Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sweatshirt Jacket

I bought this black cotton sweatshirt in Ray Charles, London. It is in Islington, a lovely neighbourhood. I just bought 1 metre, but it was extra wide, so I could squeeze the patten in. 
I used a pattern in BurdaStyle, which again, proved to be perfect. Look at those sleeve-caps! Also, the bust sizing is perfect for my C cups, and the waist shaping... It just fitted me like a globe. 
I like creating my own patterns, drawing, draping or duplicating them, but if i find what I want in my Burda magazines, I know I have a sure bet. This model came with special very detailed instructions, but this is something Burda lacks. I don't need detailed instructions to follow though... I have my own method of sewing and all I need is a good pattern and some suggestions for how to cut the pieces is welcome too. 

The fabric is gorgeous and the final piece is going to be a classic in my wardrobe. I put a patch of my favourite Cinema Festival to break the blackness a bit...


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Organic Stripped Cotton Dress

This is a simple make with a result I am not quite sure about yet...
I bought this organic cotton in The Village Haberdashery, London. 

I used my Universal T-shirt pattern again, in its hooded, 3/4 raglan sleeves, variation. I gave some flare to the skirt sides too.

The fabric is wonderful, so sweet to the skin you do not want to take it off. But maybe it was too soft for this make... I feel it lacks some stiffness... although it is very comfortable to wear, it clinks to my body revealing too much in a non-flattering way. Comparing it to one on my favourites, The Blue Velvet Dress, you can see what I mean. It is not up to it.
I could always cut it into a top, but I am still doubtful about it, so I will wait to see if I use it or not, but this is a project between parenthesis.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Concert Black Cotton Twill Pants

 I have always wanted these pants! Always! I had tried to buy some version of them in several occasions, but none of the versions were up to my expectations. These are! And I made them myself! Super-proud!
I love Rock&Roll and Metal, and "army pants" are part of my tribe. Boys find them in second hand stores, from army supplies, but those never fitted my curves, so of course I had to make them myself.

Probably the most important part of this success is the fabric. It is not easy to find a good cotton twill. In fact, this is the only one I have ever encountered (Lisboa), and believe that I've searched! I am still looking for the same fabric in army green, but that will be even more difficult. It seems they keep their twill only for industrial purposes.
In fact, this fabric is so gorgeous and inspiring, that after making my Borgen Suit with it, I sent my daddy for more to the Lisboa shop when he went there in one of his travels. And I'd buy more to make some pants for my boyfriend and some short version for me!

I was lucky to find the perfect pattern for these too. It was in Burda April '08, which has a "Safari Special", and the fitting was more than good, it was perfect (as usual with Burda). I had to enlarge them, and narrow the legs. I did not like the upper pockets and I made a different version to be just stitched over. Following my adviser opinion, I finally did not put them, but I still keep them, because one feels the need to put the hands into the pockets wearing these pants, although the leg pockets are awesome and you can put a tone of things there.

I decided to apply some snaps in the pockets' laps. Since I learnt to put them myself, I love to use metal snaps!
I love my concert pants, and I plan to wear them in many a gig, hopefully!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Turquoise Cushions

I finally finished my cushions, hurray!
I started them in August and they took forever to finish: 6 months!!! Probably because they were too boring and I never found moments to knit... 
Also, I had doubts during the process that they would become nice at all, but now that they are finished and in my sofa, I love them. They are beautiful, and sweet to the touch.
I used the wonderful Shiny Happy Cotton by Wool & the Gang, which is wonderful, thick (5.5 mm needles) and brilliant, gorgeous. I will knit a black sweater with that cotton, and probably more things!

The pattern is mine (you can read it in my Ravelry page), invented by yours trully. I had this idea to create texture, and I think it is lovely now that I see them finished.
Once finished, grafted at the end, washed and blocked, I constructed a white cotton base with the zipper included, with the apropiate measures. Then, I put it inside each knitted cushion and secured it with pins along both sides of the zipper. Finally I stitched it by hand with a back stitch, and done!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Black Rib Cotton Turtle Neck

I bought this wonderful rib cotton jersey in my last trip to London, in MacCulloch and Wallis. It was a circular bolt, with a deep black colour. Gorgeous.

