FO: Swiss Dot Summer Blouse

The first truly summery day of the year; Liberation day with a music festival right outside my door. There’s hardly a better occasion to wear my just-finished summer blouse out for the first time! I love it a lot, so it will definitely not be the last time either!

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The Facts
Pattern: Blouse 125B from Burda Magazine 04/2007 (They seem to have a few patterns from this issue online, but not this one)
Fabric: Swiss Dot (cotton), about 1,5 m
Notions: Self-made bias tape, 5 buttons, thread
Cost: No idea… everything has been in my stash for a long time. Probably about €15,- in all if I count the magazine.
Time: About 6 hours including tracing and cutting.

I thought about the buttons for very long. At first I wanted white buttons, but I didn’t have any in my stash, I didn’t have time to go buy some, and I wanted to finish at that very moment. So red it is. You can’t see it on the pictures very well, but two out of the five total buttons have a little print on them.

The blouse came together super quickly. The only thing I’d change is to interface the button bands. The instructions don’t tell you to, but it seems a bit too flimsy without some sort of light interfacing.  The best thing about this pattern is that the front panels are double, because it meant that I didn’t have to underline the fabric. I might make another one kind of like the one in the magazine, with a contrasting fabric for the inside of the bodice. In fact, I have a meter of Liberty cotton lying around that would be just enough if I cut the second tie panels from another fabric…

DSC02348The skirt is me-made as well. Somewhere last summer, when I wasn’t really blogging.  It’s a super simple half-circle skirt with pockets, and it’s so easy to wear in the summer. The pictures are a bit too small to show it well, but it has tiny hearts printed on it, not dots.

WIP: Summer blouse

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It’s May vacation! Which means I’ve finally got time to sew something for myself! For months I’ve mainly been working on a wedding dress for someone else (pictures will be there after the wedding, I hope!), so I’m really happy to get some me-sewing in as well.

Anyway, I wanted a cute little summer blouse. The pattern is from one of my old Burda Magazines (4/2007) and I think I bought the Swiss dot about a year ago, hoping to make a summer blouse for last summer… I traced a mix between sizes 36 and 38: A 36 in the shoulders, a 38 at the bust, a 36 in the waist and a 38 at the hips again. It seems to fit really well!

DSC02339This is how far along I am now. I only need to finish the armholes and find some nice buttons. I’m thinking of just using plain white ones, but I’ll have to see what I have. Perhaps I’ll make the cap sleeves a bit shorter, they seem to stick out a bit too much. I’m not sure how exactly to wear it though. The front is double layered, so it’s not see-through there, but as you can see there is a little open bit below the bow which would show a bra…

FO: Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap

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Pattern: Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Natural & Solis
Needles: 2.5 and 3 mm +

Just a quick FO post on an otherwise dreadfully lazy Sunday afternoon. A few weeks ago, I taught my BF to knit and his first “real” project is going to be this hat for his cousin’s baby boy, who was born last February. I feel kind of bad for knitting the same thing and finishing it before him, but it was is just SO CUTE. I’m obviously not giving this one to the cousin though, it’s going to a knitting friend whose baby should arrive in a few weeks. I’ve made the 1 year size, because hopefully there won’t be a need for hats until the baby is quite a few months older!

I should have been working on a wedding dress(!) I’m making for someone, but it was giving me grief this morning, so I cast it aside for a few hours, finally properly started watching Castle from Season 1, Episode 1 and finished up this cutie instead. I’m hardly original in knitting this one, but almost 5000 Ravelers can’t be wrong, now can they? In fact, I’m quite tempted to start another one for another baby!

Experiments in Dyeing

dyedyarnWhen I was at de Breidagen  a few weeks ago, somehow none of the yarn really wanted to come home with me. My bank account was about as happy as I was disappointed. The only things I bought were supplies – from Stof tot Verven –  to start dyeing my own yarn, and these three skeins are the result.

The dark blue one in the back was my first attempt. I didn’t do anything special, just some blue dye in a pot. It ended up looking kind of denim-like because some spots took a lot less dye than others. It’s not extra-ordinary, but I like it.

