Category: sewing

weeks 309-311

I purposely didn’t post anything for the past two weeks. First, I was focused on making sure every bit of paperwork was turned in for Dylan’s triannual IEP last Friday. That, and have been working on a dress and wanted to finish it before posting anything about it, but it’s not finished and I’m still going to post about it since I’m nearing the finish line.

Various projects have weaved in and out of my hands.

The knitted vest, I’ve reached the point where I start binding off various stitches for one front panel, and keep calculating how much to bind off on each side.

orange knit vest back, with one of the front panels

While waiting for something to happen, wanted to keep my hands busy. It was circular but the stitches were twisted. Ended up frogging that, only to start this. I’m going to use this yarn and experiment, so unsure what the end result will be.

starting of another knittng project

Yet another thing to use up yarn, I started crocheting a shawl, but have since picked up stitches and want to either make cables or lace. This picture was (obviously) taken before transferring it onto knitting needles.

So..the dress. I’m a very avid Instagram user and post regularly. Sometimes every day, sometimes much less. Peppermint Magazine had a long-running stint with a company called In The Folds and I had one of their free patterns, #peppermintpeplumtop, as something I was following. Of course, myself likes to make things more complicated.

First of all, I prefer sleeves to sleeveless. I wanted to try my hand in making the top. I was using the top as an excuse to relax, and instead stressed out more and just kept adding steps to the whole process, which please don’t do that. I made the top into a dress and made a lining for the dress, which is way more than a simple sleeveless top with a ruffled bottom. I didn’t properly measure how long for the ruffle, and at first it was way more fabric than I can handle, so ended up taking off about three inches on each side, which made it much more manageable. Also, added a really long belt and some belt loops, although one got partially mangled while sewing the skirt to the top. I didn’t add any interfacing so it probably won’t last as long as it possibly can, but it still looks amazing.

This is what it looks like, as it is now. I have to sew the necklines together then the sleeve hems, hang it for a day or two, then hem the skirts separately. There is a picture of the dress, before sewing any of the lining together on my Instagram feed, along with a lot of pictures of the process, and I’m pretty chuffed about it. This is a horribly blurry photo but there isn’t much space between where it hung and where I stood. I’m not a selfie blaster that takes hundreds of pictures at a time, and will take up to five and usually the first one is the good one. In this case, also. It does look like it needs a bit of the lining trimmed but that’ll be after everything is sewn up.

By the way, I have about enough material to make one more top. And maybe that scene from Garden State, which has yet to be done.

dress hanging on a hanger with the inside lining on the outside

week 305

When you’re taking some inches off clothes, pay attention to what you’re doing to the sleeves. On the plaid shirt, I’ve been attaching the sleeves then taking them off, adding something, then reattaching them. Both times they’ve felt super tight in the upper arm area. That’s why I started sewing because off the rack clothes oftentimes needs a bit of fixing but can’t be arsed to even bother when it’s already finished. Irony that I’m altering two tops found in stores.

Right now, the yellow and black plaid shirt is currently sleeveless and I’m attaching triangles to the sleeves, before reattaching them. I’ve taken in about three-four inches on both sides and it fits way better.

The floral kimono is still wide in the back, but not what it was. I’ve sewn up the sides, but one sleeve and side is wider when trying it on. So, need to sew the wider side so it is tighter in the armpit area. Then, I can fix the uneven bottom and the fronts don’t match either. Still want to put buttons but I’ll figure that out once the rest is even.

I’ve gotten a bit farther with knitting the back of the orange vest and 2/3rds finished with the first skein. Can start binding off and making the armholes. At this point, I have another skein of yarn that can used for sleeves, when it comes to that point, if I change my mind and want them, which is likely.

By the way, the picture doesn’t give the yarn a proper representation of its colour. This is one of those darkish orange shades that always looks lighter in pictures.

week 304

I’m heavily procrastinating doing important paperwork and had a couple questions, and the person I needed to ask isn’t in today, so a few more hours then buckle down and try to do as much of the questionaires and stuff. Having an Autistic child requires so much but he’s completely worth everything. Sometimes I feel neglectful but, within reason, if he’s happy, then so be it.

I’ve spent most of my time this past week taking bits of clothing apart to either refashion them into something actually wearable or to become pattern pieces.

My favourite top was a top I bought from H&M. I want to do a mishmash that somewhat combines two tops, once I am able to finally separate all the pieces for both. Snaps are a pain to remove, but thankfully, they don’t leave huge holes in the pieces, using jewelry pliers to take them apart. I still have to remove the front snaps from the white top, while the dark grey is all buttons. By the way, the back of both shirts are almost identical, although the white top was longer but it had a tear in the back and I shortened it and wore it a lot until one sleeve developed a couple small holes.

two H&M tops (white and grey) to become pattern pieces

One of the sleeves after I separated it. I want to reuse all the lace in the top resulting from drafting a pattern from the two.

one sleeve from one H&M top

The two shirts I am changing to make them more wearable is the the yellow and black top from Anthropologie that fit no one, and the kimono I wore once.

yellow and black plaid shirt, and a floral kimono

I’m just taking in the sides of the plaid top so it’s not a tent. The kimono I wore once, after shortening it and making sleeves out of the detached part. I’m turning it into a blouse. The back was wider than I thought. After I detached everything, I measured the back and it’s 40 inches, or 101.6cm. I could have just cut the back and made it all from just that piece, but I’m doing quite a bit of trimming. And after I’m done, putting crochet edging all around.

