Finished the Ponte Knit Pieces

12 Aug

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!

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9 Responses to “Finished the Ponte Knit Pieces”

  1. mary May 2, 2012 at 12:19 AM #

    Looks WONDERFUL…kudos!

  2. Betsy January 20, 2011 at 8:49 AM #

    How did you sew on the ponte? I am trying to shorten a pair of ponte pants and it’s a mess. The thread keeps breaking and the needle kind of jams at times. but my machine sews fine on other fabrics, like cotton. What size needle and thread did you put in your machine? Thanks!

  3. Carolyn August 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM #

    What a great look this is! And I like that you moved outside your comfort zone with the top because it really adds life to the outfit!

  4. Kathleen August 15, 2010 at 3:57 PM #

    First off, I love your blog: great photos and info in a clean, friendly format! Your coordinates should be perfect for travel. I really appreciate your discussion of the Onion cardigan. I’ve had the pattern for ages, and want to try it out (have to order translations again, though :S)as well as a few others I’ve had collecting dust!

    • Janis August 15, 2010 at 4:18 PM #

      Kathleen, I did get translations from Onion, but found I had to go to a translation site anyway. There were so many things that weren’t translated in the instructions, like “bust”, “waist”, “hip”. You know, those little details that come in handy;).

  5. Janis August 13, 2010 at 7:45 AM #

    Thanks, ladies. I appreciate your comments:).

  6. Sharon August 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM #

    You are looking very smart and love the top on you.

  7. Shannon August 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM #

    I love the whole outfit. It’s comfy but still very put together!

    • NancyDaQ August 12, 2010 at 1:13 PM #

      Very nice, Janis! Everything looks great.

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