A tale of two wadders

So I finished up my first garment from the US trip fabric/pattern haul and I just couldn’t bring myself to share it straightaway because it was so bad. Unwearably bad. Hello Vogue 1333.



Just check out the volume! Back AND front bustle. Nice. Also this


Those tucks STICK OUT big time. It actually looks worse than the photos show. It was very windy when these shots were taken and it still stuck out.

And check this out.


So bad. I seriously considered ripping off the elastic waist and adding a yoked waist and a zip, but in the end there really was no saving this skirt. I’ve put in on several times and I just have to take it off before I step out the door.

My husband commented that this skirt pattern is a great idea that just doesn’t work out, and I agree. Now partially this is my fault. This pattern is for a knit and I used a drapy polyester blend woven. I did this because I don’t love knit skirts and I had seen a successful woven version of this online – review here and pic here. I probably should have noted that sfshaza has a totally different figure type to me hmmmmm. Anyway I kvetched about this pattern on PR here. ¬†Clearly success is possible with this pattern (cool stripy version) but not for me – I’m giving up on this one.

So what I really needed was some success! A quick and easy win. StyleArc Eva knit top will do the trick!


Oh yeah. Let’s check out that neckline.



So nice. Not. And just for full exposure here’s the back.


The sleeves are too tight and not long enough – I lengthened the 3/4 sleeves the pattern came with, but the biggest issue is that neck band.

First of all the proportions are wrong in the size 16. The band needs to extend further down so that gathers fall across the ¬†bust not above it. It just looks a bit truncasted and polo-ish. I know I’m full busted but still I think the grading is a bit off.

Secondly the band is interfaced. All the back neck ickiness is caused by the back piece not fitting smoothly onto the band, which it won’t because you can’t stretch it on as it’s interfaced and not stretchy. This also causes the band to stick up and not conform to the body. There is also not enough fabric in the gathers for them to look like gathers, they look like mistakes.

The pattern says that the interfacing is not mandatory, it depends on the weight of your fabric. This is a very lightweight jersey that I picked up as a remnant from Clear It on Brunswick St, Fitzroy, where they sell the Alannah Hill leftover fabrics. Surely this lightweight stuff needed it? I cannot imagine being able to sew those square front corners on without it, and anyway the patterns suggests running stay-stitching around the neckband before insertion which would make it non-stretchy anyway.

You can see from the RTW top (City Chic) I’m wearing with the dud Vogue skirt that vertical bust gathering can look quite good on the busty girl. This top does not get that look.

So two duds in a row. I really hope that my next project works out!


An easy win

Sometimes you need an easy sewing win – and that’s what these little wide wale cord pants for Julian were.




The pattern is from Ottobre 6/2012 pattern 5 Veijari pants. It comes in sizes 62-98. I made the 98 for Julian – he’s wearing a RTW size 3 and is 22 months old. I estimated Julian’s height with a tape measure to be about 96cm and the pants are fairly roomy and a bit long. They are a bit silly with no shoes on, but I probably won’t take them up. I get so sick of things getting too small so quickly that my kids end up in oversized clothes quite often.



The pattern has all this cool, but time consuming detail, which you can see from the shots above that I elimated – knee darts, mock fly, back yoke, front pockets and fancy back pockets. I kept the yoke for the red pair and squeezed some back patch pockets out of the fabric for the blue pair.


This is how I add seam allowances with these patterns – using a seam allowance guide – so much easier than any other method I’ve tried.


I did the elastic waistband using my favourite no-casing method, documented here.


Back pockets!

I love my little toddler in some snuggly winter pants and God knows I needed a sewing win!

Orange swirl hat

I have cast on a winter hat for my toddler son. Which is exactly what one should be doing when I have a big cardigan for myself that I am half way through and desperate to wear RIGHT NOW.



But my baby doesn’t have a hat and I just bought him a bright orange winter coat, which would just look so adorable with a bright orange hand dyed hand knitted hat……….



Wouldn’t he look cute with a little orange hat?

The pattern is Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington. The yarn in Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4ply that I hand dyed using Landscape dyes. I did a twisted German cast on which is a lovely cast on that I have recently learned, and of course I had to do it twice because I didn’t make the long tail long enough the first time.

Here is where my Something Silver is at.


I am so looking forward to wearing it, at it’s woollen weather right now, but I have so far to go – another 6″ of body pattern and then a very wide garter band and two pockets, and the sleeves. I’ll keep plugging away. Knitting an adult size garment really takes perseverance!