2 skirts and a red raglan sweater.

Funny how sometimes when you change jobs, your wardrobe seems to alter a bit – maybe it isn’t that unusual but I was still surprised when I started working in my new job, that I started favouring wearing dresses and skirts more instead of trousers as in my last job. (Although, this is due to change this week as the temperatures have dropped to freezing so I will be in wool trews tomorrow morning for sure).

In November I made 2 new skirts. Both were made from discarded pieces in the Community Sew room discard box.

The Brown tweed skirt was made from a short piece – approx 75cm length It has a black line and some orange and yellow flecks so was fine to wear with a black polo.  I used the reliable vogue pattern – and it pretty much sewed itself. The pattern also uses petersham instead of a waistband so useful when there is little fabric.

 The Black skirt was a half made something and it was all black, it may have been a dress cut in half. It would not be my usual choice of fabric, and it also had some strange laundry instructions (ie do not wash) so I tossed it to the machine before I cut and it seemed to survive.  I recut a basic a-line skirt. I put a seam on the front to the side, so I could embroider some detail, originally it was to have a mock pleat, but in the end I just sewed it as a seam. I was going to embroider a geometric pattern in shades of pink and red but could not find a suitable motif so used this ‘spring’ one.

Both skirts work well with a black sweater, but I often find black a bit severe and thought ‘if I could only find a red sweater to recut….’ and sure enough, same day in the charity shop, I did! I got this ‘vintage’ one. It is a fine knit and was an XL. I had thought there was more wool content but it is 35% wool and 65%  somthing else/orlon (I was shopping without my glasses!)

I drafted a raglan knit block and recut the sweater. I had tried to figure a way to incorporate the neckline, but it did not seem feasible. It sits as a v-neck and was not that flattering. I had originally hoped to put the button placket to the back but it could not sit flat. So in the end, I had to cut it out, and sew a small seam in.

I did a wider slight funnel neck so I can wear a base layer underneath (it is not a warm sweater), and finished the neck and cuffs with a twin needle turn over hem.

I am going to do a scan of the raglan block and put it up with the patterns on craftsy as I am find these remade sweaters so useful, and a very quick sew. As well as which its a style of sweater I find difficult to get in RTW as they tend to be straight up-and-down, where as this one has a small bit of waist definition.

 

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8 thoughts on “2 skirts and a red raglan sweater.

  1. Rude Record says:

    How wonderful it must be to have pattern making skills. I find that I can get by without them however it would be amazing to know a few tricks. I wish you lived around the corner. As always I so much admire your upsews. RUDE Girl xx

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    • upsew says:

      Thank you Karen – I have gotten to know so many wonderful makers in the virtual community – and likewise wish ye were all a lot nearer! I am really glad the patterns are getting used from craftsy – so hope these are useful to someone. Hope you had a lovely birthday x

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  2. wrong doll says:

    I too wished you lived around the corner Eimear – what a treasure trove of skills you have. I never cease to be amazed at your thriftiness and inventiveness. Fantastic post as always and I love the comment about strange washing instructions 🙂

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    • upsew says:

      Thank you so much Aimee, I am always surprised when ”ordinary’ clothes are sold you cannot launder… really have to wonder! I have been working on another pattern to make a pinafore dress from linen pants. they turned our rather well (ie look functional and wearable). but takes me so much longer to write about them!!!

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