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.
Hello to week 3 of Me Made May! Hitting my stride this week. Only a week and a bit to go and I still have several items I've not worn yet. Surely I can find a way to winterise my summer dresses.
Monday: Chuck Sweater by And Satterlund. Made in Cascade 220 yarn 'pumpkin spice'. It's a wonderfully warm and rich brown colour. I have a long torso so this pattern in super cropped on me. If I made it again (I don't plan to) I would probably add extra couple of the 3x3 cable twists. It's deliciously warm though.
Tuesday: A full outfit today! The Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade and The Ultimate Pencil Skirt by Sew Over It London. The plaid is a blue and red, lightly woven mystery poly. It's underlined in the sneaky vintage way where a short piece is stitched to the standard pattern piece, then treated as one. It's brilliant and easy to do. Check out By Gum By Golly's little tutorial. Love it. I used a lapped zipper rather than an invisible one. I don't like invisible zips, I can't make them sleek enough. And there is something I like about the vintage style lapped zip. I stitched it in by hand. Seams by What Katie Did.
Wednesday: An old faithful, my peppermint ice cream sweater, officially called #26 Striped Jumper by Debbie Bliss. It is easy to wash in the washing machine, quick to dry, easy to wear. It was matched with cool wine coloured wide legged pants from Hell Bunny. I would probably make this jumper again, maybe in cotton, and with one or two more repeats to make it a smidge longer.
Thursday: Jan Sweater Version 1. I am currently working on Version 2 (see my Ravelry notes here). It's a super pretty light pink yarn that was a gift from mum and dad. :) It feels lovely to wear. It was matched with some Retrospect'd pants.
Friday: McCalls 6706 was the skirt for the day in a cotton sateen from Spotlight. It might still be available? Please keep in mind this was pretty late in the evening when I got home from work. Lighting is terrible, I was exhausted. Straight to bed!
A Friday honourable mention is this adorable kid in a cardi. Gosh, so much cute! She is the daughter of my "sister in law". I'm the "Auntie M". It's the Fern Lace Cardigan by Patons. Pretty easy to knit once I learned the pattern. Knitting baby stuff is great - it's so small! Finished in a flash. The purple is so vibrant and really suits her.
Saturday: I had a successful making day. I cut out, made and completed the Cowl Dress/Top pattern. Clearly, I made the top version. The jersey was tricky to negotiate, it kept getting stuck on the carpet, and stretching weirdly when I was sewing. But eh, it's cute. I also made the little black earrings.
Sunday: I find casual weekends pretty hard to wear me made. I tend to make outside clothes, not cruising at home stuff. I do have plans for a pair of super warm pj pants/trackies. Fleecy lined fleece pants. With pockets. Of course. Today I threw on my mint cowl to do the groceries.
I've also been working on a couple of knitting projects. The colours looked gorgeous when I threw them together on the couch. It's a blanket for the other "sister in law"'s baby, and a chunky mustard cowl for myself.
Me Made May is progressing well so far. There is only a week and a couple of days left in May, I hope to try some winterising of my summer clothes. There is also some knitwear I've not explored yet....
I must say that wearing knitwear is great. But the hand washing, not so much. I did a bunch today and I doubt it will dry anytime soon...
Hope your Me Made May is going well! :)
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.