To Sew Someday

Last July I started keeping a Bullet Journal, and turns out I love it. The system basically has you set up a custom planner, with the added flexibility of keeping any other lists or collections in the same place since there is no pre-made structure. I keep it pretty simple, but if you do a search on Pinterest you’ll see that some people really go all out!

At any rate, over the summer and fall I sketched out a few patterns that I want to make, but not at this very moment. I always have a running list in my head, but designs are forgotten, patterns and magazines are all in different places, and it sometimes my to-sew list feels totally overwhelming. Putting the line drawings on paper was surprisingly liberating! Taking the care and attention to do the sketch also made me give the design thoughtful consideration. I’ve since had to change notebooks, and last week sketched out some more designs. So far they are all burda (❤), but my envelope patterns are coming up next!

Now I’m putting them all together here so I can really see them in one place, with a tag!

 

 

 

 

 

Ogden Cami

I love camisoles. I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect thing, both in stores and with patterns. So far, I haven’t had much luck making camisoles, for various reasons. Usually there is something wrong with the neckline, or the finishing, or the shape. There was a camisole in a recent Burda issue that I meant to try, but then the Ogden Cami was released and everyone started making it and it looked great… I couldn’t resist.

I actually like it quite a bit! For this mock-up/test version, I used a loosely woven fabric that I think must be rayon. It was one of those online orders that doesn’t look very good in person, and I assumed this camisole would be pretty much unwearable. Turns out, it looks fine in the finished garment, maybe even a bit elegant! Since the fabric is a little sheer, I made a full lining rather than a facing. By the time I sewed the hems, though, I was running on autopilot and still didn’t believe this was a wearable garment, so I didn’t make any length adjustments. The lining peeks out a bit where the hems aren’t perfectly even, but I don’t really mind it when wearing.
I raised the neckline about an inch, based on photos of others’ projects. It’s the perfect depth now, and I absolutely love the soft v-neck shape. The rest of the camisole is rather swingy, which I like for the most part.
Excuse the rather lousy hemming job. I didn’t think the fabric would work out as well as it did! In a “real” version, I would hand roll the hems.
The project turned out well, however, if I’m being honest with myself I must do an FBA on the next one, as well as most other things I make. I don’t really understand what’s happened over the last couple years as my measurements haven’t really changed (slight bulking up from yoga pushed it over the edge? is that even a thing?), and I’m dismayed, but the truth is that my clothes don’t fit right anymore. I don’t really make resolutions, but a 2017 goal for sewing is to face facts and learn how to do an FBA.
Overall, this is by far the most successful camisole I’ve made, and I’m super excited to make a few in silk!

Mountain High Sweater

Sometimes I get the feeling that I’m over sewing. Especially when a top that should have been great turns out too small. That happened last weekend, and this past weekend I did nothing but finish up what was on my needles, the Mountain High sweater by Heidi Kirrmaier.
This sweater is most definitely not too small! That’s because it’s actually my second Mountain High. The first I knit according to measurements, despite warning that the model was wearing a size with more ease. It fit well, but didn’t have the slouchy look I wanted, so I ripped it out and shoved the pattern aside for a while. I picked it up again with the Olympics, shoving the too-complicated Stonecutter aside for the moment. I needed something mindless to knit while watching!

 

The pattern is very easy, with subtle shaping and garter stitch highlights. I ended up erring on the large side, knitting size M2, though now that it’s done I think I probably should have stuck with M1. Any bigger and it would be much too big! I love the subtlety of Heidi’s designs, like the way the knitting moves diagonally inward at CF:

 

I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in worsted. It was nice to knit and so far is nice to wear. Not too itchy, though I’m not terribly sensitive, and very cozy. Also, it’s just so inexpensive. I’m not at that point in knitting yet, where spending a ton on yarn for a sweater seems like the right thing to do. I’m not even quite there with sewing! This sweater cost about $15 in materials, that I can live with no problem!

 

I have a few more Advent Garland ornaments to knit up for Eric now, then it’s back to Stonecutter. Of course, in the meantime I’m sure it will be back to sewing. I’ve got so many ideas, one wadder isn’t going to keep me down!
Here is that wadder… Burda 10/2016 #121. Isn’t it pretty?? I may just take the sleeves off to make it barely wearable. siiiiiiigh.

Mitts for my Sister

Just a quick post to share a pair of mitts I knitted up for my sister’s birthday. She’s just transferred to UCSB and I’m pretty sure she will need something to keep her hands warm while studying in the coming months.
I used the Cranford Mitts pattern, though really it’s just a basic horseshoe lace pattern in a tube with a simple thumb gusset. I’m looking forward to making this pattern again using other Shetland lace patterns, I love old-fashioned knitted lace!
I used Paton Kroy self-striping sock yarn. The yarn was nice to use, and I almost matched the two mitts. Close enough, anyway!

Burda Wrap Dress

 

I started October sewing with the wrap dress from last year’s October Burda Magazine (#112) that I’ve had my eye on. It’s one of those designs I wouldn’t normally go for, and I’m not sure how I feel about those puff sleeves. The rest of the dress is quite good, though.
Look at the photos! I know they are terrible, but it’s actually me in them and I am using a remote! Big step forward. Now I need to find a place to stand up my phone that doesn’t require climbing on a chair, although, honestly, I think it looks better on my dress form and am considering just giving up on real photos.
I didn’t have suitable fabric in the stash for this dress, and got this poly crepe on sale at JoAnn. It’s a good weight for this dress, but all the details totally disappear. I’m not happy about the visible print repeat either, but it’s most noticeable from the back and I won’t see that part in day-to-day wear.
The sleeves with the inset drew me to the pattern in the first place, but I don’t know. I had trouble setting them in because burda did not provide enough notches. Just one for the shoulder seam and one in the front. There was no indication that you should or should not ease the sleeve in aside from the gathered sleeve cap, and I’m pretty sure my gathering/easing is too centered, leading to bigger puffs than intended. I’m going to try wearing it with sleeves, but I predict they’ll come off before too long.

Fiona Sweater

It turns out trying to take photos of a drapey, black sweater on a dress form is pretty much an exercise in futility.

 

This is my third real sweater, and I love it. It’s the Princess Fiona pattern by Amy Miller, a boxy sweater with slim fitting arms and a lace panel on the side. I loved making it and wearing it!

 

I used the Galileo yarn from Knit Picks, and it was perfect for this project. It results in a very soft, drapey fabric. Perfect for this sweater, but not for everything.

 

That’s as good as it gets! You just have to trust that this sweater looks good on. Being in black, the lace pattern doesn’t show up too well in person either, but I think it adds just the right amount of interest to one of my favorite things to wear.

Burda plans for October

I’ve been receiving the Burda magazine for almost two years and it’s been a revelation. I love my Burdas. I’ve found that I make patterns I wouldn’t normally choose, and that I almost always end up loving them. I am relatively confident in the fit, and don’t even mind the tracing process now that I have a roll of medical exam paper.
I’ve been really trying to do the Burda of the Month Challenge — sewing up a pattern from the current issue before the month is up. I actually didn’t for September because nothing in the magazine really grabbed me. There was a nice blazer, but September is so crazy at work that I knew it wasn’t the right time for a big project.
October, however… what a fantastic issue! There are four things I want to make right now:

 

I am thinking the lower right top or skirt might be first. I have fabric for both, just need to decide if on an easy or harder project.
There’s no way I’ll finish all this, but I also have my eye on a dress from last year’s October issue. This is one of those dresses that I would hardly look at if it came out in a Vogue collection, but something about Burda has made me think about it for a solid year!

 

We’ll see if anything comes of these plans.
Happy sewing!