Utility: Worn and Wearable

Sadly my life is not dressy and glamorous.  T-shirts and jeans are my normal workwear, I only have to put on a skirt for comments to be made on my appearance – not always a good thing!  Occasionally I’ll buy or make something for an event which sits at the back of the wardrobe until the next outing by which time it looks a bit dated.  What I really  should concentrate on are quality, wearable, everyday clothes, interesting to knit and with a detail or two to lift them out of the ordinary.

Utility Cowl


I’ve been obsessing about vintage linens.  Not historic textiles but the sort of linen your Granny had in the kitchen drawer.  The sort that might have a few darns but still has plenty of wear and didn’t smear the glasses.  Miss Marple for instance might have bought her dusters from the counter in Woolworths but she went up to town, to Derry and Toms for her pre-war quality linen glass cloths. 

Ainsworth and Prin Dress Kits – Sewing the Skirt

You’ve knitted the bodice, blocked the pieces and sewn the seams and now it’s languishing in the ‘to do’ pile for want of a skirt.  If you are more au fait with the knitting needles than the sewing machine we thought a photo tutorial would help the process along.  Panic not – Liberty Tana Lawn is bliss to sew and very forgiving if you make a mistake and have to rip out.

I’ll use the same headings as those printed in the pattern so you can jump in at any point you like.  The pattern instructions are shown in blue and the explanations and tips in black.