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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Twist Knot


If you've read this blog for any length of time, you may be thinking, wow, that's not the subdued type of print I'm used to seeing here! I bought two yards of this stuff on the internets about five years ago, before I was fabric-wise, and it immediately became a what-was-I-thinking-fabric. I like the colors, but wasn't expecting such a large-scale print. And I'm not fond of slinky-feeling fabrics, which is essentially the definition of ITY.

Fast-forward five years....I wanted to try this twist knot dress pattern (Ottobre 2-2013-19). What fabric should I sacrifice for the trial? Ah, the ITY I should have given away years ago.

Turns out, I like ITY. When worn, it feels a lot weightier than it does in the hand. I feel a little like the big furry creature in Green Eggs and Ham, haha.

I love the comments I get from my kids whenever I make something new. They are my go-to-crowd for unfiltered comments. They all thought the print was unusual for me - and my 11 year old thought it was a cowboy print.

Uh, what?

Because there are "bulls with rings in their noses".


Now, what about the dress pattern, itself? I didn't have high expectations, because I haven't actually put together one of these twist-knot styles before, and didn't know how the wrapped bodice would work on me. The construction takes some thought, and I ended up hand-stitching one of the openings for the twist, so it wouldn't pull open, but I am quite impressed with the end result! The fit is spot-on.

Now, where can I find some more ITY?


I finished the back neckline with FOE. Stretched ever so slightly, it helps prevent back-neck gape-age.


36 comments:

  1. Cowboy print! Too funny. Now that I think of the pattern in 'kid terms' I'd say it's more of "Moose with nose ring"! Joking aside, the dress looks great on you and is very flattering. I personally think ITY stands for "It's Thin Yo!" :)

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    1. Thanks! And I think I'll have to go with "It's Thin Yo!“ from now on!

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  2. I see the cows now! I think you should wear these colours and prints more often as it looks fabulous on you.

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  3. I saw this picture in a thumbnail first and I must admit I thought it wasn't your usual type of fabric, but my second thought was how elegant! I saw the colours as kind of flowy, like water over a stream bed. Your hair up compliments the neckline, too.

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    1. Thanks - the fabric and print are definitely more "elegant" than my usual...

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  4. This fabric is very striking! I love it! I think you should sew up more prints like this. You are right, the fit of the dress is spot on.

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    1. Thanks - I was really surprised (and pleased) about the fit.

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  5. The dress looks great on you! I agree with the others... You can really make more... It's really perfect, feminine and a great print. Sometimes is good to try something different;) remarkably great

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    1. Thanks! And you're right - it is good to try something different now and then!

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  6. It DOES look like a bull with a ring in it's nose! Or I see a crab, too. I like the print. Although I've always liked bright, big prints. I've only sewn a few things with ity but in my experiences I've found that there are good ity fabrics and some really bad ones. Looks like you found a good one. Pretty dress!!

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    1. I don't think I'll be able to undo the bull image, hehe. I've sewn with ITY only twice, I think, but I do plan to keep a lookout for some good prints/colors, now.

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  7. This dress is gorgeous and looks wonderful on you...slinky suits you so well!

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  8. This turned out so nice!! I love it!

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  9. That is stunning! And you look great in it.

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    1. Thanks! It's comfortable, too which (to be honest) is a higher priority, hehe.

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  10. Agreed not what I am used to seeing here :O), but it fits super and looks great on you! Kids are so funny with the first thought comments :O).

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    1. Thanks! Kids are definitely funny. And their initial thoughts are generally the honest ones (:

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  11. I see the bull with nose rings too! You look great in this dress! It's an interesting twist that wraps to the back and gives the dress a high waist. Luckily you didn't give away the fabric!

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    1. Yes, I'm glad I didn't get rid of the fabric after all, since I'm not sure if I would have purchased ITY again to try out.

      The wrap is really interesting - the "ties" are completely stitched to the dress.

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  12. Such a beautiful fit! I'm not a fan of synthetics either, but I do make an exception for ITY because it drapes so well (it looks great in the twist) and flows so femininely.

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    1. Thanks!
      You're right about ITY working so well in a twist; cotton doesn't quite match it.

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  13. I didn't see any bulls and rings until I read it...now it's all I see!lol The dress looks great on you. Very sophisticated!

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    1. I know, I won't be able to un-see the bulls and rings now. Ah, well.
      Thanks!

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  14. You are so glamorous in that first shot! I actually thought you were showing an inspiration garment with a catalog shot. And also, now I can't unsee the bull with a ring in his nose. While I won't wear polyester wovens, I am all about the ITY and poly knits. Easy to sew, easy to wear, generally wear well--there's nothing not to like.

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    1. Ha! I was actually looking up at a bird that had just landed on our feeder.

      ITY definitely has a different feel than the poly wovens. I can't say I tried many poly knits, but I'm loving the ponteroma fabric I just used.

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  15. After reading that your son thought it was cowboy fabric, bulls with nose rings was all I could see... but I still love the dress and the fabric actually looks fabulous! Not sure where you live, but in Aus/NZ, Spotlight has a lot of ITY knits.

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    1. Thanks! I'm in the US, but I definitely consider Spotlight to be a tourist attraction, if I ever make it to AU or NZ!

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  16. You look amazing in this dress, and I just got a shock!
    I was coming to offer a postage share with you for some Deer and Doe patterns as I was sure you were Australian!
    Your beautiful home looked as if it was in Victoria.

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    1. Thanks! And too bad there's an ocean between us!

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    2. Oh, and my Minnesota accent would give me away pretty quick!

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  17. I thought I had commented but I must have just thought it... you look amazing in this dress!

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  18. The dress looks wonderful on you, both the style and the colors. After you mentioned the bull head, that is what my eye focuses on when I look at the fabric. So funny.

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