant on my mood. It can feel a little overwhelming with so many different projects.

I recently signed up for two events, blog every day in May and a 100daysproject. Blog every day in May is self explanatory, after a few days I realised that although it felt a good idea at the time in reality it felt a huge pressure, so I stopped – liberating. Next up 100daysproject, the idea is simple make/create every day for a hundred days. The process being the important aspect not finished items.

Despite this premise I set myself a goal that even if I could not achieve sewing or knitting every day for a 100 days I could finish my tots jumper. Often knitting is my last resort in terms of WIP, although I love the fact it is easily transportable and can be done whilst waiting for kids in their swimming class etc..

I am so delighted to have finished the jumper today!!! The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that it is a little bit big on him, I don’t care – he will wear it today!! And of course I would much rather it be too big. I have to confess I have been knitting it for over a year, making little progress so I was a little worried it would be too small for him!!

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Not only am I chuffed to have finished the project and pleased with the finished result the process has renewed my interest and enjoyment of knitting. This is no surprise really – have you read of the research being carried out into the health benefits of knitting??

“The study found a significant relationship between the frequency of knitting and respondents’ perceived mood and feelings. Frequent knitters (those who knitted more than 3 times a week) were calmer, happier, less sad, less anxious, and more confident.” mindbodygreen

Hand knitted jumper

The other item on my knitting needles is a cardigan which is definitely is too small for my daughter. I will unravel this and save the wool. This leaves me with no knitting on the go, time for a fresh project. I’m feeling inspired:)

Sirdar - knitting pattern book

This book is my go to book for toddler patterns. I love it and have knitted quite a few of the patterns, at the time I bought it I was a little reluctant to pay the price but it has been a good investment. I have decided to knit a cardigan for my niece who will be one at Christmas. This gives me six months to knit one much smaller item, an achievable and rewarding project.

Do you knit? regularly? The knitting research talks about producing a meditative state – sounds good to me. I know I will not realistically time find to meditate, but knitting on the other hand I will:)

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Repair Blog Train – Making Good

Repair Blog Train – Making Good

I’m delighted to be taking part in the repair blog train organised by the wonderful Agy of greenissuessingapore. The invite happened to coincide with a rather large mending pile!!

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I was slightly put off by the volume of said pile, mainly of  tots trousers going in holes at the knees. I am fortunate that I am gifted second clothes for him at the school gate by parents of slightly older boys, but that does mean the knee’s have already had the boy treatment!!

It is so easy to be buy affordable trousers in the supermarket, but I was encouraged along when reading the book “Clothing Poverty ” by Andrew Books, it charts the history of clothing, and discusses the impact of the second hand clothing industry in areas such as Africa.

“Cotton growing covers around 2.4 per cent of global agricultural land, yet accounts for 24 per cent insecticides and 11 per cent of pesticides” pg 19

So three pairs of toddler trousers – too tight to go over the arm of my sewing machine. The first two pairs of cords I ironed a patch on the inside, using bondaweb as an adhesive – this is currently holding up. Have you heard of bondaweb? It is an extremely thin layer of glue which comes attached to grease proof paper, as you iron it it dissolves and becomes a glue for two pieces of fabric. Always ensure you have some grease proof paper to protect your iron.

The third pair of trousers I fancied something a little more fun. Surprisingly my son turned down the idea of a monster patch?!!

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So instead I had a go at Sashiko, a Japanese technique for repairing trousers. I placed a denim patch behind the hole, and then ran a series of stitches in one direction, and then a series of stitches in the opposite direction.

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This repair is proving very hard wearing, and am sure will hold up far longer than the bondaweb patches. I love the effect, and think it looks quite stylish – no-one has commented on the jeans. Does that mean they pass as designer effect??

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Next up my husbands trousers – these proved a little trickier, the fabric had ripped at the seam. It is so much easier if it is the stitching in the seam which rips instead!

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This repair looks very short lived to me – perhaps I should have tried a patch behind? Any recommendations??

Last up a  pair of boots. These boots had split around the edges. I used Sugru, which is a mouldable glue which turns to rubber as it dries. I bought black (dark brown not being available), moulded a small bit and squeezed/rubbed into the gaps. I have yet to go walking through muddy puddles, but I am hoping my feet will now stay dry.

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Thanks so much for hosting Agy – pop along and see what other repairs people have been involved with:) I’m looking forward to seeing what Supergirlsavings comes up with tomorrow:)

1 May – Agatha www.greenissuessingapore.blogspot.com

2 May – Lisa http://www.cucicucicoo.com/

3 May –  Millie www.2crochethooks.com

4 May – Stella www.purfylle.blogspot.sg

5 May  Adeline Oon  http://accidental-mom-blogger.blogspot.sg/

6 May – Audrey http://angelheartscrafts.blogspot.com/

7 May – Yaney http://kawaiicuteness.wordpress.com/

8 May – Christine http://rhinestic81.blogspot.com/

9 May – Karen http://ruderecord.wordpress.com/

10 May – Kareena http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.sg/

11 May – Lapis www.lapiswilliam.wordpress.com

12 May – Vicky: http://vickymyerscreations.co.uk/

13 May – Brandi, www.supergirlsavings.com/

14 May – Carrie http://www.curlycraftymom.com/

15 May – Deborah http://urbannaturale.com/

16 May – Kathy http://www.smilefornoreason.net/

17 May – Cassandra  http://hippiewithadragon.blogspot.com.au/

18 May Break

19 May Maegan http://makeandk.com

20 May – Judith http://juicygreenmom.ca/

21 May – Vanessa  https://sweetleighsewn.wordpress.com

22 May – Joy  www.xoxograndma.blogspot.com

23 May – Julia  www.sumoftheirstories.com

24 May – Amanda www.craftyfrugalmom.com

25 May – Diane www.VintageZest.com

26 May – Emily, www.theinnovativemama.com

27 May – Emmy – www.emmymom2.com

28 May –  Vanessa  – http://diy180site.blogspot.sg/

29 May – Jean Chua – https://jeanstitch.wordpress.com/

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