I made another pair of Megan Nielsen Dawn jeans in a bleached cotton denim from Cloth House. It’s the same denim that I used to make my denim jacket from. On this version I did a 0.5 inch full inner thigh/ knock knee adjustment using the Minott method as shared by Debbie over on Stitches and Seams. I think on the whole it has been successful; this pair seems to be hanging straighter than my previous pair and they feel more comfortable. This view is view A, the tapered leg; my previous versions have been view B, the straight leg, so for a real comparison I will have to make the same adjustment to that view if and when I make them again.
The top is the Petite Knit Anker’s Summer Shirt. Don’t get confused purchasing this pattern and accidentally buy the Anker Tee because they are not the same pattern; ask me how I know, lol. This is the size XL which is my usual size in Petite Knit patterns. I will say that after taking these photographs, I went back and added a single line of shirring elastic around the neck to stabilise the neckline and stop it from stretching out. It’s an easy and enjoyable knit (knitted in the round) and I love the textured yoke.
The yarn is Drops Belle in shade 02 (off white), purchased from Wool Warehouse. This yarn is 14% linen, 33% viscose and 53% cotton, so is an exact match composition wise for the suggested Sandnes Garn Line. I will say that there were some sections of the yarn which were of dubious quality (i.e. very knotty and/ or fragile). But for the price of this yarn (£1.80/ 50 grams) I can’t really complain, and as a novice knitter it was fine for me. But if I make this again I think I would like to try the Sandnes Garn stuff out. From memory I think I used about 8 balls of yarn and shortened the length of the body by about 2 inches. This little sweater has proved to be a useful addition to my wardrobe. The neutral colour means it can be worn with lots, dressed up or down, and is good for our British summer (maybe not when we are having a heat wave though :-)).
Fitting Notes for Dawn Jeans
- This pair is view A (tapered leg), in a size 20
- I added 5/8ths inch to the side seams for fit insurance
- I cut these at the regular crop inseam length
- I lowered the back crotch by 0.5 inches
- I did a 5/8ths inch full abdomen adjustment
- I did a 0.5 inch full inner thigh/ knock knee adjustment (Minott method)
- I increased the rise by 0.75 inches
- I split the waistband into 4 sections with side seams and changed the direction of the grainline. The original waistband as drafted is a single straight one piece waistband cut parallel to the selvedge. My new 4 piece waistband is cut so the side seams are parallel to the selvedge. For next time I might tighten the waistband a smidge
- I made the back yoke have a right angle corner to stop it dipping down – check out wzrdreams Instagram highlight on how to do this. I highly recommend!
- I shortened the leg by 1 inch
- I ended up taking 0.5 inches for the inner and outer leg seams down to about the knee
- I removed a total of 1.25 inches of width from the inner and outer leg seams at the ankle
Two great pieces added to my wardrobe which have already been worn lots.