Cashmerette Dartmouth was another top that I cut out while my sewing machine was being repaired. But tragedy struck that top. All pictures are from the re-make.
For this one I picked a 16 C/D at the bust and graded out to the 18 at the waist. To be honest, I don’t think I picked the right size. This feels a little too relaxed and oversized as I am wearing it when I stitched it at the recommended seam allowances.
I was trying to improve the fit of my top so that I would wear it more. As I was trimming the seam allowances, I cut a huge hole in the back of the top. It was complete un-repairable. Luckily, I did have the next day off from work, so I put some new fabric in the washing machine and hung to dry. Both attempts were made from Rayon/ lycra jersey.
Dartmouth was actually a fairly fast make. I probably started cutting it out around 8 am in the morning and by 11:30 I was finished with the top. I really did not look at the directions much on the second time. I made the same size as previously made. This time I used 5/8 to 3/4 inches for the side seams. I achieved a much better fit for the top. I have realized that I probably need to size down or remove some of the hip curve.
The only part that annoys me a bit is the front hem. Since there is two layers of fabric in the front, my hem just seems too bulky. Once I get the correct size picked out, I will probably go back and trace out a second front for me and short it by an inch just so that it is caught in the hem but hopefully not making the hem be too bulky.
There is still a couple of Cashmerette Appletons to get on the blog and a Scroop Miramar. Besides the blog worthy, most of the other projects in the back log are t-shirts which have been covered before.
Right now, I have been sorting through patterns trying to figure out what I need most. After the Sew Powerful Purses, my focus should shift towards lingerie, blouses and trying to make some pants.
Another Hearts for Hearts Girls outfit. This time I made Dell the Liberty Jane UK Holiday outfit. Lately, I have been using my 1/4″ guide quilting foot for my Pfaff Ambition. It has been really great and easy to use.
Liberty Jane suggest that the skill level for the UK Holiday outfit is intermediate. The intermediate rating is more in likely because of the knit fabric choice. Otherwise the pattern was very easy to assemble.
For Dell’s top, I used a rayon lycra jersey knit. It is especially important that the knit for the top be very light and drapey. If it isn’t, then the top will not look great and be pretty bulky looking on your doll. To make the waist elastic casing and the casing at the bottom of the sleeves, I used my beige colored Hug Snug binding. I used 1/4 inch elastic for the entire top.
Even though the top was a fairly easy sew, I am not sure I like it enough to use the top pattern again. I think this is more personal preference than pattern issues.
However, I do like the legging pattern and will be using that more in the future. Dell is currently wearing the leggings using a stretch knit denim looking fabric. I used the 1/4 inch elastic for the waist of the leggings. If I am remembering correctly, I think the leggings took under an hour to make.
I really should have been working on making a squirrel from the Edward’s Menagerie, but I really wanted something that I could complete in a day. Instead, I pulled out Leisure Arts 6254’s booklet on dishcloth.
I started off with the first pattern in the book, Spiral. I used a G hook (4.25) and cotton yarn (Peaches and Cream if I remember correctly). The pattern was easy to follow. I just crochet very slow, so this one took me a couple of hours on Saturday and a couple more on the Sunday to finish. I really like the finished dishcloth. It looked and felt fairly substantial.
Then, as I was still putting off the squirrel, I went head and started the lacy dishcloth. This time, I went ahead and used the hook I got with the Crocheted Animal pals kit since it was a 4.0mm and the same ball of cotton yarn. The lacy dishcloth took about the same amount of time as the spiral. In the end, it doesn’t really look like a dishcloth. I think it is all the “holes” in the dishcloth that make me think that.