Sunday, July 28, 2019

Summer floral dress - McCALL's M7959

I recently finished sewing another easy wearing summer dress and it's already gotten lots of wear. The fabric is this floral linen from Mood and the pattern is McCall's M7959. I sewed the dress length and I added about 8 inches to the length. I also used elastic to create a slightly blouson waist. I added a lining using cotton voile to the skirt half of the dress and the top of the lining is sewn to form the elastic casing. The lining ends above the side slits, which is just above the knee. This dress in linen is super comfy for summer. It also has a slightly tropical vibe, even though the print is not really tropical.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Summer Dress - Butterick B5347

I finished sewing a summer dress from the out-of-print Butterick B5347 pattern. You can still find it on the internet - here's one on amazon. This is one of my favorite patterns for an easy fitting summer dress and this is the fourth time I've used the pattern. It's best made using a crisp fabric on the heavier side of medium weight. In this case, I used a linen with this cool print. I use two buttons at the top instead of one -- the dress seemed to bulge out too much with just one button. Also, I drafted my own pocket pattern -- it's an angular shape that has a pleat to echo the top neckline shape.

Don't look too closely at the back -- I didn't make an effort line up the print pattern on the back zipper seam. I thought about re-doing one side of the zipper, but decided that the pattern is sort of odd anyway and the mis-alignment doesn't look tragic, I hope. :)

This dress will get tons of wear this summer!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Finished at last - Olwen Cardigan

I finally finished my Olwen cardigan! This sweater took five months to knit, and I'm not sure why it took so long. The yarn is Louet Gems Sport Weight. I knitted this with a closer fit than the version shown on the pattern model. I was aiming for a slightly looser fit, but the stitch pattern gauge was hard to judge. I started it twice because the first time came out too small and I couldn't tell from the initial swatch -- I knitted about 3 inches before I could see that it was too narrow overall. I knitted the sleeves flat and seamed them up because I hate knitting small circular things. I also did the i-cord trim a little bit differently -- the i-cord wraps around both the selvedge stitches instead of being picked up in between the selvedge and the body stitches. It's a bit too warm to wear it now, but I did take it out for a spin a couple of times and so far, I'm happy with it. The yarn seems to hold its shape well.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Vogue V9344 and happy spring

Hi everyone in the blogosphere! I'm still knitting, but my current project is taking forever because it's a longish cardigan with long sleeves in a DK weight. Hopefully, I'll post about it soon. Also, I've been busying with my Tiny Right Brain Designs jewelry business. In the meantime, spring has sprung so I thought I would post about a new dress I sewed. Actually, this was finished last fall but never worn because it got cold and I think it works for spring and summer just as well. The pattern is Vogue V9344 and the fabric is a stretch sateen from Mood Fabrics.

I cut the fabric with the puffy sleeves but they just didn't work out. For some reason, set-in sleeves with dresses in woven fabrics rarely fit right for me. I'll have to really sort out why some day. In the meantime, I just eliminated the sleeves and I like sleeveless dresses anyway. I widened the neckline a little bit and I added two small vertical darts below the bust line. Otherwise, I think it looks too much like a tent dress. I think I also lengthened the bodice by 1/2 inch. The fabric is a good medium weight but I lined the skirt section because it just looks and moves better with a more substantial bottom piece.

Finally, without the sleeve detail, the dress just seemed too simple. By some miracle, I have this linen cotton yarn in my stash that is in the exact color scheme as the fabric, so I thought I would knit a trim for the collar. It looks a tiny bit on the crafty side, but I think it's crafty in a good way, so I'm happy with the extra detail.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Herbsaint sweater

It's been awhile since my last posting. Knitting has been a little slower lately. I've been busy with the holiday craft show season selling my 3D printed jewelry - Tiny Right Brain Designs, instagram @tinyrighbrain. I finished this lovely sweater not too long ago and it's gotten good wear already. The pattern is Herbsaint, a Baby Cocktails design. I don't like to knit or wear cabled sweaters, but this design has sparse cables and it's knit in a DK weight with lots of drape. I used Knit One, Crochet Too Batiste, which is one of my favorite yarns. The sweater has a nice modern feel to it with a boxy draped look. I lowered the front neckline a bit and I think I adjusted the width a tiny bit. I did make sure that the stitch patterns matched at the ends of the left and right sleeves. As far as knitting technique, I found that it was faster after a while to do the cable pattern without a cable needle. For the bottom section, I didn't bother to count stitches. I just used the same needle size and picked up two stitches for every three rows of the body and this worked out fine.

I wish all of you a happy holiday season and a great 2019!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Summer Sweater

At last - I've finished a sweater! I don't know why this sweater took so long. I think it's probably just due to less knitting time than normal. This is a pullover for the end of summer, but I'll wear it in cooler weather with a thin layer underneath. The pattern is my own design. It's a basic shape with a zigzag pattern down the center front and along the side edges of the back. The yarn is Zooey by Juniper Moon Farm, which is a great cotton/linen blend. I like this yarn, even though it's a bit splitty and my stitches always look uneven. I used some earlier to knit this sweater, and it's one of my most comfortable summer sweaters. The yarn feels great when worn and the sweater washes and dries wonderfully. I'm hoping I'll like this new sweater just as much.

This sweater has "sleeves" that are formed by just not doing any armhole decreases and leaving an opening for the arms when sewing up the sides I do have one tip for finishing these openings. I picked up the ribbing at 2 stitches for every three rows for most of the opening except for the two inches at the shoulder area. For the shoulder tops, I picked up one stitch for every two rows so that the sleeve is pulled in more at the top and doesn't poke upward, which I dislike.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Baby Knitting

My neighbor will become a grandmother for the 3rd time in November so I thought I would knit the upcoming baby boy some new things because after all, that's what knitters do. The sweater is from the Great Beginnings pattern, and I added some stripes. I sized it for a one-year old, I hope.

The hat is sized for a younger baby. According to various charts, it should fit a three-month old head. It's from the Tea Cozy Crown Elf Hat pattern.