For the purple one in the middle I decided to try something different. I mixed up some purple dye and let the yarn sit on the heat for about half the necessary time before I sprinkled in some dry red dye. That I left to do it’s thing for a few minutes before stirring it in. The end result is a beautifully semi-solid reddish purple with some quite red spots.

The third skein is my favourite, even though I’m not normally a fan of orange. I was originally going for a soft coral, but as you can see I got BRIGHT orange instead. This one was dyed similarly to the purple one. I started with yellow, but instead of sprinkling dry red dye over it, I poured a dye solution over it. This is probably my favourite method, because the colours flow into each other beautifully. The skein goes from deep, reddish orange to some sort of golden yellow.

The only downside of this whole thing is that I decided to practice on a batch of undyed yarn that I got a few years ago and absolutely hated to knit with. So now I have yarn that I hate to knit with, only in gorgeous colours that I DO want to knit with… Perhaps I’ll try weaving with them. At least there the splittiness won’t be as much of a problem.

Review: Knipmode May 2013

By far my favourite dress from this issue! I'm definitely making this for the summer.

From the Brigitte Bardot section: by far my favourite dress from this issue! I’m definitely making this for the summer.

Yesterday I found my first issue of Knipmode in the mailbox. It was an impulsive decision to get a subscription, because I haven’t been interested enough to buy it in the shop for the past few years. But lately I’ve found myself wanting to sew but not go through the whole ordeal of drafting things myself and the back issues I have are just not that shiny anymore. So there it is, a year’s subscription to Knipmode. I’ve sort of set myself the challenge to make at least one thing from each issue, hopefully before the next one arrives, but with all the (sewing) homework and secret projects I’m not sure how reasonable that is. Anyway, this first issue makes me happy I got the subscription, because there’s quite a few things I’d like to make!

The issue has “Style Icons” as a theme, and features clothing inspired by Kate Moss, Brigitte Bardot, Jackie Kennedy, Coco Chanel, Caro Emerald and almost-queen Máxima.  It also has an extra  mini-magazine with easy “holiday fashions”, but I didn’t photograph a single one of them because they’re basically all variations on bags with or without belts. There’s one pair of trousers that could make nice pajama pants, I guess.

Anyway, I’m quite happy with this issue and I hope that the coming 11 will be just as nice. Here’s my selection from this issue, as you had probably guessed my picks come mainly from the Bardot/Kennedy/Chanel sections!

Another BB inspired one. The skirt is quite cute. Apparently the shirt has a low cut back, but none of the 5 versions in the magazine show the damn back. WHY!?

Another BB inspired one. The skirt is quite cute. Apparently the shirt has a low cut back, but none of the 5 versions in the magazine show the damn back. WHY!?

Chanel obviously. Although it's super simple, I'm probably going to make a similar boatneck tee. In stripes of course...

Chanel obviously. Although it’s super simple, I’m probably going to make a similar boatneck tee. In stripes of course…

Also Chanel. I'm not yet 100% sure on this dress. It looks gorgeous and flowy, but also perhaps a bit too loose just above the waist. You'd need a very lightweight fabric.

Also Chanel. I’m not yet 100% sure on this dress. It looks gorgeous and flowy, but also perhaps a bit too loose just above the waist. You’d need a very lightweight fabric.

One of the 4 plus-sized patterns inspired by singer Caro Emerald. Cute, simple jersey wrap dress. The one on the picture looks a bit  different from the tech drawing though.

One of the 4 plus-sized patterns inspired by singer Caro Emerald. Cute, simple jersey wrap dress. The one on the picture looks a bit different from the tech drawing though. Also, if the detail of the dress is around the waist, why does the model cover it with her hands?

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Jackie Kennedy. Very elegant, especially with the bow. I’d probably lower the neckline a little bit though.

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Last and most definitely least, this one is a definite nope. Probably the worst piece in the magazine. Máxima usually looks quite nice, but what is up with those random squares?