Crazy Gold

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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?

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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10 Comments

  1. I love the inset panels! Very funky in a good way. I would totally wear this. :)

    I sew knit fabric with just the serger (a standard 4-thread stitch), and the seams hold up just fine. I have some serged knit tops that have gone through approximately 1 million washes with no unraveling in sight. Give it a try!

    1. Carolyn! :) Thanks for the kind words. It was pretty fun to wear, if a little crazy. Thank goodness I have some crazy gold legging to go with it…anyway, thanks so much for the serger feedback. I remember you made a bunch of knit tops awhile back, so your info is super helpful! I’m working on something right now, and will try to assemble it solely on the serger. :-D

  2. Lovely top! I have that pattern and was going to purge it out of my collection. However, after seeing you post. I will keep it.

    I do use my serger to complete the whole garment. I sometimes use a sewing seam allowance, depending on the fabric type.

    I feel your frustration with your weight change🤨 Mines does this also but if I watch my sodium intake I don’t have any issues 😂

    1. Yay, keep this one in your stash! But I know why you thought about purging it – I only made it because I wanted to see if it was worth keeping. :-p And OMG the salt thing is huge! When I eat out, it’s like every restaurant and pizza joint cooks salt with a side of food. I’ve been cooking my own food at home (2018 resolution), and haven’t had a single day of bloating. Crazy.

  3. For me the serger is great for finishing off seams for a pretty insides and to prevent fraying. I know that I’m not using my serger to it’s full potential, but it does serve a purpose for me.

    1. Ebi you are so correct. I shall examine M6792 again … YAHOO
      Cooking your own food is the BEST way to go :) I use to be adding extra inches for to my sewing patterns … SMH Not realizing it was bloating :(

      I to love restaurants and pizza. But something must go for the sake of a healthy eating life style :) What a GREAT way to start your 2018 … FIESTA :)

      Again, THANKS for sharing :)

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