I am joining in with Thursday's My Creative Space at Kootoyoo.
Clockwise from left:
- Soft knit fabric - shimmery chocolate
- Pattern - Vogue V1058
- Machine embroidery thread - Gutterman's Sulky
This week I am finishing a birthday gift for my sister - a tie front cardigan with three quarter length sleeves and a shaped hem.
The pattern is part of Vogue's Very Easy range and is designed for moderate stretch knits. This is the first time I've used a Vogue pattern, so I am following the instructions pretty much to the letter. My only departure will be finishing the garment with an overlocked rolled hem. The plan is to use shiny machine embroidery thread in two dark brown tones, which will hopefully produce a decorative edge.
I saw this pattern featured in a previous edition of Sewing With Australian Stitches (p.25, Vol.17, No.4). Apparently if you are sewing evening wear for Winter 2009 then shimmer, shine and lace are the way to go.
I selected the knit for its lovely deep chocolate colour and subtle coppery fleck, which will really suit my sister. I am very partial to inappropriately shiny things (read: lurex, lame, sequins), so when shopping for this fabric I had to make sure I deliberately toned-down my choice. Apparently not everyone wants a night out on the town looking like a big piece of tin foil!
Now off to sew ...