sewing with knits

black + white plantain

The Plantain t-shirt pattern (a free pattern from Deer & Doe) had been sitting on a chair in my sewing space and I decided it needed to get done!

I definitely am like my girls in that I reach for the coziest knit garment each time I open my closet. I had this stripe knit laying around and didn’t have a problem cutting into it.  It’s not the nicest knit, it’s actually a little scratchy, but I’m hoping once I wash it again some of that will go away.

I rummaged through my hoarded scraps bin and dug out this happy little piece of Liberty and knew they’d make a nice elbow patch. I love the shape of this tee! I’ll definitely make more. A simple change I made was to the neckline.  I almost always make the neckline higher on my tops, just because I feel more comfortable that way. I used an existing tee to find just the right spot for me.  I also made the hem lower in the back, I like the way it falls and when you bend over, you’re sure to keep covered!

Pattern: Plantain by Deer & Doe
Fabric: mystery knit from Hancock Fabrics and a few scraps of Liberty

Hope you have a gorgeous weekend! ♥
sewing with knits

Aster Cardi

I had the pleasure of sewing up the Aster Cardigan from the Willow & Co. pattern collection.  My friend Vanessa of Little Big Girl Studio designed this super cute cardi!  I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this collection and Vanessa did an amazing job!  

I’m a fan of having enough information to make something, but yet not so much information that it gets overwhelming.  Know what I mean? It was straightforward and had every bit of information I needed to finish. I think the cardi took only a little over an hour for me to sew once I had all the pieces cut. And there’s only a few pieces, so that’s always a relief!  
I chose to use this pretty Laguna Stretch Knit Jersey in Pepper from Robert Kaufman.  I had some leftover from making some leggings for myself and I knew it would be comfy for my daughter.  I extended the sleeve length from a cropped sleeve to long sleeves only because I knew we could probably get more use out of it.  Plus we can always shorten them!  Thanks Willow & Co. for letting me join along! 
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striped lady skater dress

Stripes!  I love a knit with stripes.  After making my first garment with the Lady Skater patten by Kitschy Coo I decided to give it another try.  I had ordered this super soft knit from for a piece I had wanted to sew up for Project Sewn.  Just never got around to making what I thought I was going to, so it ended up being the perfect amount and fabric for a Lady Skater.

I do love the fit of this dress.  Even though I’m not one for wearing dresses much, this one is just super comfy and casual I know I’ll wear it a lot.  I had first sewed it before I had any clear elastic so I substituted regular 1/4” elastic.  I think that it would have been okay if the fabric had been thicker, but with this knit it made the seam wavy and stiff.  So I finished the dress anyway and stuck it in my closet. The other day I remembered to pick up some clear elastic and fixed that waistline!  It didn’t take very long to fix and it made the dress just perfect fitting in my opinion.

I will definitely enjoy wearing it, especially when it warms up a bit!

Pattern: Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo