2017. What a year.
It's been a stressful year with changes at work. Glad the the year is ending! Work aside, I did get a bit of creative time in. I was the Choreographer for The Producers at Strathfield. It was a great show and there were three full tap numbers. That's always fantastic! Also started the choreography for Rock of Ages down in south-western Sydney in September-ish. It's been nice to stay creative in my dance realm.
Lots of clothing was sewn and knitted (or 'knat' as my Lovely uses as the past tense). This year I kept a small diary of my completed makes and the finish date. I must say, it has been pretty useful. Most months I made two items. The three most productive months were March - 6 makes; July - 5 makes; October - 4 makes.
Let's have a look at the completed projects! If there is no link, then there was no blog post. Only a few items don't have pictures - they were a gift or perhaps too badly fitting to ever make it to photos stage.
1. Simplicity 3688 - tried and true skirt! Though, I should size up from now on.
2. Simplicity 1609 - never worn
3. Mustard waffles (here) (gift)
4. Wine waffles (gift)
5. Wine Tilly & The Buttons Coco (here)
6. Apricot Ferns (here) (gift)
7. Gertie's Knit Pencil Skirt (donated to charity)
8. Black Beatnik Tilly & The Buttons Coco (here as well)
9. Black long sleeve Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top (informally part of this post)
10. Green Sew Over It Cowl Dress
11. Blackberry Waffles Cowl (gift)
12. Tartan Sew Over It Pencil Skirt
13. Black Simplicity 1609 with neckline bow
May: (Me Made May pledge was to wear something me-made everyday. Achieved!)
14. Blueberry waffles II (gift)
15. Stripe Sew Over It Cowl Neck Top
16. Mustard Waffles II
17. Sangria Blankie (gift)
18. Jan Sweater II (here)
19. Black Corduroy Simplicity 3688 (also here Jan)
20. Poppy Butterick 6285 (here)
21. Grey Wool Simplicity 3688 (here)
22. Pink pillbox hat
23. Purple 3/4 sleeve Jennifer Lauren Handmade Gable Top
24. Green 1930s Beret (here)
25. Purple Simplicity 1906 (here)
26. Red New Look 6000
October: The Month of Green
27. Green New Look 6000 (here)
28. Green Butterick 5032
29. Green Vogue 8789 ( here)
30. Green Polka Dot Necktie
November: Slowing Down Now
31. Green Vogue 8066 pleated skirt (here)
32. Matching green Necktie
December: I'm knitting Christmas Presents Instead of Sewing
33. Saucer Hat DIY (here)
34. Secret Santa Bowtie Gift (sadly, no pictures) (gift)
35: Black floral Vogue 9075 jumpsuit (photos in the New Year)
36: Lots and lots of little handmade face washers (gifts)
2017 has been good on the kitting and little-crafty-things front. I've enjoyed making small knitted/sewn gifts for children of friends, birthday presents or Christmas presents. Slowly, I am moving towards having a mostly vintage wardrobe.
Vogue patterns have been a dream for me this year, whether current or vintage. They fit my torso shape nicely straight out of the packet. I should probably tinker with the bodice a little bit, but it's fine. The Vogue 9075 jumpsuit needed and epic 4" of added crotch length! Now it is a very comfortable and sit-down-able jumpsuit that I really enjoy wearing.
My knitting game needs to be picked up next year. I have a lot of projects on my needles that should be cast off.... hopefully. I don't do New Years Resolutions, but I do want to try my hand at colourwork. Maybe a vest, or a beret.
I have a lot of summer sewing plans in a list and I hope to work through them and replenish my pretty summer dresses.
Thanks for sticking around this year. It's been fun!
Look at that collar!
I spent a lot of time making sure it was even and pressed and flat and gorgeous and... it is! Very happy M. To make it so lovely and flat, I followed Gertie's collar tutorial for this pattern here. I shall use that tutorial for any collar that needs to be attached in a similar way.
