New Look 6035: The Ponte Knit Edition
I know posting has been sparse in these here parts for a few months now. I’ve been grappling with some pretty major time sucks (taking the draping class and teaching Lego Robotics) and a wee bit of navel gazing. I haven’t been sewing as much as I would like to and there hasn’t been a whole lot to report. Ergo, very few posts in the last six months. I have been struggling with fit in the last half of the year. It’s been quite a thorn in my back. I am lucky to have so many good experienced sewing friends who have been there and done that in regards to fit though. And I do know there is a light in the tunnel even if I can’t see it yet. But it was a mite depressing at times and there was a point where I thought I would give up sewing altogether. It doesn’t help that my weight fluctuates a lot. Sigh…
So all that was a lot of blah blah blah to explain away the fact that I haven’t finished my faux fur and leather vest, nor started my totally geographically inappropriate Burda coat yet (despite having bought the most luscious wool, silk, bamboo and cashmere fabric you have ever seen or felt).
But I do have a couple of items of note to share with you. First off, Kyle was in town for a conference before Thanksgiving and we met up to shop at the infamous National City Swap Meet, a glorified flea market where the LA jobbers come to sell fabric dirt cheap. You never know what you’re going to find there. I came away with a great striped knit and striped sweater knit. I hope to make a drapey sweater for my best friend Cayce with the sweater knit. She was here visiting for Thanksgiving and joined Kyle and me for the fabric treasure hunt.
Kyle bought a ton of fabric, especially her beloved turquoise and brown double knit. :) I’m stealing a picture of the two of us from her blog.
Last but definitely not least… I made a ponte knit version of my favorite skirt pattern, New Look 6035 (original review here). I heart this pattern. The A-line design is super flattering on my figure. It drapes beautifully and hides my tummy while giving the illusion I have a waist. What’s not to love about all that???
This pattern is meant for wovens, but I thought it would be a super fast make if I used a ponte knit and left off the waist band. And it was! I just added an extra two inches at the top so I could make a waist band casing for the elastic. I cut both front and back on the fold, being careful to match my stripes as much as possible. Of course I decided to make this skirt about 1 hour before I was supposed to leave for a Chanukkah party last night. I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish it in time, but I did. Phew! I was definitely sweating it though. Literally. Who’da thunk that you could get a sweat out of sewing?!?
And I love this skirt in a knit fabric. It’s perfect with tights for the fall or winter. I want to make at least 3 or 4 more of these knit skirts for my San Diego wardrobe. Love.This.Skirt.
Happy sewing everyone!