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!
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!
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.
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.
This weekend I managed to sew up part of my first Meringue skirt. I wasn’t too sure about the fabric at first, but to my surprise I am really liking the look of it so far. It’s a fairly heavy fabric, so it should hold the scallops nicely.
Anyway, let’s have a look at the fit. I’m quite happy with the overall fit, although I took a bit of a gamble by cutting a straight size 2 while my hips are actually a 6. The only adjustment I made to the pattern before even cutting the fabric is a swayback adjustment of 1cm, because I had to take out that length on my sloper at first too. To be sure I put my perfectly fitted skirt sloper on top of the pattern, and it promised to work out quite well. I am going to simply finish this one without any adjustments – I will get plenty of wear out of it anyway, but for the next version I will make the following changes:
- Take out 2cm total at the waist. (0.5 cm on each of the darts).
- Add a little bit of room between my waist and my hips. It has a tendency to pucker around my belly a bit because the skirt is a little tight there and wants to creep up.
- Have a good look at the darts. As you can see in this side view They don’t really lie nicely at the points. I don’t know if it’s a problem with the darts, the fabric, my stitching or my pressing, but I hope to remedy it on a next version.
- Not fit related, but I’m planning to make pockets and a waistband on the next version as well. Any interest in a tutorial on adding pockets to a basic skirt?
Speaking of tutorials, stay tuned for a tutorial on adding a lining to the Meringue skirt. I have taken practically all the pictures, so I hope to find some time to write it up before I leave for Paris on Thursday!
Homework for next week’s sewing class was to decide on the type of dress we’d like to make. I haven’t made a choice yet, but figured I’d share some of my inspirational images with you:
How can a month fly by so quickly? I’ve been sewing and knitting a lot, but somehow haven’t had a chance to take any pictures to show you. (I think that the fact that I can’t find my camera’s charger anywhere might have something to do with that. Anyway, back to business.
Speaking of businesses, I am very excited that “Roses on Toast” is now officially a business. I have registered with the Dutch chamber of commerce, so I can start selling knitting (and later sewing) patterns. Right now I have at least three patterns in the works, all in differing stages of completion. The first one to be release will be the Marjorie Shawl, which you might have seen my last post. It has been tested and tech-edited; all it needs is photography, which I hope to get done this week.
I’d also like to give you a little peek at the design that is still very much a work in progress. It is a simple, fingering weight cardigan that is mainly unique because of the top-down shaping. This version is knit in Cascade Heritage Sock in colour 5645, which is a beautiful golden yellow.
Don’t yet start holding your breath for this one to come out, because as you can see I have an awful lot of knitting left to do on this one!
On a different note, a few weeks ago I started my classes towards becoming a seamstress, so expect more sewing related posts in the near future as well. So far it has been challenging (we’re going very fast and the amount of pattern drafting we have to be able to do by heart is quite daunting), but so much fun.
This coming month’s Burda Magazine looks rather promising. I’m still debating whether or not to subscribe to Burda, but for now I will just stick with buying the ones that have at least two patterns in it that I’d like to make. Let’s see which ones fit the bill for this month. (Hint? Mainly dresses)
Unsurprisingly, most of the things I llike come from the item “50s revival”, which has quite a few cute dresses. I really like this one (dress 123). It is formfitting and sexy, but not too revealing. More importantly, it seems like it would work well in a slightly thicker fabric, making it perfect for wearing in fall. The technical drawing here reveals the shawl-part of the collar in the back, which is a lovely detail to an otherwise rather simple dress. I’m not sure if I’ll make this one immediately, but it is definitely going into the queue.
Dress 125 jumps straight to the top of the list. I love the silhouette and the collar detail. If I can find the right fabric on Saturday, it will be next week’s project. I don’t think I’ll use a houndstooth, because this version feels a little “Pierrot”-like. Perhaps a polkadot (Can one ever have to many polkadots?) or other small print.
I have a not-so-secret love for ruffles (Perhaps because a well-placed ruffle can make even me appear well-endowed?). This blouse (107) fits the bill. It would look lovely tucked into a pencil skirt, don’t you think? The concealed button placket is very nice, especially because I don’t always like buttons on everything.
To end on a different note, guess what I won’t be making? This. Trousers 115 are just, well…, Frisian horse inspired? I wonder what was going through the design team’s head. “Leggings might be fashionable, but they are just. so. boring. Let’s add some RUFFLES to the bottom and make it fabulous.”