Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We shall remember them...

On the 11th Hour 
of the 11th Day 
of the 11th Month
We will 

I give thanks to those who fought and died for me that I may live in peace and freedom.

"Lest we forget..."

Saturday, June 7, 2014


How crazy is this!!

I started this cardigan quite some time ago and I'd been happily knitting away for a while so you'd think I would've noticed but, nooooo I just kept knitting quite oblivious to my mistake. 

Here I was, wondering why this fitted style was coming out so large especially when I was making a pattern with negative ease.  It just looked wrong.  It was too loose.  What was I doing wrong?  I kept checking the pattern and thinking to myself it must be the tension.  (I've never made a tension square in my life - maybe that was the problem.)  I put it away for a while to ponder.  When I picked it up again and started the next piece it became immediately obvious.

Can you see what I was doing wrong? 

Like a complete fool I had knitted two fronts and the back using the wrong. size. needles.  Duhh!!

I pulled it all out and started again only to discover that this time around the sleeve was going to be too long, so once again I started over adjusting the pattern for a shorter sleeve.  Let me tell you, I'm not a very fast knitter and it's beginning to feel like the never ending cardigan but perseverance will prevail.  I am going to finish it 'one day'!!  :)

Have you ever done something like this or had a project that seems to go on forever?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A little black and white gingham shirt

I know I'm a little behind and it's about time I made an effort, as I mentioned in my last post, to show you what I've been doing.  

I made a gingham shirt.  I love gingham and had planned to make this shirt about a year and a half ago.  I bought the fabric but couldn't decide on the pattern.  Finally I chose Butterick 6085, a great basic semi-fitted blouse with sleeve variations. 


I made view E the sleeveless version.  The only alteration I made was to shorten the waist however after I wore it the first time I realised, as you can see below, I should have made a sway back alteration as well. 

I think the collar is much wider than the cover illustration so next time I make this shirt I would probably make the collar half the width of this one.  (I don't like really big collars on me)  I also had a small problem with pattern matching.  I had to fudge it a bit.  I got the sides to match but the fabric was not exactly on grain; it tended to curve down near the selvedge.  I matched the pattern at the bust when I sewed the buttons on but if you look closely you can see it doesn't match exactly the further toward to the hemline you go making the hemline uneven but I can live with that better than not matching at the bust.  Note to self - washing the fabric beforehand might have avoided the problem.

So there you have it my first make for 2014!  Well... that's not technically right as I cut it out last year but didn't get time to sew it until this year and finally on it's third outing I actually got around to taking photos.  My review of this pattern below.

Top; Butterick 6085
Cardigan; Tempt
Jeans; Suzanne Grae
Bag; Guess
Shoes; Pazari


My review of this pattern

Pattern Description:
Semi-fitted top has collar and shaped narrow hem.  Sleeveless, above elbow or three quarter sleeve, pocket and side split variations.

Pattern Sizing:
14,16,18 - I made size 14, view E.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I don't like the size of the collar.  It's too large for my liking.  I love the simplicity of this tip making it a great basic style.

Fabric Used:
Poly/cotton gingham.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made my usual short waist adjustment but otherwise I made no alterations to the pattern.  However, on me it really does need a reasonable size sway back adjustment.  I don't usually wash my fabric first and I had a few problems pattern matching because the fabric was off grain.

Would you sew it again?  Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I would sew this pattern again with a sway back adjustment for a better fit.  I would also reduce the size of the collar.  Would I recommend it to others?  Yes, most definitely!

I love this top.  It was easy to sew and it's easy to wear.  A great basic for the wardrobe which will be worn often.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Working on my good intentions

In the past I have written about blogging more often and I had such good intentions this year of doing just that but as with all my good intentions they seem to elude me.  So, here we are almost half way through the year and I have nothing really to show for it.  Can someone please tell me where this year has gone.  :-)  I seem to have been suffering a loss of mojo for a while now however, I have made a few things this year but haven't blogged about them and I thought I would tell you about my most recent make.

When my daughter informed us that she was expecting her first baby she asked me to make her not one but two quilts.  Now quilting is something I did in a past life and haven't done in quite some time.   Anyhoo, I agreed.  The conversation went something like this; I want pale yellow, pale pink, pale blue, pale green, pale purple and pale orange - read a pallet of those baby pastel colours used years ago when I was having children.  I want triangles.  Do you want any borders?  No! maybe just a little one.  Do you have any particular pattern in mind?  No just triangles.  OK.

Now, thats pretty restricting but at the same time quite liberal and very vague.  Bearing in mind that she has never taken much interest in my quilts and doesn't sew herself I could tell she obviously had something in mind.  This could definitely turn out to be somewhat of a hit and miss situation.

Deciding on a design and shopping for fabric proved to be a difficult task.  I mean, really, what shape triangle do I use; somehow I feel half square triangles are what she has in mind.  And how do I get all those colours to work together.  Have you any idea how hard it is these days to find the colours requested?  Well, let me tell you - it's hard!  Let's just say I think I know every patchwork shop within a one hour radius from here. :-)  Suffice to say, I finally had enough fabrics to make this work.

Sorry but morning sun is very harsh and does nothing for the pretty colours I used
I quilted it diagonally in the ditch and then cross hatched.  I also found a really cute gender neutral Winnie the Pooh fabric for the backing which worked well for a baby.  For the binding I used two fabrics at random lengths joined diagonally.  I'm really happy with the end result.

When I gave the quilt to my daughter I asked "Is this what you wanted?"  Her answer "Yes, exactly!"
I was so pleased to be able to achieve what she had in mind having so little information to work with.  Definitely a hit!

Hopefully I will catch up and post about some of the other things I have actually made this year soon.  Good intentions and all that, you know!

On a final note let me introduce you to my new little grandson, Lincoln.

Mum and baby (21 hours old)

Till next time...