Category: clothing

week 239

The coat is finished. It looks mildly slouchy as it hangs in the closet, but fits perfectly when putting it on.  In case anyone wants to know the starting point was the jacket from Lisette Pattern 2209, from Simplicity.  Basically only a few changes were made: changed it so there are several buttons, the collar is wider, added cuffs, lengthened it then added a lining.

coat in closet

An up close of some of the buttons and the tabs.

upclose of coat closures

 

The pullover I made for myself using the Knit Picks Gloss DK yarn in honey. Just need to add something to the bottom hem and it’ll be done.

The sleeves look odd, and lower than they need to be, but for some reason it gets pulled into place and fits perfectly.

knit picks pullover

 

For the longest time, I had quilt pieces in my closet that were constantly being put on the backburner but finally attached them by fives. There are an hundred squares waiting to be assembled with everything else in this pile.

The upper left is a pair of pants that still need mending after one of the pockets came loose. I’ve had these pants a while and they’re one of my favourite pairs as I wore them a lot while pregnant with Dylan.

attached quilt squares

 

Finally assembled some paper houses from Mollie Makes issue 84. Whoop-de-doo. I was going to go all fancy and make yards and stuff but being lazy.

paper houses

I’m slowly returning to making the dress I have been procrastinating on. Half of the front side fits perfectly but the other side is way off, so should just cut it in half and make that the front of the bodice. Also, it needs a side zipper because pulling it off involves taking off whatever I’m wearing along with it.

Also, watched Garden State last weekend and think it would be funny to re-enact the wallpaper scene with the ten yards of fabric I have.

week 238

I actually am a bit proud of myself for almost finishing two projects this weekend. Will get to why only one, and not both are done.

 

This pullover.  Have started working on the round at the bottom, until it reaches a nice length. Being limited in yarn means it might be a tad shorter than I want but can use another yarn to make it up. Which will work nicely if I add the second yarn to the sleeves.

By the way this is inside and the side back seams are less noticeable on the outside.

adding on length to pullover for me

 

Not quite what was expected but Dylan’s pullover is finished. Need to block it but it looks nice enough, even though one sleeve is wonky.

Also, it should have been in a darker colour. Haven’t tried it on him, other than when the neckline was being adjusted so it wasn’t tight.

Dylan's pullover

 

The coat is not finished but looks so nice. The sleeves are a tad shorter than I wanted. Adding the cuffs was more of an afterthought and there would have been wider cuffs if I had cut out the pieces earlier, but gives it a nice touch. I need to fix the sleeves as there is extra inside lining fabric, because of overzealous cutting of extra lining pieces.

The reason it isn’t finished is the original buttons for the coat do not fit through the loops, so spent a little time testing out smaller ones in my button collection. Need to get six because black buttons or anything other than the tablecloth fabric will be too jarring.

I tried on the coat and it fits snugly in the shoulders but is loose everywhere else.

Some of the stitches are off. As what was said before, couldn’t figure out the sleeves but most of it is nice to look at, inside and out. Seams don’t line up on the outside if you look at the shoulders, but it’s symmetrical so not a big deal.

I moved the pocket to inside and switched it so the pocket has the lining on the outside and the main fabric on the inside.

coat without buttons

 

Spent quite some time undoing this bit of yarn. Thankfully it’s only one skein that I messed up. I need to own an umbrella swift. For a skein of cotton slash acrylic it gets more knotted than necessary.

tangled yarn in the process of being untangled

 

Construction paper houses that I was going to use but they are too thin and flimsy to make stable houses. Need sturdier paper.

orange and black construction paper houses

 

By the way, I finally finished part one of a certain boy’s birthday project. I’ve been slacking and just finally sucked it up and did it. Need to put it in something then can finally send him everything.

week 237

**An addendum to last week’s post. Wasn’t really confused that he bought me the yarn, because he bought me the yarn. I was being sarcastic.**

**Another addendum to last week’s post. I forgot to say I wore a crochet floral crown on my birthday. I was quite proud that I made it in about a day. 22 gauge copper wire, bit of red and green yarn and this was the end result.**

myself wearing the floral crown

I was going to do this blog last night but the light wasn’t right to take pictures of everything. The picture still came out terrible and blurry. Need to stop taking hurried up and slow down.

Progress on two yellow pullovers.

The one for me is a little weird looking now because I underestimated one side would be too narrow so added bits on the side of the back. It doesn’t look like it would fit but it’s big enough that I put stitch holders at the bottom row and can crochet in the round to make a top. I want to add short sleeves but we’ll see how much yarn is leftover after getting to the right length.

