Archive: Jul 2017
Another weekend means another class! This time I’m learning how to make ceramic jewellery at Sew Make Create in Chippendale. I won a $50 voucher with them via an Instagram competition so that helped fund this class.I did have an idea of what I wanted t…read more
Redwood Crib Sheet – fabric available in Organic Cotton too! If you’re planning a woodland nursery and having a hard time finding prints suitable for boys, you’ll love our new Redwood collection! It’s hard to pick a favorite print, but I’m pretty partial to the Walk in the Woods design,…read more
Hey folks! Just popping in with a few notes. First is that I was interviewed last week by a few colleagues on their local-ish podcast, Various Breads and Butters. At that link you can hear us chat about naughty quilts, math, knitting and stuff. Luckily they edit out my major stumbles. And one of them […]read more
Want to hear a joke? Strapless bra. Until recently, I had a love hate relationship with strapless bras. Even when I was smaller than a 32A (I recently grew to a 32B/C), I felt like I had to wear one with anything strapless, the exception being a top that had some sort of bra built…read more
We’re slowly winding down on summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, not something I’m relishing. I really miss those long southern summers and quick winters that were over just as soon as you were getting used to having to wear a jersey every day. Of course, the end of July appearing doesn’t mean I am … Continue reading “Monochromatic”read more
Off the 101 lies Pierce College in Woodland Hills, and on its campus is a unique and downright bizarre sight, a collection of concrete sculptures depicting old west figures, along with a faux cemetery featuring rather colorful epitaphs. What is this exactly? Well, it’s the remains of Old Trapper’s Lodge. Built in 1941 by a […]read more
There were a few changes I made to the pattern prior to and during construction. For those of you interested in the details, this is what I did.
As indicated in the first post on this dress last week, I lengthened the upper body by 1.5 inch. This isn’t hard to do: fold the pleat on the right pattern piece, match it with the placement line on the left pattern piece and you have a full front in which it’s easy to draw a line to lengthen (or shorten) it. I did this just below the armhole. After that the seamlines, diagonal fold and placement lineslines are trued again. Of course this change of length is to be done on the back pattern piece too.
This is not an error in the pattern piece. I know my upper body is longer than average and it’s a change I always do in Burda patterns.
The other change was cutting off the extra triangle pieces that are on the right side pattern pieces for the top, skirt and waist part.
Initially I cut them and understood what the intention was, an extra pleat above and below the waist inset. In the magazine picture this part is invisible and the line drawing isn’t clear either. I decided that this would probably not make things nicer on me and cut them off. After construction I found this picture on the German Burda site and have magnified this part. For me it was a good decision to take them off, the remaining pleats give enough accent as it is.
If you do want to remove these pleats you also have to change the small triangle (piece 26) which has no lines. Or perhaps I just missed them.
I used a chalk marker to do this:
I marked all lines with carbon paper on the wrong side of the fabric, but used basting stitches too on a lot of pieces to have the lines on the right side of the fabric too.
The order of construction for the waist inset is done in the following steps, that are self explanatory if you are using the pattern. (It was at the moment of inserting the inset in the main body/skirt part that I decided not to use those extra pleats, so in these pictures these are still there).
I used a fabric with a bit of stretch, cutting a smaller size for the torso than I would have done with a woven fabric. It was very snug and I gave the side seam a bit more space.
Another thing I did was making a couple of horizontal stitches in the back of the pleat in the body. It tended to gape and with these invisible stitches the pleat is kept in place better.
Hope these details are helping some of you.read more
If you’re trying to find more ways to use essential oils, you may be wondering how you can incorporate them into your bathroom. Fortunately, there are a number of great reasons to use essential oils for the bathroom! Why Use Essential Oils for the Bathroom They Can Make for Great Natural Disinfectants There are a number…read more
I’m so excited about the beginning of the Summer Sweater KAL! I had a million things on the
needles in June, but now I’m down to six. This is really good, my friends. I expect 2 will be off the needles by the time I return from vacation. Of course, all of this maturity has given me the urge to go insane planning more projects than I can possibly manage for this KAL. And planning more road tripping knitting than will comfortably fit in my car. And pretending I’ll have room for two projects in my backpack on our hike.
