Thursday, 30 December 2010

Secret projects revealed, Simplicity 9652 top and some knitting

When I was making Christmas presents for her cousins, my younger daughter thought they were terrific, and wanted me to make her some too. I wriggled out of this nicely - all nieces wear children's sizes, and my 13 year old daughter is in adult sizes.
However, the little sun-top Simplicity 9652 was not too hard to alter.
I made the child's size 14 a little longer (perhaps a tad too much), and added a FBA to the child shaped bodice to fit a more grown up figure. I used a different variation of the top, with an angled front and non-adjustable straps, and wrapped it up with the the straps pinned in place. If I had actually fitted it to her whilst making it, the only change would be to use slightly longer elastic for the gathered front neckline. I don't think it is bad enough for unpicking. (Post Christmas laziness is rife here at the moment)
The top is made from quilting cotton, upper bodice lined with batiste. It is very cool to wear due to the open back and loose empire line shape.

My daughter also benefited from a knitting disappointment. The first bolero I made for my 10 year old niece was far too big. It fits my daughter nicely, so I was able to give it to her instead. She is very pleased with it, and was surprised with her gift, which is a bit tricky when you sew and knit in the family room!


sdBev said...

I loved seeing the adverturous use of quilting cottons. I think 100% cotton should be acceptable for garments if the pattern is correctly selected i.e. a pattern designed for a knit fabric is probably going to fail. But I see no harm in using beautiful quilting cottons when the pattern calls for a woven. Thanks for this wonderful, beautiful example

lizajane said...

Such a lovely model! I love the bolero. I desperately want to learn to knit.

Handmade said...

Cute top - perfect for summer and the bolero is lovely - lucky girl!!

Christiana said...

That is a absolutely beautiful top. And kudos to you for pulling it off using a quilting cotton and a children's pattern.


Debra Martin said...

Yes - what Christiana said! And what a pretty daughter you have..... Does she sew?

Carolyn said...

Both beautiful garments!
And yay for pulling off a surprise prezzie knitted right under her very nose!
I had the same story with the shirt I made for my younger son for Christmas (which I haven't posted on my blog yet), sewed the whole thing making no effort to be secretive but it was OK because he had no idea.

sewing spots said...

All are lovely!

Ruthie said...

Great little tops!

Sharon said...

Lovely cool top and the bolero will be very handy.

velosewer said...

She looks really happy with both garments. They look great on her.

gwensews said...

Cute outfit. I love the little shrug, perfect for a cool restaurant.