Can you squeeze in one last present after Christmas?
I think it’s time for a giveaway, don’t you? I wandered down to Saeed Fabrics today and bought two metres of this jersey. It’s a wonderful khaki themed varied stripe, also featuring black and metallic stripes. It’s 60 inches wide and beautifully soft to the touch. So what could you make with this? Well…
- It would just stretch to a pullover dress like the Simplicity 2360. (Ooh, cute pattern!)
- Actually, it would work really well with the racer back dress of Simplicity 2443.
- You could, of course, make a T-shirt and skinny scarf like I did here. (You could probably make two T-shirts!)
- I’d love to see it used in a draped cardigan, such as the Vogue 1124.
- Or what about a version of the Butterwick 5562 as recently highlighted by Sharon Sews?
The possibilities are endless. This giveaway is open to anyone in the world. All you have to do is provide me with some advice in the comments section below by Friday 14 January, 10pm GMT.
Which gem of wiseneosity do you need from me, Karen?
Well, I recently ordered two swatches of linen fabric to consider for my potential make of the Simplicity 2443 jacket. It’s pretty important that you know what we’re considering, before answering my questions, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the pattern. Done? Okay.
The two fabric swatches arrived today:
The gold linen on the right? I can see that it’s a really nice, high quality linen but the colour just isn’t doing it for me. The linen on the left has a silver pin stripe running through it but is also semi-transluscent. You can see what I mean here:
Initially I thought, Oh well, neither of them are suitable. But then I looked at the black pin stripe again. Could that sheer quality actually add to the make? If I lined the jacket in something like a shocking pink cotton sateen… Would I be making a rod for my own back or would my sewing tutor jump up and down on the spot, shouting, ‘My god, this woman’s a genius!’ (It’s happened before, people.*)
Of course, as well as the lining showing through, so would all my inside seams. So… It would certainly up the challenge of this make, which may be no bad thing. I’m happy to be convinced that this is a dreadful idea – your words of wisdom would save me a lot of money. Alternatively, if you think this route has potential could you let me know? Oh, and if you have any tips for working with semi-sheer fabrics, that would be a bonus, too.
That’s it. All you have to do is let me know if I’m Einstein or Eeyore. You could win yourself two metres of jersey. And there’s no right or wrong answer, just honest opinion. Even if you don’t consider yourself an expert, I’m sure you have something to say!
* That bit was a lie.