10 September 2013

What's On My Sewing Table...



Autumn sewing is well and truly underway, as evidenced by the #SewingSocial chat which basically hijacked Twitter the other night. So lovely to chat to you guys! Autumn Sewjo firmly established, I cut out a simple everyday Breton dress - inspired by this one but slightly more fitted. The fabric is a stable knit, which I'm pretty sure I got from Simply Fabrics in Brixton. I drafted the pattern, using the bodice from my beloved Nautical Knit Dress as a vague starting point, lowering the sleeve crowns to make them look more casual and lengthening the bodice into a slightly A-line dress.

Well, that's Plan A in any case. This dress is a bit of an experiment, and if it looks rubbish on me, Plan B is to cut it into a simple Breton top.

I haven't yet decided how to finish the neckline. I'm not a massive fan of neckline bindings, so I'm thinking of either simply overlocking the raw edge, turning it in by a few mm and topstitching it, OR making a facing and topstitching both the top and bottom edges to the bodice so it doesn't roll out. Maybe even a contrast facing as a feature? Or perhaps I should wait and see if it works first! Do you have your favourite method of finishing necklines on knits?


PS. In other news, I was super excited to see my column in this month's edition of Crafty magazine! 'Tilly Walnes' Sewing School' will be a regular-ish feature every few issues, introducing beginners to DIY dressmaking. This month I took the opportunity to encourage people to buy indie sewing patterns...

PPS. ...speaking of supporting indie sewing pattern businesses, Colette Patterns, in case you hadn't heard, is currently running at second place in the Martha Stewart 'American Made' contest. They would love to have your vote, so if you'd like to support them, vote here.

PPPS. (The final PS, promise!) At the end of the Twitter chat on Sunday, it was suggested firstly that we make them more regular, and secondly that we use the hashtag #SewingSocial in between chats whenever we want to connect to our fellow stitchers in a tweet. Perhaps you want to share your latest creation or ask a question about a particular technique. Try using the hashtag and our virtual sewing circle may well come running! So yes, that also means we should all make an effort to look up #SewingSocial on Twitter every so often and see what's going down. Awesome!

[Soundtrack: 'Palaces of Montezuma' by Grinderman]

17 comments:

  1. I love neck bindings, but if you don't like them I would do a facing :)

    I found this nice blog post the other day about some finishing techniques

    http://madmim.com/finishing-techniques-for-knit-fabric-stretch-yourself/

    P.S: I really really hope collette will make it! Will vote every day for them!

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  2. I love a good striped dress! i cant wait to see it finished.
    And congrats on being a part of the Crafty Magazine team! I saw a copy of it on sale here in Oz, so ill most definitely have to pick up a copy now!

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  3. i really like the band neck bindings, but i've also done a facing once or twice and that has a really nice finish also. you can under stitch as usual then i like to topstitch 1.5-2"out with a twin needle, catching close to the outer edge of the facing.

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  4. What are your tips for sewing knit? It always gets stretched out when I sew it. Thanks!

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  5. I have hardly any experience sewing with knits. I struggle to get them to sew nicely, and I end up with wavy or stretched out seams. I found this cool Knit Dress I'm keen to try and she uses a really simple method for finishing her neckline. It's essentially a facing.

    I"d also like to know your tips for sewing with knit. Also, do you know of any classes in London for sewing with knit that you'd recommend?

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  6. I can't wait to see your lovely striped dress! And thanks for the tip on the twitter sewing chat.

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  7. I don't know if you've come across the blog "Handmade by Carolyn", but she gives some good tips on how to finish neckines in knits that you may find useful. I would paste in a link, but I'm on a dodgy wifi connection on my train home, sure google should do the work though. Good luck with bringing your ideas into fruition.

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  8. I always go for a band on the ol' knits. Fold the band in half, make it inot a loop, give it a stretch and serge that baby on- sometimes i do the twin needle on top, sometimes not. Facings have never worked for me, too rolly.
    Also thanks for the twitterage- was great!

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  9. Hi Tilly sorry I missed you on Sunday - matters beyond my control sadly but maybe next time. I love the Breton stripes and you will look fabulous in this. Well done on the magazine, it is just great. A fabulous post as always Tilly, thanks so much
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  10. Looking forward to seeing the finished dress.

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  11. I love bindings - a la Renfreww - when I'm sewing knits. They just feel more finished to me. Your new dress looks lovely and cozy!

    Congratulations on your column!!!

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  12. I am an instruction follower so I just do as I am told. Perhaps this stems from my rearing or that I am not very imaginative. I have voted for Colette Patterns every day and so hope they win. I love their patterns!

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  13. I haven't had much experience with knits but I recently made a Renfrew and it turned out well so I do like the bindings method. I've also just made a skater dress from a brilliant pattern by Amanda at Kitschy Coo and she has an excellent section on her blog all about sewing with knits. Having feared the knit, I found her advice and pattern really easy. http://kitschycoo.blogspot.fr/2013/06/womens-skater-dress-pattern.html

    I love breton stripes and I'm looking forward to seeing if your dress turns out how you want it to or whether it will end up as a top!

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  14. i love skinny neck bindings on knits, like i show in this post: http://bit.ly/14h4Uum. i like not having any top-stitching showing and doing bindings in contrasting fabrics (or cutting the binding so stripes are diagonal. bet your dress will be super-cute! :-)

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  15. I really like a neckband to finish off a knit top. i love the professional finish it gives. I love the stripes you are using for your top. Very you, isn't it.

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  16. I love neck bindings, they seem cleaner to me. The stripes are yummy - hope the dress turns out exactly as you envision!

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  17. Hey Tilly! I was hoping you could post a list of some of your favorite indie sewing pattern designers because I only know a few but love supporting them! (And love their unique styles)

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