11 September 2015

Blue dress

Wow, this is the third dress I made from the 3417 Simplicity pattern. Here is my first and my second version. I really love this pattern! The result is a dress wearable as modern wear and for 1940's re-enactment. bought the fabric for 6€ at the Noordermarkt. The sun was very bright and beautiful, so sorry for squinting my eyes so much. 

So, third time using this pattern, but first time for marking my seam a different way.

I used a chalk hem marker to mark my skirt seam. I don't have a dress form at home (it's in storage at my parents), so marking the hem that way isn't an option. And with my boyfriend at work, a girl has got to mark her hems herself. I bought a chalk hem marker for just 2€ at a secondhand shop. I think it's from the 1970's or perhaps 1980's? Or could it be earlier?

Anyway, chalking the hem was a fun thing to do. The only thing that gave me trouble, was the side and back. That's because the skirt isn't straight and tends to hang in folds. Well, how on earth can one chalk in the folds? The option is to spread it open (with one hand, as the other holds the puff to chalk), but then the fabric won't hang correctly... In the end I winged it a bit and took the gamble. The hem is now a tiny bit longer at the back, but it doesn't bother me very much.

My conclusion: I need to use this hem marker more! It's such a useful thing and it's funny to watch the chalk fly :-)

The sleeves have a special construction, next post I'll show you the details.


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03 September 2015

On the needles

Next project on my knitting needles is the Deco cardigan. It looks like I'm knitting a lot of cardigans, that's because I want to prepare for the autumn chill. I don't have a lot of cardigans I can wear with skirts or dresses. For that purpose they need to be waist length and all of my store-bought cardigans are hip length. 

gin&tonic and knitting: perfect

So I'm knitting this pattern. It's a simple pattern and it's knitted from the bottom up and seamless. That's so lovely to knit! For the sleeves I'm learning a new short row technique. It's called Sunday Short Rows (or Wrapless short rows) and actually a very easy way to knit in sleeves. With the standard wrap&turn short rows I always forget which stitch I need to put on which needle. The Sunday Short Rows uses a contrast yarn, so you never forget where you are! In the last picture you see my contrast yarn, it's white so not very noticeable! 

The yarn is the beautiful Excelana and bought in Edinburg, at Kathy's Knits. The colour is Nile Green, don't you just love that name?

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01 September 2015

Vianne finished!

Remember my cherries dress for the Outfit-A-Long 2015? I did finish the dress on time, but the cardigan took me a little longer to finish. The deadline was the 1st of August. I finished the Vianne on the 10th of August. 

I loved this pattern! The back has an interesting lace detail and once you get to know the stitch repeats, it's very easy. Unfortunately the first time I worked on the back piece I made a lot of mistakes. Those mistakes which aren't big ones, but you notice them anyhow. My knitting group made up of co-workers gave me the advice to start over. I also had some reservations about the size I started to knit, but once again my co-workers gave some great advice and said the size was perfect. 

I love working topdown and knitting Andi Satterlund's patterns! I can really recommend her patterns. I love it how she uses big yarn and negative ease. 

And I hate picking up stitches, but this helped me a lot. 

The only thing that bothers me is the underarm bit, you can see it being a bit big in the picture (right). But when moving that arm you can't see it. Perhaps it has to do with picking up too many stitches in the underarm. 

my boyfriend wanted a close up ;-)
The yarn is so soft! I love Merino! 

The buttons are purple mother-of-pearl and have a little flower engraved on them. The top buttons tends to pop open, so I'm thinking about removing the button and sewing the buttonhole shut. 

More knitting info on Ravelry.

Did I tell you how much I love this cardigan? :D

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