I used my eternal "Universal T-shirt" pattern, because this jersey claimed raglan sleeves. And a turtle neck. 
 The result is just perfect. I do not understand how could I live without it until now. Everybody needs a black turtle neck, it goes well with every skirt or pant you have in your closet, and it plays every dress code, from sporty to very elegant. Of course, it must be cotton, to keep peace with the planet and with our skin.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Love Boat Hat

Hello there!
I bought this kit from Wool and The Gang one year ago. It was a sale I took advantage of, because with shipping costs and pounds, WATG products are expensive to me.

 I wanted to test their jumbo wool and patterns and this seemed a small project to test the brand. Plus, the hat looked gorgeous on pictures.

Finally I decided to insert this make along another (two cushions I've just finished now) during my Christmas Holidays, because I did not want another winter gone by. 

But this takes only a couple of days to knit! Glory Alleluiah for jumbo wool!!! If I had known, I had done it before.

As I explain in my Ravelry Project page, I love the wool (I will repeat), but the pattern was all wrong, in terms of sizing. So I will buy WATG wool again, but I don't trust their patterns, sadly. On the other hand, I wrote to them to ask for care instructions and they never answered. Bad attention to client. Me don't like it.
But the hat is just gorgeous. And so nice to wear!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Red Wool Coat

 I bought this wonderful cashmere and silk fabric at Unique Fabrics, in Goldhawk Rd., London. I confess the salesman totally sold it to me, he observed and chatted with me while I was drooling over their silks (OMG!!!!), and he showed this beauty to me, I couldn't resist, a red coat came to mind and nothing could stop me, not even the 200Eur I paid for the motherfucker! Totally good value for money!

Two weeks before Christmas I decided I absolutely needed it for then, so I started sewing in another of my typical stupid deadline frenzy madness (as if I did not have a coat to put on my back!).

I wanted a coat with an imperial waist and I found this cute pattern at a Burda magazine (from the library), which patterns I totally and absolutely trust.
I followed my usual method:

First, I traced the pattern in white sheer paper (these patterns do not include seam allowances, as I prefer).

Second, I true the pattern over my dress form. It seemed OK, so I proceeded to (third) arrange the pieces over the folded fabric, secure them with pins and cut them.

Fourth, I marked all my fabric pieces with tailor tucks, including marks, and everything. 

This seems the reincarnation of boredom, but it is totally worth it, since you have your pieces exactly marked, and you can made slight or important variations (provided you leave generous seam allowances in dangerous places like waist, hips, bust, length).

Fifth, I started minor items constructions, since it is better to do them with the pieces not attached together. I made the buttonholes (following Shaeffer's steps) and pockets.

Sixth, a applied thermofusible interfacing to the whole bodice and sleeves (a thinner one for them).
Seventh, I basted all the beast together and ready myself for the crucial moment of the first fitting. I always sew faster and faster as the moment approaches, and hand-basting is thus more bearable with anticipation. In this case I saw it was too big and the waist, and sleeves were also to big oven the shoulders, but I decided to machine stitch it and press it before making it definitely smaller at those places.

I also finished the neck piece and the frontal facing before trying it on again and confirming I had to take one cm off each side and also at the side back panel seams, at the waist. I also reduced the sleeves over the shoulders, and it was then almost perfect.

I carefully pressed on the wrong side with a cotton cloth over it. I played The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (gosh, what wonderful dresses!!!!), and pressed and pressed, since it was crucial to make it patiently and well.

I cut the lining and put it together with pins. I machine-stitched it and pressed it well too. I made the buttonhole openings and pressed them too.

Then, I secured by hand all the seams well open, and hand-sewed the bottom and sleeve hems.
I put the coat on the dress from, on the wrong side, put the finished and pressed lining over it, secure it with pins and hand-stitched it to the coat.

Finally, the night before I applied the buttons and done!