6 yards of Laguna Stretch Cotton Jersey Knit in Turquoise
1 ball of Bernat Mosaic yarn in Calypso
1 yard of elastic for the pants
a really big needle for threading yarn
remnants of red, yellow, blue, and lavender sparkly fabric
an iron and enough wonder-under to get the stupid sparkly fabric to stick
Teasers during production:
While the “death grip on summer sundress” was a desperate attempt to squeeze as much out of summer as possible, this shirt is more of an acceptance that summer is coming to a close and autumn is well on its way. In the morning it can be worn to work with a light jacket or wrap when there’s a chill in the air and it smells like there’s a hint of front on the grass. In the afternoon it can be worn as a strapless shirt to get just a little more September sun on your shoulders before it disappears for the winter.
This was my second shirring project. As you can see, I learned from the last one and use a single elastic thread instead of starting and stopping at every row.
This was a 4 way stretch material which I thought might not work, but it has a beautiful drape and it’s super soft and comfy!
I like to just cut big squares, so I usually just use the entire width. The top is one 15 inch piece, the bottom is 20 inch pieces, and around the very top just folds to the inside to hide all the raw edges.
I picked up this fabric a little while back at a local quilting store… hello kitty knit. I’d never worked with knit before but I thought it was awfully cute. That was the first time I experienced a person working at a fabric store practice age discrimination. She sort of looked me up and down and said, “you do realize that this fabric is $x.xx a meter.” That’s probably why I laughed so hard when I heard Lizzy House say it at her talk:
Anyways, for that reason I put the fabric away for a little while… and because I was kind of scared of knits. But I used an old pair of very comfy pants as a guide, and here they are: hello kitty pyjama pants!
hello there, kitty!
… plus toes. But I just had a deluxe pedicure at the spa with my mom, so they’re very pretty little toes!
I had no idea it was going to take nearly this long, but I’m quite pleased with the results so far…
This is only half the colors, red, orange, yellow, then green, blue, purple. The periodic tucks look precisely how I wanted them to, but it’s taking for freaking ever. Now I have to attached each pair of colored rows to the next color… But that’s another day.
pretty… but sooooo sloooow…