The one thing Peter always asks for before Christmas and his birthday is another dolphin, lets just say that he has a few and last time I gave in for it and made him 2 new. I drafted the pattern from one of the other ones but tried to give them a slightly different character
I was invited to the blog hop by Joëlle from The Handstitched Files, she makes beautiful things from yarn, thread and fabric. Some of her most recent spectacular projects are this Fox and Niot jacket. She’s really nice and so go over to her as soon and you finished here.
Why do I write?
I started writing a blog as a travelling log a little over 7 years ago, since then the blog has transformed many times as I have changed and my situation has changed. It soon became a way for me to document my crafting adventures mostly knitting and lately, mostly sewing.
But the more interesting question is why do I sew? It started with me dreading going shopping and badly needing new clothes the fall of 2011, When I found something I liked they didn’t have it in my size or it was way too expensive as I at the time was a student and my husband on a long sick-leave and the budget was tight. I thought, I know how to sew, so hey, why don’t I just make my own clothes. So I started and made this striped dress.
I used this dress until it tore and loved it, what I didn’t love was the process of sewing, but I loved the result, so a few weeks later I made a top, and it continued like this for some time and then I discovered the indie pattern community and tutorials for fitting their patterns. I learned how to make retail patterns into clothes that fit me. I no longer had to draft my own patterns in order to make something that actually fit. Now I started liking sewing I still couldn’t admit it to myself but I started sewing a lot even more then I was knitting (oops). I then used all my free time for sewing. I now love making my own clothes and to have a well fitting wardrobe full of handmade items that I made to fit me and not a standard person 10-15 cm shorter then me, with tiny hips and sticks for arms, for some reason I’ve always had trouble with sleeves even as a child.
Now I’ve made more then I need in some areas and started making a few things for friends and family, some of them make their way here to the blog and some don’t because when they’re finished am so eager to give them to their recipient that a usually forget to take photos before sending them off.
What am I working on?
This one is easy. I’m working on my dream wardrobe, for me it’s not the blogging that is the essential part but the making of wonderful things. The blog is a way to communicate to the amazing knitting and sewing community, to inspire as I’m inspired by other bloggers.
Initially when I begun my handmade wardrobe I wanted it to be happy, but know I’m more into turning it more professional and classy. I have a professor that always manage to look polished and neat as if she spends a long time every morning choosing what to put on but I don’t think she does she doesn’t seem like the type. She is the one that inspired me to make my vest Bernadette as a more polished version of a cardigan.
She is about twice my age and I want to be like her when I’m her age, a brilliant scientist, nice personality and dress since. (is it too obvious what’s important to me?)
Future wardrobe pieces
How does it differ from others of its genre?
I don’t strive to be unique but I make and blog about things I like and since there only is one of me…
How does my writing process work?
I take photos and then try to let the photos speak. It is not always easy and the result varies but I try to have decent photos and post about something that makes me happy one or two times a week.
I’m now supposed to name two other willing bloggers to continue this blog hop, but it was so difficult to decide, there are so many wonderful blogs out there and when I finally had decided, They where to busy to take part at the moment so I have decided to let it free. If you thought this was interesting, please create your own story, I’d love to know and if you do so please leve me a like so I can read it. To keep on the inspiration here comes a few of my recent favourite blogs:
http://mode-de-lis.blogspot.se - vintage sewing
http://www.ohhhlulu.com - lingerie sewing and patterns
http://clothhabit.com - lingerie sewing and an upcoming pattern soon
Now go over to Handstitched files or had you forgotten?
I bought yarn for this project when the pattern was released last year but when it arrived I wished that I had chosen another colour, so it sat in my stash for a year before I got to it. It seems like the colour darkens with the first wash and as if it’s not completely oxidized before or something. I do like the darker shade a lot better however and the finished sweater is stunning.
I used Macaw/Canopy Fingering as the pattern called for, but had trouble getting the gauge exactly right and compensated by making a size smaller, I did have to lengthen it in order to make it fit me right, I made it with 1″ positive ease. I prefer positive ease on tops so that they don’t feel too clingy. The drapyness of the fabric make me think that 2″ of positive ease might have been better so if I ever make a similar sweater I will go for that instead but it’s still good this way. The pattern is clear and easy to follow just as all of Gudruns patterns and the design with the keyhole in the back and the lace it the front giving interest both from the front and back together with a high neckline is just a perfect combo. I think it will keep me warm this winter underneath a cardigan or maybe my Bernadette.
I had a bit of a scare while knitting this with only the top of the last shoulder left my 5 skeins where all used up, and I ordered some more but the colour of this hand dyed yarn didn’t match, not even close. I was stuck and didn’t know what to do. After about 2 weeks of this sad hibernation as I was looking at my inspiration board and saw 4 blue swatches, I had completely forgotten all about my 4 swatches that I had made trying to get gauge and thankfully there was just enough yarn to finish.
Preparing for colder times, even if it currently is very warm here. I have started to prepare for fall by knitting. This far I have completed one pair of mittens, I lost my good biking mittens half way through the winter last year and never got around to making new ones as the bike needed repair as well. But now that I’m biking everywhere again new mittens will be necessary.
They are made in Du Store Alpakka, Tynn Alpakka and the pattern is my own, made up as I go. As I usually do, I used two different shades of gray held together which makes it look more natural gray instead of dyed gray which it is. I used 3mm needles, 48 stitches for the main hand width and 100 gram is enough for one pair.
