Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Sweater

I have a new sweater and I love it!

It is a Scoop Du Jour designed by Bonne Marie Burns in Black Knit Picks Swish Superwash (which I hear is not really that superwashy. I guess I'll find out. Although, I like the sweater so much I may just handwash to make sure.) I have made this pattern before (in fact, it is the green sweater in my previous post) and it works wonderfully as a basic-wear-everywhere layer. I would like to note, however, that it took me 5 months to knit this. Part of that was due to the fact that I have not been in a knitting groove. The other fact is that this is a mind-numbingly boring thing to work on. Nothing but stockingette and some ribbing. This was fine when I was in school and my brain was on overload, but unless I get super busy again, I am afraid I will not be making this sweater again any time soon.

I have been sewing a lot, but not taking any pictures. I have three tops that didn't work out so well, and honestly I don't want to memorialize them. One is a blue T-shirt that is wearable, but a little big. I need to work the kinks out this pattern before I make it again. The same problem with another Simplicity Built by Wendy pattern: it's a little big and the fabric I chose doesn't do it (or me) any favors. I also have another shirt from a tried and true pattern that was made from crap materials when I was feeling icky, and it is no surprise that the shirt sucks. It will be wearable for what I need it for, but I will not be feeling like a princess, let me tell you.

I am working a new swing coat from McCall's 5480 and it is really turning out well. So far there is only one thing that I feel looks wonky, but it is one the inside and no one can see it. (But I am not done yet, so we'll see.) It is made from a navy corduroy with some cheap polyester lining. However, not only is it my first coat, it is my first lined coat, and I am viewing it as a possibly wearable muslin.

I had a hell of a time trying to figure out how to attach the lining to the hem and was getting really frustrated because the instructions made no sense to me. There is a pleat in the back and I could not figure out how to get the lining to deal with that. I looked in my Reader's Digest sewing book, which didn't help me figure that part out, but did mention that some linings hang free at the bottom. I went and reread my pattern instructions, and yep, the lining does not attach. I am soo happy to know that. I can now finish my jacket.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Denim Skirt

Here is the picture of the denim skirt that I made a couple of weeks ago using the Hot Patterns A-line skirt pattern.

I got the fabric from and I really love this denim. It is very dark and has a lovely look. (It's hard to tell from this picture; one of the rare sunny days up here.) (The hem folded up during the wash and I had a hard time pressing it back down, which is why the hemline is so noticeable in this picture.)

After I finished up this skirt, I realized how to fix the fitting issues I had with this pattern. The pattern is supposed to fit at the natural waist, and this one hits right below it. Not far enough down to make it unwearable, but low enough to fit just a little funky. This is an easy fix to make, and since I love this pattern, I'm happy to figure out what is wrong with it. I love wearing an A-line skirt with tights and a cardigan in the fall

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Chado Ralph Rucci: New Vogue Pattern

I have seen comments in the blogs both for and against the new Ralph Rucci Vogue Pattern. I think the styling of the outfit is not so great, but the dress itself is lovely. I just received a used copy of Ralph Rucci: The Art Of Weightlessness. It is such a lovely book. I can't say I love all of his designs, but the detailing of his garments is exquisite, and his use of piecing and embroidery is inspiring.

I made another Hot Patterns A line skirt, but it is in the laundry because I could not wait to wear it. As soon as it's clean I'll post a photo.