Monday, October 11, 2010

Messoni Knit Twin Set

I hope all my Canadian Blogger friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We sure did here in New Brunswick.

Thank you to all who stopped by to look or left a comment about my last project. I've worn my jacket a few times already and it's going to Ottawa with me on Thursday.

I finished my cardi set. I had a few issues with this pattern, Simplicity
2474 (for the cardi) but it turned out very well and I really am happy with the end result.

Here is a pic and then I'll reveal where the problems were.

The fabric, is a Messoni sweater knit bought at C&M Textiles in Ottawa. I don't remember the fiber content but it doesn't act like a polyester . It's more like a natural fiber.

I didn't do my usual FBA because I usually don't need it in a knit garment but I should have as this knit is quite stable.

The length was fine but the front band was a lot shorter (about 3") and that required a much deeper hem than I like. I solved this by adding another 1.5" to the band.When it was sewn on I didn't like the way the two side fronts hung (sort of on the diagonal) so I ended up reshaping the center fronts so that I cut off a piece that measured 1.25" at the bottom CF amd tapered to nothing at about chest level.I had to baste the band on a couple of times before it hung straight down but now I like the results.

I should mention that when cutting out the cardi and tank that I didn't double up the fabric but cut one side at a time likr this. That's the only way really to assure that the stripes don't end up uneven at the hem.

For the sleeveless tank I used S3191 which is a really nice pattern for the cardi and the tank.I made the neckband and collar band from strips cut crosswise in the direction of the stretch and I think it adds a nice touch to this simple top.

While I was at it ,I decided to make a tube scarf after reading the article in Vogue Patterns Magazine.I only had a 12"wide strip left but it was enough and I think it will be a useful accessory.

Sorry no photo of me wearing the set . I just didn't feel like doing anything to my hair today!

Have a great week!

Next I'm working on this.


The Sewing Loft said...

Nice looking knit set. How smart of you to make the cowl scarf. I saw that in Vogue, very cute.


Sharon said...

Oh love the fabric and you have done a fantastic job on getting the fit you want.

Another idea for the travel wardrobe, the cowl scarf, thankyou.

Gail said...

Great fabric and great use of it. I love the matching cowl scarf. Happy thanksgiving and sorry we Aussies have done over the Canadians at the Commonwealth games!

Anonymous said...

I love that Sandra Betzina top. I'm sure yours will be gorgeous.
I like your Messoni Knit Twin Set too, the cowl scarf is a good idea. @Gail - We didn't do over the Canadian at the men's diving .... he was fantastic!

Vicki said...

Nice set. Glad you made it work in the end. The cowl is a good idea too.

Jane M said...

What beautiful autumn colors on your lovely knit set. It was useful reading your remarks about the band and how you adjusted it. I still have to find a knit cardigan pattern for a TNT so thanks for adding this to the list. ANd Happy Thanksgiving.

pdiddly said...

We can't get the Vogue magazine in the UK any more but we get on called Sew Today - they too had the scarf pattern and I made a couple of them - they are great.

I like the idea of making a top out of a knit and then adding the cowl scarf. I also have an old fake fur coate to make a slightly shorter scarf (something they also showed you how to make last October).

pdiddly said...

just saw my typo's that will teach me to try and type it all too quick :-(

Michelle said...

wow, that fabric is fantastic! and I love the idea of the scarf! great job.

gwensews said...

Nice job on saving that front band from disaster. I've noticed that most often, the instrutions to cut those bands are incorrect.