August 2014 archive

My Marion Cardigan

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Okay, so sorry you have to see the same dress as earlier, this is what happens when you own, like, 3 dresses (the other 2 didn’t go.) Soooo, this is my Marion Cardigan, and I can tell you for sure that this will not be my last knit designed by Andi Satterlund. She is pretty talented, and her small seems to fit me perfectly. I love the look of cropped cardigans because they not only look cute with dresses (my preferred garment choice) but they also don’t ride up, which is a serious problem I have with anything that hits me at the hip (unless it is huge, of course.)

The yarn is Cascade 220 in “Turquoise” and I love this yarn. It is so soft and squishy, and even though it is 100% wool, I don’t find it very hot. It also absorbs, uh, moisture? So that is nice. I found the buttons on Etsy at The Bling Bazaar and I really feel like they make the sweater pop. Love it!

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This was my very first cable project, and I am quite proud of it. Honestly, the pattern really holds your hand through the whole thing, and if you can knit, purl and understand basic shaping, you can do this. VERY straightforward knit.

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Look at the sleeve detail! I love things like that, how it isn’t simply ribbed but has cables incorporated! These things make for a fun knit. If you want to see more details then you can check out my Ravelry page for it here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

The “500 Days of Summer” Sundress

You guys! I made my first dress! Alright, so this dress has been done forever, to be honest, but I just had the most awkward time getting pictures. Still, it is so exciting to have something that actually fits my body in a way that is even remotely flattering. Seriously.

The name was picked because I was trying to get it done in time for the kick off of season 4 of Project Sewn. I didn’t make it. The theme was leading ladies, and although I had already planned this outfit before the theme was announced, I did find this inspiring image from one of my favorite films. And so it was named.

The pattern is the Lonsdale Dress, made in this Lisette Cotton Poplin that I got at Jonanns. It is on a deep sale right now too. I really loved this pattern because, being drafted for pear shaped girls (which in this case means having a generous half circle skirt) I was able to make a straight size 8, and not worry about grading for my significantly larger lower parts. I did do some little modifications, I took in some gaping by the underarm and I did a small sway back adjustment following the tutorial here. I am actually thinking now that I should have shortened the whole bodice and done an FBA, but I couldn’t tell that by the muslin, I needed to be actually wearing the dress for a little while in order to see this. It is still the best fitting dress I have ever owned. So there is that.

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I followed the sewalong almost exactly. I french seamed throughout, turned and stitched the front of the skirt, bound the back seam, and hand hemmed it with contrast seam binding. The only real change I made was the zipper insertion. I originally hand picked it, but the zipper showed too much for my taste. I then did a hand picked lapped zipper.

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I know it looks like the zipper is in backwards… but it totally is. This was a conscious decision, since my left arm is more flexible than my right, and my husband (official zipper helper) is a lefty. I had to mirror the directions because none of the tutorials had them facing this way.

See this goofy model like pose above? Yeah, that was an outtake. I would never knowingly pose like that. Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of the least awkward pictures. So, why should you guys reading print get anything less awkward than the individuals who see me in person. Seriously though, I am considering vlogging my makes, so you can see them in motion, and so I don’t have to pose. You have been warned.

All in all, I am very happy with this dress! I plan to make another one at some point for sure. What is that pink thing around me, you ask? Why, it is my Amalthea Shawl, details can be found here.

Oh man you guys, nothing is better than clothes that actually fit.

Underclothes!

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I made a bra! How crazy is that? Okay, maybe it isn’t that crazy… here is what I was working with:

  • Find bra in size 32DD
  • No underwires, no padding
  • but still lifts tho
  • no synthetics/all cotton
  • under $80

So I had to make one, because that list above is just insanity. The good news for me was that this was really simple! All of the things that make bras hard (padding, underwires, slippery fabrics) were totally not an issue in the pattern. Oh yay! I made it in about 4 hours, and that was because I kept making silly mistakes because tiny people were trying to climb me. Why? Because I’m there?

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So the pattern is the Bambi Bra by Ohhh Lulu, and it is pretty great. The seaming is a vaguely vintage shape (think subtle 1940′s, not bullet bra 50′s) and the woven fabric makes it more stable. Those combined together gave me exactly what I was looking for! I made a little etsy treasury of the supplies I used here. It is lined with jersey, which adds stability, but I just used my regular needle. I had no issues. Ooooh, bad bad blogger! Also, my cloure was smaller than the strap, so I just added a little pleat. No biggie.

So, did I like the bra? Yes. Will I make it again? Yes, but there are a few things I would change (warning, frank talk about breasts, look away if you must!)

  • Pay more attention to the elastic! I way over stretched mine… I measured the elastic to my body, and then attached it, only to discover that I needed to shorten the band for the bra by about an inch. Ugh, oops. I totally just shortened it and it still works, but when I’m not wearing it it is so wavy/ripply. 
  • Size up. Yeah, at first I thought it was just the elastic, but I need more room. I made a small, which the measurements said I should fit, but since the bra is drafted for C cups it makes sense to me to size up and just shorten the back strap. No biggie. I actually knew I would have to, but second guessed myself on the muslin. Which leads me too…
  • Reduce the curve on the top of the bra. Ugh, this is an anatomy issue. I have a curved breast bone, no cleavage for me! Not even enough to smooth out these wrinkles. I think smoothing a bit of the curve and moving the straps will make a big difference. (The curve is cute, but not for my body)
  • The adjustable band. Blergh, I will pass next time. I plan to try a vintage closure like the one shown here. No, it isn’t adjustable, but with a woven, how fast will it stretch? I would rather shorten it every 3 months than try to sew in one of those itchy pokey things ever again.

So, I love the pattern, and even with all the issues I still wear it, because it is still the most comfortable bra ever. And there will be more. You have been warned.

Princess Pajamas

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Hello everyone! Sorry I took a little time off… and by a little I mean a whole year. Ooops. I have been doing stuffs of great importance! Unfortunately most of it isn’t interesting at all. I have, however, been spending my summer being very productive. Lots of things have been made and even more are being planned. Kidlet clothes? Check. Mommy clothes? Check. Mommy underclothes? I may have said too much… oh, and cardigans for everyone!

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But today I thought I would start with pajamas! Now, confession… I made Fiona’s last month. Also confession? I made Cara’s last August. I know. At least they still fit? 

So the pattern is Oliver + S Bedtime Story and don’t let my procrastination fool you… this was a dream to sew. All of the fabrics are from the “Once Upon a Time” line by Alexander Henry. Ooooh, so cute. Nothing much to report, the instructions are impeccable as always. The only thing I did different was to french seam everything (Fiona calls it a “fancy inside” and I quite agree. Cara just loves the dragons)

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All right, so I plan to be back next week with more handmades and other such awesomeness… to earn your trust back I will include a super cute picture of the girls in their swim cover-ups (that I did not make)

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Until next time…