Saturday, April 14, 2018

Organic Grey Ribbed Cotton Turtle Neck

Some projects are spectacular and glamorous, and some are practical and wearable, like this one. 

Another gorgeous fabric bought at Ecological Textiles, and another rendition of my "Universal T-shirt" pattern. This time, I took 1cm off all seams, and added a wide round band for the turtle neck. 
The result is perfect. I am embracing cotton for winter lately... I try to use only natural fibers, and for winter, we have wool or cotton. But wool is often itchy or too warm for interiors, whereas cotton can be really warm if it is woven in a dense manner, like in ribbed cotton, sweatshirt or thick interlock. They are warm but breathable and really sweet to the skin. 
And if it is colder, we can add layers!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Organic Pink Sweatshirt Cotton Tracksuit

I ordered this organic C. Pauli sweatshirt cotton at Ecological Textiles, in The Netherlands, a very nice online shop, with good products at good prices. I love my jersey organic, specially when it is not so expensive: the touch to the skin is soft and nice, and I like to know I am taking care of my planet. 
At the begining I only wanted to make the top, but I ended up having a lot of extra fabric becasue this piece is extrawide. I could have squeezed it in one metre if not for the hood, so I ended up ordering 2 metres (no partials possible), and when it was on the cutting table I realised I could also make me some pants. Note that I do not like the two pieces going together (I only put them on for these pictures), the top is to go with blue jeans or leggins and the pants are great with a basic black T-shirt.
For the top, I used again my Universal T-shirt pattern, because I wanted raglan sleeves. I added a hoodie (this is a personal addition to this originally Burda pattern), and a couple of centimetres in all the seams to make it bigger. 
As for the pants, this pattern is a rub-off from some old tracksuit pants of mine, and this is the second rendition I make out of it. I made them extra long, preventing some shrinking.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sweatshirt Jacket

I bought this black cotton sweatshirt in Ray Charles, London. It is in Islington, a lovely neighbourhood. I just bought 1 metre, but it was extra wide, so I could squeeze the patten in. 
I used a pattern in BurdaStyle, which again, proved to be perfect. Look at those sleeve-caps! Also, the bust sizing is perfect for my C cups, and the waist shaping... It just fitted me like a globe. 
I like creating my own patterns, drawing, draping or duplicating them, but if i find what I want in my Burda magazines, I know I have a sure bet. This model came with special very detailed instructions, but this is something Burda lacks. I don't need detailed instructions to follow though... I have my own method of sewing and all I need is a good pattern and some suggestions for how to cut the pieces is welcome too. 

The fabric is gorgeous and the final piece is going to be a classic in my wardrobe. I put a patch of my favourite Cinema Festival to break the blackness a bit...


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Organic Stripped Cotton Dress

This is a simple make with a result I am not quite sure about yet...
I bought this organic cotton in The Village Haberdashery, London. 

I used my Universal T-shirt pattern again, in its hooded, 3/4 raglan sleeves, variation. I gave some flare to the skirt sides too.

The fabric is wonderful, so sweet to the skin you do not want to take it off. But maybe it was too soft for this make... I feel it lacks some stiffness... although it is very comfortable to wear, it clinks to my body revealing too much in a non-flattering way. Comparing it to one on my favourites, The Blue Velvet Dress, you can see what I mean. It is not up to it.
I could always cut it into a top, but I am still doubtful about it, so I will wait to see if I use it or not, but this is a project between parenthesis.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Concert Black Cotton Twill Pants

 I have always wanted these pants! Always! I had tried to buy some version of them in several occasions, but none of the versions were up to my expectations. These are! And I made them myself! Super-proud!
I love Rock&Roll and Metal, and "army pants" are part of my tribe. Boys find them in second hand stores, from army supplies, but those never fitted my curves, so of course I had to make them myself.

Probably the most important part of this success is the fabric. It is not easy to find a good cotton twill. In fact, this is the only one I have ever encountered (Lisboa), and believe that I've searched! I am still looking for the same fabric in army green, but that will be even more difficult. It seems they keep their twill only for industrial purposes.
In fact, this fabric is so gorgeous and inspiring, that after making my Borgen Suit with it, I sent my daddy for more to the Lisboa shop when he went there in one of his travels. And I'd buy more to make some pants for my boyfriend and some short version for me!

I was lucky to find the perfect pattern for these too. It was in Burda April '08, which has a "Safari Special", and the fitting was more than good, it was perfect (as usual with Burda). I had to enlarge them, and narrow the legs. I did not like the upper pockets and I made a different version to be just stitched over. Following my adviser opinion, I finally did not put them, but I still keep them, because one feels the need to put the hands into the pockets wearing these pants, although the leg pockets are awesome and you can put a tone of things there.

I decided to apply some snaps in the pockets' laps. Since I learnt to put them myself, I love to use metal snaps!
I love my concert pants, and I plan to wear them in many a gig, hopefully!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Turquoise Cushions

I finally finished my cushions, hurray!
I started them in August and they took forever to finish: 6 months!!! Probably because they were too boring and I never found moments to knit... 
Also, I had doubts during the process that they would become nice at all, but now that they are finished and in my sofa, I love them. They are beautiful, and sweet to the touch.
I used the wonderful Shiny Happy Cotton by Wool & the Gang, which is wonderful, thick (5.5 mm needles) and brilliant, gorgeous. I will knit a black sweater with that cotton, and probably more things!

The pattern is mine (you can read it in my Ravelry page), invented by yours trully. I had this idea to create texture, and I think it is lovely now that I see them finished.
Once finished, grafted at the end, washed and blocked, I constructed a white cotton base with the zipper included, with the apropiate measures. Then, I put it inside each knitted cushion and secured it with pins along both sides of the zipper. Finally I stitched it by hand with a back stitch, and done!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Black Rib Cotton Turtle Neck

I bought this wonderful rib cotton jersey in my last trip to London, in MacCulloch and Wallis. It was a circular bolt, with a deep black colour. Gorgeous.

I used my eternal "Universal T-shirt" pattern, because this jersey claimed raglan sleeves. And a turtle neck. 
 The result is just perfect. I do not understand how could I live without it until now. Everybody needs a black turtle neck, it goes well with every skirt or pant you have in your closet, and it plays every dress code, from sporty to very elegant. Of course, it must be cotton, to keep peace with the planet and with our skin.