Monday, August 29, 2016

New Look 6735 - A Wardrobe Builder Challenge

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and looking forward to more beautiful weekend! This week was a very hectic one for me, filled with a lot of sewing, periscoping and fun! Periscope is quickly becoming a new addiction for me...it's a way for me to blog quickly and connect with those who follow my sewing journey!

The group I participate in (Pericrafters Facebook Group) has monthly challenges and this month's challenge was a "Wardrobe Builders Challenge". There were four ladies facilitating this challenge by periscoping each piece of New Look pattern 6735. (1 piece per facilitator). Yours truly was facilitating the Cardigan!

This is a great pattern to start building your wardrobe with basic pieces...who doesn't need a great tee shirt in all colors and prints? The purposes of the challenges were 1-to have lots of fun; 2-assist new/novice sewers with tips & inspiration; and 3-to expand our own knowledge & experience. It's a win-win for everyone!

Because of an issue I had with the fabric of the first cardigan, I elected to make a second one too. This New Look pattern recommends using knit fabrics with a specific amount of stretch. The first fabric I selected from my stash, is a cream colored sweater knit purchased from the now closed Hancock fabrics. It has a 2-way stretch with minimal recovery. While the pattern guide does not instruction you to stablize the neck & front band, I HIGHLY recommend you do! Following the instruction guide and the type of fabric I was using caused my neck band to stretch considerably! However, I loved the way it turned out, because it looks intentional to me and I'm going to rock it as is, LOL!!

Tee shirt fabric, Beige & white rayon lycra knit from Pennie fabrics Sarasota, Fl. Pants fabric, chocolate brown Rayon Ponte from Michael Levine fabrics online.

The lesson here...know and test the fabric you're working with and use your own jugdement when following the Pattern guide sheets!

With that said, I decided to create a second wardrobe builder set with a corrected cardigan. This fabric is from my stash and also from Hancock fabric purchased many years ago. It's an acrylic knit with a one-way stretch. The fabric color is stripes of black, cranberry and a mixture of gold & black stripe. There is also gold metallic threads throughout the fabric. (Love this fabric!). This time, I stabilized the neck and front band with a lightweight knit interfacing and it worked beautifully! (Neckband is contrast and matches the tee shirt and pants). I also shortened the cardigan length approximately 1-1/2". I love this set too!!

Tee shirt & pants fabric, black rayon lycra knit from Pennie fabrics Sarasota, FL.

I truly enjoyed this challenge and learned a lot from my fellow facilitators, Ila Allen, Carol Crocker-Ware and Andrea Davis. Now I have a new TNT for a quick cardigan and tee shirt! (I elected not to make the skirt from the pattern).

What have you challenged yourself with lately?

I hope you enjoyed this post and appreciate you stopping by to give me a little of your time!

Happy Sewing!

 

20 comments:

  1. Love, love love these Myra! Both of them look so good on you, and will coordinate with so many things. I have this same pattern, yet I never tried the cardigan before.

    I have challenged myself with cleaning/organizing my sewing room, and getting all my fabrics together.

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    1. Thank you Vanessa! That's exactly what I've been doing… Looking through my closet to see what I can mix and match these pieces with!

      Once you get your sewing room, all neat and organized, it will be time for sewing and mess it up all over again! LOL! That's the sewer's cycle!

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  2. Myra, I love your wardrobe pieces. You did a fantastic job on Periscope. I appreciate the tip you gave regarding stabilizing the side seams to keep it from stretching.

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    1. Thank you so much Mariela! I am so happy you enjoyed my Periscope broadcast too! I love it when I can help someone else!

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  3. Great pieces! Now I have to make another cardi! Thanks for the great scopes and inspiration as well!!!

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    1. Thank you Ms. Carol! I love your Cartys too! We could always use another, right? LOL!

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  4. These are wonderful wardrobe building pieces Myra. You were a great facilitator and I learned lots from your scopes!

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    1. Thank you Ms. Faye! I'm happy you enjoyed my broadcasts!

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  5. Very cute outfits! I am craving a Pennie Fabric pilgrimage :-)

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    1. Thank you Ms. Jenny! You know I'm ready for a Pennie fabric run anytime! Maybe sometime after the holiday?

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  6. Beautiful cardigans, Myra! They are both great wardrobe builders, and so versatile. The second one is perfect for fall. Challenge? Hmmm, I might just challenge myself to sew this week, hahah!

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    1. Thank you Ms. Andrea! Yes that second jacket is very festive too! I would love to see you sewing again! Might be great therapy, I know it is for me!

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  7. Both cardigans are really cute! nice fabrics

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  8. Everything you created was gorgeous. Now I understand the name to your blog. Simply beautiful. Thanks for all the work.

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    1. Thanks so much Andrea! And thank you for all your work and inspiration too!

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  9. OMG!! These are so beautiful,Myra. With fall coming up I'm sure you'll be able to wear them with so many different items.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I can't wait to wear them!

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