As If Tee, Arenite Pants and a Hinterland Hack

PROJECT BREAKDOWN

Knitting

Pattern: As If Tee by Shay Johnson

Yarn: Julie Asselin Nurtured [100% wool (Rambouillet, Targhee and Merino)] in colorway “Naturel” and Rowan Kidsilk Haze (70 % Kid Mohair and 30% Silk) in colorway “612 White”

To view my As If Tee project page on Ravelry, click here.

Sewing

Pattern: Arenite Pants by Sew Liberated

Fabric: Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Rayon Challis Birch Floral Navy fabric (purchased from fabric.com)

Pattern: Hinterland Dress for Sophie

Fabric: Nani Iro Double Gauze in Ripple Light Pink (purchased from Purl Soho)

I love these pants and I love this tee, but it is the outfit combo that has me feeling like a dog with two tails. This outfit marks the first time I’ve been able to put together a complete and successful ensemble that features both a hand knit item and a hand sewn item. It’s exhilarating!

Making these Arenite pants was the most enjoyable sewing experience I’ve ever had, and I was doubly rewarded when I tried them on and felt how comfortable they are to wear. I’ve seen these pants worked with various slim hacks that I wanted to try but decided that for my first pair I would mostly follow the pattern as written. I chose the Size 8, which is in line with my waist size, but my hips measure 41 inches, which is over three inches greater than the hip measurement listed in the Arenite size chart. So it seems I did go with a slim hack after all. Maybe it’s my big butt and hips, but I felt like they came out fitting me just right. My gambling paid off!

When sewing together the leg panels, I decided to keep the seams on the inside rather than work the visible flat-felled seams that were called for because I was unsure this floral fabric was suited for that look. I also did not lengthen the inseam despite being taller because I was aiming for a slightly cropped pant.

The elastic waistband and slightly tapered leg are great, but the pockets are what make these pants exceptional. I’ve already purchased fabric for two more (less floral) sets of Arenite pants, if that is any indication of how much I love them.

Now for the As If Tee! This top is so so cute. I love how quick and easy it works up with the Aran weight yarn, but the mohair and v-neck create something very special. This is also a project that I must make again.

For my next As If tee, I may knit the mohair a tad longer for a slightly less cropped top. Or I may knit another cropped one. Who’s to say?

My final project to share is a Hinterland dress I sewed for Sophie earlier in the summer. Below is an image of the Nani Iro double gauze fabric I used. It’s like a watercolor painting! However, my fabric had a narrow yellow strip along the edge of the green section, which is not shown but can be seen in my daughter’s finished dress.

It was touching when my 10-year-old daughter saw my finished Hinterland and thought the fit was so cute that she asked if I could make her one. The starting size is 0, which is a tad too large for Sophie, so I hacked this by drawing in one more size on all of the piece forms by the same amount as the size before it, if that makes sense? I also omitted the bust darts.

In the picture above you can see the yellow from one side of the fabric, which I also used for the waist tie, as well as a slice of the white signature from the other side of the fabric. The signature is like graffiti–pretty cool!

This project marks my first time working with double gauze, which is delicate but so very soft and amazing. This was also my first sewn tie/tube, which was interesting to learn. I had never thought about how they are made and thus didn’t know they had to be turned inside out after sewing. I used a paper clip and a pencil. It was tricky for me.

Alas, shrinking in the sizing all around caused the neck hole to be slightly too small, so I had to add buttons. I followed the helpful tutorial here for adding the little button placket to the upper back.

It won’t be long before Sophie outgrows this Hinterland, so I expect I’ll be knitting her another one soon. I also have some fabric set aside for sewing myself another Hinterland.

This time around the sewing projects were fairly trouble-free, so I think I’m finding my groove. The only struggle is balancing the knitting and sewing because I have countless projects of each that I want to start RIGHT NOW. Siiiiiigh.

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