Knitpicks doesn’t have GlossDK in Honey anymore so have two balls left. I expected it to pill more but except for that one time, I threw my crochet across the room with the hook and the hook caught onto part of it, it looks pretty good.

back of second pullover

This is a blurry picture of the sleeves with Dylan’s pullover. It’s covered but originally made the hole to slip over his head too small and he didn’t like that. The hole is wide enough without that issue. The sleeves aren’t attached but after that, just seam up the sides and it’s pretty much done.

unattached sleeves and main body in Dylan's pullover

 

The paper house looked lonely by itself so I decided to make a small village or town or whatever and have two rows of houses lined up, back to back, so it’s like you’re driving around a street. I’m going to add something to the paper so it’s not just white.

one lonely paper house

Future houses. And, yes, that is the Mollie Makes house template from issue 84.

paper houses to be

 

I’m slowly attaching the coat pieces together. The main body is attached, and have to put the collar next. I like seeing it come along although I don’t have things exactly lined up which after five tries, I gave up and just made them line up the same way.

Had to try it on because wasn’t sure where the pockets were, in line with my arms, but they’re fine where located. I added the front pocket. It might be in the way of the buttons but I don’t care. I’m tempted to do away with the bits for the buttons and just add a place to cinch a belt. Although I’m not keen on belts because they are never in the right area. It feels oversized which I purposely did, so can wear several layers underneath.

coat front without collar and other bits

week 236

Some days where I’m productive and multi-tasking, some days where it’s a struggle to accomplish anything unless I’m sitting down and completely focused. Every week.

 

Last week was my birthday and have a couple huge parcels arrive, that a certain boy got me. Or not got me. I don’t know. Bit confusing at the moment as he refuses to claim he did it, even though the package arrived with the receipt inside and his name is on the BILL TO bit.

The one involving yarn was a huge WEBS order he made.

order from WEBS

 

I feel I’m getting closer to finishing a few things.

 

The coat is ready to be sewn together, then have the lining sewn and attached.

pieces for the coat and the coat lining

I spent part of today making fabric covered buttons, which is a tedious thing to do, but feel it needs to have buttons. I’m not very good at making buttonholes so not sure if I’ll use them for anything other than decoration, instead of practicality.

(There is no picture of them but they’re 1 1/8″, or 28.575mm, and covered in the green tablecloth fabric.)

 

mini-cushion

Some leftover of the lining fabric and it somehow came out this shape, even though I originally had it planned to be heart-shaped. The white is from one of the tops I’ve split apart.

 

bowtie and bag

Made a bow-tie, and if you open the bag, it’s the same fabric. These are without the snap buttons.

Dylan wore the bow-tie for his Spring Picture. Sorry not sorry that he didn’t enjoy wearing it for the brief time he had it on.

There is a fabric that was a former crib sheet that has been prepped to be used for a bunch more bow-ties.

 

crochet top

This top looks weird as of this moment, and just winging it, but the sides and sleeves might be something else. It looks nice but not wide enough to wear it, if I were to close the sides as they are now.

 

knit and crochet piece that is oddly pencil shaped

I just wanted this done and it looks terrible. Do like the knit part but not sure why it ended up with a triangular top.

week 234

I’ve been a bit scattered this week and have been hopping from project to project.

(Sorry for the semi-blurry pictures. Taking pictures haphazardly with a regular camera in bad lighting isn’t the way to take pictures.)

I’m making progress on the green coat.

coat pieces with other fabric in front

I don’t have enough interfacing, and not sure what to line the coat with, but the main pieces are cut. I actually have enough fabric to make one or two more pockets and a small zipper purse.

I’m not sure if it was mentioned last week, but used a jacket pattern in my stash and extended the length of parts of it to make a coat.

various shirts in pieces and whole

I’ve finally decided to do something with these shirts that are just sitting around, either in my closet or in a pile, and started today to take them apart, to use bits and dye them and use them all together to make a tunic or dress. For the skirt, I want to use a shawl I kept dying and want to remove the dye and redo the colour. It will be various shades of blue, since one piece is already blue.  Or might incorporate pieces into the dress I keep putting off making.

second sleeve started of Dylan's pullover

I’ve started on the second sleeve but don’t have enough to finish it, although I get the feeling I do but it will affect the dormant knitting striped pullover.

purse without closure

So, that purse, which am tempted to turn into a flap bag, because I’m too lazy to locate another metal frame, had extra fabric so made this. It doesn’t have a closure yet, but it turned put quite nice. I wanted to add a zipper top to the lining but the zipper part turned out inside out then when I went to fiddle with it, the pull came off, so just did away with it. I should have two flap on top and made that a zipper top, but didn’t think this one out thoroughly.

week 212-213

I don’t really factor in time getting lost when it comes to some projects, but oftentimes I should.

I made a Hans Solo costume for my great-nephew, and wanted to be done with it sooner than the day before Halloween. Except, my son broke the soap dish in one of the bathrooms, so spent a weekend and a day fixing that. Fixing that pushed back the time I was allowing myself to get it done.

I had almost half a costume the night of my brother and sister-in-law’s party, but luckily they had a backup. (Last weekend was filled, also, as my son is born right before Halloween, so between that Halloween party and his birthday party, I didn’t get much done. Sunday wasn’t full of accomplishments, either.)

