Saturday, October 14, 2017

Made: So Faded Sweater

Hi guys, I finished knitting my So Faded Sweater! 

Ta da!

Originally, I only planned to use white, black, and grey yarns, but I found a skein of Electric Rainbow in my stash and knew I had to add it in. I love how it turned out!

I used all Madelinetosh yarn. The colors, from top to bottom, are:
Night Fell
Electric Rainbow
Smokestack Optic (just the grey ribbed hem and cuffs)

I think I'll be wearing this a lot this winter. I have several other knitting projects on the needles and in my queue, but it would be fun to make another one of these someday in a different color scheme. I wonder if either of my kids would wear one. A children's version might knit up pretty quickly!

Here's the So Faded pattern on Ravelry
And here's the children's pattern on Ravelry

I'm using the leftover yarn to make a pair of socks (one down, one to go). I think I might make a habit of using up extra sweater yarn to make matching socks - could I be any knit-nerdier??

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shirt No. 1 With Lizzy House Lawn

Hey guys, don't you love Sonya Philip's patterns? They're so straightforward, you can make very simple garments or use them as starting points for all kinds of embellishments and variations. The creator herself often layers multiple bright colors and prints to create fun outfits. You can see some of her cheery, creative combinations on her website, or on Instagram.

I bought my Shirt No. 1 pattern a while ago through her Etsy site, here. If I were you, though, I'd join Creative Bug for the free trial and get the pattern and video instruction by Sonya! She even includes a couple of variations to try.

I didn't change or embellish this one at all. I'm just letting the fabric shine, along with the nice, boxy shape of the top. I used this lawn from the Lizzy House Printmaking line. There are so many good prints in this line!

This shirt is the standard length, and it feels a leetle bit cropped on me (I'm 5'10"). Sometimes I add an inch or two to the length of this pattern. 

An interesting and potentially intimidating aspect of this pattern is that she has you determine the neckline for yourself. You are instructed to put the shirt on and then decide how low, how wide, or how scooped to cut the neck. Instead of going purely on your own, you could compare to another shirt or pattern that you like. 

I like this little push to make a design decision for yourself. I think it builds confidence for those of us who always just follow the pattern instructions and don't make many modifications or personalizations. It can be really freeing to be reminded that you are allowed to customize! 

This semi-crisp, lightweight lawn doesn't cling or stick; it was perfect for the heat of the summer. As I'm typing, it's October and it's only 39 degrees Farenhiet tonight. Of course that means that this shirt just became a layering piece. It will look great under any cardigan or hoodie.

I love making tops that are as easy to wear as t-shirts, but that look a whole lot nicer. If I had a longer attention span, I'd churn out a dozen of these!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Willamette Shirt in Cotton Voile

So... several months ago I said on Instagram that I would complete the Summer of Basics challenge: to sew or knit or make three self-defined "basic" garments during June, July, and August. I only made two of the pieces I had intended to make, and here's the first one:

This is my first Willamette shirt, designed by Hey June Patterns. I used kind of a wild print for something considered a "basic", but I think it could go with almost any neutral pants, shorts, or skirt. It could be super casual, with a Hawaiian shirt vibe, or even business casual, tucked into the right skirt or pants. It can cover a lot of bases, so I consider it a basic.

The fabric is an organic cotton voile from Cloud 9 fabrics. The design is called Yucca Paloverde. It's a little sheer, so I didn't wear this without a tank top underneath. In the summer, I don't like to have to layer multiple shirts, so I didn't wear this as much as I thought I would. But now that the temps have cooled off, I don't mind wearing layers. 

See how it bows out a bit in the lower back? What causes that, and what modification would I make to prevent that?

I made two mistakes when sewing this shirt, and I want to record them so I don't repeat them when I make the next one. 

1. I used interfacing that was too heavy. I debated between the lightweight and the slightly heavier, and I chose the sturdier one, thinking I wanted the collar to have a bit more structure. That would be fine for the collar, but the whole placket is interfaced and when I sit down, it wants to stay standing up. It isn't a huge problem, but it would be better if the placket were softer and more flexible. 

*Note to self: always match the interfacing weight to the fabric weight.*

2. I forgot to lengthen the placket pattern piece! I added 2 inches to the length of the shirt, but forgot to change the facing. I just sewed on extra fabric to the bottoms of the facing pieces, which no one can see since they're on the inside of the shirt. But there are two extra seams in there.

Even though my expression says, "Stop telling lame jokes," I really like this shirt. I'll show you my second completed basic item next time (and tell you what I failed to make for the third garment). 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Satiny Black Ogden Cami

Hi guys! Here is my second Ogden cami (pattern from True Bias). I used a black silky satin charmeuse fabric with nice drape and no clinginess, found on here (that's an affiliate link).

I made this one around the same time as my blue Lizzy House one, and I didn't make any modifications. 

Next time, I will make a couple of modifications that I mentioned in my last post: raising the front neckline by an inch and widening the straps. I will keep the back as-is, though. I like how deep the v-neck is, without showing a regular bra band.  

I wore this Ogden tank out to dinner when we were in Las Vegas this summer, and I didn't feel at all like a frumpy mom. SUCCESS!

This past week, it was cooler outside, so I wore it under a cardigan (to go to a meeting at school). I can see myself reaching for this top (and its upcoming sisters) year-round, and for a variety of outfits. It's great as a standalone tank top and as a layering piece.