kcwc guest post: kelli from true bias
April 20th, 2012
I only discovered Kelli's blog, true bias, a little while ago, but once I did I was hooked. She sews beautiful garments for herself--we're talking handmade blazers here, people. But every so often some beautiful little clothes she made for her daughter would pop up on her blog. So I asked if she would be interested in kcwc. Lucky for us she said yes. I mean just look at what she did with a tee shirt pattern!
I was really excited to be part of kcwc this year. I am a bit of a selfish seamstress and love sewing for myself, so it's good when I get a bit of an extra push to sew for my daughter. I just got my first serger about a week ago so sewing up some knits with Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee pattern was a perfect way to break it in.
I used the skinny tee pattern to make two boyfriend cardigans for my 2 year old daughter. It was a really easy conversion. I lengthened the front and back pieces by about an inch. Otherwise the back and sleeves were left exactly the same. I then cut the center front of the front piece and cut out a deep v at the neckline. I added a 2 inch wide band to the bottom of the cardigan and a 1 inch band all the way from the hem, around the neckline, and back down again to the hem. I added a few button holes and cute buttons, a little edge stitching and there you have it, a boyfriend cardigan to get us through chilly spring days.
edit to add- I asked Kristin how she sewed buttonholes on knit fabric without it turning out a disaster (like when I do it). Here's what she said: I found that if I put a bit of interfacing on the backside the buttonhole went much better. Then you can just cut around the buttonhole to get rid of the excess.
I hope you will try some too. It took me about 4 hours start to finish to make both of them on my serger. I am super happy with the outcome. Can't wait to be inspired by all of you next week. I will be sewing along as well.