Last winter I found a gap in my wardrobe – I needed skivvies to layer under things. For non Australians, a skivvy is a close-fitting, long-sleeved T-shirt with a rolled collar. I didn’t want a turtle neck and I didn’t want a cowl: I wanted a high neck, not particularly close fitting.
I have several patterns I could have used, but I liked the idea of a raglan and found this vintage Knitwit 1150 pattern that obviously cost me $1.
At some point I’m going to make the square neck version with the big sleeves, but for now I’m doing the other version. I made a dark green one from merino I had bought at The Fabric Store in Sydney several years ago.
You can see it’s a fairly simple shape, and the neck isn’t too tight. I didn’t make mine as fitted as the pattern suggested. When I was sewing it up I noticed that there was a moth hole in it and of course it was in an awkward spot. I cut a little heart from a scrap and blanket stitched it on. It can’t be seen but I know it’s there. I also sewed a Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop label on to the edge of the neck.
I found this one so useful that I immediately retrieved a piece of blue merino from my stash. I have worn this one a lot! It seems to go with everything and is a perfect layering piece, or on its own in this fine autumn weather we are having
I added two labels to this one – a Made It from KATM and my own 2023 rabbit made on the Cricut.
Whilst I was on a skivvy roll, I made the Sewing Machina Bob top. I won the pattern in an Instagram challenge and have been waiting for cooler weather to make it.
It comes in a couple of different versions, including a lovely deep back, which sadly is probably not for me.
It’s a very fitted top with negative ease. My size falls between E and F but I cut out a size I, which is obviously a lot bigger as I didn’t want it so fitted. I used some four way stretch from my stash and when I tried it on I felt it was too big – gah!.
I was going out to meet a friend, so whipped it off and took 6cms off each side, tapering at the armholes as I didn’t want super tight sleeves, although when I look at these photos, I may take more off the body and a couple of cms off each sleeve.
It’s a really nice pattern to make and I will enjoy having this top in my wardrobe, as I seem to be a bit short of blue tops.
These three tops really fill a gap in my wardrobe and I’ve worn them a few times since I made them.
Finally, another video of Miss G pulling a little dog around. This was taken on Mother’s Day and the house was in chaos! Miss G has wet hair as her dad dunked her head first in the pool.