My travel wardrobe is moving right along. I just finished the ponte knit pieces. I was a little worried about how they would turn out, especially the pants since I had previously made some ponte knit pants and didn’t like them, but these ponte pieces turned out great! They are comfortable, and I think they will be perfect for traveling. Here they are:
I’ll start with the pants. They are Loes Hinse Oxford pants, which I have made three times now. This is the first time I’ve made them in a knit, though, so I decided to make them a little smaller by using the same size pattern (small) and adding a 5/8 inch seam allowance instead of Loes’ usual 3/8 inch. They turned out perfectly doing it this way. I was a little concerned that the crotch would end up too short, but I realize now that a knit really does need to be that much smaller. It was good practice for me to convert a woven pattern into a knit.
The cardigan is Onion 1029:
This cardigan has two large darts on the front and back at the waistline. It gives the cardigan a lovely shape and I didn’t want to ruin that shape by taking the darts out to fit my non-existent waist. So I used the smallest size (34) at the neck and shoulders, and moved to a size 40 at the bottom of the armscye, and then out even more at the waist (to a size 42), and then back to a size 40 down to the hemline. Those adjustments kept the shape and ease of the cardigan, while accommodating my waistless shape. I need to take a picture of the cardigan buttoned up, so you can see the shape.
I’m still considering making the sleeves 3/4 length, just because I think that’s a more attractive look on me.
Finally, the top is Vogue 8565:
I made it in a tie dye rayon knit. The color is really outside my comfort zone (kinda wild for me), but I like the way it turned out. The tucks in this top were a testament to the wonderfulness of my new Pfaff 2170 and it’s IDT. I didn’t have to use any kind of stabilizer to sew the tucks at all. It was so easy!
The pattern called for bias binding, but I just used a self binding. Next time, I will make the top a little larger through the bust, and maybe lengthen the bodice, but I’m pretty pleased with the results.
So, I have six pieces now. I need to make some more tops, but I’m feeling good about where I’m at with the travel wardrobe right now. I actually think I may finish by October 1st. Yay!