[Me-Made-May] 13 day 28

Only a few more days before the end of the month! There are many repeats in my outfits these days, but I don’t think it really matters, I’m doing my best under the circumstances: today I’m wearing the same bright yellow t-shirt as day 3.

 

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But I preferred to show you my feet because 1. I have only managed to sleep one hour the past night and you can see it on my face (how come you can’t stock up on sleep before the birth??) and 2. I’ve just finished knitting these great socks. They’re the Asymmetrical Cables Socks by Cookie A. from the book Sock Knitting Master Class and the yarn is the wonderful Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock. I’m not overwhelmed by the pattern, the cables look nice, but I have some other socks that I like a lot more than these. However the yarn is great: thick, squishy and with a high twist – it’s a  pity it’s so expensive!

 

[Me-Made-May 13] day 25 – ste Sophie :D

Yes! for those of you with a Catholic background, it’s St Sophie’s Day (that’s me!), at least in France. I wonder if the calendar changes elsewhere..

Anyway, today I’m wearing my Washi dress again (already worn on day 6), but I followed your advice and added a little touch colour. It’s not overwhelming I know, but it’s a start. I used one of the embroidery stitches on my new Janome sewing machine, with red thread. I already like the dress a little more! Have a great weekend..

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[Me-Made-May 13] day 21

Still cold and rainy! max today: 13°C… I’m not sure the weather will actually turn to spring before the end of May, it’s a pity because I’d really like to wear short sleeves for once 🙂

Me-Made outfit today is the skirt seen on day 4 and my first Renfrew (view C with cowl neck and 3/4 sleeves), made last year. Sorry for the dark photos, but there’s not much I can do about it!

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[Me-Made-May13] day 17

Today is the first time I actually wear this blouse, even though it’s been finished for around 6 weeks now: the weather simply hasn’t been warm enough since then.
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The pattern is Datura by French Indy company Deer&Doe, which I received as a present for my birthday (thanks again, girls!). I really like the collar!
The construction went very smoothly and the instructions are very clear! I chose to close the back entirely but still added some buttons to keep the spirit of the pattern. I adapted the pattern for maternity by simply adding some width in the front.
I hope the sun does arrive soon, so I can wear it a little 🙂

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[Me-Made-May13] day 13

Socks today! still rather cold for a month of May and apparently the forecast isn’t any better for the next 10 days… So handknits again, a little meh this time. These are Stealth Argyles Socks by Eunny Jang, from the book Sock Knitting Masterclass. I really like the colour combination when I bought the book, and decided to knit these socks with the exact same colours. This is really unfrequent for me, I tend to change everything in a pattern, starting from the colour and the yarn. So the yarn here is Malabrigo sock, very nice to knit with. The pattern uses shadow knitting, which means that a pattern appears when you change your point of view on the socks. Of course it was a pain to knit, but the result is fun. However, the gauge is way too lose for socks (my gauge was spot on so it’s a problem with the pattern) and as they’re nearly knee high, they keep bunching on my heels. I hardly ever wear them….

 

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[Me-Made-May 13] day 11

It’s cold and rainy today, max 15° C and I’ve caught a cold, so I’m layering garments and pulling handknits out of the wardrobe. And adding somme cuddly time on the sofa with my cat Groquick. He is in a way wearing a me-made: his favorite handknit blanket, which is the Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown, in Cascade Eco Wool, finished in september 2011.

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Perfect opportunity to blog about this cardigan knitted last autumn- I’m a little behind on blogging about my handknitting! It’s the Water and Stone cardigan by Veera Välimäki and the yarn is Cascade Lana d’Oro, a mix of alpaca and wool very nice to knit with. The pattern on the contrary was really a pain to work with: I’m not exactly a beginner knitter anymore and I do have some experience in technical editing and oh boy, this pattern really should be edited for clarity. Some parts of the pattern seem to be deliberately complex, making it an advanced pattern when it isn’t technically difficult. With our knitting group we had chosen this pattern as our knitalong for 2012 and deeply regret it: one of us has even unraveled hers. All of us had already encountered problems with this designer, which is a pity since her designs are really nice.

Anyway I decided to finish it and add some missing elements: pockets and a closure system – what’s the point of having a nice and warm cardigan if you can’t even close it! I’ve worn it a lot this winter but we’ll still chose another designer for our next KAL.

 

[Me-Made-May 13] day 10 friday theme Sewing, Knitting, Creating Space

So today is Friday and I’m sticking to the theme [Sewing, Knitting, Creating Space]. So I’ll show you a little knitting in my sewing space! My only me-made today is my Just Enough Ruffles Scarf by Laura Chau – an old favorite finished in summer 2011. It’s knit in gorgeous Malabrigo Worsted, as soft as kitten fur, but very prone to pilling. And yes, it’s yellow again!

Yesterday you only had a sneak peek at my sewing space, here is the fuller version: in the foreground, my dear ironing table, tailor’s ham, pressing cloth and iron (which is dirty as you can see) and my current wip: a pyjama for my little girl, it’s waiting for my twin needle to cooperate so that I can apply the knit band to the opening.

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In the background my dear Bernina and all the tools that go with it, always on the table by its side: scissors, pinking shears, thread clips, pins, a ruler. On the left are two old tin boxes with needles, bobbins and all other tools: small scissors, brushes and oil for machine maintenance, point turner, seam ripper, tweezers, chalk, pens, etc. Also very important: a docking station for my phone so I can listen to podcasts or the radio during sewing. In the box at the far right are tools that navigate between this room and my kitchen table downstairs where I do all my pattern tracing and fabric cutting. It contains another pair of scissors, my rotary cutter, marking tools, pens, different rulers (metric and imperial) and tape measures – the only thing I have to add is my magnetic pin holder. The plastic sewing machine is the newest addition to my sewing room: a Janome 7330. I can now make 6 different buttonholes as well as some embroidery stitches. I’m still getting used to it, but still feel guilty for buying another sewing machine because I don’t want to abandon my Bernina which works so well. Actually the Bernina wins with the twin needle!

 

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If you turn right from the previous photo here is what you’ll see: drawers for our clothes with my Pfaff serger and bias tape. The serger used to be where the Janome sewing machine was up until last week. I’m not sure I’ll keep this setup, we’ll see how it works out.

 

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Turn right once more and you’ll see Pamela, my dress form – I don’t use it very often as it’s not my size, but it is sometimes helpful when I want to check construction techniques like on this dress (my newest make, you’ll see more of it in the next few days – too cold for now to wear it). The white thing behind my wardrobe is where I keep patterns and tools I don’t need to often, as well as some books.

 

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So there you have it: you know everything about my sewing room. My fabric stash is not kept in this room, it’s upstairs in our bedroom – I  just keep a plastic container with fabric scraps (the one just in front of Pamela). So how’s your creative space? I’ve really had a great time looking at other people’s sewing room!

 

[Me-Made-May 13] day 7

today: a mix of 2 tops from a recent issue of Fait Main magazine (n° 375 – april 2013). I used the gathered sleeves and upper back of tunic C and the front of tunic D. I’ve finished it yesterday, so I don’t know if it’s nice to wear, we’ll see..

I considerably reduced the width of the sleeves (a total of 5 inches), they made me look even bigger!

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