Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sleeveless Granville Shirtdress

Let's just ignore the fact that it's been over five years since my last post. Two cross country moves definitely shook things up a bit. I've missed having a record of my makes and I find reading other blogs so helpful that I'm dusting off the old blog again. I'm still knitting but I've been getting much more into sewing over the past few years so let's jump right in to my most favorite, somewhat recent make.

This is Sewaholic's Granville shirt hacked into a sleeveless shirt dress. I once had a sleeveless denim shirt-dress years ago that I loved and had been wanting to make something similar. I had made two versions of this pattern when it came out (I'll show you those at some point) so I knew the fit was ok, I liked the details and instructions, and I had the pattern pieces cut out already. I followed Tasia's post on removing the sleeves and I added, I want to say 14 inches to the bottom of each piece. Basically I put one of the shirts on and measured down to where I wanted the hem to sit. I also removed the curve from the hem. On my first shirt I had some issues with the whole shirt lifting up a bit when I raised my arms so for the second I raised the lower part of the armhole 1/2" to see if that helped which I think it did. I kept that mod for this dress but after a run through the wash the armholes seem a bit snug. I'm not sure if I didn't notice that when I first finished the dress or if it happened after that first wash. I did prewash the fabric but perhaps it shrunk a bit the second time through. Long story short, I don't think you'd need to raise the armhole if making this sleeveless.

There really is quite a bit of extra fabric at the back and I should start trying to fix that. It doesn't bother me that much but next time I'll tinker more, I think I could also remove more from the shoulder fro sleeveless versions. I'm still new at this and fitting is something I'm just barely beginning to understand.

The fabric is Kaufman chambray that I got from Fabric.com. I had seen it on some other blogs and thought it looked lovely, it did not disappoint. It's so wonderful to work with and it feels great on. I've already purchased some more in maroon that I want to make into a maxi Southport dress. I think it will work.

I used some pearly snaps I got from Joann that I love, I think they go really well with this fabric and is what used to be on my old inspiration dress. The armholes are finished with bias binding that I made using the same material as the dress. It was my first time using my bias tape maker and it was so easy. I had made some biding for small quilts in the past and this little tool really made a difference. I flat felled the back seams (so taking them in would be a bit of a pain) and I added pockets to the dress. I used the pockets from Colette's Moneta (I really have so much to show you) and pinned them on before sewing to determine placement.

Overall I really love the dress. Yes the fit is off in the back but I can always belt it. I've worn it a bunch and it was really fun to make. I plan on more Granville's and I have an Oakridge about half done right now. For that I tried grading between sizes which I probably should have done for Granville. We'll see how that works out. I always struggle with deciding which size to make and what adjustments are needed. I want the upper back to fit without having the garment ride up when I move my arms. I've had this problem a couple of times and I'm not sure how to correct for it.

Well, that's all for now. I'll try to get to the backlog of makes as soon as I can get some pictures. My goal is less than five years until the next post. For now I'll leave you with the newest member of the family, if you can consider almost 5 years new... This is Penny's friend Mason, a lab mix who loves to interrupt yoga and is scared of so many things but is by far the sweetest dog I have ever met. Not that I'm biased or anything :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Happy May

Wow, no posts at all in April, pretty sad. I've been knitting but have just been too lazy to sit and write a blog post. These were April's projects.

Up first is a Stockinette version of Haruni by Emily Ross. I used US5 needles I think, and Malabrigo sock in Cote D'Azure. I love everything about this shawl. After using the malabrigo sock it's the only thing I ever want to knit with again. I had the chance to stop in at Webs last month and grabbed enough for a light sweater. I can't wait to start that.

Next, which actually was finished first, is a simple vest of my own design in Reynolds Whiskey. I like it but as you can see the neck opening isn't low enough and the straps are too wide. I don't know if I'll fix it or not, I don't have much green left and I can't decide if it bothers me enough. I finished this just as we got hit with some very warm weather so I've only had the chance to wear it once, I'll decide in the fall what to do with it.

I was going to show May's projects but I just had to rip out my Indigo ripples skirt so that will have to wait until next time. Let's see if I can be less of a stranger around these parts! Maybe I'll even remember to take some pictures of my sewing.

