Stashbusting: May

Well, we're not even at the end of the month, and my May stashbusting is complete! This month: The Knit Challenge.

About a year ago I picked up three metres of this lively number at a Fabricland 3-for-1 sale, and only ended up using about half of it for a dress. It was a bit of an experiment in terms of colour and pattern, so I was happy the fabric was such a steal. However, it is pretty distinctive, and I didn't really want two dresses in the same fabric and struggled to find a use for the rest. But I have a RTW t-shirt that I just love the shape of, a slim straight T with a deep V-neck, so I decided to try and make my own.

 I very unscientifically traced the existing t-shirt for my pattern, cut it out, and serged it together. The one area I was concerned about was the point of the V, but careful scrutiny of the original shirt led me in the right direction. Essentially, the centre front meets at a 90 degree angle, so I just pinned on my neckband for length, marked the stitch line, and sewed the point together before basting and serging it on.

Hey! Math action!

And the neckline lays nice and flat.

My serger is not in love with doing a cover stitch on such a light-weight knit, so I may revert to the twin-needle domestic machine method for the hems if I use such delicate fabric in future.

Of course, now that my stash has been depleted (just a tiny bit), it had to be replenished. On Friday I hit the Textile Museum sale, and the Queen Street strip. Here's what I picked up:

The rolls on the left are from the sale - 6 metres of dark olive linen, 1.5 m of beige striped sweater knit, 1.5 m of dark red light weight knit, 1.35 m of black & white ikat, and a small piece of striped silk. On the right, white denim, blue chambray, black heavy jersey (already halfway into a flamenco skirt), and some fun brown/white stripe that is well on the way to becoming a finished object.

I think that should be enough to keep me busy for a little while! I have solid plans for the store-bought fabrics, and some inklings of what will happen to the rest.

Did anyone else make it to the Textile Museum Sale?

Happy sewing!


  1. Ahhhhh, that was the reason behind all this self-restraint at the TM Sale, you were planning to hit Queen Street! Great plan! It was nice bumping into you again, and I adore your t-shirt!

    1. My secret is out! Can't wait to see what you make out of your finds - that wool was very cool!

  2. Very nice tee! Good job on the neckline. Hurrah for stashbusting!

    1. Hooray indeed - I just wish I had more knits to turn into t-shirts now!


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