It’s not all velvetine suits chez Crab & Bee. Last fall, I made a workhorse addition to my handmade wardrobe’s tunic section: a cotton/hemp/lycra knit tunic I made when I was recovering from being sick. I was craving sewing but wanted a simple, wearable project. It was also around the time I was putting together this post where I took stock of my past and future sewing ambitions, so the pattern (Simplicity 2472) was on my mind. I’d tried it in a magenta poly-cotton thrift-store sheet, and it looked stiff and wrinkly.
(Any PDXers recognize this wall? When the universe offers you a graphic background against which to photograph your charcoal-grey tunic, you accept.)
I used my walking foot and a mild zig-zag stitch, and then serged the seam allowances. I haven’t really put any of these stitches to the test as the garment is wildly unfitted, but none of them have blown out.
I also used the knit binding technique from Pattern Scissors Cloth.
I also added a bottom hem band, which is my favorite way to hem knits. The walking foot eliminated most of the waviness of my seams, although there’s a bit at the hem band due to the thickness of the three layers of fabric. It was a supremely simple project, but it’s a perfect backdrop to leggings, boots and scarves. It also served me well during my figure drawing class – I could wipe my charcoal-covered hands on it without repercussion.
In other news, thank you for your incredible responses to the Pollen & Wax interview and giveaway! I couldn’t help myself – I made a pie chart of the beauty disasters from the comment section. As you can see, the vast majority of them were hair-related! Eyebrows had a surprisingly good showing for being such a small area – was it because some of us were trying to look good in the 90s?
Beauty disasters by type:
Within the hair category, there was a surprising amount of variety, although amateur dye jobs comprised 11 of the 36 total hair disasters.
Hair disasters by type:
Some of my favorite hair disasters in the “other” category were Andrea’s failed dreadlocks and Candace’s clandestine haircut.
Without further ado, the winner of the collection and pouch is Joanne from Zoe Livana. Congratulations, Joanne! Bee and I also decided to pick a second prize – Miss Allie Mass wins a cleanser and toner of her choice. Winners, please contact me at crabandbee [at] gmail [dot] com within the week and let me know where you would like your gift sent!
Finally, for those interested in learning more about cleaning up their beauty routine, I highly recommend the Environmental Working Group’s site. It’s a database that allows you to look up beauty products and see what kind of health impact the ingredients in your products may have, as well as search for replacements. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty extensive (and very eye-opening!)