Sunday, 25 January 2015

New year and all that jazz...

So January's drawing to an end, how did that happen? I did have a new years, new sewing plans -post that I was supposed to post just after new years, but somehow life got in the way (or sleeping, but I suspect life sounds better).

Not much of a re-cap to be done about last year, I didn't really get around doing too much sewing last year, but I think it was still more than the year before so win some, lose some. Surprisingly enough I didn't finish my long list of sewing for 2014, but I knew it was optimistic when I wrote. Really it was more of a list to keep me in check about the patterns I have and ideas I'd been toying around with rather than something I'd thick item off...And the obvious problem with lists made in the new year is that you can't possibly take into account all the lovely new patterns that will come out that year, that you just have to have. But that doesn't stop me from trying!

So here's my very long list of sewing for 2015

It looks like I'm even more optimistic than last year, but you have to have plans, don't you? And I am planning on setting more time aside to do some sewing, knitting and other crafts. Our Martta-club was a bit lazy over the autumn, but hopefully we'll get back on track as social sewing is so much fun.

I'm pretty sure I promised myself I wouldn't buy too many new patterns/books until I'd made some items from my existing patterns and books. And yes, I did make a few before buying new ones, but I did also buy quite a few that I still haven't made, oooops. After digging around my pattern stash I count that I bought eight new patterns, two new sewing books (Tilly's Love at First Stitch and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual) and a two pattern magazines (Suuri Käsityö 1/2015 and Burda Style 6/2014) last year, which isn't as bad as I thought.

Last year's haul

Good news is I have already made some of the patterns in the picture and I think the rest feature on my sewing list for this year so not many misses pattern buying-wise. I am going to attempt to make some existing patterns and using up fabric I have before buying new ones again this year. Though I am going to London for a flying visit end of the month and I'm planning on visiting Sew Over It's -sewing cafe so the not buying fabric or patterns might go out of the window -.-

My fave and possibly the most worn item from 2014 is rain drop Delphine skirt despite me only finishing it end of November. The black Coco-top is a close 2nd. I'm pleased that I've made more "everyday" clothes last year as I get more wear out of them. Though I think I'd like to make a few fluffy, crazy fabric, completely out-there dresses this year so that my sewing wouldn't be too sensible, life's too short not to make some crazy clothes, isn't it? And I have some raccoon fabric ready and waiting!

Over&out for now dear readers and hope you've had a good start to 2015!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Raindrops keep falling on my head ...

I had plans of making something other than a Delphine-skirt, but I came across this adorable rain drop fabric from Eurokangas which looked so appropriate for autumn that I couldn't resist (even though it's nearly winter here in the land of finn). The raindrops look a bit like dots which probably explains why I was drawn to it...
Rain drops 

Cutting Delphine n:o 2

I've worn my black Delphine a lot and I really like, but I occasionally wish it had lined it as the twill keeps clinging to my tights and riding up. It's still very wearable, but it did make me think about lining this one. Also Tilly posted an excellent tutorial on how to add lining to the Delphine skirt  on her blog a few months back. But being lazy I eventually decided against lining it, the fabric is some kind of stretch cotton so I'm hoping it won't ride up as much as the twill, it definitely has more drape than the twill.

The project came together fairly quickly. Luckily I'd marked the sway back adjustment I did last time on the pattern so no fiddling abouts with that. Hurrah. I had a bit trouble with the zipper, the top wouldn't sit right for some reason, maybe I left too room much there or something, after re-stitching a few times it's better, but not quite as neat as I would like it to be.

I hand-stitched the waist cause I figured it would look neater if there wasn't a black thread going through the white drops which is what would have happened had I used the machine. I need a bit more practice on stiching in the ditch with a machine...

The nearly invisible zipper

The Rainy Day Delphine and jazz hands

Despite the slight problems with the zipper I'm pleased with this project. I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of this and those are the best projects, don't you think? Over&out for now dear readers.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Dot mad knitting

Autumn is here and there's more than a hint of colder weather to come in the air so it's time to dig out the knitting needles and start making socks! (I will attempt to make some epic fair isle Cthulhu mittens at some point, but I wanted something easier to begin with.)

I found this rather yummy purple yarn a while back, which I of course added to my stash. It's Novita's Seitsemän veljestä and I think the colour is one their seasonal ones. I was toying with the idea of some sort of fair isle pattern,  but then I realised I don't have dotty woollen socks, so that was pretty muched sorted. I know you're all wondering how is that even possible? Believe me I'm stunned too.  After the realisation I took out a notebook and dotted down a few pattern suggestions.

