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August 08, 2017

Pattern Review ~ The Stasia Dress by Sew Liberated

Pattern Review ~ The Stasia Dress by Sew Liberated

 

Meet Stasia, a sewing pattern by Meg McElwee at Sew Liberated. From start to finish this dress was a joy to create. The pattern pieces and instructions are clear and easy to follow. I thought that it was very generous of Sew Liberated to include Tips for Sewing & Hemming Knits and I highly recommend reading the notes on "Fitting" if this is your first time working with Knits / Jersey. Meg offers a great explanation of negative ease. 

The Stasia lines are simple yet interesting. The fit is flattering, ultra feminine and easy to wear. The most intriguing part of this design is the Basque waistline. The front of this dress drops below the waist to a subtle V, for me this is a nod to the 90's. (Maybe I'm biased because my wedding gown included this feature.)  Like I said, it's subtle, barely noticeable especially in a print Jersey, but it's extremeIy complimentary to a curvy girl like me.

And finally the Stasia is practical and versatile. I taught a Sewing 101 class in this dress, bending over sewing machines, reaching across the cutting table, dipping under sewing stations to adjust peddles and not once did I feel the need to pull the shoulder up or tug at the skirt. I stitched up one in short sleeve and one in the 3/4 length which I plan to wear in heavy rotation this Fall. I'm also looking forward to making a 3/4 length shirt for Fall and a sleeveless dress next Spring/Summer. I made a size 8 for myself taking up a half inch in the shoulders and an inch off the neckline to avoid the shoulders slipping off. 

The printed pattern is expected to be in stock at Downtown Knits in late August. In the meantime you can see a sample of the 3/4 length dress in Stoff Charcoal Jersey. The short sleeve is made with Alison Glass Coral Jersey. We have some gorgeous new Knit / Jersey in the shop that are perfect for late summer and fall. You may see me wearing this one around town or in the shop a few times before summer comes to an end. 

And in case you didn't know, Meg of Sew Liberated is located right here in North Carolina. Who knows? Maybe we'll see her at DTK one of these days! 

Happy Sewing! 

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May 04, 2016

Come Celebrate 6 years at DownTown Knits

Come Celebrate 6 years at DownTown Knits
That's right, it's time to celebrate with us as DownTown Knits
turns 6 years.  We've been so fortunate to be serving you over the years that we're doing things a bit different this year. We're giving back to the
community and to you.
Join us May 13th at 6:00p.

Here are the details;
A finished project Swap
Bring items you've made (knit or crochet) that you no longer want and swap them with someone that loves it.
What you bring to swap is totally up to you.
 
Items that are not swapped will be donated to Interact (check out their website). Interact is a non-profit UW agency that provides safety, support and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Additionally, bring or wear an item you made this year with yarn or fabric you purchased from DTK that you'd like to show off...

We can't wait to see you! It's sure to be fun.

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April 19, 2016

Come Quilt with Michael Caputo

Come Quilt with Michael Caputo
We're so excited to have such a talented quilt designer come to DTK. Join us on April 30th for a meet & greet and book signing with Michael. Here's a little bit about him; Michael was born in New York and now lives in Apex, NC having relocated from London.
He studied at the Fashion Insitute of Technology in NY and became a childern's novelty book designer. He was introduced to quilting by his Mom. He's taught quilting at the Institute at Finchley, and at Ray-Stitch in London, UK. In addition to designing and making quilts for magazines, fabric manufaturers, friends, and family, he still designs and engineers pop-up books for children, and enjoys knitting and cross stitch. 
Come meet Michael at DownTown Knits on April 30th at 1:00 for his book signing of his newest book just released, Quilting Basics:  A step-by-step course for first-time quilters. 

 

 

Michael will also be teaching beginner quilting classes at DTK in May, check out the class page on our website to sign up. 

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March 26, 2016

Hitofude KAL Starts March 29

Hitofude KAL Starts March 29

Our next knit-along is Hitofude, an open-front, drapey cardigan - perfect for spring! Join us Tuesday, March 29, at 6pm for the first meeting. We'll get to know each other and review the pattern and KAL schedule, and discuss yarn selection and gauge. We can't wait!!

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February 04, 2016

Hey Lady Hey Trunk Show

Hey Lady Hey Trunk Show

We are so excited to welcome Melissa Stajda of Hey Lady Hey to the shop for a trunk show on Saturday, February 13, from 10-4!

Melissa dyes, spins, knits, and crafts in Durham, NC, sourcing all materials from North American companies. She enjoys the intimacy and creativity of small-batch dyeing and was kind enough to design an exclusive colorway just for DownTown Knits. She'll be bringing lots of yummy yarn to the trunk show and will have samples of all of her lovely patterns for you to try on. We hope you'll be able to join us!

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