mercredi 16 avril 2014

Hortencia has flowered!

Or should I say, it was finished a week ago, blocked 4 days ago, and finally worn 3 days in a row! (and I'm so happy with it I'm making rhymes, how cool is that!)

Quick and dirty picture taken in my building's hall, just before going to work...please forgive the bad light and my "just-fell-out-of-bed-wheres-my-cup-of-coffee" face, I'm actually REALLY happy with it!

So, this is Andi Satterlund's Hortencia pattern, made in Cascade 220 Heathers in the Mallard color.
No real difficulties whatsoever, just had to use 5.5 mm needles instead of the 5 mm the pattern calls for, and start over again a few times to pick the right number of stitches at the sleeves and collar (anyone has a tip to pick up just the right number of stitches?).
A few little mistakes (in the ribbing on one of my sleeves, and in the collar because the cable/tube got separated from the needle and I had to put all these dropped stitches in place...twice!), and although I like the cropped look, it's really on the short side (if I make another one, I'll probably make it just a bit longer so it hits at my actual waistline, which is slightly lower thant this!), but nothing to prevent me from loving this cardigan as it is!
I learned lots about increases and decreases, short rows, and even working with the magic loop (for the sleeves' ribbing)!
However, as the weather is getting warmer, maybe the time for wearing wool cardigans will soon be over...nevermind, I'm already thinking about knitting something lighter! I can tell you, a Miette will be cast on very soon!

mercredi 2 avril 2014

Sew for Victory skirt : buttons inspiration

Currently looking for some buttons to put on my future skirt's pocket flaps, but I can't seem to find anything very exciting in my city's shops...
So I made a Pinterest board with what I found online :

Follow Juliette MIJEON's board Buttons inspiration on Pinterest.

Do you have more ideas of online places where I could find more cute, vintage-y looking buttons?

mardi 1 avril 2014

Lucky Lucille's Sew For Victory 2.0 : I'm in!

Look what I got in the mail last Thursday evening...

The pattern was not part of the parcel, I bought it a long time ago (2 years ago maybe) and haven't done anything with it yet. But will you look at that fabric...!
Well hello Spoonflower goodness! And right on time for me to join Sew For Victory 2.0!

You may not see it very well on the picture, but this design by Celia Forrester actually consists in a Picasso-esque mixture of music instruments parts - guitar, keyboard, drums, trumpet, saxophone,double bass...now that's what I call a loud print!
So, yes, I'm going to turn it into a Ginger. It's not a vintage pattern or even a reissue, but I plan to make a few alterations to give it that 1940s vibe :
  • lengthen it a little (if necessary) so it hits just below the knee,
  • maybe slash and spread the skirt pannels to make it a bit more flared,
  • add patch pocket with flaps and buttons to match the fabric (have yet to find these...)
  • make a lapped zipper. I'm feeling a bit anxious about this as it will be my first, and is the waistband not going to prevent me from installing such a kind of zipper? If anyone could give me some advice about it, that would be great!
Well...I'll keep you updated on how it goes!

dimanche 30 mars 2014

Lobster Quadrille skirt

2 weeks ago, I was browsing the web, half-heartedly wondering what I could do to get out of the sewing funk that followed my semi-success with my Chataigne shorts wearable (or not) muslin.
My musings led me to Tilly's "How To Make a Picnic Blanket Skirt" tutorial, which I had read with pleasure when she issued it. I thought I would probably do it someday but didn't know with which fabric...until this day , two weeks ago, when I thought, "Hey, why not make it in this lobster print cotton that's sitting in my stash since last summer?"
And BAM, there you have it : an easy, no-brainer, almost a complete stash-busting project (only thing I actually had to buy were the buttons).
Also, I've been lucky enough to finish it just on time to enter the "Skirt of the month" contest on Thread and Needles!
Here's how it looks in person...

And now, a close up on the lobsters!


And now I wonder : will I only wear it during weekends? Or will I pray to Our Lady of the Wacky Prints (aka Roisin) to give me the strength to wear it on week days at work?

Well, have a good day everyone!

mercredi 26 mars 2014

It's a vest!

No, actually it's not.
This is actually Andi Satterlund's Hortencia cardigan. I finished the body this weekend and I am now knitting my first sleeve!

I'm knitting it in Cascade 220, in a dark blue-green yarn called "mallard".
Well...let's see how it turns out! Stay tuned!

mardi 25 mars 2014

A (almost) wearable muslin

Although I've been in a sewing funk lately, I still managed to get a few things stitched. Like this version of Deer and Doe's Chataigne shorts, for instance.
Now, I'm really not a shorts kinda girl usually - I don't like the way really short shorts tend to bunch up at the crotch. As a result I almost never wear shorts and don't have any in my closet. Or should I say, didn't have any!

I can't really decide what color this is : it looks like a bright red on the picture, but in person, and depending on the light, it may look more like a neon orange...


I first had mixed-up feelings when this pattern was released...and then I saw more and more beautiful versions popping up on the web (needless to say, the high-waisted version were my favorites!) and thought, "well, perhaps I should give it a try..."
I therefore gave most undiscreet hints to my boyfriend as to what a wonderful Christmas present it would be...and, as a result, I was able to make it.
Now, technically, this was only supposed to be a muslin (I had selected a brown wool blend for the final version, I guess it will eventually be made this Fall!). It's made in an unidentified synthetic fabric I bought at Toto in the fabrics-by-weight section and while it has a nice drape, it presses like sh*t. 
However, seeing how perfectly it fitted (size 40, no alterations needed at all!) I started trying to give my seams some cleaner finishes...until my boyfriend came in and said, "you can't wear that, you'd look like a clown!"
Well...too bad. I already had a few ideas of which tops and shoes I could pair it with!
What would you do in my place? Wear it? Or not?

mardi 4 mars 2014

2nd knitting project : finished!

Hey folks, I made a beret!
This is my attempt at wearing it 30s/40s style, but my bathroom and its horrible neon light is not the best setting for it. Oh well.
Phone pic again - but even my phone takes better pictures than my poor old little camera. One day I'll have to upgrade to a proper camera and really learn how to use it...wish I had the money and time to do so!

Here's how it looks from above...

And here's a close-up on the cables...
I had cast it on sunday before last, and after a few false starts, the whole thing really went smoothly apart from a little moment of panick. I finished it last saturday evening (yay for being able to take your knitting with you on the train!) and could wear it on monday morning! Now that's what I call an (almost) instant gratification project!