Saturday, May 1, 2021

Me Made May 2021

 It's time for Me Made May again! This is an annual challenge to wear your handmade clothes for a month - in whatever way you want to do it. This year, I plan to wear at least one me-made every day, take a photo, and post it on Instagram. This is will be fun and difficult since I have been staying in lounge clothes a lot lately. It will take effort to put on real clothes EVERY DAY for a month!

I'd also like to post about my handmade wardrobe in more depth here, though I am not planning to do it every day. 

Looking at my closet, I realized that I no longer remember the pattern for each item of clothing! I have sewn so many things that they blur together a bit now. If I post more often, I will have a record of the pattern, fabric, and changes I made to the pattern. 

It is nice and sometimes helpful to look back and remember what I made during certain years or seasons. I bet it would be interesting to see how many things I made each year, and what kind of things - like if I went on a boxy t-shirt spree and then switched to quilts.

It's helpful to know how much I lengthened something, or if I slimmed the legs, or made the waistband wider. The next time I make it, I already know what I did last time. I usually make notes on the pattern pieces, but it can help to have more detailed notes on the changes. 

I hate when I can't remember something, so I could end my frustration when my memory fails me!

My first closet mystery:

Is this boxy shirt a:

* Shirt No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing?

* Bo Shirt from Seamwork? (If so, I left off the sleeve cuffs)

* Lou Box Top from SewDIY? (I didn't think so, but it is a boxy shirt that I've made multiple times.)

Answer: Shirt No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing, in Nani Iro double gauze. I had posted the shirt on Instagram a few years ago, so I found the answer without having to look at line drawings (or at the pattern pieces) to figure it out. I did grab the line drawings to post here, since I thought it might be interesting to see them. The three patterns are similar, but they each fit differently. 

More Boxy Top Talk to come, probably!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

CardiZen from Bayron Handmade

Hey guys! I thought I'd do one of my semi-annual blog posts. 

I made a seasonally-inappropriate cardigan last summer, the CardiZen, designed by Denise Bayron from Bayron Handmade. And now it's unseasonable in the Northern Hemisphere again, but if you started one now, it would be ready for fall. And for Southern Hemisphere knitters, I'm right on time!

I used black roving from Bluprint (remember those days, when it wasn't going out of business?). It was a good price for super bulky yarn, but the sweater turned out pretty heavy. Weigh your options when choosing yarn! (maybe literally). 

I ordered the Jul closures that the designer shows in her pattern photos. They look so cool, and they allow you to close a sweater in different ways. Check out the sweater pattern listing on Ravelry to see a couple ways that Denise styled hers with the closures. This is the first time I've used any sweater closures, so I'm still figuring out how I like to place them. 

It's hard to see black in photographs, and this sweater is no exception. But trust me, I love how it looks. It feels sophisticated as well as cozy. It was an enjoyable project to knit, and the instructions were clear. 

I'm excited to wear this again in the fall and winter. But for now I am enjoying the summer, even though my kids aren't going to any activities where I can drop them off, and the pools are closed, and it is going to be a very long summer with the whole family together every minute and the last three months already felt like a year, but still! Summer is coming in three days and I'm here for it.