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: Gertie’s Wiggle Dress

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My first sewing FO of the year (or more accurately, the last one of 2012. Somehow I didn’t get around to taking pictures earlier).

For the last couple of years I have made a dress to wear for the family Christmas dinner. This year, I figured I wouldn’t have any time, so I bought one. But of course, a week before Christmas I changed my mind and decided to sew something. Enter the wiggle dress!

Ever since I’ve gotten my hands on Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing I’ve been itching to make practically everything from it. Wouldn’t it be fun if someone would blog all their sewing from her book just as she did for Vogue’s Book for Better Sewing? I’m not one to make that kind of commitment in advance, but there’s quite a chance that I’ll at least make most of the patterns at some point.

I absolutely LOVE that Gertie has already adjusted her standard sizing for those who are a size bigger in the hips than in the rest of their body. I cut a straight size 4, which matches my body measurements almost exactly, and did not make any adjustments to this version. It fits very well, but it would not have fit if the fabric hadn’t had any stretch.

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The pictures didn’t turn out that well. I was too cold to pose for a long time, so we went back without checking if they were any good.

The fabric is a (mostly) polyester, slightly stretchy fabric. It’s very comfy in the bodice, but as you can see on the pictures it is a little too flimsy for the skirt. It shows absolutely every underwear line possible, so I can only wear it with one of my high-waisted, lace edged panties because even a thong will show lines at the hips. (I don’t mind, I don’t care much for thongs anyway.)

Construction wise I did not do anything special on this dress (apart from struggling with the underarm gussets because I somehow misunderstood the instructions…) The seams are tragically unfinished, but that’s not that big a deal because the fabric hardly frays. I did use an invisible zipper instead of a proper lapped zipper in the back, simply because I had one on hand that was a perfect match and I would’ve had to go out to get a normal one.

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I got a bit lazy on the seams, but at least I finished the hem and facing with some bias tape.

Final Verdict: Love the pattern, and this version is definitely wearable. I’m already planning another version in something with a little more body, but also with some stretch. Perhaps a nice stretch cotton sateen or something similar.

WIP: Chuck

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I’ve put all my other WIPs aside since Thursday, to work on a little sweater that has been on my list from the second I started working on Agatha. It’s called Chuck, and is also a design by Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots. I’m using Cascade 220 Heathers in colour 9546. So far, I’ve used 2 skeins, and I expect to need another half skein for the rest of the sleeve and the neckline. I’m loving every minute of knitting this, and I hope to finish it today!

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WIP: Birdseed cardigan

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This is another one of those projects that has been hibernating for a long time. I’m embarrassed to admit how long… the last post I made about it is from September 2011. Anyway, clearly it was time to pick it up again and finally get towards that finish line. As you can see I’m a lot further than I was 1,5 years ago, but nowhere near finished. I’m almost done with the first sleeve.

The pattern is my own, and luckily I did keep track of all my numbers over the months, so I should be able to write the pattern for it as well. But don’t hold your breath on that one yet, because sleeves in fingering weight take LONG!

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This close up really shows the stitch pattern. It’s just a simple knit/purl pattern, but it gives a beautiful texture. I’m kind of regretting picking Cascade Heritage Sock for it, because I can imagine how beautiful it would look in a semisolid.

WIP: Agatha

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Close up of the lace pattern on the back.

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Blocked & ends woven in.

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All it needs are buttons.

Just a peek at what I’ve been working on lately. A full post with all the details will come soon, when the buttons are sewn on and proper modeled pictures are taken.