[sewing] Pauline Alice Carme blouse

I’m so late to post about this blouse! I finished it a loooong time ago, as I sewed it in the week following the release of the pattern by Pauline Alice. I was very impressed by the tester‘s versions, especially Andrea‘s. So pattern purchased, downloaded, printed and assembled. I didn’t even take time to trace it 🙂 I did however check against my sloper that it would be wide enough in the critical areas. Here is my wearable muslin:

 

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Can you spot the zebras in the middle of the flowers?

I really like the pattern and as some have pointed out, the way the yoke is applied to the front is clever! I enjoy wearing it, I think it looks great and I received many compliments from family and colleagues, which is always nice. I was worried that it would be too tight the first time I wore it, but it’s simply because I’m so used to wearing knit tops that I forget how it feels to wear a woven blouse.

 

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The instructions could be a little clearer in some aspects, I’m thinking about the drawing showing how to insert the bias band on the sleeve opening. I had done this before so I knew what to do and I’m grateful for that because the illustration is totally baffling! As some have mentioned too, the sleeves are too short for me, and so is the sleeve bracelet: I can hardly close the button with my arms straight and my wrists are not particularly wide. The collar is a little small too, but I don’t really mind as I wouldn’t close the last buttons anyway.

 

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This being said, I’m totally going to make it again, this time in a solid colour, I have a nice aubergine poplin waiting to be cut.

See you soon!

Sophie

[crochet] Snowflake CAL with iMake

Have you heard of Martine and Jen’s most recent CAL? it’s all about snowflakes! They pick 2 or 3 each month for Caitlin Sainio’s book and we get to crochet along. It’s really not very involved as you can crochet a snowflake in 15 minutes up to 2 hours if it doesn’t work as planned. This means it’s been very easy to include in my busy knitting and embroidery after dinner schedule.

So far I’ve done all the snowflakes for January and February and eagerly waiting the announcement for March.

I’m using a white silk yarn from my stash: brilliant use for it, because I could not think of anything else to do with 100 % silk yarn.

Both Martine and Jen make sure to include a beginner pattern in the selection so you can build experience along the way. So far I’m making good progress, I now know how to read the charts! I encourage you to join us, there’s still time to catch up if you are so inclined. Everything you need to know about the CAL can be found either on the Ravelry iMake podcast group or on Martine’s blog. Happy crochet!

 

[sewing] [knitting] Petite Pullover & Pyjamas

Some sewing and some knitting for my little one: first La Petite which is a simple top down pullover mixing yoke increases and a raglan part. I didn’t do stripes but went for a very bright green, which is a colour that suits my daughter’s complexion.

 

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La Petite Pullover: colour is much brighter that this..

I used Annell Miami yarn which is an inexpensive cotton/acrylic blend that I really like. It’s a joy to knit, it goes in the washing machine, there are plenty of colours and it wears very well. Perfect for my dribbling baby or when she eats bread! I don’t exactly remember how you’re supposed to finished the hem and cuffs, but I didn’t want to do a garter stitch border or ribbing. I had planned to do a hem to be sewn to the inside, but as you can see, I never did and just left it as it is! I quite like this look, plus it’s the lazy way 🙂

The pattern is very clear, instructions are precise and bonus: they are given for two different weights of yarn. The sizes range from 6 months to 10 years, it’s really worth the 5.5 USD. There will be more versions of this in the next couple of years.. I will try to add a picture of her wearing it.

For my next make, you won’t see any picture because it’s two pairs of pyjamas required by the nursery and they’re staying there. They recently asked us to provide pyjama pants so that in case of an emergency evacuation if the babies are sleeping, they don’t end up only wearing onesies in the street. I’d rather not think about this happening… Anyway, my little baby is now the proud owner of beautiful handmade pyjamas with dots. The fabric comes from TyFlorian Boutik and the pattern is from one of the most recent Ottobre magazines (#9 from issue 1/2014). It’s supposed to be doubled, but I only used one layer of fabric. It’s already rather warm in the nursery and they wear sleep sacks anyway.

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Ottobre 1/2014 pattern #9

You couldn’t find an easier pattern and I did both in less than two hours, including the tracing of the pattern. I went for a 72 cm size (she’s 69 now) and I quickly checked the fit before giving them to the nursery. I added a sewn in little label with the size and her initials. I forgot to take a picture of the label, silly me! but I think it’s something I’ll do again, it will help me remember which size I did.

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Ottobre 1/2014 pattern #9

[sewing] Sewaholic Robson Coat: in progress

The Robson Coat is a pattern I saw popping up last spring did not have time nor energy to sew up. Then autumn and winter came and I thought it was too late to make it. But now it’s time! My plan for 2014 is to make a garment a month, I know it’s not a lot, but I want it to be realistic. So far I’m doing well, but am very bad at taking pictures, it’s even worse than before.. So you’ll have to trust me when I tell you that I’ve sewn an Anna Dress over the Christmas holidays, then an Amy Skirt and two Plantain t-shirts. The Ottobre skirt I told you about in the last post is finished but needed so much fitting that I donated it. What a waste of time! I should have made a muslin first I know: take time to save time…

So lesson learned, this is my muslin for the Robson Coat! I sewed a size 14 for the top part, grading to a size 16 at the hips. This is how I had worked my Minoru Jacket muslin and ended sewing a size 14 for the whole coat as it’s flared enough. Well the same goes for the Robson Coat: a size 14 will be ok. And I’ll apply the same modification I seem to do for all Sewaholic patterns: I’ll shorten the sleeves, apparently my arms are too long 🙂

 

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Following Marrie’s advice, I will shorten the body by 4″, it’s a little too long for my taste as is. And I’ll underline the sleeves with lining fabric since I don’t always wear slippery tops.

DSCN2861I plan to do this during my two-day break next week when my daughter will be at the nursery and I, bad mother that I am, will stay at home and enjoy a couple of uninterrupted hours of sewing!

 

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Next on my radar is the Carme blouse by Pauline Alice, Andrea’s version made my buy the pattern right away!