I am currently putting together a little capsule wardrobe for travelling, it will be Spring where I am going. The past year or so has been a big year of sewing-discovery for me, I’ve learnt a lot and made a lot of progress in both my sewing and fitting expertise, however, the bulk of my sewing successes are not really suited to travel. I need mix and match clothes that are comfortable enough to sit on a plane for a day, but structured enough so that I don’t look a complete shambles when I arrive, and practical for doing all the normal holiday activities. I don’t really have much of this sort of thing in my wardrobe, so I am putting together, over the next month or so, a small capsule for my travels.
I am starting with these two tops:
I used the Breezy Women’s Dress Pattern by Ellie and Mac Patterns. This pattern is for a knit dress or top with a fitted bodice and circle skirt, there are a variety of different skirt and sleeve lengths and XXS to 4XL! So this pattern is quite versatile.
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I really like wearing a peplum top, it gives that illusion of having a more defined waist, this one is particularly nice with a circle skirt, because the skirt doesn’t add any extra bulk at the waist, which makes it very comfortable to wear and easy to mix and match with other wardrobe separates.
This pattern comes with great instructions to guide through each step of construction, as well as separate sections to detail how to make fitting alterations to make sure that you get a perfect fit! I found this pattern very easy to use, and very easy to sew up, I’m pretty sure that I will be using this pattern again and again.
I made up two versions, both are using the same weight fabric – a lightweight ponte – but with two different prints. I used the same bodice for each, but different sleeve and skirt variations.
This version in a large floral print on a blush background, has 3/4 sleeves and the peplum length.
I love that the peplum on this pattern has a curve up at the sides, at this length it comes up to pocket height – which is just perfect!
The back skirt is the same as the front, so it was just a case of coordinating the pattern placement of this floral fabric when assembling the garment.
I managed to cut this entire top from just over 1 metre of fabric! Very economical.
This version features the short length sleeve and mini-length skirt.
This fabric did look like a green to me in the store, it wasn’t until I got it home that I realised it was actually a brown! This is not the first time that this has happened to me, there must be some funny lighting at the store I regularly go to.
I like this length, it is not too long to wear with pants underneath, but not too short to wear with leggings either. The curved skirt provides a little more coverage at the back!
I’m not sure that I would wear it alone as a dress – I suspect that I probably would have when I was in my twenties though!
Sewing with Knits
I have been sewing for a really long time, but I am still relatively new to sewing with knits. It is only in recent years that I acquired an overlocker and even more recently a coverstitch machine. I have recently upgraded my overlocker, I now serge with a Singer Heavy Duty machine, so I feel much confident to use it as the main construction – previously I used to sew seams with my regular machine and then finish the edges with the overlocker, now I like to do it all in one go – its so much quicker and easier!
My coverstitch machine is a Janome Coverpro 2000cpx, which seems to get mixed reviews, I usually don’t have any problems with mine – except that I did the first time that I hemmed the blush top. Unfortunately I didn’t have the left needle thread fully into the tension disks and … it was all loopy on the underside. It took me about 3/4 of the way around the skirt hem before I realised what I’d done – that took quite a long time of careful unpicking so that I didn’t leave any holes or other marks. But, when I stitched it the second time, it worked beautifully, I’m really pleased with the results:
A coverstitch machine is a bit of an indulgence, but if you regularly sew with knits it will get a lot of use. Its not just for hems either, lately I have been seeing a lot of creative top stitching and also a lot of decorative stitching using the reverse side. There will be a lot more sewing with knits in my future.
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- February 3rd: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
- February 4th: Seams Sew Lo
- February 5th: Violets and Jewels
- February 6th: Threadistry
- February 7th: Mama Can Make it
- February 8th: My Crazy Crafty Beautiful Life
- February 9th: Aurora Designs
- February 10th: Flaxfield Sewing
- February 11th: Floral and Flannel
- February 12th: FABulous Home Sewn
- February 13th: Minns Things
- February 14th: Our Play Place
- February 15th: Tenille’s Thread
- February 16th: Seams Like Style
- February 17th: Hutsepruts
- February 18th: Candi Couture Designs
- February 19th: My Sewing Roots
- February 20th: Manning the Machine
- February 21st: Stitched by Jennie
- February 22nd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
- February 23rd: Sewjourns
- February 24th: Mermaid Mama Designs
- February 25th: Fee Bricolo
- February 26th: Oak Blue Designs
- February 27th: Big Fly Notions
- February 28th: Sewing Blue