Category: sewing

week 313

Not sure why but the camera I use is taking rather blurry photos, so that’s why they’ve all been unclear for a while now.

The dress is pretty much done, although I do have to fiddle around with the neckline a bit more.

top part of the dress, showing the neckline with the crochet collar attached

I handsewn on the crochet collar onto the top, but feel I need to sew it all together, because it’s a bit loose. Also, it’s lopsided, and should have done a few less stitches, but it’s not an eyesore. The fact you see black stitching in the back does bother me a bit so need to fix that, then be officially done. Sure. No one will see it but myself, and whoever looks at this picture, but still.

skirt hem lifted to show lining hem

The hems for both are done. Originally was going to sew the main dress over the lining, so it’s one less hem, but sewn them separately, so both are on the wrong side, meaning if you lift the skirt, this is what you see.

shirt with shortened sleeves

I didn’t get much else done, but altered a readymade shirt my mum didn’t want it anymore and gave me, which was sitting in the closet for a while. Should have took in some fabric but like it being oversized. I shortened the sleeves to about half and turned one cuff and some sleeve material into an oddly shaped pocket.

I still have the others to alter, if you’re wondering.

week 312

The dress and lining needs to be hemmed but it’s almost finished. Slightly adjusted the front pocket because one corner was not attached. I’m tempted to add a crochet collar, along with crochet edging along the bottom of the main skirt. Need to buy some black crochet thread, though.

front of the dress
blurry pic of the lining and dress hems

The grey (but reads as blue) and orange painting experiment, in order to see if I liked the colours turned out to be ugly, but the colours mesh well. It doesn’t work because I should have left some space peach-coloured.

orange and grey (I swear it says concrete grey on the tube) paint experiment

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 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

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.


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.

week 243

Usually I have twenty million things going on at once but I wanted to focus on finishing this tunic. The fabric is Art Gallery Indie Folk Meadow in Dim Dark Blue, which looks amazing online and even more gorgeous when you’re holding it in your hands. Only drawback with it being rayon, is that it’s very fiddly to work with, but the end result is worth it. I’ve only used about two and an half yards, so have seven and an half yards left. Might need a bit liquid courage to put up some of that yardage temporarily on the wall to do that homage, but it will be done. Just thinking what I should put in lieu of the two lamps.

The hem is mildly still uneven and I didn’t bother putting a button or buttonhole right beneath the collar but this is still done.


Without the buttons ad buttonholes, this is what it looked like. The hem was much worse before I fixed one side.

And this is also why you never aim the camera up, as it creates the lovely triple chin effect.

awkwardly holding the tunic closed

And the finished project. The plain buttons worked best as it lets the fabric stand out more.

the finished tunic in art gallery fabrics

I’m not sure what else to do with the rest of the fabric but will use it all up.

week 242

Suppose the advantage of taking pictures with a camera that slightly blurs images, is that when your stitches aren’t perfect, it’s not as noticeable. It’s actually not bad looking but I still know they’re there.

It’s not actually lopsided but for some reason looks that way.

Still need to add the sleeves and cuffs, then the buttons.

Also, I’ve never had to fumble this much with a collar before and it still is not perfect.  By the way, it’s supposed to be mildly oversized and expected it to be so, but it fits perfectly and didn’t have to mess with it.  Always a plus, when you make a muslin and it doesn’t need any massive changes.

tunic without sleeves and buttons

Speaking of buttons. I had a hard time choosing between these three and have now narrowed it down to either the plain one or the silvery one, as the floral one clashes and would look better with something plain.

fabric with button choices


I finally sucked it up and bought this pattern, because after ordering it off Amazon and the order having to be cancelled because it never arrived, was going to chalk this up to experience and try to be fine without it. I mean, it’s not necessary that this in my collection but just really wanted it.

simplicity pattern 8298


Finally finished this top, using the stash of Knitpicks GlossDK in honey, which I wish they would bring back. The yarn is still available, just not in yellow of any sort.

Since I have linebacker shoulders, this top gets pulled into place. It just hangs awfully on a hanger, which might be a bad idea but seems to do in place of being blocked.

finished crochet top using knitpicks yarn

week 240

I’m not sure why but it seems my camera doesn’t seem to want to take as clear pictures as my phone anymore. I’m sorry for taking such blurry pictures. It seems the more lighting, and distance from subject, has to be perfect otherwise it just comes out awful. And I don’t have time to take as many as girls trying to take the perfect selfie. Suppose it makes me look a bit sloppy but one person can only do so much.

So…there’s ten yards of this fabric.

upclose of floral fabric

Going through the patterns I’ve bought and collected and stashed into a box, can finally use this one on the right, Simplicity’s 2447. Usually, I will make a whole bunch of changes but it’s going to be an oversized tunic. Might make small changes so it’s not super huge, but it’s an inch shorter than my coat and will make a nice top slash dress. Being a girl sometimes you can get away with not wearing pants. Might make it a bit longer but really not in the mood for huge tweaking.

Temporarily, I will hang the excess on the wall before turning it into something else. In place of the two lamps, I will just put shiny paper mache substitutes. Or just hang matching ornaments. Haven’t decided yet. There will be photographic proof of this whole thing. I’m sure I’m not the only person who did an homage to that scene in Garden State.

muslin pattern pieces, to be adjusted


Probably won’t have enough yarn to make this whole top, that is actually sketched out without calculating the length of each piece, but knitting piece by piece then seaming it all together.

Just to see how the yarn pools, I knit in the round and it looks nice. After frogging it, I did this small bit of knitting of the first part.

Just an aside it’s Deborah Norville’s Cotton Soft Silk Yarn in Undersea Treasure, which Premier Yarns used to sell on their website. Not sure when they stopped selling her yarns on the website, and it doesn’t seem they still carry it even without her name, but if you want a (close enough) substitute, use this. Or a search on Google will turn up something.

first part of a knitting project


I finally put the crochet square onto the frame.

The front looks decent.

crochet square, front

The back is a mess.

crochet square, back


Finally getting some use of the nylon yarn. I cut it to use for another project and failed so will attach it to this at the end.

weaving with blue nylon yarn


Reason why the previous yarn was cut was because I’m suppose to make cording and thought the nylon thread would work. It’s too thin but I was at the store and compared 3/16 piping cord to paracord and realised paracord is thick enough to my liking. And much cheaper. This hat will not be exact, but not exactly a milliner, so this will be a test into, if I can follow along with the directions and come out with something resembling the objective. The flowers are not the size they’re supposed to be, but cut the length needed. This is all the parts cut for the project. It’s harder to accomplish things when there’s a bunch of fiddly parts rather than huge chunks.

pieces for a blue floral hat