vendredi 23 janvier 2015


Er...not quite. Not that kind of "stranded".

I've just finished my Cropped Sweater, and I had started a Gazost turban to warm up my ears now that I got my hair chopped off. Thing is, I misjudged the quantity of wool that would be necessary for this project, and I'm missing one ball of yarn to get it finished. So I find myself...well, stranded, and all the more so because the last ball of yarn I bought for this project was also the last one remaining in my LYS, and I have to wait for them to restock.
Furthermore, the online shop where I like to buy my yarn for bigger projects is also one skein short of Cascade Eco+ (I'd like some to make Kate Davies' Owls Sweater), and I'd rather wait for them to restock so I can order everything I need once and save money on the shipping.

So...What you do when stranded, and no yarn left to knit (to at least finish what you've got going, I mean)?
Well...take some scraps and...try your hand at stranded knitting!
And yes, this is what I did! I had almost half a skein each of blue and ecru Cascade 220 left from my Cropped Sweater, and a little bit less of the yellow I used for my Myrna.
So I grabbed the tutorial I used for my first hat, decided to omit the cables and started drafting a diagram to make a little pattern with birds, clouds and a sun.

Here's how it looks for the moment :

Yeah, I know, it's not looking like much for the moment...but I hope it turns out nice enough in the end, and if it does, maybe I'll share the diagram. How would you like that?

dimanche 18 janvier 2015

Finished : a Cropped Sweater for SSK 2015

Hi everyone, just finished this sweater which I made for the Selfish Sweater Knitalong

When I put it on, I was so happy with it didn't want to take it off. I guess I'll wait till next weekend to block it...
This sweater was made using Andi Satterlund's Cropped Sweater for Winter tutorial.
Nothing much to say about it, apart from the fact that this is really quick to make, fun to knit and totally suitable for beginners! Not to mention that the pattern is free!

Well, now I'll try to think of an answer for an existential question...what to knit next?

vendredi 9 janvier 2015

Sewing musings...What to sew next?

Now that 2014 is over, it's time to think about stuff to sew in 2015...So here are my inspirations. Some of these are just musings, other relate to fabrics/patterns I arleady have and should use.

Things I'm (more or less) sure to make sooner or later :
  • My first order - My sister gave me some dark green linen she'd had for some time, and asked if I could make something for her with it. We decided upon Deer and Doe's Airelle blouse. I'm really happy to get to do this for her!
  • Cigarette pants - I think i'm going to follow Tasha's example and use B5895, which I've already made, and some black corduroy I bought on purpose a few months ago;
  • I haven't got the pattern yet, but I'd love to make a Bronte top with the remnants from my Moneta and Dolores Dress;
  • Taking another shot at Sencha, using another piece of fabric my sis gave me - robin's egg-blue linen. Even though it's not my favorite color (a bit too washed-out for my taste), I think it could look cute if I can find pretty vintage buttons in a contrasting color (would cotton-candy pink or a pale yellow look too girly? Or would it be better with black or white?) and add some matching embroidery around the neckline ;
  • another Picnic blanket skirt ;
  • A Lily with modified skirt (probably a gathered skirt with patch pockets) in watermelon print ;
  • Maybe a Sorbetto to use the remains of dotted swiss and cotton voile from my Hawthorn.
Things I'm dreaming of, but not sure to make immediately :
  • I've been drooling over any patio/southwestern/square dancing dress I see on the web, and I've been thinking about a way to reproduce the look without using a (possibly very expensive, probably hard to find and likely not in my size) vintage pattern. I finally thought, why not use the Anna dress bodice (the V-shaped neckline version seems most obvious to me, but the bateau neckline could work too!) with a tiered skirt? I'm thinking black lightweight cotton (or linen, maybe) with ricrac or pompom trims...
  • Another Anna inspiration : I thought about making it in a blue and green tartan wool fabric. I guess the shorter version would make quite a sweet, office friendly dress...but the longer version could have a sort of a punk-ish edge to it depending on how you style it (I'm thinking boots + leather biker style jacket here). What would you think?
  • Now that I've completed the Hawthorn, I'm less scared of tackling Colette Pattern's Ceylon...but I've yet to find the right fabric for it. How about some black broderie anglaise? or dark green silk crepe?
  • Wearing History Overalls, another try? In a checked wool fabric, perhaps?
Well, that's eleven potential sewing projects, so that shoud be enough to keep me busy for the year to come.
Also, apart from the Bronte top, I'd have all the patterns I need to complete these projects in my stash. And I also already have the fabric for seven of these, so how about a stash-busting year?

