Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer Sewing

I'm back in the sewing room after a few weeks of meandering through life's little diversions.  It feels good to make some useful garments and use pieces in my stash.

This first piece is made from one of Marcy Tilton's trios I picked up at a DOL retreat.  I love the way she puts three color coordinated knits together and makes it so easy.  I've used them in tunics and dresses with great success.

This trio is in one of my favorite!  Acid green to be specific.  A very fun tunic from a great designer, Katherine Tilton.  She's now designing for Butterick.  I've made this three times and wear them constantly.

This time I didn't sew a hem, just left the bottom raw.  Even the double thickness pocket is raw which gave it a great detail, showing both fabrics at the bottom.

I find that the neckband is the trickiest part of knit tops.  Every knit is so different.  The trick is to play with it and don't be too impatient.  I sometimes audition 4 or 5 ways to apply the neckband.  There are so many methods.  Maybe I'll do a blog tutorial on the different ones someday...when I get it together!

This neckband was applied after one shoulder seam was sewn but before the second shoulder seam was sewn.  Sometimes this looks good and other times that seam just bothers me.  In this stripe knit it was somewhat concealed so I went with it.

Here's another tunic from a Marcy fabric that I picked up while visiting her shop (open to the public by appointment.   Keep in mind it is not easy to get there but worth it!).  It's a hanky weight jersey sewn in a self drafted pattern from a friend's RTW garment.

This is the second one I've made.  The first one was so successful I plan to make many.

That's all for now.  But I have two other blogs coming up.  One on an epic fail and one on Marcy's new dress pattern that I love, love, love!



  1. Both are great but I love especially the green one. I'm also a big fan of Marcy and Katherine Tilton's patterns. In Germany where I live, it's a bit more complicated to get them. I always order in the US or UK. It's the first time for me to post a comment here, but I really wanted to say I love your creative approach to sewing :) Katharina

  2. So good to see these new projects from you! Both are terrific. The fabrics for the first one are just perfect together (of course). I've got that pattern on my short list and I think it's time to get it sewn up. I really like the fabric of the second one, and there's no doubt about it, I covet that pattern. I realize it's a copy of a garment, but I might just have to try to add the design details to a tunic of my own. It's just got great styling!

  3. Oh, I do love both of these, Gayle. Great way to use the trio from Marcy. And the one you drafted - just terrific!

  4. Love seeing what you make. Very creative. Both tops are great. Looking forward to hearing about your epic fail….can't imagine you having one :)

  5. Make sure you bring them all to DOL next week. Great job.

  6. Both are great tops, Gayle! You remind me that I need to make a "spring" version of that top with the gathered hem!

  7. Love the green top. Fractured knits done well are perfect casual wear.


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