June 6, 2014

A little something for the weekend

Filed under:Finished Objects,Sewing,Skirts — Aileen @ 18:09

Have you heard of Deer and Doe patterns? The brainchild of Eléonore Klein, I found them when there were only a few available and only in French. I made the Airelle blouse already and covet pretty much every design she releases. The patterns are so very French, how could you not adore them?



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This is the Jupe Chardon. High-waisted with ample box parts, this is flattering on almost every person I’ve seen it on. The best thing about it are the seriously big pockets 💖



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As you can see, it has a centre back zip. If you didn’t like having your zip so conspicuous, you could put it in the side but that also entails getting it to work with the pockets…



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The fabric is a polka dot chambray that I ordered online. I was hoping to have enough for a shirt dress but couldn’t quite eke it out. I think I’ll manage with the skirt though!

I’m off to Galway for the weekend! I have a feeling it’s going to pour but I don’t care…I’m looking forward to showing you my red cardigan as I have finished the body already. Maybe I’ll have sleeves by Monday?

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June 5, 2014

FO: Tinder, and the reknit

Filed under:Cardigans,Finished Objects,Knitting,Summer Sweater Sprint — Aileen @ 16:15

It is a sweltering ~17℃ here so let the record show that I suffered in the taking of these photos! Only joking… But seriously, how nice is it today? (Provided you’re in the sun, no breeze, no shade and still wearing long sleeves and covered shoes…)


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Here it is! I’ve been wearing it every day since I finished it, barring today because it’s just too warm (inside).


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The pattern is a Brooklyn Tweed one, called Tinder, from an old Wool People edition. The yarn is the Rico Essentials superwash in Aran weight. I think I used about 12 balls. The buttons, like I mentioned before, I had already in the box. I looked the last time I was in Hickey’s, though, and they still sell them.


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Raglan sleeves are not the most flattering on me but for a cardigan like this, I don’t think it matters hugely. The potential for SNUG is huge!


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Overexposed! Sorry! But this shows the stitch pattern nicely and also the drape of the back when it’s left open.

This is knit from the bottom up. So, rather than working silly reverse stockinette, I knit the sleeves plain in the round and turned them inside out before I seamed them to the rest of the jumper. Other than that, I made it totally as per the pattern.

I finally got down to it at the weekend and reworked my numbers for my red cardigan. An ill wind, I suppose, as I decided that a cropped V-neck cardie would get the most use, as opposed to my original plan of a longer sweater.


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I’m being supremely lazy and just knitting this directly off the old sweater. None of this ripping out business! Sure, it may grow one hundred leagues when I wash it, but what is life without a little suspense?

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June 3, 2014

May outfit

Filed under:Finished Objects,Sewing — Aileen @ 16:15

Sorry there hasn’t been one of these in a while. Things were a bit hectic in school since Easter was so late. I have a bank holiday to make up tomorrow but other than that, I’m pretty much finished teaching for the year. Last summer was such a novelty as it was my first holiday where I knew for certain I was going to have work in September! In talking with other friends who are also on contract work or self-employed, the general consensus is that there’s no fun in a holiday with no end…

Anyway! Here’s an outfit I made last month.


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The skirt is another Grainline Moss Mini made in denim I got from the remnant basket in The Cloth Shop. I think it cost me under a tenner and there’s a good bit left. I have a longer denim skirt that I wear all the time and just wanted a shorter one. I think they look nice with tights and boots in the winter. This, however, is as mini as you’ll get me to go.


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The top is also a Grainline pattern, the Scout woven tee. I have modifications that I like to use on this – I take in the side seams a good bit, I put on a curved hem and I raise the neckline loads.


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I really like the fabric of the top! It’s a light quilting cotton I got online using a gift voucher Alb gave me for Christmas. I had a reasonable amount left over do I used it for the pockets…


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…and the waistband…


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…and the binding for the hem!

I have been enjoying everyone’s wrap-up of Me Made May. I got bored taking the daily photos, but I still competed the challenge of wearing handmade every day. If I’m just at home practising, I usually wear the same sort of thing. It did alert me to something that has been in the back of my mind – maybe I should make more dresses. I only have a few winter ones, and I wear them all the time. I went through my patterns and made a plan. I have some fun summer sewing in store for sure!

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