Friday, August 28, 2015

Over the summer I finished graduate school and began a new job as a teacher.  My sewing time is scarce as I adapt to the new job so this knit top is the only garment I made during August.  I like the aqua/navy cotton knit purchased from the Vogue Fabrics bimonthly swatch club.

The pattern is Burda 6838.  One important factor to consider when sewing knits is which size pattern to choose.  Knits with minimal stretch require a larger size than normal, and other knits may demand you instead size down.  I sized up with this knit and found the garment too large so I sized back down to my normal size during construction.  Even simple knit garments should be made up in a test fabric first.  I did not make a test garment because of time constraints and I am grateful the final garment worked out.  However, I feel it is more fun to sew a garment that has been fit corrected first via test garment.

Many of you extended good wishes to me during graduate school and the recent job search, and your good wishes brought me a new job so thank you very much for your kindness.  I do not plan to say much about my job on this blog to protect the privacy of my students, but I can say I am happy to have found this teaching opportunity.  I will miss teaching fashion/sewing at College of DuPage, a school with a phenomenal fashion design program, but sewing will continue! 


  1. Congratulations on your new job!!! I'm so happy for you. It's something that you worked so hard for. Nice to see hard work pay off :)

  2. Congratulations on your graduation and the new job! Your students are so very lucky to be able to learn with you - I know you'll be successful. And I love the top - especially the way the design of the fabric curves at the seams!

  3. Thanks, Rhonda and Janee,
    The kids are great but we have only been together for two days. I am spending so much time on lesson planning.