Monday, November 23, 2015

FOs: Lark Tee versions one and two

FO: Dotty Lark Tee

A few months back, I stitched up three versions of the Lark tee pattern, by Grainline Studio.

A WIP and an FO

It's become one of my favorite garment patterns, and comes together so quickly. Before this, I had limited experience sewing with knits. As in, I had completed one simple knit garment. I'm not sure why I resisted, but working with knit is really not scary. My trusty little Janome (an older version of this one) is what I use for sewing with knits, since my larger machine is straight-stitch only.

So, I've tried three of the four necklines available, and three of the four sleeve lengths. This pattern really gives you a lot of options, and I see myself making many additional versions soon. I've already got another pile of knit fabric washed and ready to cut. The only modification I made was to crop the length (except the dotty version) because I like a shorter tee.

A WIP and an FO

And the great thing about knit fabric is you can finish your hem and sleeves, or not. As you can see, on the boatneck version, I chose to leave my sleeves and hem unfinished.

I'll share my third Lark tee as soon as I get a modeled shot. And maybe by then, there will be another one finished!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Skinny Triangle quilt top

Well, it doesn't always work out this way, but I started cutting for this quilt top on Sunday, and finished the quilt top yesterday.

Skinny Triangles quilt top

It was a frenzy! Here's a little detail shot:

Skinny Triangles

There are so many happy prints in this, and I love the little improv bits. I have to give my husband credit for that skinny strip with the goose. That was absolutely his contribution, and I think it adds just the right amount of balance to the patchwork. And there's a little sneak peek of one of my finished Lark Tees. I'll be sharing more on that next!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WIP: Skinny triangles

Skinny triangles

I'm sure you've been there. You make a fabric pile, maybe it takes you a few days to deliberate, and then you instantly want to cut into it and sew. Despite a lovely list of projects-in-progress, this happened to me on Sunday. After purchasing Rain Walk, Anna's debut collection with Cloud 9, it sat in on my floor for several months. I originally had it earmarked for some EPP, similar to this pin. But then I realized I already have two EPP projects in the works, so that probably wasn't a good choice (although I'd still like to do a similar project eventually).

So then I thought about triangles. I drew a tall skinny triangle shape on cardboard (and first tested it with a small scrap pile), and set to work, cutting one row of triangles from each piece of fabric.

A pile of triangles

Oh, and I should mention, I found LOTS of stashed fabrics to incorporate, including several large scraps of beloved prints.

WIP: Skinny triangles

So, yes, triangles. I started sewing them up yesterday, and have four full rows sewn, as well as smaller clusters to sew into rows today.

It feels good to sew with such happy fabrics this week.

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