Happy New Year! It’s about time for a fresh new slate, non? And a fresh new garment!
Over the holidays I had much needed time off to rest, and I decided to use some of that time to do some recuperative sewing. What’s recuperative sewing, you ask?
Simply put, it’s grabbing your craziest fabric, your simplest pattern, and letting creativity take you where it will. In my case, it took me down the road of a very shiny version of McCall’s 6792.
This is my third go round with this pattern, so I’d already fitted it to my body. Given my recent weight gain, I cut the side seams generously. The extra 1/2″ gave me an extra 2″ of width overall, and I absolutely needed all of it.
This is the first successful garment I’ve finished in quite some time, due to any number of reasons. I’ve been blaming my weight gain (and the resulting changes to my measurements) for my string of wadders, but I’ve also been so mentally preoccupied that I couldn’t finish the winners. It was nice to finally be in the moment, making something. (Though I still don’t love the hemming part of garments, hah.)
I love how tacky this shirt looks – like a disco inspired Cosby sweater! Something about the inset’s shape and size got lost when I traced it onto tracing paper, because it’s pretty clear that my version is different from what’s on the pattern envelope. It turns out to be lucky I made that error, because I was able to get all of the contrasting gold pieces out of one piece of remnant fabric.
Another detail I worked into this version was contrast lower back sleeves. The contrast fabric was fairly sheer, so I backed it with mid-weight jersey. This gave me the coverage I was looking for, but I forgot that sewing two knits together makes them significantly less stretchy. Oops :) It was a squeeze to get into the sleeves at first, but things relaxed with wear.
For finishing, I twin-needle stitched the hems and bound the neckline with gold bias tape, which I also twin needle stitched. I serged seam allowances after I stitched them on the sewing machine. The serger is still a new animal to me – so I’m not sure what I did was right. Certainly, it didn’t make sewing knits as fast as other bloggers say it can be.
Do any of you sew knits on the serger? Do you stitch the seams on the machine and then finish them on the serger, or do you stitch the whole thing on the serger? If the latter, how do your clothes hold up? I have a four-thread serger, so it doesn’t do a chain stitch plus the serging, just the serging itself. Any and all tips are welcome if you have any!