Monday, February 26, 2007

Wearing Bamboo

I thought I could, I thought I could! Cut it out and made it in one evening! It's the shorter view of the Loes Hinse Cowl Top, with the neckline and turtleneck collar from Christine Jonson's Basewear Two. I *think* that short top pattern was traced with a 2" hem allowance instead of a 4" hem allowance, which seemed excessive on a short top, but I only turned up 1"...since I'm not sure what the lifetime shrinkage of the bamboo will be.

This is the bamboo/lycra knit from Hancock's and, after making up one top, I'm ready to go buy bolts of this stuff. (Of course, I won't...but I'd like to!) It was easy to handle (if a little tricky to get laid out straight), and it feels marvelous on. It's going to be a perfect top to wear under jackets, which was exactly what I wanted.

I hope they sell this stuff for a long, long time. ;)


  1. Lisa,

    Did you pre-wash and dry this fabric in a washer/drier or by hand?

    (Very nice looking top)

  2. Carol, I ran it through the washer and dryer a couple of times, I think. (I meant to do three, but I think I only did it twice). I didn't measure it after to see if it had shrunk; I guess I should've, just so I could report on it.

    But I purchased 1 3/4 yd and, after washing, it was still enough for the top.

  3. Thanks so much for the info on the Bamboo/lycra from Hancocks! I've fondled it several times but have been a little afraid of it! You've give me the excuse I needed to go ahead and try it!

  4. Nice! It looks perfect for under jackets/sweaters.