Sunday, November 20, 2011
FO: McCalls 6048
Here's the thing about sewing: it goes at the speed of light. At least compared to knitting. I got the fabric in the mail on Tuesday, and I wore this cardigan on Friday. A little instant gratification is just the thing to break up the monotony of long-term knitting projects.
After many years of knitting and learning about knitting, I know a lot about fiber composition and drape and needle size and swatching. When it comes to fabric, I know pretty much nothing. So I ordered a Rayon Jersey without knowing exactly what that is. It's the color of chocolate milk, and pretty much the consistency of chocolate milk too. It's basically a liquid. It took forever to lay it out wrinkle-free with matching selvedges. I'm not one to complain about winding yarn, but even if I were, I'd rather wind a billion skeins of yarn than fight those phantom wrinkles.
I had three yards of fabric, and it took every last inch of it for the large size, view D. After the cutting, sewing was a snap. I really didn't have any problems. I followed the directions exactly.
I really like it! I know it's very possible that I like it mainly because I made it and because it's the first sewn garment I've made for myself in a million years. I'm not sure the color is great on me, but I wanted a neutral that wasn't grey. And the fabric is so drapey and thin. I like it, but it's a little too thin for the collar/edging. Maybe I should have added interfacing? Or maybe that would have made it awkwardly stiff compared to the rest of the garment?
I'd really like to make another one--maybe view C--in a darker color in a heavier weight. Maybe dark purple?
Next up: McCalls 5974, the perfect wrap knit dress. The fabric I got for that is a bit heavier and thicker, so maybe it won't take an hour just to lay out. After that dress is cut and half-assembled, then I'll see about buying fabric for another dress. Or skirt. But no way am I going to stash fabric and buy patterns and let sewing take over my life like yarn has.
I also finally finished my FLS! It's blocking, so maybe tomorrow afternoon I can take some pictures!