sewing with knits

skater top

During the course of Project Sewn I did make one extra piece that didn’t fit in with the outfits I had planned.  I love it though, the color is just one of my favorites.  Ever since seeing Sophie‘s Lady Skater dress I knew I had to get that pattern!  It was so awesome.

I sewed my top entirely with my regular sewing machine and ballpoint needle and walking foot.  I was under too much of a time crunch to try and run out and buy matching serger thread.  The pattern is great and although I modified it to have a peplum-ish lower half, I really enjoyed making it.  Amanda gives great instructions and tips on her blog as well.  Including lots of info about sewing knits and different ways to modify the pattern.  Trust me, she knows her way around knits and how to design a pattern for women, so I highly recommend it.

Pattern: Lady Skater Dress by Kitchy Coo
Fabric: Random knit purchased at my local Hancock Fabrics

I’ll definitely be trying the dress version, I love the way the pattern flatters so many body types.
Oh, and I’ll be working on my Signature Style outfit over the next few weeks, couldn’t resist not being able to finish up!  Meanwhile, be sure to vote for your fave over at Project Sewn this week!

And last but not least I wanted to thank my little photographer.  Natalie was not only a trooper for Project Sewn, but she takes any picture that I’m in that you see here in this space.  She’s got a great eye, and I hope that she continues to be interested in photography.  Of course we do go through typical 7 year old type craziness, too! Lots of outtakes of me pointing and talking and being totally awkward, yeah.  Maybe I’ll post a few on flickr.

25 thoughts on “skater top

  1. I love that your 7 year old takes your photos too! Mine even directs me (which I find hilarious).
    She takes better photos than my husband does:)
    Good for her! I love your new top too:)
    BTW: you did a really wonderful job with Project Sewn. I was sad to see you leave!

  2. F. K. says:

    This is a beautiful top! The colour and peplum is lovely. 🙂

  3. dagan says:

    Your daughter takes great pictures!

  4. KellyLeaSews says:

    Oh, I can’t wait until my daughter is a little older and can be my regular photographer, that is so fun! And I love your top, the color looks great on you.

  5. gpc says:

    Great photos and so fun to have a family project! What a beautiful top! It is lovely on you.

  6. it looks so comfy. i have never sewn knits on the machine, just by hand. might have to check out her blog for some tips. thanks.

  7. Sara C says:

    My 6 and 8 yr olds take pictures for me too. Definitely more outtakes that way, but at least you get daylight on your side!
    I also enjoyed your Project Sewn style. Your clothes seemed much more wearable on a daily basis than some of the others’ outfits. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Elsa says:

    Such a cute top! Are those the jeans you made?

    1. Anna says:

      thanks Elsa! they’re not, but really similar ones. (they’re american eagle from a few years ago).

  9. Jeannie says:

    Totally love that top and you nailed the fit! That neckline looks easy but it’s not.
    Your photographer is awesome!

  10. aangto says:

    It’s beautiful and the color is fabulous!

  11. Katy Cameron says:

    Cute top and photographer!

  12. OMG, your daughter takes these? Wow, that’s impressive and… encouraging. I love when I realize that kids can be more capable than I’d guess.

  13. Ines says:

    A very nice color an how perfect are your daughters pictures!

    Geetings from Germany Ines

  14. What a great top! And the color is amazing on you. I think I’ll be looking into this pattern!

  15. Emily says:

    What a perfect top! Great job with the pictures Natalie!

  16. Vicki Posten says:

    Your work is amazing! This is a wonderful color on you. I can’t believe that your 7yr old take your photos. Tell her she is really good!!

  17. zippyquilts says:

    You did a beautiful job on this top!

  18. Cindy says:

    What a gorgeous top and looks adorable on you, Anna! Love the color! Wow Natalie, great job on the camera!! 🙂

  19. kristin says:

    Love this top on you, and I’m so pleasantly surprised and happy to hear that Natalie is your photographer! She’s so good!!! Honestly I’m always telling my husband to hunker down a bit because he’s so tall he shoots “down” on me, not so flattering. I bet a 7 year old is almost the perfect height, haha!

  20. Delia says:

    oooh love the color you chose. Don’t you just love that pattern? You are beautiful! And how great that Natalie will take such great photos of you. Owen takes one blurry one and is like…are we done yet!? 😉

  21. hey june says:

    That color is perfection, love this version. I need to get back to work on the skater, it’s so close to fitting perfectly and I know from posts like this that it’ll be a great go-to pattern once I get it right, especially for shirts! Wish we could get our 7 yr old photogs together 😉

  22. Julia Bobbin says:

    Gorgeous top and the colour suits you so perfectly!

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  24. Lydia says:

    Love this top and so proud of my niece for taking such great photos!

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