Everyone loves the costume. All I see is the parts where I could have done better. I didn’t make the boot covers big enough. The elastic waistband wasn’t done right. Stitching was horrible. I embrace my mistakes usually but when it’s done for someone else, I care what the end result is going to be, and this was completely sub-par work and really embarrassing.

But, I figure it will only be worn once or twice, so longevity isn’t a factor here.

Han Solo costume

 

Along with not giving myself enough time, I procrastinated and spent time on this. It was finished the day after, on Halloween morning. It’s a big enough purple and pinkish striped lap blanket.

I reused that yarn for the oversized cowl and it looks like a small amount, compared to the other colours.

purple and pink striped crochet blanket

 

At some point, during these two weeks, the project using the Mandala yarn was just sitting in the corner, so I decided to take it off the needles and crochet a bit of it. I want to do the same exact to the second ball and attach them on the wider side.

continuation of mandala yarn project

 

House 2 looks weird and somehow I ended up with a pumpkin or squash. So, I’m calling House 2, The Squashers. I didn’t make the pillowform full enough, but eh.

House 2 - Squashers

 

Moving on, I have started House Three. Not sure the end result but this one will be more rectangular than the other two.

start of House 3

 

And, I added a small amount to the weaving.

continuation of weaving

 

By the way, I’m just going to put this here, but I bought my son’s costume.

Dylan in his hot chips costume

He didn’t like wearing it until I told him he needs to wear it so he can get candy. We only went to about ten houses, in the neighbourhood, and at each house, he insisted I go with him, after I tried to pass him the bag where he put his candy.

Having an autistic child, he couldn’t say Trick or Treat and spent a lot of time just looking inside people’s homes, fascinated with door frames and such, when people would open their door to give him candy. He also went to more houses than last year.

Also, I think since we were close behind a couple and their three kids, when the guy took a picture of one of his kids, Dylan and I might be in that picture.

week 203

After so much frogging, I finally was able to settle on something I liked for House 2.

crochet side one of house 2

It’s not perfect and I’m going to add something to outline the lighter blocks, but this is the first “wall”. Yes, I did mess up when adding the second colour but no big whoop. Just have to remember to mirror it when I repeat for the other “windows”.

I plan on having four windows on two sides and the thinner sides will all be that red.

Haven’t decided on the roof yet.

partially done rug of pom poms

For some time now, I had a load of pom poms in a plastic bin, after making them from leftover bits from previous projects, using the lazy method, as in using the Clover devices to make pom-poms. I can never make them full enough with the fork or cardboard methods.

So, while watching DVDs–Actually, just Shrek 2 and the pilot and half of the first episode of I Love Lucy, before my son shut it off and demanded dinner–I attached them to the empty rug pad. And ran out after the green, white and grey ones. Slowly in the process of making more and finishing this rug. I need to make more reds and blues and purples.

Not sure if I’ll give it a proper trim as the messiness looks quite nice. Just need to fill in holes, after popping on a “last” pom pom on the bottom or top left corner.

muslin pieces of dress to be

Making up pattern pieces for a dress is hard, if you have never done it before. I’m so used to changing up already made patterns that I wanted to just start from scratch.

Not the first time to admit this but math can escape me. Like to the point of calculating things more than once then getting confused because none of the times end up with the same result. In my case, it’s measure four times, then measure again, then cut. None of this Measure Twice, Cut Once. With knitting and crochet, you can frog and start over, but fabric, you cut it once and you’re done.

(Just a funny anecdote but I bought more muslin this morning and the lady cutting it had to recut it when she was about to give me three yards when I asked for four. So she wasted three yards. I would have totally been fine if she had just cut one more yard and added that to the three she already cut.)

I made the pieces after drawing out the measurements on muslin. I actually had sewn the front and back pieces together and they were the perfect length, but a bit tight. I could breathe easily but want it a bit looser. I didn’t add any darts and it didn’t seem to need one. Funny enough that I thought it was perfect after adding an inch all around for the seam allowance and ended up with a seam allowance of 3/8″, which is almost a centimeter. The front is perfect, except have to add for the shoulder seams, but want to add to the sides of the back piece. I need to fiddle around with the pieces a bit more before I am willing to cut into the fabrics.

And, yes, I labelled it according to which fabric I’m using, in my various sketching of ideas. So, some pieces are labelled A, and some are labelled B. Until I can come up with a name for it, it’s going to stay labelled that way.

starting of next knit project

Finally decided to use this yarn from Lionbrand. I only have two cakes and want to make a pullover. Will it happen? We will see.

Yes, I pulled from the bottom. Wasn’t paying attention and also cast on 80 stitches onto a size 11/8mm circular needles but, since then, moved it to a 10.5/6.5mm on a purl side. I could probably close this but want the front middle something that hasn’t been decided yet.

I want to experiment with making cables which I’ve never done before but want to save that for when the yarn is all one colour.