I am an independent designer, so why not support another independent designer? I already knew that I loved the Iris pattern by Colette, so I bought a few more Colette patterns. More expensive than the big-box designs, but I knew in the end I would be much happier with a well fitted and well designed garment. Coincidentally, Colette just published a book on sewing with knits and two knit patterns. I took advantage of a deal and bought all three, without even knowing what the two knit patterns were. Luckily I was not disappointed! Along with the knit patterns I purchased Laurel, a simple shift dress. During the hottest part of summer I live in dresses, and this looked so comfortable and cute, I knew I had to make myself at least half a dozen!
I mentioned previously that I wanted to make myself another pair of Iris shorts. So while I was waiting for my new patterns to arrive in the mail, I dove in. I still had my notes from my previous pair of Iris shorts. I added a bit more curve to the center front seam, added 1/4" at the waist and hips, and added 2" in length. Thanks to my degree in fashion design, altering the pattern just brought back (somewhat) fond memories of drafting patterns in school.
The fabric is a red stretch sateen. This time I watched a couple videos on sewing an invisible zipper, and even though I had to rip out my first try, the second attempt turned out swell. I might have lost my fear of sewing zippers! The fit turned out much better this time as well, and I did end up keeping the pockets. They have hardly left my body since I finished them, so please excuse all the wrinkles in the picture.
But before I do that, I am determined to tackle a knit. I'll admit that I haven't sewn with knits before, and I'm a bit intimidated. I have the Moneta pattern and some heather grey jersey sitting on my desk waiting for me. Sometime this week I'll re-read my sewing with knits book and gather up my courage.