I really like the AC with just the stenciling, and will probably do something with that later on.
I'm recovering well - the initial surgery went well, however I had a bleed literally as I left the hospital and ended up having emergency surgery to remove a tennis ball sized blood clot from my right calf. I was on crutches for three weeks instead of days, and it's been a lot slower than I wanted. And more painful. But I'm recovering more each day, and have been back at work for the last week. I went for a 2.5km walk today, and my legs felt better at the finish than at the start.
I was just reviewing my SWAP plan yesterday, and working out what to do next now I can stand and sit for longer. I'm still spending a lot of time resting with my legs up, so the AC work is getting done too
I wet blocked my handknit cardigan this afternoon, and rather than being super gentle with it, as one usually does, I was just a little "rough" in the washing/rinsing. Not enough to felt it, certainly! The rough wash was enough to just begin the fulling process a tad, as well as encouraging the yarn to "bloom", which made it enough less oversized that I am okay with it. It is super cozy, and I should be able to photograph it on me tomorrow in daylight.
luz clara - I am really eager to try the vest pattern, once I get the pages printed out. That it comes in a moderately wide size range and with bust size pieces up to DD makes me hopeful that it will not be a dogs breakfast trying to modify it to fit me. If I can turn it into a TNT pattern, I have an assortment of suitable fabrics that are too heavy for blouses and not enough yardage for a pinafore, that would be perfect as vests
Dawn - what made the cardigan possible to finish is that I was knitting with large needles at a fairly open gauge. I'll probably not be doing any more knitting anytime before next autumn, which should give me plenty of time to mull over how to try and do a better fitting job. This cardigan isn't bad, especially since I gave it the rough wash...
Last post by luz clara - March 18, 2019, 11:31:34 pm
Wow Indigo Tiger - that sweater is a beautiful set of colors. That blue w/white is really pretty. It is a total bummer that it turned out not to fit so well. The vest pattern looks really great - looking forward to your take on it! Luz Clara
Your sweater turned out gorgeous, Indigotiger! It is so perfect for your wardrobe. I hate that the fit isn't as good as what you would have liked. Hopefully you won't mind when you wear it layered for winter. Do you have any ideas for fixing that for your next knit? I am so impressed with the complexity of the knit and heck, just with finishing a hand knitted sweater. I knit all the time, but the only sweaters I've attempted have been doll ones or baby sweaters.
Finished my handknit cardigan today... I will take photos (on me) once it is done being wet-blocked. I have very mixed feelings about it. I adore the rustic style, the colors will look fantastic with all my indigo/denim clothing, and the colorwork and the antler toggles came out just the way I envisioned them. I am, however, not entirely happy with the sizing, it is a larger looser fit than I had hoped, despite my efforts to adapt the shaping. Just as with commercial sewing pattern grading, the larger sizes are increased in all directions, which shifts the armscye area downwards. The cardigan is perfectly wearable, but will probably turn out to be a wintertime layering garment rather than the transitional season outer layer I had imagined.
At this point I have four more garments left to complete. Three are already cut out and just need me to keep on sewing, as they are all TNT patterns. I finally decided on what I wanted to make to fill in the final niche, this outdoor style vest in a brown brushed cotton twill - Envigado Vest. I have several fabrics that might be suitable for "wearable muslins", and with luck I may be able to sort out the pattern well enough to complete it with only a few iterations. In keeping with my intention to use the SWAP garments to learn or try new things, this vest will have not only a few new to me sewing techniques, but will be my first venture into PDF sewing patterns. I am hopeful that the local copy store can sort out HOW to print out the whole page option
- INDIGO BLUE 1. dark denim pinafore (made prior to SWAP) 2. pinstripe linen dress (done) 3. handknit lopi cardigan (done) 4. batik rayon popover dress (cut out, not done)
- BROWN 5. oxford cloth linen blouse (done prior to Dec 26th) 6. corduroy pinafore (cut out, not done) 7. brushed twill vest (not cut out)
I got my leggings made this week from the two thrifted tops. I thought I had taken a before pic, but in spite of hanging the top for the photo and carrying the camera into the room, I didn't actually snap the photo. I did find a pic of the top online, so I've included that along with what's left of one of the tops. Through what one of my favorite bloggers calls ninja cutting, I managed to get a pair of Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs for me, a pair of their Petite Pegs for my youngest grandsweetie and a pair of Barbie leggings. I used the backs of both tops for the top of my leggings, the fronts for the bottoms of my leggings and the sleeves of one top for my waistband and the sleeves of the other top for the baby leggings. I was able to utilize the hems of the original tops for all of the leggings hems.
