Sewing With Knits

Knit Stash Bust
Knit Stash Bust

I got to spend a nice weekend with my family being mellow and getting a lot of sewing done. I put in a knit order to girlcharlee.com for Alex and bought 3 yards of Briar Rose in Orange Strawberry at Modern Domestic on Friday, so wanted to really get through the girly sewing before Alex’s knits showed up. In addition, there was a little top secret pattern testing thrown in; all-in-all, I was very productive!

I used the same Recess Raglan pattern size and type that I previously used for Hazel again in the Briar Rose.

Hazel Recess Raglan
Hazel Recess Raglan

She has been off at a birthday party so I will have to wait to see if it fits her. I’m a bit concerned…

See, a little note about the Briar Rose jersey knit. It’s great, don’t get me wrong. After prewashing it, I still got a ton of usage out of it (read: good quality, minimal shrinkage.) But it does curl like a pig’s tail. I read this Fresh Lemon’s post about it before I bought it…and my, I feel for her. I have a serger, double needles, etc. and no fear of knits….but if you’re not used to knits, maybe try a cheapie Joann’s knit first. At about $10 a yard, it’s not going to break the bank, but let’s not be frivolous.

Anywho, like I said, at $10 a yard, let’s use it all up. So, I made a few more Recess Raglans in 3T, figuring I’d give Zoe room to grow. I played around with different cuffs and finishing for giggles.

Briar Rose Strawberry Raglan
Briar Rose Strawberry Raglan
Strawberry Bubblegum
Strawberry Bubblegum
Strawberry Ice Cream Raglan
Strawberry Ice Cream Raglan

I may have pushed the limits of knit layer-thickness with Ms. Viking and the double needle…I was playing around with the bubblegum fabric and this happened….

Busted Needle
Busted Needle

Hahaha. Whoopsie. At least it didn’t really break off – I hate fishing around for metal fragments.

I think I picked a good size for Zoe. She’s in the tall and skinny category according to the doc office at 18 months and generally wears a 2T, so these should last a bit.

Room To Grow
Room To Grow
3T on a 2T
3T on a 2T

At this point we had already taken photos of 2 other test pattern outfits, so she was done modeling for me and more into growling and making Frankenstein faces…

Photography Tag
Photography Tag

I am also super excited to say I squeezed out an altered, cap-sleeve Renfrew for me! Woohoo! And a little sumpin’ for our American Girl knock-off. The Renfrew is only altered in that I couldn’t quite get sleeve bands or a waist band out of it too, but I’m ok with that….I had a back-up double needle that finished those hems. I Mickey-Moused out enough fabric to band the neckline but it is in 2 pieces.

Renfrew + Dollie
Renfrew + Dollie

Fabric was $32.50 total for 3 yards (I used my PMQG 10% off), plus a busted twin-needle at around $5, and I got 3 shirts + a dollie dress = I can live with that math. Plus I finished out the rest of my Joann’s knit stash just in time to get my new delivery!

Back to quilting next week and finishing up that Roller Rink.

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