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New Pattern and a confession

2011 April 20
by elizabeth_admin

Inspired by my new knits courtesy of Carolyn, I am completely ignoring my shortlist and making a knit dress.  I need a quick project and a new garment to put into the work wardrobe rotation.  Last night I asked my Facebook peeps to recommend a knit dress pattern for one of my new knits.


I went through my capacious box of patterns and came up with my favorite, M6069, among others, and most of my peeps agreed with me.  I have loved this pattern ever saw Trena’s and Allison’s versions last year. 


My print knit and this pattern are a perfect pairing.  Last night I prepared the pattern and pre-treated my fabric, so tonight I am ready to start working on it.  Can’t wait!  I know better now, though, than to say it will be finished tonight.  But you never know.

My confession part of the post is that I was tempted to use some of the border knits in my stash for my next project, but ultimately I decided to use one of my newest acquisitions.  I’m sure the novelty of the newness was a draw for sure, but I have to admit that I shy away from using my border knits actually.  I couldn’t put my finger on it at first, but now I think I know why. 


I am terrified of matching prints, plaids, stripes, etc.  There’s also the design decisions to be made.  I think a constant theme of my blog has been how stymied I become in the face of design decisions.  Do I put the border here or there?  Which seams do I want to make sure look seamless.  Blah blah blah.  I think about all the careful cutting and all the decisions to be made and then my eyes glaze over.  And then I turn to the prints where matching isn’t that important or solids where it’s not even an issue. 

So, do you choose your projects based on ease or avoid perceived difficulties too?  Now, this doesn’t always happen to me, but this time simplicity definitely won me over. 

Talk back to me!

7 Responses leave one →
  1. April 20, 2011

    I haven’t ever used a border print yet, although I have a couple of pretty ones in my stash. I’ve been thinking about what to make from them, but the design decisions are hard for me, too…
    I’m sure we’ll both get around it at some point, though! Until then, I’m looking forward to your finished dress!

  2. April 20, 2011

    I find it is best to make what you feel like making, lately I have been ignoring my stash and making up the newer fabrics too. Save the border prints for a day when you are feeling up to the challenge! Your dress will be gorgeous whether it is easy to sew or not!

  3. April 21, 2011

    I choose projects depending on time rather than difficulty…although I guess it often comes to the same thing. And I find I need variety! Completely agree with Allison – no point sewing with a particular fabric if you aren’t feeling in the mood for it. The time will come.

  4. April 21, 2011

    I’ve made this pattern! It’s so easy it’s ridiculous. If I had to do it again I’d do it sleeveless, my sleeves pull the shoulders down even with the bak strap (or maybe it’s just me).

    Border prints *sigh*. I recently bought 5 meters (that’s a lot!) of a lovely rayon with a border print because I could not decide if I wanted a long summer dress, a 50’s dress with a full skirt, a jumpsuit or all of the above. Now I’m actually thinking about making a pair of loose summer trousers. I think we”ll be 5 years down the line and I’d still be thinking what to do with it.

  5. April 21, 2011

    YES – definitely. I have some fabrics I should just give away because I’m never going to feel like sewing that fiddly. Plaids come to mind. I’d rather make a simple fabric more complex (like making my own ribbing with a double needle) than deal with an already complex beyond fun fabric.

  6. April 21, 2011

    I select projects according to ease… last thing I need is a time consuming project which will cause me to loose interest.

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