January 28, 2013

Some snaps

Here’s a glimpse of what I completed over the weekend. On the left, my birdie blouse. On the right, the fur cape complete with satin ties and velvet trim at the neckline.

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The current work in progress… My third ‘Ginger’ skirt. I bought a mere 75 cm of thickly woven wool and was delighted to find I’d squeeze one out of it.

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The weave, hand, colours and heft delight me. All that remains is to attach the lining.

I’m clearly stalling on the jacket because I have to trace the pattern! I think I’ll bite the bullet tomorrow.

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January 23, 2013

FO: Portrait Blouse

Filed under:Blouses/Tops,Finished Objects,Sewing — Aileen @ 08:00

This is a top I finished well before Christmas but I’m not happy with it.
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Pattern: Portrait Blouse from ‘Gertie’s book for better sewing’.

Fabric: About 1m of silk. I got it on sale from Rubanesque, I paid about a tenner for it.

So, what’s the problem? It fits great and was very easy to put together.

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Two problems: the facing wouldn’t lie flat. I tacked it down but it doesn’t look good. In hindsight, I should have used a super-light interfacing.

The other problem is the hem on the sleeve caps. I followed the instructions but really, I should have hemmed them with my little rolled hem foot before I joined the front to the back.

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It tucks in really nicely and I have to say, it’s a really comfortable, versatile top. It would look nice with a cardigan and jeans or with a skirt and jacket. Looking at these photos, I think I should give it another go.

As for the book, it’s a keeper but not for a beginner. The patterns are stunning. If you’re a fan of Gertie’s blog, you’ll like the book.

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January 21, 2013

FO: Cambie skirt

Filed under:Finished Objects,Sewing,Skirts — Aileen @ 12:39

It was one of those weekends that wasn’t a weekend. I had to go to a funeral in Kerry so I got a lift down Friday night after work with another girl who was also going. We drove back Saturday and then I worked Sunday morning. Back to school today so feeling a bit weary! Anyway, I have this great new skirt to wear.

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Pattern: The skirt part of Sewaholic’s ‘Cambie’ dress.

I don’t work in such a formal environment that warrants a dress like this so I figured I’d get more wear out of the skirt part.

Fabric: About 1m of charcoal wool suiting from Murphy Sheehy’s, about €15. Lining is that lovely teal peacock feather one I showed before, think it was about €7/m. So total cost about €25 including the zip.

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What I love about it is the shape and the slash pockets. They lie perfectly flat but are still functional.

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The pieces fit together perfectly and it was very, very easy to make. If you’re interested in doing the same thing with this pattern, just omit the bodice part – even the waist band is included.

Even though it turned out well and it fits nicely, it’s still not fantastic. Two things are not so good. Firstly, I decided to make bias binding to finish the hem using the Colette method from the book. It works amazingly well! But I made the binding too narrow which made it difficult to attach and finish. It’s ok but it could be better.

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Secondly, I used my serger to put a rolled hem on my lining. Despite much experimentation, the finish is not very good. Upon reflection, I think the lining is just that bit too heavy for a rolled hem and a normal narrow hem would have sufficed. I also marked the hem for serging completely arseways so it is short and wobbly.

These are not make-or-break problems, rather things that I can improve on next time.

I’ve picked my jacket pattern and hope to have a little free time to trace it and make a muslin this week. Already dreaming of mid term!

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January 17, 2013

Knitting on a cloud

Filed under:Shawls,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 16:16

Literally. Still battling a cold which so far had only manifested itself in an intense desire to sleep 15+ hours a day, a runny nose and an occasional cough. Perfect conditions for knitting on my cloud.

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I was digging around in my stash yesterday and I found remnants from my wedding shawl, enough to finish the edging, so on I went. I am about half way.

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I held it up to Alb with my usual, isn’t it nice? (to which there is only one answer) and he said that it liked like a lot of knitting. It is… But I’m really looking forward to seeing what it’s like when it’s finished. I bet that I, too, will own a cabin in the woods within which I shall walk around with my shawl on just so, just like the model in the picture…

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January 16, 2013

Today

Filed under:Works In Progress — Aileen @ 12:31

Excited to think I have enough if this lining for both my skirt and jacket.

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Knitting endlessly on what I have started referring to as my ‘cloud’. Despite starting out with a generous two skeins of Malabrigo Lace, I have run out not even halfway through the knitted on edging.

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Feeling like I’m losing a battle with a cold I’ve had since the weekend. It’s pouring rain outside and I have to cycle to work soon. I keep telling myself that January does not last forever…

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