To finally get out of my ‘store bought pattern’ comfort zone I took a pattern-making class. After lots of fittings, lots of muslin samples, and lots of dart manipulations I had only the final week of class to sew up my project.
The jacket was originally a shirt before I made the fabric selection of denim. I had to change my design when I realized there was no way to get in it. I transferred the bust and waist darts to the neck line and stitched them down for detail. The petal sleeve was also drafted.
The skirt was inspired by my Fashion Studies Foundation class mood board and illustration of origami and a four gored skirt with a back inset detail.
There were a couple of inside finishing details that I slipped up on, but I think I did an okay job for a first time pattern-maker. Now, on to draping class!
Of the many projects that I have in the weaving-in-ends stage of knitting, I chose to finish this one first because chunky knits are always the easiest to handle. The original pattern called for Rowan Big Wool, but I just substituted Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick (in Cobalt) in its place.
I mis-calculated using 10 skeins for this project, because I ended up with 3 full skeins left over.
Let me tell you, this thing is warm and comfy. Now that the weather has chilled a bit, I can picture myself getting cozy on the couch wrapped up in my Faeroe with a nice cup of tea.
Two was the magic number for this project of eyeglass lanyards for my mother-in-law.
I created a double loop secured with two strands of fishing line for extra strength. I used seeds and 3mm crystals because I wanted something classy and small enough so there weren’t any huge beads swinging at the side of her head all day. Hopefully they are a good color match for her red and blue pairs of glasses.
I always have a blast creating beaded projects or anything crafty for that matter. What’s even more exciting for me is this fairly decent (non-Instagram) photo I created with my crappy cell phone camera. My flash wouldn’t work for some reason so I couldn’t get the light that I needed, but with a few adjustments I got a photo that’s clear and bright enough to see the beads and I was even able to add my blog’s copyright text. AND it doesn’t look like its straight out of the 1970’s with that muted-color, grainy filter that’s so popular.
My understanding of the definition of color blocking is there are chunks (or blocks) of color sewn or pieced together in one garment. It appears that the color blocking trend has taken on new meaning. When doing a search, I find a look that could be best described as “color clashing” rather than blocking, where each garment is a different, bright color. While I like that look, that’s not where I was going with this project.
I don’t usually do trends or a particular style however, New Look 6087 looked like it would have been a great subtle (i.e. lazy) intro to the color blocking trend.
The pattern envelope detail of the top is actually two separate shirts worn together, an idea that didn’t fully dawn on me until I was actually cutting it out. Since I was too lazy to do a simple redesign, too motivated to actually sew something, and not wanting to give up altogether, I just ran with it as it was. I needed the sewing practice and I didn’t want to toss out all of that wonderful fabric: Interlock. There seriously is no substitute for nice, drapey jersey.
The side ruching helps minimize the distorted, puckered hem that always seems to occur when sewing this fabric. All seams were neatly finished with a zig zag stitch which works better than a straight, machine hem. I think I’ll at least go back and attach the two shirts at the right under arm edge so that the two shirts can stay even in the front. It’s done and I’m moving on with a little less Interlock fabric in the stash. YAY!
Knitting for babies is so much fun! And easy! They don’t have any curves to fit, there are no complaints like “Oh, these colors just don’t work with my skin tone.”, and the item is SMALL. Guaranteed quick finish!
I’m still trying to figure out what makes this dress so ‘vintage’. The pattern notes say it’s a take on the classic Alice dress. Alice who? Alice in Wonderland? Not really.
Yarn: Comfy Fingering in Sea Foam (knitpicks)
Ribbon: Cloth of brown with light blue polka dots.
Lately I’ve been in love with asymmetry so I have worked on a couple of jewelry pieces, mainly necklaces, that incorporate that look. I find the concept of true symmetry fascinating; full of perfect order and harmony, but I wanted to step a little bit away from what I usually do and embrace a little slice of irregularity.