I have been busy sewing, and knitting, and cooking (have you tried no-knead bread? Wow!) — yet quiet on this blog about what I’ve been making. I sew and I knit for various reasons (more on that in a later post), and I struggle with finding the motivation to tell the story of my creations.
But, I did recently finish several projects and also had a warm sunny day when I convinced the Machinist to snap some pictures.
That bread I mentioned – so simple, I could tell you the recipe from memory, and I’ve only made it twice.
I’ve finished two pairs of socks for me: one for work (black, to go with my uniform) and one with leftover yarn from socks I made for the Machinist. Both patterns came from Cat Bordhi’s book on new “pathways” to socks. If you’re a sock knitter, check it out – outside the box sock construction based on your own measurements.
I finished knitting this sweater vest on a long afternoon at a truck stop, and I finished the sweater on one of our many snow days.
And now for the sewing.
First, Colette Laurel. I decided to make this plain dress out of a lovely silk ikat for a fancy event in November. To get the fit right, I tried it first as a dress in bargain cotton, then in two shirts. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the final product.
Shirts, shirts, shirts.
I told my mom yesterday about all my new shirts and my never-ending (or so it seems) quest for a good pattern for well-fitting pants — she said “You are going to need something to wear with all of those shirts!” I made several pairs of pants back in 2000, and it seems I have a different body now! I have turned to Craftsy for some lessons on pants-making and pants-fitting. To be honest, I think I have bought all of the pants classes on Craftsy! Most intriguing is Jeanius, where I’ve learned to copy a garment (i.e. my favorite corduroys that I own in 3 colors, most of which are starting to wear out) to make a pattern. I’m stuck in the fitting stage, but here are some photos of “thread-tracing.”
I know that making new jeans/cords or getting the Vogue 2948 pattern (used in some other Craftsy classes) to fit well is going to be a challenge. And now that I’ve worked through most all of my shirt stash, and mostly cleaned up my sewing room, there’s no excuse! Stay tuned.