The collar is made in the same fabric as the dress. Mostly because I wanted to be able to rock a cute cardi with the dress. I didn't put the buttons down the front of the dress for the same reason. I really like it. The cardigan is my wine Hetty (by Andi Satterlund). It was a nightmare to make, but it's great with the solid sleeves.
I decided the follow the pattern instructions to insert the zipper. Regret. I should have done my usual centred zip method (machine baste the seam, pin the zip, hand baste, then machine stitch, then unpick the basting stitches). The pattern says press under the seam allowance then line up the zip and the pressed edge. WHAT A PAIN! So much regret. It ended up being so messy that I hand picked the zipper. I'm really happy with how neat the zip is after controlling it with the hand sewing, but it was tedious. Especially when I ignored my better judgement.
This is my third version of 1609 and I think I might be done with it now. I would only make it again if I had small yardage of wool, as it would be a good little winter dress.
Please excuse the horribly wrinkly-ness. These photos were taken after a full day of work.
Cardigan: Hetty (pattern by Andi Satterlund)
Dress: Simplicity 1609.
Tights: Heattech by Uniqlo
My Lovely has been asking for another knitted jumper. He claims the other one I made for him took over two years! That's not entirely untrue. It only took me about 6 months to make, but I suppose we did take 18 months to pick a pattern and yarn. The first one was a 1940s pattern, and so is this one! I love knitting vintage things.
The yarn is from Bendigo Woollen Mills and is a dream to work with. Like every other yarn I've used from there.
So I've finished this beret! It's my second attempt at this pattern, and might I say I'm much happier with this version than my first. It's very cute, simple to make, and looks suitably vintage for me. The whole beret is in garter stitch which means it was great for all the flying I've been doing for work.
I used some leftover stash yarn of mine from an old cardigan I made. However, still have a ball of it left. Annoying. Got to find something else very small to make. Maybe a baby thing?
Greetings and salutations,
Sorry for the radio silence my dear readers. Life has been a bit crazy recently.
On the work side, we went from having a GM ( + sales), and two sales staff for Australia, NZ, and the Pacific Islands. Down to no GM, and just me doing sales of Australia, NZ and Pacific Islands.... So there's been that. Working stupid hours with crazy pressure. It's been stressful. I was working long hours and then going home to work some more to just get through the workload. Not much time for fun or blogging. I am now training another sales staff member, and we are looking to have a new GM in October. There is a dim and distant light at the end of the tunnel. But it feels a long way away.
On the personal side, I've started doing the choreography for a community theatre group's show of The Producers. It's a lot of fun but absorbing most of my time. I do love meeting new people and and creating dance. It opens in late August. Should be a blast!
The other day, I did get around to finishing my Jan Sweater (version. II) and a thick black corduroy Simplicity 3688 (lost count of how many I've made - perhaps 4 or 5? As I type this now, I am wearing a new grey wool version). It's a great winter skirt. Hope to blog about that one soon.
Black cord is basically impossible to photograph. Simplicity 3688 is a 6 gored skirt with a side zip. I should put one pocket in the side but I never do. The edges are zigzagged which is my usual go-to seam finish. The look of seam binding is gorgeous but most of the time it's too much effort. Perpetually lazy sewist - that's me!
This Jan is made in the next size up from my first one. I wanted it to be a little more 30s blousey. It's not as loose as I thought it would be, but I like it nonetheless. The purple colour is so vibrant, just like the last few pictures of it on my body form. The yarn is Luxury 4ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills. The colour is 'Lavender'. It's gorgeous yarn to knit with. Nice and smooth, not splity, soft to touch, easy care. 200g balls with 720m / ball! This top used one and a smidge balls. By smidge I mean, the neckline ribbing on the back and yarn to sew the seams came from the second ball.
My little 'made by m' labels give me such joy. I was only using them on items I had gifted to people. Then I started stitching them into slash neck tops to easily identify the front and back. And now I stitch them onto everything! They make me so happy.
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.