FabricMart Fabrics knit sale. I was super curious to see what the silk/modal knits would be like; as I love silk knits for their brilliant colors and I love modal knits for their incredible softness, so the combination of the two seemed like a match made in heaven. Plus, silk is known for providing warmth without weight, so I thought it could be a nice choice going into chilly weather.
When I got my order, I debated about whether I should wash the silk knits of not. They were GORGEOUS- silky soft and lustrous, just as I had imagined they would be. I didn't want to lose any of the sheen. But I could just see myself spilling BBQ sauce on it the first time I wore it, so I bit the bullet and washed everything. I'm glad that I did because the silk knits did shrink about 12% in length. But the luster was still there! No harm done.
I was completely obsessed with the orange knit, but it was BRIGHT, and would need something that would ground it. So, I envisioned an orange tunic, topped with a waterfall cardigan made from the stripe.
I used Butterick 5789 for the cardigan and Vogue 1261- for the raglan tunic with a handkerchief hem. I wanted the orange to peek out below the cardigan at the bottom for just a little pop of color. I searched the Fabric Mart website for a fabric for the infinity scarf that would coordinate with the two fabrics, and found a wild rose/animal print mesh knit. From it, I cut a rectangle 63" long by 18" wide. To complete: sew long sides together, turn right side out, twist twice, then sew short ends together. So simple!
McCall's 7026. You might wonder- "Why bother to make leggings when there are so many stores selling them?" Well, they aren't all from this nice of a fabric. Plus, I've not found any RTW leggings that are long enough and not skin tight enough for my taste. By making them, I get leggings that I'm comfortable wearing in a high quality fabric.
But wait- that's not the end of the story! I had enough fabric left over for a BONUS OUTFIT! I made a peplum top from McCalls 7021 and a basic knit skirt.
But, it was the orange knit that I was obsessed with, and I couldn't let any of it go. Actually, it was in the trash, and my husband forgot to take out the trash this week. He never forgets to take out the trash, never! Does that sound like a sign to you? I was given a second chance. I decided to sque-eeze out another top for my daughter, mixing all of the scraps together with McCalls 6992. It's crazy, but she's quite adventurous in her clothing, and I can tell she loves it!
The palm warmers each take two pieces that are 7" wide by 8" high, sewing the 8" sides together, leaving a one inch opening in the center of the seam for your thumb.
To recap- from my original order of 8 yards of fabric, I made 11 items- three tops, a pair of leggings, a skirt, an infinity scarf, two headbands, two pairs of handwarmers, and a cardigan!