Black Lace

Black lace bra

This one is made just as the others from pin-up girls classic bra pattern but since I have changed it a little every time the resemblance to the original is questionable. I found this smooth lace in my local fabric shop and thought it would be perfect for a bra or two. The surface is smooth and the mesh part makes it slightly stretchy. The fit is good but I won’t model this one. You can find my previous versions here, 1, 2.

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Wee Liesl Beret

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The leftovers from the tiny cardigan became this cute matching beret. The pattern is Wee Liesl Beret by Ysolda Teague and the yarn Pickles pure alpaca, a wonderful combination. I think this is my favourite colour at the moment it’s perfect, the more I look at it the better it is.  I have a hope that the beret and cardigan will fit some future child at the same time, I love matching hand knit baby outfits. 

This project used up every last bit of the yarn, I think I only had half a meter left, with is perfect.

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I really don’t like leftovers from my project, what are you supposed to do with them? It feels completely wrong to throw them away, but not doing so have given me a stash the size of a small mountain consisting of started balls of yarn, with not enough left to make something substantial of it.

So what do you do with your half used skeins?

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How is it possible to have this much yarn and still never have yarn. I do occasionally use this yarn for small projects as mitts and cuffs but the incoming from other bigger projects in the form of leftovers are much larger. We have a dresser it the hallway that contains our (or most of my) sweaters, some other stuff like shopping bags and my yarn. The problem is that the leftover yarn occupy 3 drawers, sweater overflowing 1 and stuff 1, the sweaters need at least 2, but yarn that is unlikely to be used but might be is occupying the space and if I want to buy yarn for a new next project there is nowhere to put it. I think the ideal situation would be 2 yarn drawers (1 for planned projects and 1 for leftovers) 2 for sweaters, 1 for stuff, but how do I get there in I good way?

How do you manage you stash and what does it consist of?

Bombshell dress

Bombshell dress bra

I made this dress for my cousins wedding in august but since I wasn’t completely pleased with the photos  and taking new ones have proven difficult. I took the Bombshell dress class on craftsy and used the accompanying pattern. The fabric is something I bought a long time ago and have dragged around with me through several relocations and finally it has now become something spectacular. It is silk taft in pale dusty pink with printed green to brown flowers on.

Bombshell dress braModifications: I lifted the over the cups area quite a bit and drafted my own skirt with pleats using all the width in the fabric and wished that it had been a little bit wider. I also made my own boned strapless bra to go with it.

I underlined the entire dress with a high quality thick cotton clot, (intended for the underdress in or national costume).

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I also lined the bodice with a beautiful nan iro volie and sewed in a creme coloured waist-stay with a pearl button as closure. I also added horsehair braid to the hem to make it more structured instead of a petticoat which I think would only have been bulky to this type of skirt that doesn’t have much width.

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40′s bow dress

40's Bow dress

I bought this fabric when I was looking for some nice navy blue cotton poplin for a skirt. I didn’t find a nice weight of poplin but walked on this flowery fabric 100% cotton in a light, dense and almost drapey fabric perfect for a 40′s dress and very similar to the fabric on the patterns envelope. I think that the patterning of the fabric makes the beautiful details on the yoke disappear a little too much but it is certainly nice this way too. I used about 2.5 meters of a 112 cm wide cotton print, made the bodice and sleeves exactly as the pattern, but didn’t have enough fabric left for the 6 panel skirt I really wanted so I made a very pleated skirt with 15 pleats on the front and back all in all 30, pointing around in a circle. This is more of a skirt from the early 60′s or 20′s put together with a 40′s bodice and sleeves, but that’s the charm of making your own clothes, you have and opportunity to mix and match all you like.

40's Bow dress

The pattern is Simplicity 1587 a reprint from the 40′s it has an optional bow with I of course made and pleats surrounding it for the bust shaping. It is unlined and only have a neck facing, I didn’t think of a good way to add a lining because of the complex yoke which is a bit unfortunate for a winter dress. I will make another one in a plain fabric when I find something suitable, hoping for some nice wool suiting.

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This is how happy I was about defying the weather to get these photos.

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It was 4°C and pouring.

