Thursday, 28 January 2016

Hello Hi-Lo Jumper - Knipmode December 2013.


I am really giving my Knipmode magazines a workout now .  I have been slow to jump on the uneven hem  bandwagon ( which is nothing different from usual ) but I like how the front gently curves out to meet the side seams and a lower back hem hides a lot . 


I used a thin slubby jumper ( sweater ) knit from Darn Cheap bought at the end of 2014 from the $2 table  .  I love the colour but the fabric is a bit delicate so I will have to be careful about snagging . It was also a bit stretchy so I was as careful as possible while sewing it . I was worried the neckline would end up near my navel. 

Knipmode December 2013 . 
The pattern is very simple V neck , slightly dropped shoulder , front centre seam , hi- lo top with pockets . It looked a bit loose fitting on the models so I did NOT add seam allowances to any of the pattern pieces . In retrospect I should have added seam allowances to the neckline but as I will always wear another top underneath I got away with that . I also did not add any hem allowances because I am discovering that Knipmode patterns are quite long . The only other changes I made were to use some navy satin bias binding on the neckline as the pattern uses a facing here  and for the curved hemline. 
I lined  the pockets  with matching scrap satin and finished the pocket tops with more navy binding . Using lining and the bias binding on the pockets actually made it easier to sew the pockets because of the fine stretchy nature of the knit. 


I used steam-a-seam on the sleeve hems , clear elastic at the shoulders but just overlocked and stitched the body hem . I was very careful applying the bias binding to neck line which I think also adds some stability to the stretchy knit as well as a nice contrast. I used a ballpoint needle and the inbuilt walking foot on my sewing maching so making the jumper was not as hard as I worried it would be.
Despite the knit being a bit see through I am happy over all with my new jumper and if the world or I gets tired of hi-lo hems then I can just chop off the back portion. 


So I have now sewn just over 1/2 of all my knipmodes. Just over a year ago I made a resolution to 
sew up garmets from my unused new pattern envelopes and pattern magazines . Unfortunately those pattern piles have increased . 



 Recently Spotlight had a great sale  - all patterns except Vogue were 3 for $9 if you were a member so I bought 6 new patterns . Also the majority of my burdas pictured here were a lucky find -10 for $20 so how could I not be greedy and scoop them up !So lots here to keep me busy for a long long time.  Happy Sewing Janine. 
Costings- Fabric from Darn Cheap $2.60 , Pattern - Knipmode $15, Notions - new ballpoint needles $4.30, thread $2.00, other notions - clear elastic, steam-a-seam, bias binding , pocket lining from stash. Total cost - $23.90

8 comments:

  1. Such a pretty blue and I like the satin binding.

    You are really lucky with your pattern finds.

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  2. Pretty top and the satin binding takes it up a notch. Great pattern haul too.

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  3. I like your blue top and who can resist a bargain pattern haul? Not to mention the $2 Burdas!

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  4. Cute cute cute! I so often think I'm missing out because I don't get the Knipmode or Octobre magazines. This blue is beautiful on you.

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  5. Nicely done on the pattern haul, especially the Burdas. I also had a bit of a splurge in the Spotlight sale too.
    That shade of blue is so pretty!

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  6. Pattern piles, along with stash, always increase...it's some sort of immutable law of the sewing universe...

    I do like your new top - the binding makes it quite special. I feel the same way about high lows - hide sins, and they can be cut off. It looks as though the high low trend is well set to continue next summer though...

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  7. I agree that this is very successful, especially that shade of blue. A good friend gave me a pile of Burda magazines. I know there are some great patterns in there but I just can't bring myself to do the darn tracing.

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  8. I agree that this is very successful, especially that shade of blue. A good friend gave me a pile of Burda magazines. I know there are some great patterns in there but I just can't bring myself to do the darn tracing.

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