And Before You Know It…

June is basically here!  I had my eye on a particular craft book challenge that involved beading,  but I didn’t get around to it.   My completed project is not contained in a book, but is still part of the stash which is a component of my challenge.

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Simplicity 2501 (View E)  and fabric used is straight out of the collection.   The pattern pieces were a tight fit given the limited amount of this fabric after adjustments.  What was different about this pattern is that it comes with multiple sizes according to your bust cup.  Let me tell you that didn’t mean diddly squat and I still had to do my usual bust adjustments. Oh, how disappointing!

After bust, back, and hip adjustments, I ended up with something I’m fairly pleased with.  I love the ruffle detail even though the print is a little busy and hides it.  I’m not pushing any fashion boundaries with this top, but it’s a start for my summer wardrobe.  I just need a pant or skirt to pair it with.

On a knitting note, I have a total of 9 squares finished for my afghan.  Some aren’t working out so well so I’ve changed a few of the square patterns originally selected.

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I was a little misled by the colors on my monitor.  My two blues don’t coordinate as well as I thought, however there is no stopping it now!  Onward!

-Nizzy

And Before You Know It…

BurdaStyle Love

I was getting a little bored at the tail end of my subscription to Burda Style magazine so I didn’t renew as of June 2012, but now that I’m looking back and I see all of these super cute outfits I want my subscription back!  In the meantime, I’m working from the stash almost exclusively on this one.  I chose a basic dark grey wool crêpe for this dress in the September 2009 issue.

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BurdaStyle 9-2009-111
Image source: Russian Burdastyle Website

The pleats over the bust make me a little nervous even after making a muslin of the top.  The fabric is cut and the lining is attached.  Baby, I’m all in! However, I’m running into some problems.  There is the wonky fitting sleeve and then there is this:

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Yikes!

I’d love to ask for help (regarding the sleeves) from all the lovely ladies that posted their finished creation to the russian site, but I don’t speak Russian. Those ladies have the garment fit to perfection while I am just aiming for finished.

-Nizzy

BurdaStyle Love

Sewing with a Plan: Pattern Selection

For some time I’ve been kind of disappointed with my wardrobe.  I feel like most of the things I own fall into one or more of the categories: too old, doesn’t fit, don’t like it anymore, too blah.  I want some change, but sometimes shopping is a nightmare and I also can’t seem make clothes fast enough for my satisfaction.  So instead of incessantly whining about it, I’m going to take my time to purchase what I need, sew the rest, and just make it all work over time starting with one of my crafty goals.

At the start of the year I came up with a reasonably short list of few crafty things I definitely wanted to finally attempt in 2013.  One such goal is to participate in a SWAP.   Not the kind of swap where you get a few people together to trade yarn, clothes, patterns, or other things, but SWAP as in Sewing With a Plan.  If you don’t know about it already, here is a link to the  Original SWAP Article.  Basically, it originally began as a contest where you create a starter wardrobe of 11 different coordinating pieces using fabrics of two colors and one print.  I’m going to make it a little easier for myself and pick a pattern that has a bit of everything already in the package.

Choice 1: Vogue 8866

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Vogue 8866
Image source: www.voguepatterns.mccall.com

It’s all about that jacket peplum!  I love it, but I can totally see it giving me a headache.  The rest of the pieces are pretty basic and look easy to sew together.

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Image source http://www.voguepatterns.mccall.com

Choice 2: Vogue 2975

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Image source: Pattern Review Website

With this one there will be a little bit of fussing with the pleats, but at least I will only have to do it once to account for the top and the dress.  I’ve never made a suit jacket before so either way it will be a new experience.

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Image Source: Pattern Review Website

I can’t decide which one I want to start with!   Suits aren’t required for work, but that makes me no nevermind.  Ideally for option 1 I would like to have everything sewn by the fall so that I can go into the season with something new, but I have to fit it in with the other sewing projects I  have already planned/on the wish list. With option 2 I could enjoy some of the pieces throughout the spring and summer as I sew.  Decisions, decisions!

-Nizzy

Sewing with a Plan: Pattern Selection

The Plan for an Afghan

*cue the sweet music*

Ahhhh…I remember when I first learned to crochet and (over-ambitiously) wanted my first project to be a blanket for my twin bed.  I purchased two skeins of  Red Heart Super Saver yarn in mint green and started my project using the only stitch I knew…*record scratch*…single crochet.  After about thirty rows I figured I would be about 25 years of age before I ever finished that project (I was about 10 years old then) so I gave it up.  I gave up crochet for several years after that.

Fast forward to today and I’m back to making plans for an Afghan.  I was inspired to make one after browsing through the content in Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans several years ago.  Some of the designs were quite striking, but I still couldn’t bring myself to start it. 

“It’s too big.”

“It will get too heavy.”

“It’s the same pattern over and over.”

Too many excuses, right?  So when Knitting Block by Block was released I knew this was the way to go.   With making an afghan of separate knitted squares each with a different pattern, I can dip in and out of this project when it becomes too monotonous, huge, and scary.   Piecing it together will be hell, but I hope to do that as I go along.

The initial plan:

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I am using blue, light blue, grey and pink acrylic yarn (Sincerely – a Joann’s exclusive) to keep the cost down.  My preference would be to try Cascade 220.

I even finished my first 11 x 11 knitted block already! 

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Let the ABC project begin!

-Nizzy

The Plan for an Afghan

Drinking with a Creative Purpose

Does this make me look like a lush?

*Squee*  I got to use a hot glue gun for the first time!

I’ve collected and saved wine corks for years to finally craft this herringbone cork board.  What was extra awesome about creating this is that without planning or counting I ended up with just enough corks to cover the main surface within the frame.  I just need a few more corks to fill in the edges.  Sounds like a good opportunity for a few more evenings of tv, knitting, and a nice chilled glass of white.

Since cutting the corks by hand was too tiresome and tedious, I had a family friend help me with cutting them in half on a table saw.

-Nizzy

 

Drinking with a Creative Purpose

A Sneak Peek: Yarn Love for a Summer Sweater

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I am gearing up to make my annual spring/summer sweater!

Every year since I’ve started knitting (about 4 years ago?), I pick one simple, easy pattern for a top that I can finish fairly quickly to wear during the spring/summer months.    All other knitting projects are placed on hold during this time so that I may work diligently to finish.

The project usually contains mindless stockinette stitch, does not require seaming multiple pieces together (ick!), and is usually in a bright color that oozes summer.

Well, I got two out of three this year.  I decided to go for something a little darker and with more variegation in color since my LYS didn’t carry enough yarn available in my first and second and third choices.  I didn’t want any blue or pink and I was too deep in gotta-have-it-mode to wait for an order for my favs.

My eyes were instantly drawn to:

Gilded
Candlewick
Tomato

But I settled on:

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The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light and it’s so soft and beautiful!  I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it and I want about 4 skeins in every color, please!

*thumbnails courtesy of http://madelinetosh.com/

-Nizzy

A Sneak Peek: Yarn Love for a Summer Sweater