Tuesday, October 30, 2012
OMG LOOK I'M SEWING!!
(I love 'toile' as an alternate word for muslin. I picked it up from Tanit-Isis a while back. I mispronounce it as 'toil' in my head, but since muslins are a toil sometimes, it seems the apt word.)
I managed to finish tracing the pattern last night while listening to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy audio book. It got easier as I went (thanks to everyone for the advice on finding pattern pieces in the Burda pattern sheet mess!), and I can see myself attempting another Burda if I like the garment enough.
Anywho, I wanted to share how the back turned out because I'm giddy about actually sewing (EEEE!) and how the toile is turning out. LOOK AT THOSE SEAMS! The pattern just has you using the wool fabric across the entire back, but I'm considering turning those thin side panels into leather for a bit of back interest. I added the centre back seam in case I have to do any adjustment in the toile, but I think I may keep it in the final garment.
What do you all think: Leather panels on the back? Keep the centre back seamline? Is there any Burda magazine pattern you'd be willing to attempt tracing for?
Monday, October 29, 2012
Nalu Fingerless Mitts
|I LOVE the stitch definition. So lovely.|
I used Cascade 220 wool yarn for this, which is worsted weight. For those who don't know much about yarn, they come in different 'weights' or thicknesses; much like fabric. The weight of the yarn will help determine the gauge (stitches per inch) of the finished fabric. Think of it like the fabric you buy: the finer the fibre, the smoother the fabric; the thicker the fibre, the more 'coarse' the fabric (and by coarse I mean the more you can see the details in the weave of knit - think cotton twill vs. fine silk). Tension and needle size also plays an important roll in stitch size.
But that is for a different post.
ravelry project page if you're intersted in checking it out (should be accessible for anyone following this link), but it mostly consisted of decreasing the amount of stitches and tightening up my tension.
They fit quite snugly when I finished them, and since I consider myself having medium-sized hands (man, are hand sizes ever abritrary - pain in the butt to work out), I figured they'd work out just fine for my smaller-handed Step-Sister. Then I blocked them to help define the pattern, and they came out a bit larger. They still fit me really well, but I suspect they'll be too big for their recipient.
So there we have it, another Christmas present (hopefully) done. Many, many more to go.
And also for other knitting projects, because boy have I been knitting!
Friday, October 26, 2012
Pattern Tracing Woes
this project, for those just tuning in) this afternoon, and after a few hours of figure skating and Mythbusters on in the background (and maybe a lot of procrastinating on facebook and twitter), got two more pieces traced.
That's right: Two.
That's right: Two.
|4 pieces down, 7 to go.|
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Re-Fashion Contest: Planning and Original Items
Okay, I know I haven't been blogging much and sewing even less, but I'm determined to do this! I really want to make this Burda jacket I blogged about a while ago:
I found the Nygard wool jacket for about $6 at our (awful) Salvation Army thrift shop. I didn't realize until I got home that it smelled like it'd been in a house fire, and after a couple washes it took a 12 hour soak in very soapy water to get the smokey smell out. Definitely a stubborn making-do moment.
I even started tracing out the pattern from the September Burda issue.
Anyways, that's my plan for the refashion contest! I need to figure out a lining fabric still, and pick up a metal zipper, and decide what colour I'm going to do the hand stitching in (because I'm totally including that part). I'm leaning toward blue or burgundy, just for some colour. Or just a cream. What do you think?
This picture is actual for Tanit-Isis. It's the back of the leather jacket (see what I mean about the wear on the left hip there?). I'm including it because the amazing full-length coat she sewed for her husband was damaged when it got stuck in the back wheel of his motorcycle. Luckily he wasn't hurt, but the back got ripped off. Also luckily, it's only the one side, and ends at about the hip.
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