lundi 20 avril 2015

Me Made May 2015 : I'm in!

For the first time in almost 4 years of sewing, I finally feel up to taking part in Me Made May! So here it goes : 

 'I, Juliette of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear at least one hand-sewn, hand-knit or refashioned item of clothing, six days a week, for the duration of May 2015.'

I'm not promising anything there, but I'll try to document it on FlickR. And perhaps make weekly recaps on the blog.

Who else is joining?

lundi 13 avril 2015

Finished : cigarette pants

Well, these took a long time to finish...and I can thank my sewing buddies for the fact that they're actually done now!

The pattern is B5895 - a "pattern by Gertie", which I had already used previously to make capri/pedal pushers.

Pocket detail - I used some scrap fabric remaining from one of my first ever sewing projects!

This was my first time using the rotary cutter I got for Christmas... and I don't want to go back to classical scissors!
One of the reasons why it took so long for me to finish is because I made a stupid mistake : I forgot that I had to be careful of the nap directrion, so I layed the front of the pants out on the fabric one way, and the back another way, and I found myself with a back and a front that looked as if they belonged to a different item of clothing...So I ripped everything off (I could have kicked myself, I had already assembled my pants - even made flat-felled seams on the inside leg -  and only had to sew the waistband!) and cut a new piece for the front of my pants.
Fortunately, this was one of these 5€-for-3-meters coupon from Les Coupons de Saint-Pierre, so I had plenty of fabric left...I could even cut a Chataigne skirt in what was left!

Now...I'm not used to talk about my life here, but I feel there's something I must say now.
Long story short, I've been dismissed from my job because of some disagreements with my employers. I'd like to take a training course before going back to any kind of job search, but training doesn't come out cheap and getting it funded by Pôle Emploi won't be easy. Which means stressfull times ahead for me. This is somewhat draining my energy and takes the fun out from things I like doing, like sewing.

Fortunately, I have some great sewing buddies, and we had planned a meeting : nine girls, sewing machines, sergers, food and drinks...everything you need to complete a project!
This meeting gave me the kick in the ass I needed to finish my pants, and I could even borrow a serger to get some proper seam finishes!

To conclude this post, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all my sewing buddies...this meeting really was like a breath of fresh air to me! 

lundi 30 mars 2015

Gimme some Rock'n'Roll : Demented Are Go

For those who know them, I'm not sure these guys need an introduction...For those who don't, you can find more informations on Wikipedia (in French and in English). And if you want to hear what they sound like, go check YouTube.

They happened to play on last Friday evening in Orléans, not (too) far from where I live, and my boyfriend and I didn't want to miss it, because psychobilly gigs are really rare non-existent in our area, sooo...we went!
And we didn't regret it!The venue was not really big and the crowd took some time to warm up (to the annoyance of 6 Feet Down, the French band who played the opening gig) but the show was really great!
Funny enough, even though Sparky (DAG's lead singer, for those who don't know) downed quite a few wine glasses, beers and so on (all the while putting on a hell of a show), he still took the time to check on a guy who was apparently totally high (or down, that was hard to tell) on drugs, just to see if he was OK. So, who says punks and rockers can't have manners?!

All in all it was a very musical weekend for me, as I also got to see Al Willis and the New Swingsters live on Saturday evening! Sure, it was more sedate than DAG, but a great show nonetheless!

jeudi 26 février 2015

My adventures with cigarette pants

So, there you have it. My first big sewing project for 2015 is ON!
After some dithering about which pattern I could use, I finally settled on B5895, which I had already made before.
As I wanted to start afresh and correct whatever fit issues I might have had with my first version, I did a first muslin using the untouched pattern. And here it is!

I'd say it looks OK, both back (sorry, no picture of the back - I'm not equipped to take good pictures of my backside on my own!) and front, from the waist down to mid-thighs.
As evidenced on pic nr.2, the side seam is slightly pulled forwards when I get to the pocket area, so maybe I should taper the seam allowance to 1/2 in when I reach the top of the pocket on the side seam, and then gradually go back to 5/8 in.
I also think I should taper to a size 10 from mid-thighs down to the hem, to really get that "cigarette pants" look.
Also, I lengthened the legs a bit too much - I'll have to hack off a few inches as I want them to hit just above my ankles.

dimanche 22 février 2015


Here they owls!

For those of you who may not know it, the pattern is Kate Davies' o w l s.
I used Tassadit's cropped version as an inspiration.
This was my first time knitting bottom-up, and I think next time I knit a bottom-up sweater, I'll make both the body and sleeves longer...sewing the underarms shut did make the body creep up, and my sleeves look more like bracelet or 3/4 length...but I like it this way, and it's not really a problem since I meant to wear it mostly with my Chataigne skirt, which is very high-waisted!
It's not perfect - I did something weird when I picked up my wrapped stitches at the back, and one of my underarms was sewn shut on the right side instead of the wrong side - but it was my first bottom-up project, and my first project involving cables, so I'm quite happy with how it turned out!
My Ravelry notes can be found here, in case you're interested. 

jeudi 5 février 2015

Some Cuisine : Butternut Squash Lasagne

I like butternut squash. And I like butternut squash soup. But sometimes I get a bit bored of it. This is how I came out with this recipe.

Serves 4 :
  • 12 lasagne sheets
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 of a small butternut squash
  • 10 slices of coppa or pancetta (or 10 slices of Italian style ham if you can't find coppa or pancetta)
  • 250 g of mozzarella di buffala
  • 50 cl vegetable stock
  • 1 dash of white wine
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • pepper, dried rosemary, dried sage
  • grated parmiggiano or grana padano
  • grated emmenthal

Peel and dice the butternut squash.
Peel the onion and garlic. Shred your slices of coppa. Put all of this in a frying pan with 1 tbsp olive oil until the meat starts to be crispy and the onion soft. Add a dash of white wine. When it's evaporated, sprinkle with sugar to caramelize.
Add the diced butternut, pepper, sage, rosemary, then the vegetable stock. Simmer till the butternut is soft. The water must evaporate, but not too much - you don't want the lasagne to be dry!
Turn the fire off. Drain the mozzarella and dice it. Mix it with the meat, onion and butternut. Add 2 tbsp grated parmiggiano.
Take a deep dish that goes in the oven and start layering the lasagne. Start with enough lasagne sheets to cover the bottom of the dish, then ladle the butternut and coppa mix and spread it evenly. Then, alternate between lasagne sheets and butternut mix until you're out of the filling, ending with lasagne sheets. Sprinkle 2 generous handfuls of grated emmenthal, put in the oven for 20 min at 200°C.
Serve hot.

jeudi 29 janvier 2015

A Hat Full of Sky

I haven't read this novel by Terry Pratchett, but it sounded like a good name for this project, so there you have it.

A twisted selfie, but otherwise you couldn't see the pattern...

It's supposed to be a beret, but seen like that, it looks more like a regular beanie.

This was my first time trying to create a pattern in stranded knitting. It's supposed to be birds, clouds and a sun. I first went for classical sunrays as they would be pictured in a child's drawing, but it looked crappy, so I unraveled it to make something that looks more like a starburst of sorts.
It's a bit wonky and wobbly - I'm afraid I've been tugging at my yarn to much while worknig on the stranded parts. Hope this will be settled when I block it.
What do you think about it? Would you be interested in a diagram?