Sunday, November 25, 2018

Black Cotton Knitted Pullover

Well, well, well... another pullover finished!
I am really really happy with this jumper, I could wear it every day. 

After knitting three wool pullovers and realizing I do not live in Sweden, neither I work in the open, I decided to use thick cotton for my next winter knitted pullover. Cotton is not so warm as wool, but not so delicate neither. You can wash it in the washing machine with the rest of your clothes (only you better dry it flat), you can wear it directly over your skin, because it is not itchy at all, as we all know. All the wool I have tried is itchy to wear it directly on your skin. Cotton is not very warm, but when it is as thick as this, it is enough for a day indoors in my whereabouts. 

To find a thick enough cotton was not an easy task. I wanted it thick for the extra warmth and also because I wanted it to be black, and my knitting advisor told me that knitting black yarn is not easy for one's eyes. So I got myself a pair of silver metallic 5.5 circular needles, and went on to it. 

As it turned out, it was a very nice and pleasant project to make. The only cotton matching my criteria was Happy Shiny Cotton by Wool and the Gang. I was patient to wait for a good sale on their site, and BOOM!, it was mine for 56 Euros, hahaha!!!

Another advantage of this cotton is that it is very fast to knit, but it still looks delicate and drapes well.
I like to learn a new trick in every knitting project, and this time I decided to give Ann Budd's Top-Down Sweaters Book a try. As with the previous one, it was perfect. I could follow the charts painlessly, and the final fit, as you can see, is spot on.

So, very happy with my knew black thick cotton pullover. I will use again Ann Budd's book, and WATG's cotton again, I hope!

Here My Ravelry project.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Viscose Cobra Corsage Wrap Dress

When I saw Lady McElroy's Cobra Corsage fabric I decided it had to be mine. It is a wonderful design, and viscose crepe is a good combination. 

I decided also immediately, it had to be a wrap dress, and the Liza dress pattern from O'Shea's book is the perfect wrap dress for knit fabrics. 

Again, I made the sleeved variation with a flared skirt. I already explained in my previous rendition of this pattern, the I had to correct armholes, but maybe it was a matter of seam allowances not being included there. I must repeat I hate this method for lazy people of including seam allowances in patterns. It just adds confusion and makes it inaccurate.

Anyways, I have now my tissue pattern with all the modifications made and without seam allowances, for future use. 

It is a wonderful pattern and I will probably cut it again in the future.

It was a wonderful combination, and it has proved right. I love wearing this dress. 



Thursday, November 8, 2018

Black Organic Cotton Long Hooded Dress

This is another of my practical makes. I like to travel abroad in long dresses and I needed a winter version. This is also a dress to quickly put on to go outside for some short errand. I expect to wear it a lot.

The fabric is simply gorgeous: organic black intelock. Soft, great drape, heavy, great colour and a very good price, I totally recommend it.

I used my "Universal T-shirt" pattern, very similar to the Frankie pattern in Tilly's book. I wanted to try that one out, but why change things if they are perfect? And this pattern IS perfect for me. So, here we go for the hundredth time.
Since the fabric is Dutch, my recent trip to Amsterdam was a perfect excuse to model it.

I only spent two half days in Amsterdam, but I was able to go fabric-shopping. First, we went to Alber Cuyp market. There are 4 or 5 fabric stores there. I specailly liked Nannuci Tessuti, they had a lovely Liberty tara lawn cotton selection at good price. I bought some silk lining at a shop specialized in silk only.

Next morning we went to Nieuwe Hoogstraat, where there are a bunch of wonderful fabric and yarn shops. 

I bought a future wool/cashmere jacket for only 63 Euros. A bargain. I could have bought lots and lots, but I am saving money to buy a new car and I am being a good girl sewing from my little stash. :-)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Denim Midi Skirt + Black Top

This is a mistake into a project. 
I ordered some stretch denim at Stone Fabrics to make a pair of jeans, and when I received it, I saw it had no stretch at all. They were very kind, as usual, and let me have some other fabric in exchange, and they told me I could keep the non-stretch denim. I thought I better did something with it, and I decided a midi skirt would be best. 

