You’ve been zigging, when you should have been… painting!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYesterday I had a day off, which was supposed to be spent painting the bathroom. Instead, it got claimed by my sewing affliction. The zig-zag knit, which I got from Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow during the GTA blogging sewists’ swap, was really exciting me. I love the energy of the zig-zag, I don’t own any zig-zaggy clothes (not even chevron-y, which will probably change soon), and I though with black and white you can’t go wrong. I leisurely drafted the pattern from a raglan sleeve dress which I made last summer, and the kitties helped: Mingus, who is a very quiet intellectual, was reading my newest purchase and giving enlightened comments.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMe-Me is a cat of action, he was very hands-on and super-helpful as a pattern weight. He also “calibrated” my measuring tape, so now most of my tapes are more or less equally stretched.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Generally, I am quite pleased with how this top turned out. I drafted the front and back exactly the same, which might have been a small mistake. I also took too much ease off at the back. But considering that this is my first self-drafted pattern of this kind, I’ll let it slide. I will be doing another top of this kind for sure!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASee? The back looks a bit too tight…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI wonder if I accessorize it, will it look less pajama-y? Or is it that I think it looks pajama-y because it feels like PJs? It’s soooooooooooo comfy…

So Gillian, you think your knit found a suitable home?


11 thoughts on “You’ve been zigging, when you should have been… painting!

  1. I love it! I had this fabric for months and I could never figure out what to do with it… but it’s perfect on you! Fun and bold, just like you and your awesome yellow rainboot! 🙂 Great blog – I’m following you now!

    • Hey Gillian, I’m so glad you like it! And you know what’s the best part? I think I have enough left for a little flirty skirt! Aaaaaaaaaagh, my fingers are itching!

  2. Hi Leila, thanks for your input, I think I can now officially consider this garment a non-PJ. I am now following your blog, after all this time lurking I’m going official, yey! I love your dresses!

  3. Oh, looks like you have a great helper in your adorable kitty! Have you checked out Kitty’s antics on my blog? He is also my truly gifted sewing helper. Nice top, as well :).

  4. Wow! I’m so impressed with what you did here, Jagoda! This kind of fabric would not usually catch my eye, but I must really say that I love what you’ve done here. Combining it with the black panels on the side, and the wraglan sleeves? very smart!

    I wonder what other tricks you have up your sleeves!!

    And your kitties are really funny!

    • Thanks Adreienne! I would never even consider buying a top like that, I would declare it not versatile enough, but when I make stuff, anything goes somehow! I just wish I had your courage for dealing with woven fabrics…

  5. Wow, how quick you are to use the fabric, I’m really impressed! Your top looks great, I love the idea of combining the zig-zag with the solid black sleeves! (Oh, I’m selling the pattern to make the quilt, not the quilt itself – hence the low price. The quilt is lovely and also belongs to my mother – I don’t think she’s parting with it!)

    • Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, the pattern! Quilting is a thing I’d like to get into as well, it’s so lovely! Thanks for the compliment on the top, neighbour!

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