Sunday, 22 January 2012

It's So Easy It's Simplicity 2117

In October I saw a gorgeous skirt on Tilly and the Buttons blog.  The pattern is Burdastyle's Jenny skirt, and as lovely as it is, high waists and me don't mix.  But it was the fabric I really fell for.  It's called Autumn Maples, sadly I can't remember now which website I ordered it from. 

I went with It's So Easy It's Simplicity 2117, which I bought in The Spinning Wheel in Belfast (got to support local enterprise).  I  liked the pockets, and I haven't tried pockets before.

I am delighted with how it turned out :)  First of all I made a muslin, so I could check the size and work out how to do the pockets.  The instructions were really clear, and the pockets went together easily.  I was happy with the fit at the waist, but thought it was a bit big at the hips and wide in the legs.  It definitely looks more "pencilly" on the envelope photo.  So I took the sides in from the hips down.

Instead of having darts at the front, it has little pleats, which I like very much.  Again the instructions for these were great, and they were easy to do.

I hit a snag when it came to the insides of the pockets, because I knew the fabric print would show through.  I made the pocket lining with some cream fabric, and also the waistband facing.  Here's a photo of the inside.  

But I was afraid that the print would still show through from the back of the pocket.  So I split the back of the pocket and made the bit that shows on the outside with the printed fabric, and the bit that is the inside back of the pocket in the cream fabric.  I hope that makes sense.  You can see the reverse of it in the above photo, and the front in the photo below.  I cut the two pieces so they would overlap.  I then decided to overlock the curved edges - not one of my better ideas.  And then I attached the two pieces using a zig-zag stitch because I though it would look nice, and it would have had it not been for the overlocking.  But you live and learn! 

One thing I did do was to make the overlap just inside the pocket, and not level with the front pocket edge, so it doesn't show from the outside. 

I should mention that I made this over Christmas, but I only got it finished off yesterday.  I wasn't happy with the top of the zip, so I fixed it, and I also made a slip for underneath it.  I would have liked to line it, but what with the pockets and a vent, I didn't know where to start - or indeed, if it's humanly possible!

So I got some fancy lining material to make a slip, and do you know when I realised I hadn't used said fancy lining material?  After I'd sewed it up!  I had used some ordinary lining instead.  Then I was going to attach the elastic using a technic I found in a sewing book whereby you sew the elastic onto the fabric using a zig-zag stitch.  I was all ready to go, then the zig-zag stitch wouldn't work on my sewing machine, and none of the other fancy stitches are working either - but the straight stitch is, thank goodness.  So I think the time has come to get my machine serviced; it will probably be grateful, it's over 30 years old.

But I haven't been neglecting my knitting, I am now half way through my Almost Ovals scarf.  But more of that another time,

Happy knitting


Monday, 16 January 2012

Here comes the Groom!!

The Creepy Cute Groom is finished, and here he is:

Isn't he brill?!  And I'm sure you'd like to see the happy couple together,

I made his body and hat yesterday in the daylight, so I had half a chance of being able to see what I was doing with that black yarn.  I tell you what, it wasn't easy!  Any more projects from this book involving black shall be left until at least the Spring time.

The curse of the unclear instructions struck again with his hat, but I just winged it.  Then he wouldn't stand up properly because the weight of his hat made him fall over.  So I've just taken his head off and put some 2p coins in the bottom of his body, and now he's standing up perfectly. 

And I forgot about these last week, so here are my next four Smoothie Hats.

Happy knitting,


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Skelton Bride: now she just needs a Groom!

And here she is from the back:

She's from the Creepy Cute crochet book.  It was only after I bought it that I read on the internet that some of the instructions aren't very clear. 

I was ok with the body, except for the frilly bit at the bottom of her dress, but I winged it; the head was another story!  Four hours, four hours people, I spent on half of it, and then it got ripped out.  All I can say is thank goodness for Ravelry. I found a Creepy Cute Ravelry Group which is brilliant.

The first problem was "CH1 SC1 in same".  I hadn't the faintest idea what that meant.  I then found this link in the Creepy Cute Group to the Designer's web site - problem solved. :)

The second problem was that my stitch count was always wrong.  Creepy Cute Group to the rescue again.  Turns out you don't count the "CH1 SC1 in same", (of course!).

It was the third problem that made me want to weep.  It was the instructions for Row 3, they were as clear as mud.  I finally worked it out from the chart beside the written instructions.  I have detailed it on my Ravelry project page here.  Now I just need to make her Groom.

I have also been fiddling about with some sewing this weekend.  I have decided the time has come to progress onto tops.  I've been having a go at the Colette Sorbetto top.  I made a muslin from an old duvet cover, and the back was too wide.  So I spent last night looking up back adjustments, and I think I have it ok now.  Unfortunately I don't have a lot of sewing/knitting free-time due to the whole "working full-time" business.  So I don't know when I'll get a chance to try out the adjustments on real fabric.

Tonight I feel like knitting, so I'm going to finish a Froggy Smoothie Hat, and do some of my woefully neglected Almost Ovals Scarf.

Happy knitting,


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Snood-mania hits Belfast - read all about it!!!

Snoods, cowls - call them what you will: I call them brilliant - they're so great, I made two.

First up is the Gap-tastic Cowl, which is a free Ravelry download.  I cast-on 111sts instead of the 131sts on the pattern, because A: I'm small, so I didn't think it needed to be so long, and B: I knew I wouldn't have enough yarn.  I was right on both counts (naturally ;) ).  I just kept going until I ran out of yarn, so didn't do as many rows as on the pattern.  I used three balls of Adriafil Mistero, the colour doesn't have a name, it just called 003.

Apologies for the rubbish grainy photo, it was the best I could do.

I do not know how I lived without this.  It is the best thing ever!  I can wrap it around my neck twice, and then put a bit of it up like a hood, and it's toasty warm, which is handy since the wind had been blowing a hooley the last few days.  Here's a photo of it in better light.

Snood number two is the long version of the Chunky Cowl.  I'm blaming Karen from Did You Make That? on this one.  She's the one that started the Snood Sensation. :) 

Again I cast-on less stitches - 100 instead of 140.  Again I knew I wouldn't have enough yarn, so just kept going until I ran out, so it's not as wide as the other one.  The yarn is Sirdar Indie (which is lovely), the colour is 0160, I used three balls which I bought at my LYS, Jean's Wool Shop.

And here's a photo in better light.

I've also made a bit more progress on my Almost Ovals Scarf, but I've got a bit sidetracked with sewing and crocheting.  But more of that another time.

Happy knitting,