I finally did it. I completed a sew along in the allowed time with out burning out or changing my plan. As some of you may know I have been quietly sewing along with the Six Piece Winter Collection over on Stitcher's Guild. So quietly in fact that I have never posted I was in but mainly kept reading the updates to keep my going. I am excited to say the least. Sewing this super casual winter wardrobe had to main goals. 1. To test how true to fit Lutterloh is for me, and 2. to create a weekend wardrobe that would allow comfort to be at the forefront yet allow me to get up and run to the store if need be. I actually created 7 pieces that work together quiet well.
It all started with piece 1 the winter coat. I want to try my hand at making my own coat and so this unlined fleece version was created to slide over all my weekend ware and keep me warm through the chilly months.
Than came the legging and solid black 3/4 sleeve tunic as pieces 2 and 3. These two pieces can go from sitting on the sofa to a night at dinner with just a change of accessories and shoes. Loving them both.
Pieces 4 and 5 continued along the lines of truly casual workable wardrobe. The short sleeve print tunic can be worn with either the black knit pants or the leggings. It can also be worn with the black tunic as a laying pieces.
In all these 5 pieces alone create several great looks together as well as worn with other items in my wardrobe closet. So needless to say they have been worn alot during my down time.
Now on with the show. Taking some serious looks a
t where I was going with this 6 PAC and some minor fit issues I decided I really wanted to walk away with at least 1 TNT pattern from this collection. I believe I did and that brings us to pieces 6 and 7. They are both made using the Lutterloh supplement 279 # 203. I started with the v neck 3/4 sleeve t-shirt/tunic pattern and made it up in a groovy print that was in my stash. With the help of Easy Sewing The Kwik Sew Way I did the alterations need to make a cardigan.
This is a great pattern that includes two great basics. First a 3/4 sleeve v neck knit top and second a pair of pants with a straight leg jean look to them. Pattern Sizing:
Lutterloh is based on your bust and hip measurement. Your pattern is drafted out using these two measurements. So ideally if your bust and hip are 50cm to 140cm the system should work for you. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?<
Yes the top did. The cardigan looked the way I thought it would. Were the instructions easy to follow?
Lutterloh has no instructions. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
What I like best is that this pattern is a great basic and can be used as a standalone top or a layering piece. The length is perfect for leggings or other pants. The pieces are well drafted and went together quickly and easily.
At this moment maybe only that I don’t understand why Lutterloh always gives the idea/pattern for a neck facing piece. Next time I think I am going to try to make a neck band.
The top is a RPL piece from fabric.com
The cardigan is from a piece of knit found at a local thrift shop. The hand of it makes me believe it is a wool blend.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
For both pieces I did a 1/2 narrow shoulder adjustment.
For the cardigan following the directions in Easy Sewing The Kwik-Sew Way I add 3/4 an inch to the pattern front and neck facing piece. And cut both pieces not on a fold. Using the edge the fold line on the original pattern as my straight of grain.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I plan to sew it again. My plan is to play with sleeve and length on this one as I believe it is a TNT or very close to one. Yes this is a great pattern for others. If you understand how to sew a t-shirt a beginner could us this.
This top and cardigan are great wardrobe builders and can be dressed up or down depending on accessories and fabric choice.
Up next: Is it to early to think spring? or How about some denim pieces to mix in to this winter 6 PAC? What do you think?