In with the new! Today is Sunday, so I took a break from Closet Bootcamp, but believe me, I'll be back at it tomorrow. Now that I have really whittled down my tops and dresses, I realize that I don't have much to wear to church! I wore a dress today that I made for Uganda, but I like to wear Maxi dresses in the summer, so I'm sure I'll be wearing it a lot in the next few months.
So, in with the new. A couple of months ago (I think) I planned a spring and summer wardrobe and pulled all the fabrics and patterns. That's about as far as I got except for one top, The Madagascar Tank. Well, today I have another Loes Hinse pattern to present - The Bianca Sweater. I actually did use a sweater knit, too! This fabric is really light weight and a challenge to work with, but it looks and feels lovely.
My sewing machine did a really nice job on this fabric, but I knew I would have to serge all the seams. Most knits do not ravel, but this one just falls apart because the stitches are so loose. So, I took a few practice runs at what I wanted to do. Here's what I came up with
Side seams - used 4 thread serger only
Setting in sleeves - basted first, then used 4 thread serger
Hems - I just double serged them with four threads.
My serger is really old and does not have a differential feed. I probably wouldn't know what to do with it if I had it. But, I LOVE my serger and it has been a workhorse for me for almost 30 years! I did not like the look of the double serged hem at the neckline, so after double serging it, I just turned it under and stitched it with a narrow zig zag. This was a quick and easy top! I really like the (sort of) deconstructed look of it, yet it still has a good shape and I think will hold up well.
This is the first piece I am making for the Endless Combinations Contest over on PR. I need to sew the clothes anyway, I have everything ready that fits the contest guidelines, so why not? Next up - another LH pattern - Ascona pants.