This afternoon, I decided to knock up a third Tiny Pocket Tank.
So today, I pulled out my collection of downloadable PDF patterns, including the pattern from Grainline Studios. The above is what fell from my cabinet. Happy? No.
Is this how it is for everyone? I admire independent designers and I appreciate everything that a downloadable pattern gives us – free supply costs, affordable price point and the ability for a new business to actually make a profit. But all that brittle tape, furled paper and just … mess. What am I doing wrong? Show me the light! There has to be a better way of storing these things, surely?
I am using the Tiny Pocket Tank in an attempt to improve my skills with knit fabrics. For £2, I can buy enough jersey from Walthamstow market to make a version and try to learn. I don’t mind admitting, even with online guidance (thank you, Lladybird!), it’s a challenge – but I feel I am getting somewhere. I now automatically apply clear elastic to my shoulder seams, the overlocker is perfect for side seams and I have invested in a twin needle. But I am still left with so many questions and some fairly dodgy work! Seriously, I need your help.
Ball-pointed needles. To the naked eye, can you tell the difference between a ball-pointed needle and a normal one? I have a twin needle that I’ve been told has a ball point. But, seriously? I wouldn’t know one way or the other.
How do I stop the drape you see in my back neckline? In part, this could be down to the pattern combined with a very light jersey – but I know it’s also down to user ignorance. Top tips, anyone?
How do I avoid the bulges where seams meet, most crucially at the shoulder? The below makes me very, very unhappy. I know there must be a better way!
As an aside, may I also ask: when your machine needle is going over a seam, does it often get stuck? Nine times out of ten, mine does, whatever the fabric. It drives me demented. Again, any tips?
I’m sorry to overload you with questions, but by all that is holy, I am determined to conquer knit fabrics and my own general incompetence.
Tell me this isn’t just me!