Raspberry Inspiration

Before Christmas I purchased a piece of knit fabric with the intention of sewing a gift for my sister-in-law. But as my gift list swirled around in my head, another idea came to me and the purchased fabric no longer had a finished project to become. So, this cheerful raspberry sweater knit taunted me from the pile and challenged me to come up with another plan before winter ended.

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kind of looks grape colored but really is a nice shade of raspberry

I had several dress patterns in my stash that were tempting to try and I even considered drawing my own pattern from a purchased tunic shirt I had in my drawer, but this fabric is slightly sheer and a little unstable making it not only a little challenging to work with, but also limiting as far as final product wear-ability.

While out shopping for several other projects I have going for clients, I happen to come across this pattern:

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Say, “Yes,” to a new dress!

 

This dress caught my eye because just a month ago I had tried a dress on like this at Macy’s Department Store.

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/kensie-draped-a-line-dress?ID=1074423&CategoryID=30348&LinkType=#fn=DEPARTMENT_TYPE%3DDresses%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D55%26ruleId%3D%26slotId%3D32

When I tried this dress on, I liked everything about it except the price, so I was really excited to see this pattern and on a day when Butterick patterns were on sale. Yay!

I wasn’t sure how much fabric I had purchased but hoped that I could fit all my pattern pieces on somehow…unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Had I wanted the short sleeve version, there would not have been a problem, but I didn’t see this sweater knit as a good choice for short sleeves. So, I put the project on hold for a few more days until a solution could be decided. Luckily I have had to make a lot of trips to JoAnn Fabrics lately and on my next trip I found they still had some of this sweater knit, and the project quickly got moved to the front of the line. Que happy music here….

During this same week, I had my 30 year old Bernina sewing machine in the shop for a well deserved cleaning and tune up. While there I got the chance to check out the Bernina Coverstitch Machine, a machine that has been on my wish list for a while.

This is the kind of stitch a coverstitch machine can sew.

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I do a lot of hemming and run into this ready-wear finish often. Up until purchasing this machine, I had to create this look in two steps. Now with a coverstitch machine I can complete the process in just one step and have a seam that will be better suited for the finished garment. It seemed I was fated to make this purchase at this time because the pennies I had been stashing aside for major sewing machine purchases added up to just enough for this machine. (At least fate is how I looked at that information…:-)

 Now not only did I have a fun new pattern to try out and a happy raspberry colored sweater knit fabric, but also a new sewing machine play with…Que happy dance here…

After a couple early mornings of “playing,” I now have a comfy, cheery dress to finish out the winter season.

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This project gave me a good start in using a coverstitch machine. As with all new skills, practice, practice, practice is required to achieve mastery and I look forward to improving my skills.

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Because this fabric is somewhat sheer, I made a slip to be worn underneath. For the slip I chose a dark raspberry colored rayon/spandex knit blend.

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Hmm? Now what project will be next?

The song is ended / But the melody lingers on. (Irving Berlin)

 

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