Kids clothes week happened years ago in blogtime, but I was lost in a bit of a hole during it. Nevertheless, I did manage to make one thing. This great little knit sweater for Clover.
As a brief aside from the actual sewing, I just want to say that I feel kind of cheated out of this KCW in a way. The theme was “wild things”, which would naturally be the most awesome theme for me to indulge in ever. But my will to sew anything was just flushed down the toilet by the fear and anxiety I was living in. Feeling hopelessness and despair just makes you want to stand still. On top of it all, my joints and muscles have been randomly sore, and I’ve been trying to talk myself put of the notion that I’m dying of Lyme disease. Good times.
Plus, being suddenly and terribly afraid of tiny bugs in the grass and bushes kind of killed my desire to sew cute little spring dresses or shorts or anything short of a haz-mat suit for my kids to go outside in. So here I am with no awesome or creative animal themed wear for my kids to go adventuring in. No wolf stuff. No foxes in sockses or ears on hoods or anything.
Back to the sewing – I had this on my to do list already because I was given this really awesome hemp/organic cotton sweater knit to work with from Organic Cotton Plus
There’s something sort of rustic and throwback to this sweater that I love. And it’s a great weight for chilly spring mornings. She looks like a little fisherman’s kid in Ireland or something. Maybe its the nice oatmeal color of the knit that gives me that vibe.
When I got the fabric, I realized that I had no idea how to finish the edges since on most knit garments like this, you would just have ribbing that’s one fluid part of the rest of it. At first I was going to use some french terry to finish the cuffs and neckline, but ended up just using the sweater knit itself. The stretch recovery isn’t the greatest, but I think it looks nice.
Clover and her modeling poses. She’s a riot. My only instruction was to “stand in front of that fence really quick so I can get a few shots of your sweater”
She’s about to enter Narnia or the Secret Garden. I can’t remember. We’re currently reading through the Narnia series, which I love. One of my all time favorites. I’m also reading Little Women to the girls. Another of my all time favorites.
Since this knit is really loose, and tends to fray easily, I needed to finish the seams. But my serger had wacky mismatched thread in it, which I knew would show through the open knit. So rather than take the time to rethread, I just double zig zagged over all the seams inside the sweater. Once through on the actual seam, and another pass over the edge. It seems to be doing ok so far.
In retrospect, I think I should have made the sweater a bit looser to capitalize on the nice drape of this knit. But Clover really likes it, and she tends to be weird about things that are loose anyway. I used the Oliver and S field trip raglan as my pattern.
I also added darts to the shoulders because I had a gapey neckline the last time I made a sweater with it (it’s a tee pattern meant to be made with jersey.) That totally solved the gape issue!
I’m definitely going to be working with fabric from Organic Cotton Plus again. Their selection is all really high quality.
I’ll leave with a few shots of things we’ve been up to lately. I decided to be insane and took the kids to DC by myself. It was unusually hot and humid that day, and everyone was whining and hot and tired, but we did it! Took the new silver metro line in during non peak hours, and it was nearly empty. DC was not empty though. There were a bazillion tour buses and school groups.
Hawthorne is completely enamored of “ehpanes” airplanes and “anasotts” astronauts. He loved the air and space museum. Loved it. He was frantically yelling “ehpane!!?? anasott?!” at me the whole time. He’s standing here pointing to the computer screen saying “helmet? anasott!” Haha. He’s awesome.
He enjoyed his nasty ride back on the metro too, especially with his new ehpane swag. His airplane collection is growing. I took them to another air and space museum this week and he came home with another souvenir. He has a way of getting what he wants.
Violet is in this really rough patch where she wants to be helpful so bad, but has a hard time and gets super angry and frustrated. Being 4 is hard. Being 29 is hard. Apparently life is just hard. Lol.
We’re on the home stretch of a week with daddy on the road for work. Things are looking up!