If you follow my instagram account, you'll know that I've been knitting a lot in between posting pictures of my adorable cats. (You were warned about the cats!)
I finished my owl sweater last Friday and I blocked it Saturday. Sunday it stormed so I couldn't photograph it and it gets dark at 4:30pm now so I suppose I'll take photos this weekend? I have nothing but amazing things to say about the sweater and the pattern, although I will skip the buttons/eyes. I think you can discern the owls well enough without them, and unless I find the perfect buttons, ones that are small and narrow and look like evil owl eyes that also blend in perfectly with the sweater, I won't sew any. And even if I do find the perfect buttons, I think I'll only sew two of them on. For camouflage or something.
I started on a second knit sweater and I'm about 25% of the way through, but it's seamed pieces and I'm thinking about ripping it all out and attempting to modify the pattern so I can knit it in the round. But that seems terribly difficult at the moment...
|My first cozies!|
Writing knitting patterns is probably the hardest thing I've done in awhile. It was a nice challenge though, and I'm happy to say I've got all the kinks worked out and my testing was successful. You can check out the patterns here.
So back in August I mentioned that I would be getting a serger soon. Well, I finally sucked it up and ordered the Janome 8002D. It has excellent reviews so I'm hopeful that once it arrives I'll get back in gear.
Ooh, and another reason I haven't been sewing is that I haven't been super happy with the way my items are coming out. I mean, I'm generally happy, but there are some fitting issues (beyond the finishing issues above) that I continually have problems with. One of which is my bust. I complained the loudest on my Mae blouse where I ruined the neckline. I couldn't figure out why I have so much gaping! But the gaping isn't unique to that blouse; I have gaping on most of my RTW clothing and, when home sewing, I tend to just tack it up and move on.
However, Sunni at the Fashionable Stitch has had this amazing series on properly fitting clothing. The short story is that I think I'm using the wrong measurements. I have a very small upper body and, by comparison, a large chest. I need to go down a size or two when I cut out patterns and perform a full bust adjustment each time. In theory, this adjustment should mean that I'll have a properly fitting garment. But it also means more steps that I don't want to take. Hmph.
I did cut out parts for my cape, sans adjustments. Hopefully it still comes out all right.
I also attempted to sew up a simple skirt as well, but something happened when I was matching the plaids... I sewed it up, the plaids matched, but there was all this weird fabric. So I cut it off. Then I realized there was too much of a curve, so I sewed the curve out and cut some more off... and then I realized that the back of my skirt was gone forever. (sob) If this was normal fabric, I could have just cut out some more, but it was plaid so I didn't have enough. Maybe I'll get creative and mix it with some other fabric? Or maybe I'll go to the store and see if plaid's on sale again. Or maybe I won't do anything because I'm not really a fan of plaid.
And so now onto things that inspired me this week! Even though I've been making a lot of wiggle dresses lately, I'm starting to really like the fuller skirts (again). But before I commit to making more of them, I want to try out some of the dresses that have a bit more ease, that skim over your curves, that almost seem to float when you walk.
|Sort of like the woman on the far right.|
|I love those wide leg trousers! (But stay off the crocodiles...)|
|Love the color and designs on these dresses!|
|A simple dress and a man in suspenders, what more could you ask for?|
|A Gorgeous Red Dress|
|Fantastic Blue Skirt with an embroidered jellyfish and glitter chiffon underlay|
|And novelty printed fabric! Where can I find some??|
I think I'm done for now. If you've made it this far, here's an adorable gif for you:
Anything you're inspired by this day/week/month?