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« on: July 10, 2011 04:04:45 AM »

I bought this fabric because I liked the stripes but I did not like the circus clown effect of the stars.  So I got enough that I could make a top and skirt using only the stripes. 



I've always been a bit nervous about sewing knit fabrics as I do not own an overlocker - but I bought a book called Kwik-Sew method for Easy Sewing by Kerstin Martensson which has master patterns and easy instructions for how to do various necklines for example.  And you don't need to have an overlocker so long as your machine has a swing needle. Using this book I have learned to make t-shirts with round ribbing or self fabric necklines and for this skirt and top I wanted a V neckline. 

Whilst cutting out the pieces I realised that having it all stripes would be a bit too much - so I cut strips for the neckline from the circles pattern next to the stars.  I am so pleased with how it turned out - particularly the v neck.  It was relatively easy to follow the instructions and it has turned out flat and even.



It is comfortable to wear and looks perfectly respectable.  I often have problems with t-shirts and they end up looking rather "home-made" but I am very happy with the way this turned out.

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011 09:22:30 AM »

I love this!  Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011 10:03:03 AM »

Very nice, I use kwik sew patterns a lot. You definitely need a serger it will change your sewing life.
You should allso try jalie patterns they are great.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2011 10:10:48 AM »

It's lovely!  I love the change of pattern around the neckline.
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2011 10:49:29 PM »

Thanks everyone.

Very nice, I use kwik sew patterns a lot. You definitely need a serger it will change your sewing life.
You should allso try jalie patterns they are great.
A serger is a little outside my pocket at the moment but I will definitely follow up on the jalie patterns. Thanks for the tip.
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2011 02:22:56 PM »

I think it's very cute!

But I like the stars. I have been accused of being a little circus-y before though. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2011 04:38:39 PM »

I love stripes and circles too:). Awesome job!
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