Monday, March 22, 2010

FO: Bauhaus

Bauhaus Fair Isle by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Berroco Ultra Alpaca
US4 and US5

So I finally got some decent pictures of my husband's Christmas gift. Unfortunately the colors are a bit washed out. The sweater took about three months of monogamous knitting and was by far the most challenging thing I've knit. It did drag towards the end but overall I did enjoy it and I'm really proud of how it came out. After a good wet blocking my tension is very even and it has a nice drape. I used several colors of Berroco Ultra Alpaca and the maroon is a skein I picked up from the Coventry farmer's market two years ago. He picked all the colors and I really like the combo he came up with. I like this yarn for colorwork and would use it again. It is very dense but it's good for those really cold days. My only issue with the pattern is that the armholes are really big. Maybe my husband is thinner than most but there is more room than needed in that area. He still says it's comfortable but we know now to take a close look at armhole measurements for future sweaters. I've got the colorwork bug now though, after my Ravelympics sweater I stopped in to Woolworks for some yarn to make myself a color work vest. Hopefully I'll finish in time to wear it at least once this season.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

FOs Felicity and Bella's Mittens

I have a few quick FOs to share, both completed post ravelympics. A few months ago I bought the most beautiful sparkly yarn, Plymouth baby alpaca glow. I started three different hat patterns before I settled on Felicity and I'm so glad I went with this pattern. It was a nice, easy knit and came out so nice. It has the perfect amount of slouch and looks very hip. This isn't the best angle but it really is flattering. I love how sometimes the most simple knits are the best looking. The hat was knit on US 5 and US7 and I cast on I think 10 extra stitches.

Next up a second pair of Bellas Mittens in Cascade Superwash Chunky 128, US8. I love this pattern. The mitts come out super cute and were great over a long sleeved shirt when walking on the beach. The flip top ones I knit in Perivia are warmer and don't let as much wind through but they are not wearing well.

.I felt very Twilighty walking on the beach in these mittens. We love it there in the off season because we can bring the little lady.

Monday, March 1, 2010


The blog has been quite for a long time since progress on my one project was very slow. My husband's sweater took forever, 3 months of dedicated attention but we think it came out pretty good. For all the work I'm waiting for good lighting so the pictures do it justice. This sweater was my largest colorwork project and was actually satisfying to knit. So over the last month I cut my first steek, eeee!

It really wasn't that bad. Then there were all those ends to weave in, that took a few days.

I finished the day before the Ravelympics. It was my goal to be able to compete in the sweaterboard cross and I just made it across the finish line. I was weaving in the last end as the closing ceremonies were ending. It's soaking now, as soon as we took the photos I was off to bed, I don't normally model my garments with PJ pants :) With any luck there will be a bevy of FO posts to come soon!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Penny's quilt

I mentioned that I had gotten a sewing machine for my birthday and I have been putting it to good use. I made some table runners for Thanksgiving and some Christmas gifts that I forgot to take pictures of. I got some really cute puppy themed fat quarters in my stocking so I decided to make a small quilt for Penny to use on the couch. I figure it didn't matter how messy it came out and it would keep her from licking the couch and getting too much fur on it. I cut a bunch of 5' squares and pieced them together. On some of the squares I appliqued a little shadow corgi. I found an image online and traced the outline onto freezer paper. I ironed that onto the fabric and used it as a guide for cutting. That stuff is amazing. It sticks until you peel it off and saves a bunch of time by eliminating the need to trace designs onto fabric. So I got to practice my applique skills and my free motion quilting skills. The swirls are a little hard to see in the image but they came out ok. It's definitely tough to maneuver the fabric around when free motion quilting and I think it would take some more practice to get really good at it. Overall I'm pleased with it and it was a good learning experience. I'm not sue how much quilting I will do in the future but I'm happy I know how.

I think Penny likes it :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

FO: Bella's Flip-top Mittens

Pattern: Bella's Mittens by Marielle Henault
Yarn: Berroco Peruvia, just over 1 skein of Chipotle
Needles: US 8

I have had one heck of a head cold for the past week or so and these mittens have been just what I needed. The pattern is great, each row is written out so it requires very little concentration which is not something I have been able to do with my throbbing head. I have a think for moss stitch so I changed the palm to be moss rather than stockinette. I also followed some modifications on Ravelry to make them flip-top. I didn't do the sewn bind-off but rather bound off using a super stretchy bind off in the last issue of Knitty. It worked great and no sewing! I will be sure to use that for the next pair of toe-up socks I make. I also did not rib the bottom of the flip-top, I wanted the moss stitch to be uninterrupted. I added thumb slots by placing 4 inner stitches onto waste yarn and then casting on another 4. After finishing the thumb I knit back and forth over the 4 stitches knitting or purling the last stitch of a row together with one of the bumps from an adjacent stitch inside the thumb so the flap sat on the inside without having to go back and sew it in place. I completely fudges the decreases but I think they look ok. I bought myself a proper iron to go with my sewing machine so I decided to steam block the mittens. In addition to setting the stitches nicely I think the steam actually helped my sinuses so it was a win win situation. I used leftover Berroco Peruvia from my Tilted Duster to make these, it works nicely but I do think a true bulky yarn would be the best for these mittens. I ended up diving back into the stash searching for scraps since these took like a yard more than one skein. I'm sure without the flip-top one skein would be enough. So overall I'm very happy, I think it will be convenient to have these mitts and they are really cute.

I hope soon to be able to concentrate enough on my husband's Christmas gift, I'm almost halfway done the body and I really want him to be able to wear it this winter! Here's a snea peak, I'll write more when my attentions span is back to normal.