My sewing machine is making funny noises. It started as a soft rattle, but now it sounds like an especially angry jackhammer — so distressing. It’s time to get it serviced, which means I am going to be without a machine for who knows how long. The timing couldn’t be worse. But I tried to squeeze out as many projects as I could before sending it out, so that’s something.
This here is McCall’s 6603, view B. The fabric, much like my sister-wife-on-the-compound-dress, is most likely some kind of poly knit, but it looks remarkably like wool. It fooled my mom, which is very impressive. These fabric manufacturers know what they’re doing. I thrifted this fabric and I’m happy to report that my “mystery fabric” bin is almost empty.
I struggled to describe this color for some reason. The fabric looks like boucle up close, with black, white, grey, red and magenta. I was going to call it a wine-colored pullover, but when I googled different wine-esque colors, I came across the word “fandango”. I mean, how could I not use that word? Fandango is in fact more fuschia, but let’s not get too particular.
The construction was a snap, though I managed to make quite a few mistakes. I cut the small size, which fits fine, but forgot to add length to accommodate my crazy long torso, and then I cut out the front piece incorrectly, so had to create a center seam (I do this all the time). The instructions have you create felled seams, but given the bulky nature of this fabric, I opted to just serge all the raw edges. Worked like a charm and saved time too. I also couldn’t imagine ever cinching the hood around my face, so those leather cords are purely decorative. I just slipped the leather tie through the button hole and tied both ends. I did the sleeves a little differently by omitting the facing — in short, I didn’t follow the instructions at all.
M was whinging about how I never make him clothes, and then he saw this hoodie and paused. “Well,” he conceded, “maybe I don’t want you to make me anything. I’ll end up with something that looks like it belongs in Anthropologie’s Spring 2014 catalog, and I’m not sure I can rock that look.” I took that as a compliment because yes, this looks Anthro-ish, don’t you think? It’s comfy and warm and perfect for layering. Above, I’m laughing at something my mom was saying (she was also rolling her eyes at my photoshoot).
And speaking of layering, remember I said I was going to use this grey stripey fabric for myself? I had used a little bit for K’s pajamas here. I loved the fit of my dress from last week so much, I cut out a t-shirt version using the stripey fabric. But wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t have enough so I had to improvise.
But I like it! The black jersey I used for the back and neckband is a touch sheer, but it’s not obvious, and the drape is wonderful.
I have a K outfit for you tomorrow and have a few things for Monday, but it’s possible I will be unable to share sewing projects for a while (sad face). I’ll have to take up other crafting in the interim. Like stamp-making. Or maybe felting. Or…knitting…hmmmmm…Stay tuned.