Snoningstrøje

Snoningstrøje baby

Snoningstrøje from Strikkede babydrømme (Lullaby Knits, in english) by Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard, but I used the free pattern in danish found here. I made it in Sandnes Alpakka in the colourway 5563 somewhere between blue and purple. For the 18-24 months size I used 3.5 skeins about 400 meters.  I lengthened the body 3 cable repeats and shortened the yoke 2 or 3 cable repeats since the original had a very long yoke which can restrict arm movement. I think that the ribbed cable structure will allow it to grow with the child and make it fit for a slightly longer period. Now that I deciphered the pattern, being 1/4 danish don’t make it any easier all though I will send the next danish pattern to my aunt so she can translate it for me before I start.

Wee Envelope

wee envelope baby

Wee Envelope from Wee Ones by Ysolda Teague made in Sandnes Alpkka with wood lookalike buttons from my stash. The entire wee ones collection is wonderful and I’ll probably knit all of them eventually. I love making sweaters and now that my time is limited these tiny sweaters are perfect, it has all the wonderful elements of imagining someone wearing it, but in a more manageable size now that there is a lot going on. Mittens or hats really aren’t as exciting as sweaters are.

I have been thinking about making something similar to this incredible cardigan made by  Felicia Semple of The Craft Sessions. She made it in yarn bought at a small mill on a vacation and created this by knitting and ripping back if necessary. I think of using a yoked cardigan pattern as base and continue the patterning.

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Any ideas on yarn for it, something soft that isn’t superwash in soft colours like these?

Winter set

Bon Bon Toque Heartwarmer cowl

I recently made this set in Pickles Extra fin merino in the colourway Gresskar for an almost 2 year old relative and now that it’s arrived I can show it to you. I used Bon bon toque pattern for the hat and Heartwarmer for the cowl, both patterns are modified to fit the yarn since the patterns was intended for a larger gauge then preferable for this yarn and I think it tuned out all right. If I wear to make heartwarmer agin however I would change the seed-stitch for twisted ribbing which I think makes a neater edging.

Wee Liesl

As you might have noticed the updates have been scarce but I still have been making a few things between a very busy school and sleeping. So now that school has calmed down a bit I will try to give you a parade of new made things and hopefully some inspiration for christmas. In usual order I started making gifts in july, which might make you think that I’m done by now but I’m not even half way, the tricky ones are left.

Wee Liesl

First up is this tiny little lace cardigan with wooden buttons. The pattern is wee Liesl from Wee Ones by Ysolda  I used pickles pure alpaca in Bordaux on needles 3.25mm. I didn’t make a gauge swash and used my favorite addi lace needles instead of the recommended size so the result is rather 3 months than the 9 months or so I expected but since the baby is still to be born It doesn’t matter. It is a really cute in dark red with dark brown buttons and the yarn has exactly the right amount of fluff. I’m secretly thinking of making one for me too in the same colour scheme.

Black Velvet skirt

Delphine skirt

I was skirt planing when the first task in pattern review’s sewing bee contest arrived in the email, an A-line skirt, and as it happens I had already bought some black velvet the day before for exactly that purpose. So her it  is the perfect skirt that goes with almost everything.

Delphine skirt

I used about 1.2m 112cm wide cotton velvet, 1m viscose lining, a normal zipper and  scrapes of quilting cotton the the inside of the waistband, button on the inside to protect the zipper, as well as some light interfacing. The pattern is based on the Delphine skirt from Love at First Stitch but modified to give it the fit I like better. I lowered the waistband to sit over my high hip instead and reshaped the hips and added some waist shaping. The result is so comfortable that I don’t want to take it of and have already been wearing allot.

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The perfect skirt, take one

Delphine mimi skirt blouse

My first try at creating the perfect skirt, This is a modified version of the Delphine skirt from Tilly and the buttons book love at first stitch reviewed her. The blouse is the mimi blouse from the same book. It is made in linen I died a few weeks ago. The fit still needs a few tweaks but I regard this as a summery wearable muslin in minty linen. I have already started one in black cotton velvet that will be perfect for this winter and will go well with all of my blouses.

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