Why don’t you hop a ride on the Crazy Train and pretend with me. All images are linked to their ravelry pages so you can go a little nuts too.
There’s Journey, which may be finished before the KAL begins
Heritage will be what I begin with the group on Cast On day. I’m knitting it in a tonal gray.
The Feya cardigan, by Amy Christoffers, will be my second cast on for the KAL. This totally makes me think of high school.
Speaking of high school, Libby Jonson’s Timely makes me think of cardigans I wore then, too. I want a navy and white striped version.
I’m dying to try knitting a fingering weight yarn held together with a lace weight mohair, like in Soirée
The Sourcebook Chunky Cardigan needs no flowery description.
Then, I want a Quadrillion, but not a regular Quadrillion. It has to have a neckline exactly like Alaina’s (below). Luckily she and other raveler’s have detailed notes.
Again, I want to copy Isabell.
What will you be knitting for your Summer Sweater?read more
If you’re looking for something to do that’s creative, fun, and uplifting, I’ve got a craft that checks ALL of those boxes. I’ve teamed up with Michaels to help spread the word about an amazing project called the Kindness Rocks Project. You paint messages of love on rocks and place them in the pathway of…read more
Good morning, everyone! It’s the last day of July, which means the deadline to finish + share your OAL garments! Today, I’m going to show y’all my finished dress – because my sweater actually isn’t done yet! LOL for being the worst host ever. Whatever! It’s been a crazy last few months, I’m not even […]read more
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PATTERN DETAILS This beautiful, free knitting pattern for MSD size is a great introduction to doll/miniature lace knitting! It has a simple lace pattern repeating throughout the cape, which is fitted around the neck and shoulder and flows down beautifully over the shoulders, reminiscent of ice crystals. It would be beautiful for a winter themed […]read more
PATTERN DETAILS Your free pattern includes step by step leaf stitch tutorial and pattern sheet, plus instructions to make a scissor keep with your completed stitchery! Download nOwread more
I like to begin the week on an upbeat note, but this morning, I’m sad. As a child, I always knew that my father’s mother had been adopted. She wasn’t adopted as an infant, so it was no secret. The earliest census that I have found shows her to be livin…read more
July was a somewhat slow month for pattern releases. Like the rest of us, pattern designers also go on vacation, and I’ve heard anecdotally from some designers that summer tends to be a slow time for pattern sales. In any case, we did get a handful of new releases, including some nice dress patterns. Colette…read more
What do you do when your kids are bored in the summer? How can you keep them occupied? It can be a struggle to beat boredom, but we have some ideas! First of all, remember that boredom is a good thing. It gives our kids a chance to entertain themselves. It lets them keep…
The post Kids Bored in the Summer? Here are 15 Things To Do! appeared first on Kids Activities Blog.read more
Loving Bargello as I do fairly early on in my stitching life I decided it would make a great background if stitched in a single color. My first attempts went well, largely because the main part of the design was the same Bargello pattern. Mynext attempt was one of my worst ever stitching disasters. I […]read more
Here’s a sneak peek at the exciting things happening on the Quiltmaker blog this week: #1. Charmed, I’m Sure with Carolyn Beam A new blog series, “Charmed, I’m Sure,” by Content Director Carolyn Beam starts Friday, August 4th. Have you … Continue reading →read more
A few weeks ago I had coffee with Pippa Armbrester, a modern quilter who lives in my town. We’d never met, although we’d heard about each other. I love Pippa’s quilts (check out her book – affiliate link). She has a wonderfully simple understated style and after our meeting I was inspired to try something…read more