Hey it’s May already (can you believe it?!) and you know what that means – Me Made May. This is the first year I’m actually participating which is very exciting for me! One of the reasons why I sew is because someday I want a wardrobe that’s predominately handmade. If I had my way I would have participated in MMM since 2012, but it’s taken me quite a long time to narrow down my personal style, my sewing preferences, and proper fitting techniques in order to reach that point. I’m still not there yet, but this month will be a great way for me to put my previously handmade things to the test, as well as identify what types of clothing I’m still missing from my wardrobe. One thing I’ve already established: I need more mix-and-match separates!
As of the first of the month I’ve been keeping a MMM diary and writing down what I’m wearing each day along with a few thoughts about each outfit. It’s been a great way to rule out the hits and misses, and so far all of my stretchy knit shirts are a hit!
My go-to knit shirt pattern right now is a Sewaholic Renew/Simplicity 1463 hybrid. It’s so quick to make and each time I make it I get a little better at sewing with knits. My necklines are still slightly “bacon-y” and my serging in the round isn’t perfect, but I’m getting there and I’m having fun in the process. This is my fourth version of this shirt now! So far I’ve made one in Kaufman Laguna Jersey, one in Organic Cotton Plus interlock knit, and now two in the new knit solids by Art Gallery Fabrics.
Art Gallery Fabrics contacted me last month asking if I’d like to help promote their new knit solids, and since I’ve been on a knit shirt kick lately it was a no-brainer to say yes. At my request, they sent me two yards of their knit solid in Amaranth. I’m a knit fabrics newbie at this point, but even from my beginners perspective I really like this fabric. It’s 95% cotton with 5% spandex so it has a nice amount of stretch and recovery, and it didn’t roll as much as I thought it might. I feels slightly heartier than the Kaufamn Laguna Jersey and I think that’s why it rolled a bit less. I had to use quite a few pins with the Laguna jersey, but the AGF knit allowed me hold things in place with my fingers pretty well. For example, I did use pins for the neck band but I didn’t feel the need to use them on the side seams when working with the AGF knit. Now, the lack of pin-needing-ness could also be because I have a tiny bit more experience working with knit fabrics at this point, but it’s hard to say for sure.
As far as color goes I would characterize the Amaranth as more beige than anything. That’s not a problem for me because I think it’s a color I can wear pretty well, but it’s much darker than cream or off-white. In the photo above you can see what I mean. On the top I have my bleach-white Laguna jersey shirt, followed by my natural white interlock knit version in the middle, and then my Art Gallery Fabrics amaranth version on the bottom. I tried to photograph all three shirts in natural light, but I think the beige is even more rich in real life. Personally I think it’s a beautiful color! Just like a Chai Latte.
I had originally planned to make two identical crew neck tops but my neckline was so stretched out on my first attempt that I had to add a little faux knot detail to save it. I think I cut the neckband on the wrong grain which is why it stretched too much and tends to tent up a tad around the back neck. Oh well, I’m still very happy with how it turned out and after a few tweaks, both shirts are totally wearable! Actually I think my “messed up” faux knot version is even more cute than my A-Okay crew neck version (which I’ll share another day)! I love happy sewing accidents 🙂
The shorts were another sewing experiment that turned out surprisingly wearable. They’re simply a cuffed shorts version of Gertie’s capri pattern for Butterick. I made them more as a wearable muslin than anything so I could work on some fitting issues and practice my top-stitching. The fit is pretty roomy, which isn’t what I was going for, but they’re a very comfortable pair of shorts so I’m happy with them. As for my top-stitching… yeah I’ll pat myself on the back for that 😉 😉
p.s. I’m hoping to finish the Spring For Cotton slide show this week but I’m trying not to aggravate the tendinitis. Meh 🙁