I actually got one of my prints cut and sewn into this terrific sweater coat. Hot Patterns has some very nice designs for knits these days including this great 1018 Riviera Cardigan.
I've posted a complete review over on PR, though there isn't a lot to say about such a simple project. It took me longer to match and cut it out than to sew it up.
Hot Patterns Riviera Cardigan 1018 review
The pants are a wool blend with a small amount of lycra from Emmaonesock, as is the sweater coat fabric. I used my trusty tnt Hot Patterns Razer pant that I narrowed down to an 18" leg at the hem. I used this method from Threads, a much better way to narrow down a pant leg than just drawing it in narrower as many books instruct. This one does not leave you with excess fabric below the rear end or in the thigh.
Oh, by the way, I took this with my new camera. It has a cool setting where the self timer recognizes your face when you enter the scene. It didn't work in front of my brick fireplace wall, but it did work above. It's meant to enable the photographer to enter a group photo and it recognizes a new face, but it worked here quite well for my purposes. You can also set the number of pictures it will take.
Did anyone see the column in the NY Times yesterday? Altered by a Sewing Machine by Michelle Slatalla.. This is the third article I've seen recently about women who have decided to learn how to sew. Michelle talks about learning that sewing is about process and she's all about product, though she does conclude that sewing is changing her. I've been sewing for a lot of years and it's still about process to me. I love the planning not only of wardrobes, but how I'm going to make something. I make samples of techniques, even when I've done them before. I fit as I sew and sometimes I still get surprised by the outcome. It isn't about how fast I can make something or how cheaply I can make it. I am not looking to save money by sewing. I love the process of it all. This is not to say that I don't want a great finished garment when I am done, but that isn't why I love sewing. What about you,are you a process or product sewer?
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