Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Friday, 21 February 2014
Ribbed Socks for kids on Ravelry. These were for my 9 year old but they will not go over his ankles easily ... but they fit the 7 year old perfectly! Now to knit a pair that fits the 9 year old!! This was my quickest pair of socks - a simple pattern and a small pair = 2 weeks to knit.
This was my 10th pair of socks :-)
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Four pairs of boring boring boring boring grey school trousers - it was such a slog making them because I kept thinking of all the things I would have rather been making. Not sure the marks from the iron improve the shot!
Try a different pattern OR try Ottobre 06-2009-25 again as J has grown and needs much longer trousers. These are just perfect which means he will have grown out of them by Easter (hopefully he can wear shorts after that??!!)
Next up - ear defender bag / swim trunks / my coat!!!
Sunday, 2 February 2014
So for 2014 the more I thought the more I realised that I wanted to:
1. Sew from stash - reduce the stash by 2 boxes! - everything sewn so far is from stash :)
2. Knit from stash -everything (one sock and half the next) - knit from stash - at this rate my knitting stash will last 3 year AT LEAST!
3. Use stash patterns New Look 6935 used (for dress and bolero)
4. Use patterns from books and magazines from stash NOT YET
5. Complete my green coat working on this (see photo)...
SO my goals for 2014 are:
1. Complete green coat AND then make a second coat to reinforce all the new skills learnt.
I am working on this one
2. Sew / Knit at least 8 things from the book/ magazine stash
3. Adapt the shirt pattern to get a better fit for J
4. Lingerie - test knicker patterns and then make at least 2 sets
All of these are based around using up what I have Since we are only one month in - I think I am doing OK!
OOOPHS! So 4 pairs of unfinished trousers, one unfinished coat, one unfinished dress and one unfinshed bolero...... I had to drive to my mothers (80 miles) and use her machine to finish my dress but I did not have time to finish the bolero before the meal.
When we got back from our weekend away, the parts for the sewing machine had arrived and my super wonderful husband soldered them in... and now I have a working machine again... did I mention my husband is wonderful.... so all fixed for £30 :-)
So now a finished bolero to go with the dress.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
First garment finished in 2014!
A pattern stash! New Look 6935 - in fabric from stash.....glitzy (garish?) dress for an evening out!
This pattern has a LOT of ease - 3" in bust and 6" across the hips.
Three different dresses and 2 bolero tops.
I made view B - the dress with a gathered bodice
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Been in stash so long I can't remember! But I love the bolero pattern
Mystery fabric from stash which was given to me - a shimmery sparkly fabric!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
There is a LOT of ease (3" in bust and 6" across hips). I cut a 14 flaring to 16 at hips BUT could have cut it smaller in the bodice. I took some of the size back out by getting someone to pin me in and mark up the CB seam - then sewing in the zipper along the pinned line not the actual seam line
Use a concealed CB zipper
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes - I have plans to make this again.. and the bolero is almost finished too!
This whizzes up very quickly and I will make more in other fabrics. I need to improve the way I deal with the V neck to prevent gaping though! (I used cotton tape slightly shorter than the length of the neckline - but this alters how the lining fits - so next time I should do the same process with the lining OR work out an alternative!)