Well, the only thing this has to do with knitting is that I am working with a Cotton Jersey knit fabric. With an honorarium book token I went off to Chapters to pick up a book on dyeing I had seen....but I came home with a sewing book:
'Alabama Studio Sewing + Design'
A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe.
Its from the company Alabama Chanin which is all about simple, stylish, quality wear made from cotton jersey knit. I love that is's 100% cotton as I only wear natural fibres (those 'personal Summers' require no synthetics)! And I love that I've been doing hand stitching which I used to do a lot when I was waaaay younger and growing up in England.
Here is my first outfit, consisting of a long sleeved T and elastic waisted skirt. Yes, every stitch is done by hand, the side seams, neck binding, top stitching, even sewing on the waistband by hand. I started while I was on holiday by the sea...so relaxing and escapist. Using cotton jersey I got from Designer Fabrics in Toronto....and grey was the best colour I could find, at about $6 a yard. I cut a bit and practiced some o the stitches in the book...straight and stretch.
Here you can see my stitches in the seams and around the neck. Also, a note, none of the edges are hemmed....just left a nice raw cut edge. (So that makes it easier!)
Well, now that I have done my first three pieces I'd like to make a long dress.....
|Hand stitched elastic waist band.|