Thank you, Eva. I love mixing colors. I got a lot of practice doing it when I was making crazy quilted objects.
You're welcome, Mary. I tie the drawstrings at the top, plus there is a ruffle below them, so no danger of them showing. I do like the look where they show too and may try a dress or skirt like that sometime.
The IA new lookbook is an easy rabbit hole to get lost in. After much study, especially of the lighter colored one, I think the Chevalier cardigan is basically a plain cardigan with an added narrow, pointed strip on the front that sticks up on top and bottom. It has three, spaced rows of horizontal stitching that make casings in the bottom half and three hidden buttons (could be hook and eyes) in the top half. Then the sides have what they are calling a leaf, another strip with three spaces for the ties to go through. Sometimes they show them going all around and other times they are threaded through the sides and criss cross on the back. The sleeves also have what they are calling a "leaf" for a tie to go around the sleeve. I'm going to try it out and if it works, I'll use it for the teal cardigan in my SWAP. I think it will work just fine with the Burda pattern I'm planning on using. At least I hope so. My next task is to tackle tracing the pattern.
I really like the navy Thatched Frock, too. I have some fabric that I may try to dye navy. I tried a tiny sample and it looks pretty good.
I also noticed the pleated trim on the Montmorency frock. Do you think it's a sewn and turned tube before it's pleated on? I'm thinking about trying that with my next top layer, the rust frock in my plan.
I think that's a good idea to overdye a black and white plaid. I really enjoy overdyeing fabric in my washing machine. I have some things that have been through two different colors of dye. I am a big fan of muddy shades though, so I eventually get something I like.
I will definitely make sashes if I have enough fabric. I've already made one for each of the two muslins I did. I didn't have enough of the black fabric, but I should have plenty of the teal, especially if I leave the second ruffle off.
I finished my teal leggings from the two identical thrifted jersey tops. Talk about ninja cutting. I also managed to eek out a pair of leggings for our youngest grandsweetie and for one of the Barbie dolls. Two actually for the dolls, but I sewed one pair wrong. I've already worn my leggings twice. They are super comfortable. I really like the Peg Legs pattern, plus it's free. Can't beat that. I'll try to get some pics up soonish.
Last post by M lambie - March 17, 2019, 10:34:25 am
Angelia, I'm glad to hear that the surgery went well and I hope your recovery goes smoothly!
Luz Clara, I'm really looking forward to seeing your coral outfit, especially the huge moths! Sounds so intriguing!
Stephanie, I don't know if you're checking in here as you get back to actual sewing but I love your latest SWAP list/plan with the red and blue! I've enjoyed watching your plans evolve.
Eva, Dawn, and CCL, thanks for your nice comments! We shall soon see if my SWAP becomes an actual sewing event or remains a collection of ideas and plans. CCL, I am also enjoying the varieties of lagenlook garments being sewn and am really looking forward to the finished collections.
Dawn, thanks so much for posting the photos of the casings and for mentioning Ivey Abitz's new collection! The casings look just as I imagined, but it was still good to see them. Do you find that the drawstrings ever hang down below the hem of the dress and become visible? Just wondering as I had that issue with a skirt way back in the day. On the other hand, I had another skirt where the drawstrings were meant to be seen...
I really lost myself down the rabbit hole looking at that look book! I checked out the Chevalier cardigan and for once I have literally no idea how that was constructed. I really like the asymmetric collar on the Chevalier frock and also the narrow pleated hem trim on the Montmorency frock. There's a lot to like in the collection, though, including the nice subtle colors. I wish I had a nice plaid fabric like the one used for the Nook frock in looks 27 & 79! Although I guess I could probably get a similar effect if I were brave enough to overdye a black & white plaid.
Will you be making coordinating sashes for your collection? I quite liked the Porte Cochere sash shown with this collection with its 3 (or should I say 6 LOL) narrower ties.
It's been pretty quiet around here lately -- I hope that means everyone is busy sewing and enjoying life!