Samstag, Dezember 12, 2015

The 2015 christmas dress

Ha, guess what, I'm still around and still sewing but with working, two podcasts and two kids I somehow got behind on blogging again. But I as I mentioned I'm still sewing and the girls dresses for christmas are in the making.

I chose to use stash fabrics only this year. So the girls are getting very cosy and cuddly dresses out of a velveteenish fabric (in German it's called Nicky) which has a knit base.

It's really cosy but let me tell you, it's not much fun to sew. I have small bits of thread flying around everywhere and installing the zipper was a challenge (thanks to wondertape and a permanent marker they had to give up in the end)

The pattern is a  ottobre kids pattern from 2013 if I recall correctly. I made a size 104 widthwise and a size 122 for length and it seems to be o.k. that way.

Here are some pictures

Donnerstag, Juni 25, 2015

No Pictures

Hi everybody,
I have a few days off work. So instead of blogging, I'm spending time with my family. I'd love to show you pictures but I refuse to download an app for that!
At least I migzt be able to show a picture that I uploaded to ravelry

Donnerstag, Juni 11, 2015

More boring sewing but exciting knitting

Hello everybody,
the weather has turned to be more summerish here in Northern Germany. It's not that it is REALLY summer but the sun is shining and I spend a lot of time outside with the kids, so my sewing time is even more limited and I also spend the evenings sitting outside or I'm just so tired, that sewing isn't really an option. Plus my mending pile isn't that inviting, but I'm perservering and I managed to mend/alter 4 more things this week. I'm getting closer to see the bottom of that box

At the moment I'm mostly working on the shirts for the twins, since I have my coverlock threaded with pink yarn and that kind of matches most of the things in there. There's also a pair of tights that need darning but I might take those with me to Denmark to work on something at the beach. I've decided that once we go to Denmark it will be warm and summery there ;)

Since my sewing is so boring, I thought I'd show you something a lot more exciting. As I mentioned, I'm working on Stutzen by Amanda Scheuzger. It's an awesome knit. Seeing the pattern evolving is so addictive. Actually it is so addictive, that I'm not working on my Looking back by Joji Locatelli and I need to work on that. It seems a bit small. I'm at the point were the front and backs are joined and I want to knit a couple of rows after that and then wash and block it. Once it is blocked I can try it on and see if it will fit thru the shoulders. If not, I'm going back to square one and redo my math.

Mittwoch, Juni 03, 2015

Mending makes for a boring blogpost

Yet that is what I did most of last weeks sewing bits.

 The twins have had another groth spurt and the only thing that is getting longer is the torso. So none of the shirts the two have are long enough. The sleeves and the width is just fine, I'm just not into the show me your belly button look for small children (I don't like it with most grown up women either)

So at a fleamarket I bought 11 shirts second hand for about 20 Euro. Not bad. They all fit torsowise but the sleeves are way to long. So I started shorting sleeves on some of them, since E & M just don't like fold over sleeves. Geesh. Life would be so much easier.

I even spend 2 precious sewing hours at my sewing group trying to get my coverlock to cooperate. I had envisioned shortening all of the 11 shirts in the 2 hours, but I came home with 3 kind of shortened shirts. The yarn kept breaking and there were ugly holes and I had to rip out all of the coverseams and I was really annoyed as you might guess.

On the way home it dawned on me, that changing the needles might be the solution. So at home, I threw away the old needles, installed new ones and baaaam, the coverlock works just fine again.

So 3 shirts done. I needed a break after that and wipped out a very simple raglan shirt from an 2011 issue of ottobre for the twins out of fabric a fellow knitter gave me (it was already cut out in a bigger size. I guess her daughter outgrew the pink phase before my friend could finish the shirt).

(not the best picture but the kids are already in bed). There has already been a fight, whos shirt this is going to be. I take that as a good sign.

There's also a new knitting project on my needles.
Pattern: Stutzen by Amanda Scheuzger
Yarn: Dye for yarn, Merino-silk-fingering. To dye for :)

Mittwoch, Mai 20, 2015

What's next

So, the jackets are done and I kind was lost. I knew there was a project that I had to start but that required a bit more planning and last week I was really short on time.
And by now I really can't talk about that project.
So I stalled out a bit and made a project bag first for one of my fellow knitters from the knit night here in Kiel

Do you see that name tag? I went to BerlinKnits a yarn festival in our capital last weekend with other knitting friends and I had a blast. I did not take any classes but enjoyed the atmosphere and did a little shopping.
Really! Just very few things came with me:

The yarn is Dye for yarn in their merino/silk blend and the fibre was given to me by the knitting friend I made the bag for.

And this is my total haul
I think, I did fairly well. I kept a lot of cards, so I know, what to buy online, if my stash is reduced in about 25 years

Mittwoch, Mai 13, 2015


I'm done and here's my review

Pattern Description: Kids jacket or coat, with or without hood or a Peter Pan style collar. The hood and the pockets are lined, the jacket/coat is unlined.

I made the jacket with the hood.

Pattern Sizing: 92 - 116 cm (European). I made a size 116 length jacket but thought it was very short, so I lengthend the pattern by 5 cm and could easily have added a couple of more cm since my daughters have long torsos. I cut everything a size 110width wise. Per chart I could have used a size 98 width for my skinnier twin daughter but that was too much of a hassle and I guess a size 110 was a good choice.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much. I did add the pockets to the jacket, since I did lengthen it and a jacket without pockets is not an option for my kids. Where else would they put all the things they find during the day?

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern is well drafted and written. Stupid me, had more problems than neccessary. But that was my fault. I haven't sewn anything more involved in ages. Like a completely lined jacket (I decided to line the whole jacket).
The only thing I did not like was that it is short and the sleeves also run kind of short. I guess it will be o.k. with short sleeved t-shirts but with long sleeved shirts or dresses it does look too short in the sleeves.

Fabric Used: Woven cotton from stash (bought 2011!) and a rayon lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Lengthening the jackets
2. Line everything
3. Add pockets.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Since I made the biggest size and it's already too short, I guess I won't be making it again any time soon but I woul

The kids are happy and I think they are very cute in their new jackets.

Mittwoch, Mai 06, 2015

The second time it's easier

and I mean easIER not easy. Although the pattern is not hard at all, I again had some problems (like remember leaving seams open for turning the jacket inside out and many more little details).

But this time, I won't bother you with the details this time.

Today the stars aligned (o.k. I had the car serviced and had to leave work early and my friend picked up the twins from Kindergarten, since we alternate every Wednesday, so our kids have time to play before going to dance"class") and I had more than 15 minutes to spend on the second jacket.

Very little is left to do. Finish bagging the lining, doing very little handsewing and then the buttons. I managed to order the wrong sized buttons. In my prain 1.5 cm is waaaay bigger than it is in reality and now I have 10 buttons, that are too small. Therefore I need to go to the fabric shop and shop for buttons. Dang!

I'm so happy with the progress I made so far. The only thing I kind of regret, is that I lined the pockets with the same teal rayon lining. I should have used something lighter since the facing is now glaring at me.

So, next week I hope, both jackets will be finished. There's a project that I really need to start!