Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cocoa Knit Sweater Shrug

Completed my third Cocoa Knit Shrug from Cake patterns sewingcake.com.
 This is an easy make and important item for my wardrobe. I LOVE these shrugs and wear them a lot with dresses!!!!
 I used the most wonderful wine colored wool interlock from Natures Fabrics http://www.naturesfabrics.com. I LOVE their wool knits and their bamboo knits - they have good quality fabric! 
 This is like a bolero but the pattern is made for knit fabric. The changes I made were to lengthen the sleeves and add a cotton knit lining. 
 I really like linings on everything wool!
 Of course, I needed this little shrug to go with this Gertie Dress. It has been so great to have these shrugs because these days I get hot and cold a lot so I need layers!
"It's possible that while sleeping the hand
that sows the seeds of stars
started the ancient music going again

-like a note from a great harp-
and the frail wave come to our lips
as one or two honest words."
Antonio Machado

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sweater skirt and bamboo tee

Completed an easy sweater skirt and Bamboo tee shirt.
 After Gertie's fitted dress I had to do some quick and easy things!
 Reality is I will wear these all the time! In fact I am wearing them now as I write! 
 I LOVE this rayon sweater knit!!!!!! It came from a thrift store find! I wish it came from a store so I would know were to find more!!!!
It already was a skirt but it was too long and too tube-like. 
 I cut off about 5 or 8 inches at the top, took off about 2 inches on the sides at the top grading to the full width at hips and made a waist band with the sweater knit on the outside and a very stretchy swimsuit type fabric on the inside (I think I used the mabel skirt's waistband for this).
 I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new bamboo tee shirt - sooo soft and the right color!!!!! I made 2 other tee shirts from my TNT pattern at this time because I really needed them. Sometimes, I got to just make what I need not only what I want! or make what I need BE what I want!
"To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life."
John O"Donohue

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gertie's Butterick 6094

Completing Gertie's Butterick 6090 was a big deal!
 I don't usually make such fitted dresses as this one. It took a long time of making many MANY muslins in order to get the fit right on this dress!!!!!!!! But in the end I am very pleased with Gertie's Butterick 6094!!!!!!! You can find this at www.blogforbettersewing.com or any place that sells Butterick patterns.  
According to the package my size would be a 12 to 14 so that was the size I cut out at first. It was much to big so I ended with a size 6 at the bust and size 12 at the hips. 
 The back of this dress is SO COOL! 
 YAH!!!!! Check that out!!!!!!!
I love love love love the design of this dress!
 I used a wonderful wool twill which, to my surprise, has a lot of stretch! The stretch makes this dress so comfortable! I am in love with this fabric it has a lot of colors in those stripes. 
  The alterations to the pattern were many. I made a small bust adjustment,  lengthened the bodice about one and a half inches, and I lowered the armpit about an inch and a half.  
More alterations were: a sway back adjustment and making the darts in the back wider and about 2 inches longer!

I did a little thread painting and top stitching. This dress reminded me of tulips.




I lined this dress with a wonderful stretch silk charmeuse so it is luxuriously soft and stretchy!!!!! 
Clearly, I need to bring down the line where the bodice and midriff meet. I do love wearing this dress so I am sure I will make it again and make a few more changes. 
 "As twilight harvests all the day's color,
May love bring you home to each other."
John O"Donohue