FO: Thiong Bahru

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Just the facts!
Pattern: Tiong Bahru by Åsa Tricosa
Yarn: Posh Yarn Sophia Lace in Midsummer Night’s Dream (about 800 m)
Needles: 4 mm
Rav link: Project page

It’s been a while since there’s been any knitting on this blog, but here’s something! I finished this shawl somewhere around November last year, but somehow never got around to showing it or posting about it at all. Probably because I have been living in it (I’m wearing it right now too!) ever since I blocked it and therefore didn’t take any pictures yet. I haven’t been able to find a time for someone to help me take modelled pictures, so for now the dummy will have to do.

The yarn is from the Posh Yarn Cashmere Club, which they ran in 2010 if I remember correctly. Is it a sign of too much yarn when you have no idea in which year you acquired some of it? Anyway, it’s  soft, gorgeous, and did I mention SUPERsoft!

thiongbahru_2Here you can see it in all it’s not-quite-freshly-blocked glory. And for those of you who are playing along at home, yes that is my corselette underneath. Perfect combination of sexy and cosy, no?

I absolutely loved this pattern, although the stockinette body and the bind-off were a bit challenging for my impatient self. I’m glad I persevered though, because this is definitely my favourite shawl ever.

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FO: Scandalous bodice

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Close up of the garter clips. I like the touch of red.

It took me another 4 hours on Saturday to finish this one, and it’s far from perfect, but I’m so glad it’s done! I made this “torselet” (I can’t find a good English word for it… any suggestions?) as part of my lingerie sewing course. It’s made exactly to my measurements and fits quite nicely, but I’m not sure if I’ll really wear it a lot.

The sewing gave me quite a bit of grief at points. For example, there’s only boning in some of the boning channels, because even though I thought I stitched perfectly accurately along the sides, the boning would JUST NOT FIT.

Anyway, I’m happy that I have finally sewn something again. And now I have an ironing board in my new house, working on all those other things will be a lot easier!

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The underwires sit beautifully. I will probably finish the thing off with a nice red bow to echo the garter clips.

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The back isn’t super interesting, but oh well. The solid black part is the only part of the whole bodice that stretches. It’s kind of a pain to get it closed up, but it looks quite good.

FO: Lacey Thong

Lacey Thong

I’m staying in Amsterdam this week to make dinner etc. for my little sister, and that made a trip to Kantje Boord a little quicker than it would be from Utrecht. Unfortunately that also means that I don’t have my camera on me, and although my phone has a decent camera what looks pink in the photos is in fact a neon-coral kind of colour. I bought lace, lycra and all other supplies to make a bra and at least two or three panties. Impatient as I am, I really wanted to start something, but I don’t have my pattern drawing book or my chart with measurements with me.

Lacey Thong

As usual, the internet came to my rescue. Last week, Melissa from Fehr Trade posted a free PDF pattern for a “lacey thong”. Normally I loathe PDF patterns because of all the sticking together, but luckily thongs aren’t very big. I’m usually between Burda sizes 36-38 in my hips, so I cut out an M. In the end I took it in by about 3 cm in total because it was rather loose. On a next version, I’ll probably also take out about 1,5 cm from the crotch length, because it doesn’t sit as nicely as I’d hoped.

Putting together this tiny pair of panties caused much swearing and sighing. Absolutely NONE of that is the pattern’s fault. I’m so used to using patterns without a seam allowance, that I instantly stopped thinking when I saw that the seam allowance was included. However, because my picot elastic is 1 cm wide instead of 0,6 cm (1/4″) I should have added some more seam allowance so I could have aligned the elastic with the raw edge. Now I had to mark te seam line and align the elastic to that, which proved to be much more fiddly than necessary.

One thing I chanced in the sewing of the undies, is leaving the crotch lining free in the back. This is absolutely no problem, because the picot elastic will hold it in place. I didn’t sew it between the back and the crotch pieces because otherwise it’d get too bulky for that tiny width. If I make another one, I’ll put the back piece and the crotch piece together for the outside to eliminate any seams in that area (which obviously just a euphimism for “between my butt cheeks”)

Final Verdict: Great little pattern, I’m probably going to make quite a few more! The only wise piece of advice I have about it, is check your elastic against the seam allowance!

Lacey Thong

FO: Gertie’s Wiggle Dress

Gertie's Wiggle Dress

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.

Gertie's Wiggle Dress

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.

Gertie's Wiggle Dress

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.

FO: Agatha Cardigan

Agatha Cardigan

Finally finished Agatha.

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The path behind my house.

I finished my Agatha cardigan the day after my last post about it, but didn’t have a chance to take pictures until yesterday. It is wonderful weather here. Cold, but with a nice winter sun and an almost completely blue sky. Yesterday morning my boyfriend and I decided to take a walk through the “forest” behind my house, towards some old mansions where we had coffee.

Agatha Cardigan

I love the lace pattern on the back, but perhaps a polka dotted shirt wasn’t the best choice for the photos.

Anyway, back to the knitting!

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in colour 9489 (Red Wine Heather).
I used a little less than three skeins, but if I were to knit it again, I would have made it a little bit bigger. Cascade 220 Heathers remains one of my go to yarns for quick sweaters. It knits up beautifully, is easily available and wears quite well.

Pattern: Agatha by Andi Satterlund, size XS (with a slightly larger gauge)
A lovely pattern! It has a vintagey look to it that I absolutely adore. It will definitely become a wardrobe staple! The only change I made, was to twist all the knit stitches in the 3×1 rib and on the edges of the lace patterns. Although it was a bit more annoying to knit, it made everything look much cleaner and crisper and I’m really happy I made that choice.

Final VerdictLove it! The colour is beautiful, the buttons go perfectly with the brown leather colour that I love in belts and shoes, and it fits well. I’m not sure if I’ll knit another one, because I’m not one for repeating patterns, but I’d definitely recommend this pattern to everyone who is looking for a quick little cardigan that looks great with skirts and dresses.

Agatha Cardigan

All photos were taken by my lovely boyfriend.