Tunics, Crocheted Lace, Singers of High Tension, Knit-Sits, and New Socks!
Updated: Oct 28, 2019
Post by Onna Carr
This week, I made up a tunic using some floral, rose fabric. I used two different, cotton prints: one darker print for the sleeves and a lighter print for the body of the garment. I sewed up the tunic, and I then used some vintage lace I had purchased pre-made. I used a pink lace around the tunic's hem and the neck of the garment. I then used a purple lace in the same design for the sleeves. This tunic matches the elastic-waist pants I made last week and complements them perfectly.
Tunics are extremely comfortable and relatively simple to make. The pattern I used for this tunic was Simplicity 1561, view C (without the drawstring). After making this tunic, I would recommend a straight hem for greater ease. Otherwise, this pattern was quick to sew up and extremely straightforward--two pattern traits I appreciate. I have enjoyed long tunics for quite awhile, and I have ordered several direct from India or purchased them from an ethnic store. I found my lace, which I believe was intended to be used as a pillowcase edging, at a secondhand store.
As I finished this tunic, my sewing machine, a Singer Simple model, started its usual phenomena of thread tension issues that occur after two projects are completed or as the second project is nearing completion. I hold that the machine does this simply to annoy: spitting a cut thread along a perfectly good seam. I am not sure what causes this phenomena, but my last machine, a late 1950's Singer, had the same issue. Arrg. Back to the DVD tutorial and Youtube for tension guides and advice.
My next project was begun this Friday at a local knit sit (you sit and knit with other fiber artists in your community)--a pair of socks out of a JoAnn's store bamboo and wool blend in a pink, blue, and gray variegated color. The feature I like about this yarn is its stretchy nature, which is much more forgiving and resilient than other sock yarns of just wool and nylon fiber content. The only complaint I have about this sock yarn is its usual thinness, which requires size 2-3 needles for a loose knitter like me if I don't want a holey sock with large, see-through stitches.
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