Saturday, 22 March 2014

Hide and Seek Dress

I made the Oliver and S Hide and Seek dress for Maya.  I really love it.  I read a few reviews before I started so I was prepared for the fact that it has a lot of pieces and that seam finishes would be an important part of this dress.  I see so many possibilities for other dresses from this pattern!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Winter Knits

The cold and snow this winter has put me in the mood to knit.  Here are a few of my projects:

This is the Knit Night hat from Ravelry.  The only change I made was that I decreased to the band at the bottom by row (by accident- I was knitting while following the kids).  I love the hat and the pattern.

This is the Honey Cowl (short version). I made the longer version a couple of years ago but I wanted a cowl in the same grey as the hat I made.

These are Spate fingerless gloves.  I participated in the Journey Knit Along on Ravelry.

All of these projects were knit with Cascade 220 superwash in Silver Grey.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Another Skirt

 I made another Everyday Skirt this weekend.  This one is grey chambray.  I took these pictures after I wore it for a few hours so it is a LITTLE wrinkled.  This fabric makes the skirt very practical and easy to pair with tops and boots.  As you can see, my foster dog (who will soon be our forever dog since we have been fostering her for over a year and no one has applied to adopt her) stayed about a foot away from me for all the pictures.  That is pretty much how it goes all day around here.  She has attached herself to me pretty well!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Liesl + Co Everyday Skirt

I had a feeling I was going to like this skirt when I saw the Liesl + Co Everyday Skirt pattern.  I tend to buy fitted skirts because I feel like full skirts add too much bulk to my hips but the way this pattern is constructed prevents that.  There is gathering in the front (attached to a flat waistband) and gathering in the back (with elastic so no closures are needed), but the side panels are flat.  Also, there are pockets and I love pockets!  I was determined not to buy new fabric until I knew if I liked the pattern so I made my first version from this quilting cotton I had in my stash.  I think the print and color say "fall".  

 The side view.  See the pockets and the flat front waistband?
 And then my hair elastic fell out so I called it quits.
I am definitely making more skirts with this pattern.  I have some charcoal chambray on the way and I am hoping to make one in lightweight cord as well.  I made the medium this first time but I might try the small next time.  I had to gather the elastic quite a bit in the back and with cord, I don't want it to end up too bulky.  If you are looking to start sewing some wardrobe basics for yourself, I recommend giving this one a try.   If you have sewn a few simple projects and you are relatively comfortable with your machine, you will have no trouble with the directions.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Bimaa Sweater

I bought the Sew Fab epattern bundle and here are my first two Bimaa Sweaters.  The pink is a size 5 in a lightweight jersey blend.  The blue is a size 5 too sort of.  I accidentally cut it in a size 5 instead of the 3 I intended.  It turned out to be a good thing since the fabric is not super stretchy and if I had made it in the 3, I don't think she would have been able to get it on.  I realized my error the second I finished cutting and so I simply shortened the sleeves and the body.  It came out just how I wanted!  I love the pattern.  I will be making a few more of these - I actually have a dress in mind based off of this.  THe rest of the bundle is pretty great also - a purchase that will get a lot of use.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Texture - Denim, Linen, and Lace

 I almost didn't complete an outfit this week.  Work has been intense.  Sam has been pretty intense too.  One thing I tried to do for sewing along with Project Run and Play was to use different textures.  I used very little basic quilting cotton (really just week one) and I worked to branch out a little.  This week I used stretch denim for Maya's wide leg pink pants- my serger handled it well!.  Her top is embroidered white linen.  It has a raglan-style sleeve edged with lace.  I added lace to the bottom as well.  I made a wide neck that I gathered with dark pink elastic with a tiny lace edge to it.  Maya looks very sweet in it.  My signature style?  I like to make comfortable pieces from fun fabrics.  I like simple details. And, as I found out these past few weeks, I really like trying different types of fabric.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Plaid Week

 I was very excited to learn that one of the themes for PRP this season is plaid.  This heavy flannel plaid caught my eye over the summer but I needed a good reason (and a good coupon) to buy some.  Luckily I got both!  I don't know the exact term for it but this is a plaid in which the plaid in woven into the fabric, not printed on top.  It makes a nice, heavier weight flannel.  The top is the Geranium Dress shortened to a top length.  I added a bow in the front.  The buttons in the back are cute little purple flowers.  I made the sleeveless version to be worn as a layering piece in the fall and winter (since the fabric is too heavy for summer)

The pants are the Parsley Pants pattern.  I made the flat front with pouch pockets.  The fabric is a bottom weight twill and I broke a needle trying to sew through the elastic, pockets, and the waistband.  I was using a needle for heavy weight fabric.  Any tips on that??  They came out great though  - roomy and comfortable.  
 They are a little dusty because Hannah decided to roll around on the floor before we took pictures.