My professional (ahem) pattern  (and the first version underneath) 

OK, maybe calling that a pattern is a bit too much. It's mainly a few scribbles on paper, but it helped me figure out the spacing and how big the dots should be. I was going to make the dot bigger to begin with, but it didn't look right so I went for option no 2. The needles  I'm using are 3 1/2 (european, I know the sizing different in the UK and US) and I have 48 stitches divided onto 4 needles. 

Sock no 1 in the making 

The first sock is coming along nicely as you can see. I think I'm going to make a few more rows befor starting with the heel. I'm going to continue with the dots in the front and maybe purple toes, but we'll see how they turn out. I'll post photos of the finished product once I get there.  Ovet&out now dear readers. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Love at first stitch - Delphine skirt

I got my copy of  Love at first stitch by Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons way back in May, but only just got around finishing the first project from it. I have to confess that I started the Delphine skirt almost straight away and got quite far with it and then I just stopped. The almost finished skirt sat on my dress form for most of the summer waiting to be hemmed. I blame my lack of sewing mojo (I should share the project that destroyed it), but it's finally done now and I'm really pleased with the result.

The book really is as awesome as the reviews say. There are 8 different projects in the book, each adds new skills to your repertoire, you can see all the projects at Tilly's blog. They are lovely, aren't they? I want to make all the projects from the book. As mentioned above my first project from the book was the Delphine skirt which is a simple yet stylish a-line skirt. Surprisingly enough I have a few black skirts in my wardrobe already, but some of them have started looking drab so this seemed like the perfect solution. The skirt is also long enough that I can wear it to work which is always good.

Love at first stitch and pattern pieces

I enjoyed making the skirt, it was fairly straight-forward and the instructions are so well illustrated that. I had to do a slight sway-back adjustment to the waistline, but that was simple enough and fits better now.  I just wish I would have noticed it before inserting the zipper rather than after, but then what would a project without spending some time with the seam ripper be? The invisible zipper was surprisingly easy to set (both times), we like.  I also ended up taking in the side seams in a bit cause the skirt looked a bit too wide when finished, but it still has the 60s style playfulness.

Black Delphine skirt and channeling Tilly

I'm definitely going to make another Delphine, probably a dotty one, I just need to a find the right fabric first. If you've seen any please point them in my direction, ta. I am very tempted to order the crazy hipster deer dotty fabric Tilly used, but I'm not sure that would be too weird/stalkerish. Anyhow I'm off to plan my next project, there is a good chance that it will be something from Tilly's book...Over&out for now dear readers.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

+5 stitches (and not the right kind) and -1 DIY skills

I had Monday off and I had big plans of getting loads of DIY done around the house. I was going to paint the kitchen walls, finally spray painting the ironing board legs I talked about back in Feb, change the curtains and do a bit of cleaning. I got to a good start before disaster struck.

I managed the first coat of paint in the kitchen and I thought I would spray paint the ironing board legs while waiting it to dry. Before I could start spraying I had to remove the two remaining plastic cap from the legs. The ironing board is pretty old so the caps were stuck and wouldn't come of with the help of screw driver so I thought it would be a good idea to cut them off with a carpet knife...a few second later I had the first cap off and the second almost there and a two inch gash on my left wrist/arm. I had to go and have it stitched at A&E and they're not the kind of stitches you're used to seeing in a sewing blog.

Offending plastic caps and the knife

Stitches (or rather just the plaster, the stitches would have too gruesome)

Surprisingly enough I didn't do much after I got home as it turns out I get rather queasy when seeing blood. It's day six after the cut and the arm/wrist isn't too bad. The area around the stitches is bruised and a bit sore if it touches anything but it doesn't throb or anything. I'm having the stitches out tomorrow which is pretty good.

I managed to spray paint the ironing board on Wednesday and then I left it to dry for a few days. It said it'll take seven days to dry on the can but that it would be touch dry after half an hour, go figure. Anyhow I finally managed to put the ironing board back together today and it does look pretty in pink.

Spray painting

Finished ironing board

I do think the ironing board looks much better than it used to, but I'm not entirely sure it was worth the hassle. Though I suppose the stitches are quite street-cred ... Anyhow lesson for today is beware of carpet knives dear readers! Over&out for now.