Coral me Happy

If you didn’t know it, I have a slight obsession with the color coral.  This should have been the coral themed month.

This week I finished up another pair of long awaited socks.  I can’t wait to wear them all the time.  The pattern is from Purl Bee, they’re called perfect fit socks and baby they weren’t kidding.  These are a dream to wear. I never wanna take them off.  I bought the pattern and yarn when I was in NYC a few months ago at the famed Purl Bee store in Soho.  Cutest little store ever.  So glad it’s not in my town or this girl would be in trouble.

The ingredients:

  

I added a little cable stich in so that I didn’t get to board just knit-knit purl-purling my way though the pattern.  They alternate rows every 15 rounds, but I wish I’d gone for 10, oh well.  The cables also helped me to keep track of how far I had to go.

  • Week: Six
  • Started: Thanksgiving 2011
  • Completed: February 12th
  • Percent done before 2012: %49.9
  • Point: 1

And she barly slides in with a point.  I give you exhibit 1:

This is what was completed as of January 1st.  I thankfully had left the toe to stich up so that it would be just under %50 complete.

I started these socks at Thanksgiving.  We were at my grandpa’s and I was supposed to be knitting up these bad boys for my mom for Christmas, but of course couldn’t knit the in front of her.

Somehow I finished up most of the first sock while we were in LA.  My mom’s I wrapped up Christmas Eve.  What can I say, I like to keep it close to the wire.

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So Nice She Made it Twice

Sure, I should branch out more, try new things, see new places.  But sometimes you just wanna go to that restaurant you’ve been to a thousand times and order that thing you love because you just know it’s never going to let you down. And it’s not worth the risk.  Risks are great and risks are good, but risks are for next week.  This girl needs some comfort food, especially  after last weeks disaster of a fitting technique.

So this week I revisited the egg-drop-soup-shirt pattern I made up a few weeks ago.  This time, however, I used some fancy new techniques that I’ve always been too lazy to try.  And you know, I think it made everything a tad easier.  Turns out Ms. Sarai from Colette patterns was right! How dare I doubt.

Look! I even took working pictures:

I copied the pattern onto paper! Which, I’ll have you know, makes it a dream to cut out using my rotary cutter. I might need to do this step more often…

All was going so well, and beautiful.  The top was basically done and it was Sunday evening and I was feeling so accomplished! And then I did this:

Son.of.a.beep.  Yep, I caught the center of my sleeve in my surger when I was sewing up the armhole.  You’re welcome.   After that I decided I needed to take a little 24 hour break to mentally get back in shape before I ripped off the sleeve, cut a new one (it was so easy with my paper pattern piece!) and sewed it back on.  

And whabam! Shirt done!

   

*Pictures have been taken in daylight hours.

I made a few changes, mainly shortening the sleeves and sewing a 5/8 inch seam around the collar and ties and not a 1/2 inch seam like the first shirt.

  • Week: Five
  • Started: February 1st
  • Completed: February 6th
  • Point: 1
  • Will She Wear It: totally, though I wish I had made the ties and colar a little thicker
*Update: I like the colar and ties size better now, but I do wish I had trimmed the seem allowance so that they draped better.

Other things I did this week:

Remember how I heart deer?  Well I’ve had this Echino oilcloth fabric for quite sometime and, I needed a quick one-night-stand sort of project.  So I made up one medium sized origami bag from Amy Butler’s book:

I already have  a set of 5 matching bags.  And then another set of two matching bags for my make up, and then I made a set pf 5 matching bags for my Aunt for Christmas.

(one of five)

So I have a problem. Whatever.

Sew up and Dye

Next time I think I’ll make a muslin.  I’m so against them and most Colette patterns whip up just fine as long as I use my correct size (cough cough).

My thoughts when I first finished: Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever sewn up something this bad in years. YEARS.  And that includes the time I made a scarf with a detachable hood (we all make mistakes).

I’m not sure exactly how I was able to do everything so wrong.  I think part of it might have to do with the fact that I really should have sized the bodice down, as I originally thought when cutting it out. OR when I sewed up the bodice and tried it on, I could have done it then, Or you know, a number of other times.  I (mistakenly) thought that is wouldn’t need as many fitting fixes as it was a wrap dress. Wrong.

So here are the things that went wrong: Size, style, fit, possibly even construction

Things that went right: fabric?

Ok, granted it looks not as terrible on my mannequin.  But let’s face it, I’m not quite built like her, and it looked like a wretched awful mess on me.  Fitting issues we’re the main problem, but also this style isn’t really my jam.