Let's see if I can stick to it!

vendredi 2 janvier 2015

Happy New year everybody ! - 2014 recap

Wow...2014 sure had its ups and downs, but it was a rather eventful year in terms of crafting!
I went through my first sewing funk...
I had my first UFO...
I learned to knit...
I made my first real knit fabric piece of clothing...
I took part in 4 sewalongs/knitalongs...
I tried embroidery for the first time...
I started blogging more regularly...
And I've made a total of 12 knit garments or accessories (including a tank sweater for my boyfriend which hasn't made it to the blog yet) and 9 sewn garments! Sewing-wise, that's not really more than last year...but learning to knit really did improve my productivity!

mercredi 31 décembre 2014

A Little Black D(olo)res(s)

Hi all!
After 3 rough months at work, which led to yet another sewing burn out (no UFOS, but my last projects were completed veeeeeeeeerrrrryyyyyyy slooooooowwwwwlllyyyyy), I was  really in need of something easy to make.
I had bought Zoe's Dolores Batwing pattern a few months ago, and thought now was the time to give it a go, so I grabbed some black milano jersey I bought specially for it...and let me tell you, this pattern did not disappoint!

Here's a first view...

And here I am, showing off the batwing sleeve detail!

In hardly more than 2 hours of sewing (and without a serger!), I found myself with a new dress...and one, IMO, that's perfectly worthy of being my New Year's Eve dress!
No modifications, except that I chopped 10 cm off the sleeves to make them 3/4 instead of full length.
Now, this dress is a little bit classier than what I'm used to wearing, but at the same time, it's so easy to wear it would be a pity to keep it only for special occasions...I think it's going to be worn quite a lot, and I'd love to make some more in neutral colors like navy, dark brown or burgundy, and in wool jersey (but that seems a little bit harder to find unfortunately)!
It reminds me a bit (well, minus the batwing shape I mean) of Heart of Haute's "Super Spy dress", over which I've been drooling for quite a long time : 

Well, you can imagine how great it feels to have a pattern enabling me to make as many knock-offs (sort of knock-off, anyway) of this dress as I want, and in no time at all!

Happy New Year's Eve to you all!

vendredi 26 décembre 2014

#SSK 2015 : I'm in!

Hi all, wanna take part in a knit along this winter? How about Andi's Selfish Sweater Knitalong?
I still have a bit of work to finish my Nix shawl, but I'll make sure to jump on the bandwagon as soon as I'm done with it!
I'm going to make a Cropped Sweater - I already have some yarn left from my Hortensia which I plan to use for the main color, and I'm going to order some off-white yarn for the contrast.
© Andi Satterlund
If you want to join, you can get the button for your blog on Andi's, and/or join the discussion on Ravelry.

lundi 22 décembre 2014

Finished for FESA : Châtaigne skirt

Well, this one took a long time coming too...but at last, it's here!

Sorry I can't be a fast blogger AND post awesome least you get to see the wonderful Christmas tree which the building's caretakers installed in the lobby!
So, this is Deer&Doe's Châtaigne shorts, turned into a skirt thanks to Estelle's tutorial.
I used a brown tweed-like wool mix as my main fabric, scraps of brown cotton for the inside of the pockets and the waistband facing and olive green Bemberg for the lining. And I added some pleather piping accents around the pockets and waistband yoke..
As you can see I went for the high waisted version and made it longer by 25 cm. I decided to put the zipper in the back, instead of the side seam, slightly tapered it at the side seams to get a that pencil skirt look, and added a back vent. And I also lined it.
I don't know if anybody else tried to make the high waisted skirt version, but once I had modified the leg parts of the short to turn them into skirt parts, the back parts were shorter than the waistband by 1.5 cm, so I had to add that much to my back skirt pattern pieces if I wanted my booty to fit in!
Apart from that, I had no problems making it - except for a bit of thinking about how to attach the lining.

Here's a look at the back vent...

Wait...would that be my first ACTUAL invisible zipper???
And here's my lining. At first I thought the lace was just beige but it's actually golden! Not what I chose first but I finally like it that way.
This skirt is not perfect - for instance, you don't want to look too close at my lining and facings, and I should have done something to reduce the bulk in some seams...but the actual fit is great, it's really comfortable and i love wearing it!
Even though it's not really historically accurate, the look of it is still reminiscent of the 40s/50s, while being at the same time modern and casual...that is to say, everything I'm looking for in a garment!
I'm very happy with this skirt and I'll probably make another - maybe a simpler, black one, in a stretchy fabric. Just wait and see!