Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thank God for Moms and Sewing Machines!

My Mom is a genius. Yep, a damn genius.

I had a problem with Soleil, a big one. I followed the pattern to a T. Um, that will be the last time that I do that, blindly following a pattern I mean. I'm going to have to break down and do the mathy stuff every time I do a sweater. Why? What went wrong, you ask?

It was about a 1/2 inch too big on both sides. I refused to rip it out and start over cause I want to wear it this weekend. So what did I do? Steeked.

This freaked me out a little because of the cotton/acrylic that I used instead of wool. Wool would at least grab onto itself. Not sure what will happen in the long run with the cotton. It could all turn into little tiny bits of purple cotton fluff tomorrow.

I ran a seam 1/2 inch down both sides to basically take out every m1 increase that I had made in the pattern. It was still bunching up under the arms though and I could not for the life of me figure out why. I called Mom to vent and lo and behold, she had the answer. Bust Darts! Perfect!

I didn't tell you that all the while in the above paragraphs that I had been putting on and taking off this sweater about a hundred times to pin, sew and check fit and redo what needed redoing. Same thing went for the bust darts. It worked beautifully. Tell me this sweater is not the perfect fit now? Thank God for Moms and Sewing Machines!

My Soleil


  1. Anonymous4:39 PM

    Very cool, fits perfectly! I'm having a similar problem with the Vintage Knits camisole (i end up with a "flap" of fabric under the armpits), but I don't know how to steek, is there a way to do this safely? did you find a tutorial online? Thanks for any tips!

  2. Very nice solution! It looks great on you!

  3. Yeah for booby darts! The sweater looks great.

    Moms are worth their weight in gold, aren't they?

  4. I am not happy with the one i knit last year and was drawn to your's on ravelry and then i see your dirty little secret to the perfect fit... I'm going to frog and start again, my knitting has improved since last year.

  5. HaHa! Yes, Kitten_lion, this is my dirty little secret. If I had just done my math and paid attention, I wouldn't have had to resort to the sewing machine. :)