I'll have new sweaters instead. With all the snow we've been getting, my office has been very understanding about wearing jeans to work. And then refusing to change out of them. And while a recent trip to the thrift store did expand my jeans wardrobe up to 4 wearable pair, I started to run out of decent sweaters to wear with them.
Don't get me wrong; I have sweaters aplenty, but my jeans, while not low rise, do still sit lower than my dress pants, and there was often an uncomfortable breeze up my back (and that's from the office's inadequate heat, not from being outside). I needed more sweaters, and longer ones.
Enter KwikSew 3740, one of the few KS patterns out there with a nearly non-frumpy pattern photo. Really. I've never seen a pattern company with better product and less appealing advertising.
We had a snow day on Thursday. Not an official one - the text I got from the office administrator said "dont kill urself 2 get in." So I didn't. I did 3 loads of laundry, made a fabulous dinner, finished my BWOF 1/2011 #107 blouse, and knocked out one version of this cowl necked top in a gray ribbed sweater knit from Metro Textiles. I made the first sweater in a medium, though I'm generally a small in KS knits (medium in woven patterns). I decided to err on the side of caution, and that particular fabric would work in a more oversized top.
From cutting out the pattern pieces - yes, I cut my KwikSews, I know, I'm going to hell - to coverstitching the hems, I think the whole thing took me about 90 minutes. At least 10 of which were spent searching for a 3rd spool of black thread for the coverstitch.
What I love about KwikSew patterns that makes up for their dowdy envelope illustrations: their pattern draft is a beautiful thing. Everything always lines up, everything tends to fit the way I think it's going to, and I'll always be grateful for making my first knit tops from their patterns so they could let me know that sewing sleeves in flat was a good thing, and not some form of cheating.
The second sweater, which I cut out on Friday evening after wearing the first one to work that day, and which I finished Saturday afternoon, is from PR Weekend fabric. I got this wonderful Italian wool blend sweater knit at London Textiles in Cherry Hill, NJ. I had purchased some previously from EOS in a different color, and while I don't remember the fabric care, I believe it's hand wash, dry flat or make a serious mess of your garment. So I'll be kind to this one. I think it's gorgeous, and it feels wonderful.
And hey, no drafts!
I think I'm still recovering from the wedding sewing, and then the lack of sewing surrounding the wedding. There's nothing to get you over an intense project or time away from the sewing machine (much less both!) than a good instant gratification project.
If that project fills an actual gap in the wardrobe, then so much the better.
According to the forecast, we're due for more snow. I looked out the window a little while ago, and it's flurrying again. It's not even pretty anymore when I see it floating down, because I already know it's going to hit the ground, get dirty, look awful and cause me to fall on my ass walking to the train in the morning.
Hmm, that sounded a little negative. I think it was. I think it's also probably the same thought floating through the minds of almost everyone on the East Coast, if they're feeling truthful.
Backing away from the computer to go play with more fabric. At least it's not arctic in the sewing room; that would make me even worse.