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Sewing with knits

Before the baby was born my mother in law came to visit, she then went off to Germany to see her mother for her 90th birthday celebration. Oma used to sew a lot but doesn’t much anymore so my mil asked if I’d be able to use any fabric she brought back with her. I said sure thinking I’d get a couple of metres or something. When she came back for a few days to see baby before heading back to NZ she brought me fabric – about hald a suitcase worth. So now I have more fabric than I know what to do with. A lot of it is not my colour but I’m pretty sure I can find a use for it somewhere. There are a lot of floral prints (mostly wovens), some wool fabric (may try a coat for one of the kids) and various other bits and pieces (including a large amount of stripy knit in pinks and reds, and a couple of metres of checked cotton which Hobbity-boo wants me to make her a skirt out of). There was one bit I was definitely interested in using for me. A blue cotton interlock printed with flowers. I debated but decided to make another Sewaholic Renfrew Tee. There was enough for that (same size and style as previously) and then just enough leftover to make a small cardy for baby.

Renfrew Tee by Sewaholic in unknown flower print cotton interlock - little grey hedgehog

The cardy is a size 6-12 Heartwarming Reversible Sweatshirt from the Sew Liberated Kids book. The pattern makes use of ties and a buttonhole for closures at the sides but I’ve used plastic poppers instead. The purple fabric is also cotton interlock leftover from a nursing shirt I made earlier this year. I didn’t have a good match for poppers for either the blue or purple so have used yellow on the blue side (as some of the flowers are yellow) and bright pink on the purple (just for contrast). I also topstitched around the cardy which isn’t done in the pattern. I probably should have used a normal topstitch instead of the stretch stitch as it got a little out of shape during the topstitching. But the ruffle is ok. It should fit this winter and next spring but baby (who still hasn’t acquired a nickname) is on the small side so it may last into summer next year.

Heartwarming Reversible Sweatshirt from Sew Liberated Kids in cotton interlock - little grey hedgehog

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FO: Starry Renfrew Tee

First of my ready to sew projects is another Renfrew Tee. Worked the same as my previous two but this is in a star printed jersey purchased from myfabrics.co.uk.

Renfrew Tee by Sewaholic in star print jersey from myfabrics.co.uk - little grey hedgehog

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FO: Renfrew times two

I’m aiming towards a wardrobe that includes more handmade items that I actually where. Given that I wear t-shirts and jeans on most days I thought I should probably aim to have some handmade t-shirts in my drawers. I’m aiming for some knitted ones and some sewn ones.

The Renfrew Tee is by Sewaholic, the pattern was one of 4 I purchased by them last year and I’ve been happy with all of them. I cut the same size for the Tee as I did for the Thurlow trousers and the Hollyburn skirt in view A but with the sleeves from view C. It’s turned out a good fit though a bit looser than most of my store-bought tees as the fabric as minimal stretch. I then proceeded to make a second one. The only modification I made between the two was to use a smaller zigzag on the neckline as the first one is a bit more obvious than I’d like.

The fabric I used is from Girl Charlee UK. I purchased it late last year when I found it one sale while browsing for other things. The fabric is soft and was easy to work with. I used a size 70 stretch needle for sewing and had no problems. I have leftovers as I was only able to buy in units of 1m so will have to have a think what else I could use it for.

Renfrew Tee by Sewaholic in striped jersey from Girl Charlee UK

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