    

Gross. It looks like it was made up by a ADHD kid wearing a blindfold.

Here we have the humble beginnings of the monstrosity above. I’m not sure why I bought this fabric, it’s a white with blue dotted swiss fabric that’s far to sweet. But it turned out to be lovely once I dyed it dark gray. And yes, I spent the time to dye an ill fitting dress a different color.  Way.to.go.

I must say, I almost gave up.  But I said no, we can get though this.  I have a blog post to do tonight! So I did what any good seamstress would do, I took out my seam ripper and tore the dress apart to just about nothing. Then I tried to fix the fit without completely starting over.  I would have, don’t get me wrong, but I dyed the fabric gray (after I started the dress, but before finishing it).  So that way I wouldn’t have any extra material in the correct gray. Best.Idea.Ever.  Next time dye at the end, or the beginning.  Or just dye some extra fabric, for giggles.

Alterations I made to the dress; I took in the side seams, shortened the bodice, shortened the back (where the ties come out of), moved down the shoulder seams, and connected the facing to the body with some iron on double sided tape. And after all that, It still has some fit issues.  But it’s done, gosh darn it!

  • Week: Four
  • Started: January 24th
  • Completed: January 29th
  • Percent done before 2012: 0
  • Point: 1Time: Far too long
  • Wear again: Not out of the house.  It’ll be a good lounge around in heels dress, you know, because I do that, all the time.
   

Things I’d do differently next time: make a muslin, shorten the bodice, go a size (or two) down in the top, make the scoop neck version, move the pockets up.

The final version is alright. Nothing I’m proud of, it’s still a little big in the top and it slips off my shoulders a little. I realized far too late that Gertie did a crepe sew along a bit ago.  Upon rereading I’ve realized how I could have avoided many of my fitting mistakes.  C’est la vie.

I did do some cleaning in the dress this afternoon, however, so at least I got a little use out of the garment.

* this post has far too many words.

Deer in the headlights.

I think it comes from growing up in the country, but I have a bit of an antler/deer thing.  I saw this really cool art work a few months ago on some blog.  Amazingly enough googling “art aluminum shooting guns” produced the piece I was inspired by, isn’t technology amazing?

It’s from an artist named Walton Creel.  His work is pretty awesome and I thought it might be the perfect addition to that giant hole in my hoopla wall.

Yeah that one.

My first thought was to do french dots, but I hate those things and they’re too hard to turn out consistently. Instead I went with teeny tiny little x’s.  I also only did the outlines, when I was transferring the image I got lazy coping all the dots, and well, I thought it looked better anyways.

  • Week: Three
  • Started: June? I honestly have no idea
  • Completed: January 23th
  • Percent done before 2012: 49%?
  • Point: 1 (ok so maybe it only deserves half a point.  but I also did some mending so we can push it up to a whole)

I was having a hard time finishing it because some of the dots from the transfer faded and it took me far to long to just go copy the darn pattern and reverse it so I could understand what the heck I was trying to emulate.

The close up is a tad blurry.  I had a hard time with that light thing again. You can sort of tell they’re little x’s… No that’s a lie, I have a hard time noticing in real life with my glasses on.  But it creates a nice effect right?

 

Backlog: Hemming

What week is it? What’s going on in my life?  I think I need an organizational calendar.

Ok so I completed the project last week but didn’t post is. Shucks.  Actually, no, that’s a lie, I finished all of it, but the hemming.  Which I did today, after I took photos, of course.  Lets just blame the fact that it’s never really sunny in San Francisco and it’s hard to talk photos in “natural light.”

  • Week: Two? – Jasmine from Colette Patterns
  • Started: January 12th
  • Completed: January 23th
  • Percent done before 2012: 0!
  • Point: 1 (I’m still giving myself a point, even though it’s late)

Isn’t she pretty? I bought the fabric with my mom when I was back home in the fall.  There’s this wonderful store called Fabric of Vision in Ashland, Or. that I make sure to visit whenever possible.  The owner has the best taste.

I loooove Colette Patterns. The only thing I modified on this top was to make the ties a bit longer.   I added about a foot in length to each tie, I like the bigger bow look.  I’ll defiantly make this top again, but I might change the sleeves up a bit.

The back is a little wanky, I wish I had tried to line up the pattern a little better.  I didn’t really think about it, sometimes I’m far to interested in make sure to have as much left over fabric as possible then to deal with a silly thing like pattern placement.  Like, what am I possibly going to do with that left over fabric? Oh vell.

I think I’ll wear this to work tomorrow.