Sunday, November 23, 2008

Vera's first SWAP garment

I've completed my first garment for my SWAP. It's orange. It's Kwik Sew 3497. I like it but don't love it. I'm not sure I'd make the mock wrap front again. Quite frankly, that much fabric over my stomach in this climate is way too hot. I'll make the plain front though. I'll also use clear elastic on the armholes as well as the neck. It gapes a little. It fits me better than Vera, but it still gapes.


Cidell and I had a discussion this week about making separates that languish in the closet because we have nothing to pair with it. For this reason alone, I have undertaken the SWAP and as Cidell said, we will have a workable wardrobe if it kills us. This top sat on my coffee table still pinned to the pattern for a week. I have never left a garment pinned to a pattern before and I don't want to make a habit of it. Part of the reason for that was that I'm not terribly confident with knits. I can do loads of things that others find difficult, but knits scare the crap out of me. I seem to have mastered the twin needle thing finally, so I'm rather happy with the way the neckline has turned out.




Apropos of nothing - here is the view from my sewing room. I took the picture from outside because the window is filthy and you wouldn't have seen past the cobwebs.



6 comments:

kbenco said...

I really like the look of this top, but I think you are right about wrap over knits being too hot for our climate at this time of year. Sometimes even one layer is too hot! I love your orange fabric - where did you get it?

cidell said...

I LOVE the orange color. Is the wrapover really too hot? Are you in the same state as Cairns? I remember being flabbergasted at how hot it was.

We will sew coordinates! I like being on your team.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Very nice with the twin needle! Your topstitching is so even. I am sooo jealous that you're heading into warm weather now. I need to find a way to live summer year round.

Claire (ethel loves fred) said...

Hi Carol, thanks for popping by my blog, nice to find you!

I've been having a rummage through your delightful blog, and I'm so in love with the dresses you make, they are just gorgeous!

justjock said...

carol: after looking at the photo of your view, I've decided to kill myself.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Beautiful view........
Love the top too :)