Haven’t gotten far in my knitting, as I just did an inch more of the orange vest.

orange knitting

week 275

Bit of a slow week as I’m reorganising personal items and it’s taking up space and time. Have only been able to focus on a few things. Well, two and another one, just wanted it done.

Yesterday, I undid the yarn on the neckline on the striped sweater and made the shoulder seams longer. Have yet to make a sweater closer to personal size, but oversized roomy jumpers are so nice to put on. This was sitting there and just wanted it finished, but need to put on some edging all around.

closeup of purple, grey and blue striped sweater

Okay. Remember how I got indecisive about the knitting of those two Yarnbox yarns?

It started off crochet, then was knitted. It’s crochet.

crochet green and purple variegated shawl

I love the way it looks as it does now, and not sure why I didn’t originally go with this. Started with the green then the purple with pink and white bits. It’s not clear in this picture because the light is washing out the shawl.

Also, didn’t realise but this may have taken a couple days to make.

So, the top using the sloper. My stitches are messy but it’s almost done.

almost finished lace and silk top
seam binding on neckline

I’m somewhat proud of this top although using white lace on a dark fabric shows the stitches and is a bit annoying but unavoidable. Originally the hem was going to be just lace but it made it so the top felt like a sweatshirt which wasn’t fun. I mirrored the hem with the top although the puffy side of the lace is reverse of the top front. Need to topstitch the hem and fix the cuffs then it will be finished. The lace was from an open jacket sitting in my closet, bought at Kmart, and the heavy silk floral fabric was bought at Joanns. Both purchased on a whim.

weeks 273-274

This is the first post of the year. Between the weekend before Christmas and New Year’s Day is this period of time that somehow becomes longer than it really is, where your focus isn’t really on any one thing, except just existing. It’s like the week before your birthday.

I was able to do a couple things, starting a few days back.

One is making a top. Drafting a top sloper seems fairly easy, if you have basic math skills and an extra long ruler. And if you take your time and actually measure yourself.

I was somewhat successful, after making a second sloper because the first time I didn’t measure the space between the bust and my waist. Four inches was the difference between the first sloper and the second one. Also forgot to measure between my waist and hips but added that to the second sloper. There’s something to be said for the quote “measure twice, cut once”.

Didn’t measure right but I’m making a top. Originally wanted something with a pleated angled bib in front but after making a mockup bib, and being indecisive about the number of pleats, decided to save that for something else.

Instead.

lace and silk top pieces

Using lace for a bib, then for cuffs. It looks nice and not sure why I put inch seams all around, but get the feeling more will be cut away on the sides. Especially on the oddly cut sleeves.

(Also, not sure why the picture turned out blurry. )

another crochet shawl to be

This began crocheted of don’t remember the stitch count, then knit a few rows of 110 stitches, then this is crochet of 120 stitches again. Have done a bit more rows than this, and the markers are solely for counting, so haven’t moved them because the number of stitches haven’t changed. When I change the colour and the number count changes, they’ll move.

The two yarns bought off of yarnbox are becoming a shawl. It probably won’t be as long as I hope, but it’s going to look nice when done. I tend to usually avoid mixing green and purple, because it’s not the greatest colour combo, but only one them is a solid colour while the other is varigated.

I do have one more project in the works, as there is a dress waiting to be made. It’s this beautiful golden lace fabric overlaid mint.

weeks 271-272

Have absolutely no idea what happened to the time last week, as everyday was spent running errands for whatever reason. 

Most of the time was spent working on the fascinator, which is finished.

first row of flowers attached to the fascinator

What the hat looked like on top with just one row of flowers added. It looked like a fancy cake.

I took a bunch of pictures, with this camera and the cell phone, and most of them were of me making a silly face, because there’s a certain amount of deliriousness that sets it when you’re finished with a project. And because my hair looked like trash.

This is the inside of the fascinator, and the comb alone just made it flop around. The elastic was taken from a mask that was lying around, unused.

There are leftover flowers, as twenty-four of the flowers were used for the fascinator. My stubbornness is insistent there should be a couple or three feathers hanging out to the side opposite the veiling.

Also, this needs a matching dress, or a dress in the same colour family.


book blocks and book outsides

I made several book blocks and had several of the cases already made, and just need to attach the blocks to inside the cases, then have several more hardbound notebooks. On the left, are the two already finished and just added to the pile, even though they’re already done.


start of another knitting project

I frogged the two parts and will just knit everything together, although the yarns will end at different points, but will keep knitting until all three yarns are used up. Have no idea what it will turn into, though.


beads and other jewelry pieces

Here are some jewelry bits, as I want to make myself several pairs of earrings. Hasn’t gotten very far, as other projects have put this on a backburner.

week 270

Absolutely slow week, as constant interruptions have been popping up.

For the third and final time, drafting a brim for the floppy hat proved to be a success. Stubbornness does pay off when you apply it to practical things.

Not sure why the first try, it’s too small, then the second try is too wide, and the third is between those sizes and fits perfectly.

finished black hat

Most of the week was spent making ribbon flowers. Didn’t realise such a tedious thing would take up so much time.


flowers made from blue, peach and brown ribbon

Do I know what they will end up on? No idea. Part of the peach flowers will be on a hat.

I purchased a few samples of peach fabric off the fabric dot com site and they arrived on Monday and they’re so pretty.

fabric samples

The one I was most looking forward to, the mesh one with the sparkles, will not do for what I want it to be, but would look nice as an overlay for a skirt. This gives me an idea for the bottom half of a dress, and the top would have to be plain. The flowers would look nice on a bolero or a mini-cape. One of these two fabrics on the right would look nice with the flowers on a fascinator.