|Lettie Lane's Green Sweater School Set|
|Looking like a little Scot!|
Let's talk about the sweater jacket. Initially I thought to make it up in an interlock knit. I learned very quickly that this wouldn't do because the fabric was too light weight and had too much stretch. We can often fool ourselves thinking in terms of knits. I thought this to be a sweater, therefore thinking knit, but close observation of the illustration proved it to be a jacket with cuffs and a collar. What I found was a "cashmere" cotton men's shirt in XL and used this for the fabric. This was some of the nicest fabric I've even sewn with and if I could have found another in a S, I would have bought it to use as a light hiking jacket for myself. The 100% cotton and coziness of it made you think of a luxurious blanket.
|The facing with the collar in between.|
|This was not the way to do it!|
|A look at the little back.|
|With the Bleuette-sized one.|
The buttons were also a challenge with these sweater jackets. Due to the weight of the fabric, using the metal cap and bottoms Dritz provides didn't work too well. It worked for the 1/2" covered buttons, but not the 7/16". What I did there was cut out little circles, gather stitch along the edges and pull tight and tack. I noticed that Tonner Doll Company did this for their NYCB costumes, so I thought, why not me? Bleuette's little sweater jacket went through three button renditions. The first was that I was off a mm in the row. Off they came. Then I got them stitched in the right place, but didn't like the beads I used. Off they came! I found little stone beads in a Hallmark store and they worked perfectly. There's a well known motto around my little hole in the wall that anything worth doing once, is worth doing three times. And, so it seems to have been a theme with this project.
Lastly, and the most fun of all, was making the hats. No surprise there! I used a Bleuette sailor hat pattern and intended to add a band like the pattern called for, but didn't like the look. It was not true to the illustration. The hat is essentially like a pie. A whole bottom, a top with a hole in it, and edged with a facing. Making three of them was like making little round tarts. I call them my Pie Hats.
During the next couple of days we are making tubs of applesauce to freeze for winter, as the trees are dropping pears and apples as this is their harvest time. By this weekend I'll be drafting patterns for Halloween costumes. Costumes! My favorite. Halloween and costuming. By the way, the Martha Stewart Halloween Handbook issue is on the racks now. Don't miss it!
Miss E. Mouse