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Feeling stripe-y

2012 July 31
by elizabeth_admin

Apparently I am really into stripes right now.  My second iteration of the altered Burda 6-2009-109 top is done and I wore it today.  I really like this one as the knit is  a very lightweight and drapey sweater knit.  Although my coverstitch hated this knit.  It skipped a lot of stitches and the binding was a bit of a PITA.

I changed a couple of construction methods in this version.  I used fusible stay tape from Sunni’s store, A Fashionable Stitch on the shoulder seams, the neckline and the curves in the cut on sleeves.  Since the knit was really drapey I was concerned that the curves wouldn’t maintain their shapes as cut.  This tape was great!  It’s a little time-consuming when you are cutting little pieces to go around the curves, but worth it.



I also changed the order of construction a bit so that I didn’t have to constantly rethread the coverstitch and serger over and over again.  I served one shoulder, then the side seams.  Then I bound the neckline and serged the remaining shoulder.  Then I hemmed the sleeves and the top on the coverstitch.  I used grey thread in the serger and turquoise blue thread on the coverstitch.

As I said, my coverstitch didn’t really like this sweaterknit, but I soldiered on.  I didn’t have to do too much “practicing”.  😉

Here’s what it looks like on (photo credit goes to my mom)…



I had a minor setback today with settling into my new Cali life, my new car had some electronic control system failures (I’m not a car person, so I have no idea if that’s the right way to word what was wrong).  So I had to get a loaner car from the dealership while they look into the problem(s).  Cross your fingers for me!

The good news though is that I received my new patterns in the mail from Vogue and one of them is the McCalls maxi dress that everyone is making, 6559.  Have you seen all of dresses Susan of Knitter’s Delight has made with this pattern???  The last one is especially stunning.  Can’t wait to make this up!

And thank you for all the birthday wishes.  I had a great birthday week and we’re still eating this awesome key lime pie.


Jack and me.  He’s helping to blow out the candle.

Happy sewing everyone!

6 Responses leave one →
  1. July 31, 2012

    Is it possible you look a little more relaxed in California?

  2. July 31, 2012

    The top is perfect for summer. Your new home is breathtakingly beautiful.

  3. August 1, 2012

    I love your top! The coverstitching might have been a pain but the results are surely worth it.. I love the look of that fabric, looks light and airy and like it is beautifully soft against the skin. And the perfect colours for summer 🙂

  4. August 1, 2012

    Stripes are great and this top is fab. Perfect. Key Lime Pie! Yum :o)

  5. August 1, 2012

    this top looks so summery & californian! :o)

  6. August 3, 2012

    All those pictures of your new home look stunning.
    About the coverstitch, I often work with this kind of machine (in fact, same brand, same model) when helping a friend who is a designer. I’ve found that it just hates certain fabrics. It performs beautifully on the vast majority of materials but on a few, it just doesn’t and there’s nothing to do about it (we had a lot of trouble with a mid-weight linen jersey with a print. The surface of the printed parts seemed kind of sticky which really messed up the coverstitching). You can of course play with stitch length and/or tension, but it’s very likely you’ve just stumbled upon one of this machine’s no-no fabric.
    Oh, and it doesn’t show at all in the pictures. Your top looks great.

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