Saturday, January 30, 2016

Amherst Knitted Shift Dress

For my next knitting project, I had wanted to knit an Aran vest with a crewneck–basically a fisherman sweater with no sleeves–but I couldn't find any appropriate patterns and didn't want to adapt one. I came across the Amherst pattern and loved that it was a knitted dress. It also had enough cabling to make for interesting knitting. I finished the front in a week and was on track to finish the back in the same timeframe, but I had increased the wrong number of stitches for my size and had to frog about 25" of knitting. Aside from that stumbling block, the dress actually knit up super fast. I used an ecru worsted wool from my gifted stash (the same yarn I used to knit the Sweatshirt Sweater), which created a dense and very warm fabric. I'd wear this with a chambray or plaid shirt underneath with black tights and boots. Love how it turned out!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hearts Dress

I finally managed to finish this simple collared dress over the three-day weekend. The project is from the Japanese pattern book I bought recently and I loved the simple shift style. Details include a split collar, invisible zipper, back waistband and cuffed sleeves. The pattern size I originally traced was a bit big, so I had to make some alterations along the way, but mainly just took in the side seams a bit more. This dress does not have any bust shaping, but it still seems to fit me well. I'm on the fence about this finished product. I love the print of the fabric, especially the small scale of the hearts, but it seems a bit home dec to me. I think I actually need to wear it first to really determine how I feel. Could be perfect for Valentines's Day!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Basic Pullover Top & Owyn Pants

I had gone into Bolt last week to scope out fabric for some projects prior to their holiday sale this weekend and scored the following: stretch black denim, red cotton-linen with tiny navy hearts and a dotted chambray. I sewed up two of the projects today, which were easy and quick. I used the denim for the Owyn pants from the new Lotta Jansdotter book, Everyday Style. These are casual pull-on pants with an elastic waist. I wanted to try the uneven, fraying denim hem trend and like how they came out. I made a size medium based on the sizing chart, but probably will go down to a small if I make them again. I used the chambray for a pullover V-neck top from my new Japanese pattern book. I love the split hem and dolman sleeves. The back is one piece and the front has raglan sleeve construction. I plan to make a dress from the same pattern book and will work on that in the coming few weeks.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Sweatshirt Sweater

I love sweatshirts, so I knew I had to knit The Sweatshirt Sweater from Purl Soho. I still have a ton of gifted yarn in my stash and used this speckled tan worsted wool for this project. I made no modifications to the pattern, but had to make a size adjustment since my stitch gauge was off by a tiny bit. I followed directions for a size XS to compensate for that. The pattern directions are very clear and easy-to-follow. The knitting goes by fast (maybe because you're knitting in the round?) and has enough variation with the raglan shaping and front pocket that it isn't boring. I love the ribbing detail that is worked in the arm shaping decreases and continues down the sides of the sweater. The most difficult part of the project was the grafting of knit and purl stitches for the armhole. This tutorial on grafting in pattern by Lucy Hague was extremely helpful!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Nani Iro Dotted Shirt

I bought this Nani Iro fabric on a recent trip to Britex in San Francisco. I am loving oversized shapes in my wardrobe this fall, especially with pants and dresses. This top fits that profile. The pattern was from a Japanese pattern book and was super easy to sew up. There is some interesting draping going on since there is no shoulder seam and it was just one piece of fabric folded in half with a hole cut out for the neck. I did have a sewing fail though because I totally forgot to measure the width of the top before sewing it up and ended up having to cut off excess width from both sides and rip out all the sleeve seaming. Not easy with serged seams! But it turned out fine. I love the split hem and neon dots.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Marled & Ribbed Sweater

I seamed this sweater last night, knit the neck ribbing and steamed it this morning. I love how the fabric looks with the marled yarn and the textured half fisherman's rib stitch. It's a little oversized and drapey, but will be perfect for winter weather. I really love a good raglan sleeve and you can see the detail of the seaming and stitches in some of these photos. The yarn is 100% wool, so it's a very itchy sweater, but I should be fine wearing a turtleneck underneath. The pattern is from an old issue of Rebecca Magazine and is a classic sweater that never seems to go out of style. Thanks to my sister for the yarn!