The Einstein or Eeyore Giveaway

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.


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20 Responses to The Einstein or Eeyore Giveaway

  1. Trisha says:

    What if you underlined the sheer fabric with another color? And then used whatever you want for the lining. That way, you will see the color underneath, but you won’t see the seams.

  2. Karyn Luetje says:

    Well, I have not made that particular pattern and I do not work with sheers often, but…..I prefer the sheer stripe. I think it suits the pattern. The gold linen seems too heavy for that pattern.

    Best wishes with whatever you choose!

  3. jenibrown says:

    I reckon Trisha’s suggestion is pretty great, actually. Will give it the body it needs and give you lots of potential re. the colours…

  4. Clare says:

    I was going to suggest under-lining too. I made a linen dress a while back which would have really benefitted from underlining because in the end the stitching really pulled on the single layer of linen, creating giant holes that make it look like I sewed the dress with a tapestry needle. I don’t know for a fact that underlining would have helped but think it would have a) made it less sheer and b) stabilised the fabric more.

  5. Ella says:

    Yes, underlining is the Einstein idea, I think. Depending on the color and the body it adds to your garment , you could give your tutor a nice headache!

  6. Susan says:

    I also thought underlining (great minds think alike…)! Again, you would make the jacket more opague and you would see the seams. I think underlining it in a bright orange would look great on you (of course, it wouldn’t look bright orange under black but instead would probably have just the “right amount” of brightness).

    You could then also line it (in some sort of cool patterned fabric I would suggest) so that way it’s interesting inside and out and you can’t see the seams inside either!

    It shouldn’t be too painful to do (maybe I’m being overoptimistic here though! 🙂 ).

  7. Ooh, am loving some of the suggestions here. Keep them coming!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Underlining is the way to go for sure! That fabric is TDF. Definitely go with the stripey one.

  9. Kerry says:

    Einstein! Well, in as far as I like the idea of the stripe with a colourful lining but know little of the technical challenges this may present…

  10. superheidi says:

    Interesting question, yup, so lining is the answer I guess?

    Maybe you could leave out the pockets, saves you from some seams and allows more see-through of your lining.

    Did you try different colours under it, to see how it looks like, if it should be contrasting or in the same range of shades (could be very chique)?

    Or imagine with what you want to wear the jacket, with what dress, skirt, trousers and pick a similar colour?

    But it might be complete nonsense. It’s happened before, to me 🙂

  11. Nancy says:

    Love the idea of a bright lining. And underlining to prevent show through. BUT. Kind of losing the semi sheer aspect then? What about making the lining in a similar colour and binding the seams to make them neat? Have no idea how this would look as have never attempted anything nearly so complicated but think it would be a shame to lose one of the key aspects of the fabric. And rather daunted because you are way more prepared for the class than I am!

  12. rachel says:

    I love the idea of a hot pink lining! I’ve made this jacket before, and I do think you need fabric with a bit of ‘body’ – the sheer linen by itself wouldn’t pack enough punch to give a crisp finish.

    I agree with Nancy though – I don’t think you should underline it, cos you’ll lose the hot pink shining through effect. You could easily bind the seams of this jacket – it is quite a simple cut, so I don’t think it would be difficult at all.

    Can’t wait to see what you do!!

  13. SewOm says:

    You could use french seams and make them part of the design. Mary Adam’s book, “The Party Dress” has info on how she has used them with semi sheer fabrics.

  14. That Party Dress book sounds amazing. I may have to lay my hands on a copy…

  15. melissa says:

    That’s a gorgeous striped knit!! And in regards to the sheer linen, have you considered underlining it with a silk or cotton voile? Something lightweight, but enough that the two layers together are opaque. That’s what I’d do, anyway… But whatever you do, hot pink lining, YES.

  16. jacqui says:

    dont let the colour of the lining shine through the lightweight fabric – I like the silver in the pinstripe, I liked that purply satiny fabric you made a top out of a while ago and have seen a few similar things at the local fabric shop that make me think lining something with that – so everytime you open your jacket you get a little scream of colour would be fun

  17. Erika says:

    I’d say underline it AND line it. I would never leave a jacket unlined, I mean people see the inside of it all the time! Plus lining it protects the seams.

    I would suggest underlining the striped linen with a colour of your choice (orange? pink? purple? or just plain black cotton voile?) and then use a lining (maybe patterned?) in another colour. That will give you stability, protect your seams and hide the construction.

  18. Brenda says:

    I agree with underlining and lining. I like the striped the best. Have fun! You can do it.

  19. Lysy says:

    Ooh, interesting question 🙂 I think that lining it in something shiny could be fun – but you might lose the interest of the fabric. How about using the stripe *as the lining* and something else for the shell – you’d get a nice flash of gold stripes every time you opened it?

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