|Kwik Sew 3801 Pattern, view from the right.|
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I don't know about other sewists, but some days I just don't have the time or patience to start a detailed project that I know will take me eight hours or more to complete. More often than not, I need instant gratification...particularly on days where I feel like I didn't get much work done. Today was one of those days.
Enter: accessories. Sewing them are easy, useful, and make a great size-free gift. A couple of weeks ago it was my reversible linen tote bag, which I completed in one go from start to finish. Best gift I ever made in a couple of hours. Today it was this shawl/cover-up/top piece.
I want to give Joann's Fabric a shout out, because I have found some pretty crazy prices at their discount table. Coupled with an additional 50% off coupon, I was able to get pieces for $4-6 dollars a yard. And if you buy the whole bolt end, you'll get a little more off the last quarter yard or so. If you dig hard enough...you can find a gem. I consider this lemony knit one of those hidden gems.
View of the top from the left. This is really more
a shawl than a top, and would look great worn over
a pretty sleeveless dress.
I am not sure about the fabric content, but it is definitely a blend of some sort. It feels like a cotton, but it's not. I know this because it pre-washed well in a lingerie bag in cold water, and survived the dryer on low with very little shrinkage. Maybe some of you sewists out there have this knit in your stash and can let me know.
Sleeves work like a Kimono cut. They are almost
three-quarter length, and fit very snug in the forearm
area. Make sure your fabric is stretchy.
Careful with the hemming! A rolled edge is best or you have to stitch the hem in different directions so it's less obvious. This is because of the way it wraps in the front. I had to drape it over my dressform to figure out which direction to hem it. But if you're doing a rolled hem...no worries.
It is long enough to cover my backside. I am 5'3"
and it wasn't too long for me.
Happy sewing your away your stash too! (I know you got some.)