I used my own pattern, which is perfect, cut it in the middle front to put some snap fasteners. I love putting snap fasteners with my hammer: bam-bam-BAM!
The result is just perfect. It is a lovely skirt for winter and spring, specially when the weather is warm and my legs are not tanned. I don't like to flash my white legs around...
Here I am wearing it with a black top I recently made, using the part I removed from some pregnancy pants I repaired for my not-pregnant-anymore friend. 
And with my new Swedish Hasbeens.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Seersucker Myostosis Dress Copy

What an adventure this project has been!
It started with the accidental buy of the fabric, via Stone Fabrics, as a replacement for a mistake: the denim fabric I ordered did not have stretch at all and they let me choose any replacement. So I choose this seersucker with no particular idea in mind, only because it is a lovely fabric.
I was pondering the different possibilities for months, looking at pinterest for seersucker blouses and dresses... and the first idea was something like this:
Cute Striped Dress - Seersucker Dress - Ruffle Sleeve Dress - $39.00 – Red Dress Boutique
I used a previous bodice pattern and used a rectangle to gather the skirt. The result was a total disapointment. It did not flatter my figure at all and I could not see the solution.

 Before cutting the skirt into a bottom ruffle and to hell with the idea of a dress I saw Karen's Myostosis dress, a beautiful design I had seen before. Karen's figure is similar to mine, so if it was becoming to her, I could maybe go with it!
I started to alter the bodice, giving it more ease in the lateral seams and in the four darts.

 I cut the centre front and added a button placket in both sides and cut a V neckline. I stitched the centre back together. 

I made a bottom frill, but that was a gonner. Since the skirt was too short, I finally left the flounce at the bottom with no gathering.

 It looks kind of weird, I would have preferred it with horizontal lines, but my fabric was completelly finished.

 The result is quite nice. Problem is, autumn has arrived during all this trial and error, so I have not worn it yet in the real world to know how it really feels. Time to sew for autumn now!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Skull Minidress

Another "Coco" for my collection! I think this is the 4th short sleeved mini dress I've made with this pattern and it is not going to be the last. It is comfortable, becoming to my figure and very practical. 
I bought this fabric in Goteborg, and I thought it would be done in an afternoon. Then at the first fitting I realized I had cut it with the skulls upside down! It took a whole week to take the fabric off the wrong skirt part and sew them together to the new skirt, matching the lines included.

 I had to make four triangles and assemble them at the sides of the new skirt. I had no more fabric to do it otherwise. My fabric was so sparse I had to leave the sleeves upside down.

But it is lovely at the end, so all the work was worth it. 


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Knitted Skirt

What an adventure it was to knit this skirt!
I did not plan it to be my holiday travels ongoing project, but the day before parting to Sweden by plane, I realized I could not take a sleeve of the jumper I was making with me, because it was a top-down project, and you knit the sleeves attached to the bodice on those (I didn't know that!). 

So, it was luggage packing day and I decided I'd knit a skirt pattern I had in my Katia magazine. I took a picture of the pattern with my phone and left.
The day after we arrived to Stockholm I had my saint of a boyfriend trotting beside me looking for yarn shops.

 I found a very similar linen/viscose/cotton yarn for the same needle number and some circular needles. Next day I was going to start when I realized my pattern picture was blurred! I wrote to Katia explaining my live and death situation and they sent me a copy of the pattern to my phone straight away. Hooray for technology and good people on the planet!

Now, I had to do some serious calculations! The original Katia yarn was 16 sts to 10cm and this was 20. 
I was knitting happily in Stockholm, in Grimnäs, in Goteborg, in Prague, Trutnov and Calella de Palafrugell. I continued working on it in my place during my other holiday month at home. I finished just in time to wear it the first day of class and for an important family reunion. 

I love it.

It has a problem though. After all day sitting on it, the stitches under my behind look flat and open. I can be solved tucking it length wise or washing, but the second time I wore it I tried to sit less on it, if it was possible. Pity. Not perfect. But gorgeous.
See the technical data in my Ravelry.