Thursday, 29 March 2012

Knit, knit, lift, knit

It's not quite winter time outside yet, in fact not really even close. But I wanted to get the jump on this winter season but starting my knitting early. I've also got that habit of needing to knit when I watch tv or sit on the couch, my hands constantly need to be moving. Is anyone else like that?

When I saw the pattern for this Grecian Rib Knit scarf on purlbee I just couldn't go past it, it would be the perfect addition to my winter scarf wardrobe (currently consisting of an wrap from Indian, and a few silk scarves).

I chose a Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran yarn in this gorgeous deep red, to brighten up all the black that seems to get worn in winter.

This pattern is fantastic. I love how it comes out looking really chunky and thick and stands out in a crowd. Also LOVE the tassels. Clothing should have more tassels, don't you think?

Saturday, 24 March 2012

The pretty Pastille

Told you I'd be back!

I convinced Benj to come down to the park with me this afternoon to snap a few pictures of the Colette Pastille I finished recently. Though he's no photographer, I think he did pretty damn well and will be roping him in for all my future photo shoots.

The vital stats (al la Sew Weekly)

Pattern: Colette Pastille from the Colette Sewing Handbook
Fabric:A blue cotton-ish thing from The Fabric Cave
Cost: About $5 for the fabic + an invisible zipper
Time to make: A looong time. I started cutting out the pattern for this darling before Christmas and managed to make the muslin, adjust and cut out the nice fabric pieces before we went away. But once we got back from India I got so carried away with work and what not that I only picked it up again about 2 weeks ago.

This was the first dress I've ever made a muslin for and to be honest, it paid off. While it took me longer than usual it gave me the chance to fit the bodice perfectly. This is the area I most struggle with as my sizing is pretty much straight up and down, so while I may be a 0 in the top, I'm a 6 in the waist and then back to a 2 in the hips!

I ended up taking some length off the bodice, slightly adjusting the darts and bringing in the hips. It would perhaps do with a bit more work in the top but I'm quite pleased how it turned out. I've already worn it to work twice and both times have received compliments which I'm always thrilled with. Better than my first few creations which caused the comment 'Oh, did you make that?'.

The pleats down the bottom, although you can't really notice them with this fabric, are a really lovely touch. I took the time to thread trace all the lines as the book recommends. In the end though they didn't match up for me so I ended up just measuring with my tape measure and pinning as I went. I'll probably try do something in between next time, the thread tracing took just that little bit long for my liking.

I'm still learning how to stand for photos, really not very used to it at all!

The fabric is from this wonderful place called The Fabric Cave. As it's open during the week I usually don't make it out there but once a month it's open on a Sunday so I duck out and pick us as much fabric as I can carry in my hands.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Getting back into the groove

Whoops! So I went on holidays and got lazy with updating this blog. I've been knitting and sewing a fair bit lately so it's about time I updated this with some of these projects.

I'll take some nice photos on the weekend but will provide an update on the wonderful
  • Grecian Rib Scarf
  • Colette Pastille
and my newest adventure featuring fabric purchased on my Indian adventure.

Stay tuned!