* cast on 44 st
* knit a nice and long 1/1 ribbing
* increase 4 st one every 11 st total 48 st
* stockinette for 20 rows
* add thumb over 10 st
* stockinette for 24 rows decrease for top (at sides, k2tog, knit until 2 st before other side ssk,k2tog, knit until 2 st before other side ssk)
* Then again after 4, 3, 3, 3, 2,2,2,2 then every row.
It’s been quite some time since I finished and wrote this post but somehow photos have taken a long time to get, since the weather is no longer that brilliant that is was and the use don’t feel that distant anymore even if I hopefully won’t need that for another month. However I really like this type of mittens and according to ravelry this is my 11:th pair, most of them live with friends and relatives. That said it is the perfect mittens for our climate most of the winter and they’re really quick so, make some for your self won’t you?
Is one of my favorite colours, it simply feels elegant that said I only own 2 items in this colour the shoes I wore on our wedding day and this new sorbetto. It is made in viscose and probably is the cheapest fabric for an entire project I ever bought, it was the end of the bolt and I got about half of the normal price and the shop owner asked me weather that little could ever become something, but here it is all used up.
This will be perfect with a cardigan now that fall is coming. You can read more of the details in the post about my first sorbetto here. And now I wonder how you are preparing for the change of season?
Brigitte from République du chiffon made in Japanese cotton volie called stary night, with tiny covered buttons in the front.
Size range: 80-104 cm at bust.
As you might have noticed there has been a change of style in my creations lately, that’s to say I have been making other stuff than dresses and cardigans, even shorts which is something I haven’t worn for years until this summer. Early spring I got a craving for beautiful blouses and what do you wear with blouses? Skirts or trousers and that how it all came about. After struggling to fit my first pair of shorts and, being me, wanted to continue making shorts until I had mastered it completely, continued making more. As I went on I realized that I really like sewing trousers or shorts which is what I have been making lately and that trousers don’t have to be uncomfortable or slide down when you sit down and there are more blouses that look better with trousers then they do with a skirt with the exception for a pencil skirt but they aren’t really comfortably nor easy to move around in. So I think this parade of separates might continue for some time.
The latest in this is my knitted Waterlily top from the spring edition of Pompom this year, knitted in Sandnes Garn Alpakka/Silke. Here it is modeled with a wool panel skirt I made about 2 year ago, and I see now that it needs a bit of pressing but just ignore that please. I made a few modifications to the pattern in order to make it fit, firstly I added hip and waist shaping then I lengthened the body approximately 10cm. I also lengthened the yoke 3 cm below the braid and 2 cm in the lace section. The one thing I’m not perfectly pleased with it is the bind of in the back neck I made a few decreases to get it tight but it is still a bit floppy, I’m going to try and sew in a tiny thread of elastic to see it get better otherwise I will have to re do that part. This project made me realize that I don’t like to knit lace anymore, I think that a little bit of lace in a knitted garment makes it more professional and neater looking but I wish someone else would knit that part. That said I’m thinking of maybe making another one in turquoise or yellow, it so beautiful and comfortable and I think it will be great with a cardigan in the winter.
This outfit make me feel like I’d fit in the mini series The Bletchley circle taking part in London 1952.
Sorbetto by Colette, this is their free pattern, I made it out of an old sheet that I got from my grandmother a few years ago, it is well used so the top probably wont last for very long but still it is a very cute top. Here it is modeled with my Tania Culottes. The modifications I made was sewing and folding the bias-tape to the inside, grading out one size over the hips and lowering the bust dart about 2 cm.
Size range: bust: 84-117cm
Sorbetto is very quick and simple to make and still elegant in the right fabric, the most difficult thing with this pattern is to choose a fabric that makes it that cute 60′s top that it is. I have a dusty mint viscose waiting to be a second one any day.
Inspired by Ada Spragg two piece set I bought the Esther shorts pattern and made my myself a pair the same night, to wear the next the for a day in the amusement park with my sister. The pattern fit perfectly on the first try after straightening the leg inseam as I always have to. I made them in a Vintage cotton canvas that use to be my grandmothers curtains in the late 60′s, 70′s.
The short have a high waist that is intended to hit the natural waist, for me it hits below the natural waist straight over my belly button but I like it better that way I used binding for the hem and in that way lengthened them a few cm to a more flattering length I think that gives an illusion of longer legs and together with the high waist still looks like you are wearing a reasonable amount of clothes (I really don’t like mini shorts or anything mini on adults). Highly recommend the Esther Shorts.
Size range: Hip: 91-117cm Waist: 64-89cm
See that perfect pattern matching in the front seam.
I still have a problem with trousers stretching out of shape as I had before, they did really fit perfectly for half a day then getting soaked a few times they stretched out, hopefully they will shrink again in the wash.
But is there anything I can do about this?
Because it is getting frustrating to perfectly fit a pattern only to have a to large pair after use.
Finally some new running pieces, the top is Coppelia by Papercut patterns made in a light lace merino jersey that I have been saving since for almost a year for better skills in knitted fabric sewing as not to ruin it. It will be a perfect layering pice. The shorts are Prefontaine Shorts from Perfect Pattern Parcel 3 made in a Woven cotton stretch with the same merino jersey for the binding.
It has been too hot for test running the top but the shorts work just fine. I really like matching sets and wish my shoes were turquoise instead of blue but thats how it is.