Sunday, January 25, 2015

When One.....Two Just Isn't Enough! - Olso Cardigan

Well, I clearly love this are my second and third versions of the Oslo sweater! I had to stop myself from making a fourth......,but really can a person have too many cardigans?  I don't think so.

The pattern is from the first issue of the Seamworks magazine put out by Colette Patterns.  It is a really fast and easy pattern to put together....under 2 hours.  My first post about this pattern is here.

 I love that I can serge the whole thing except the bottom back hem!  

My red version is made out of a basic medium weight sweater knit.  It has a bit more structure and I love it on super cold today!

My purple version is made out of a lace sweater knit I picked up at a local store.  I love this cardigan's in lace sweater knit!!! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The 'Flashback To The 80's' Skirt - Grainline Moss

I cut this skirt out two years ago and just finished it this week.  I found the fabric (quilting cotton) in a local shop while in a silly mood and my daughter talked me into buying it.  I LOVE the fabric.  I am quite sure I had a pair of pants made out of similar fabric in high school (80's) that I wore way too often! So, I cut the pattern out and then put it in a silly mood left and I thought the skirt was going to be way too short. Two years later, I decided what the heck!

I planned to wear leggings under it but that just looked stupid with the black on white on black.  Thankfully it is not too short at all!  I LOVE it!  It will be perfect this summer with a tank top!  So the pattern is Grainline's moss skirt.  This was my first time putting in a front fly zipper.  As always the online directions were amazing!  It is not perfect (my zipper is faced backward which makes it interesting to put on. lol) but definitely passable and I will be better next time!

I love the pockets and after all that worry about the length it doesn't bother me at all.  The quilting fabric worked out pretty well also.  

 I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear it!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

My Netflix Marathon Sweater - Hemlock Tee

It is been pretty cold here in Colorado lately and I found myself wanting a big ole' super-comfortable sweater.  I am not the best knitter.  In fact, I am still working on the Myrna sweater from the outfit-along that Lladybird and Andi hosted last May!  So, I was forced to searched the internet for a great sweater pattern. Thankfully Google images led me to a sweater knit version of the hemlock tee on the Makes The Things blog.   It was perfect.  I love the lower sleeves and all that lovely excess room. Perfect for lounging.

Life is good when the perfect pattern is FREE!  It was such a pleasure to work with too. I really love everything Grainline!  The neckline on this was just perfection.  Flat as a board once added.  YAY!

My fabric is a wool sweater knit blend I picked up at the sweetest little fabric store in the Springs.  Stitch Studios.  I really love this sweater and it didn't take me two years to knit!!!  I will be making a ton more in the future.  

We are expecting another snow storm this week and I will be dressed just right for Netflix and my couch.  I just found the documentary Advanced Style today.  I am half way through and LOVE it. I aspire to be a eccentric old lady that makes people wonder!  Maybe a cross between any of the ladies in the documentary and Lady Grantham from Downton Abbey!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tulle....It's A Love/Hate Thing!

So my passion turned into a job and that turned out to be a bad thing.  I LOVE photography but sadly I don't always love family portraits and customer service in general.  So my passion died a couple of years ago.  This year my goal is to find it again.  I have promised myself (and my husband) to only take photos that inspire me this year.  Now enters the Tulle skirt. I wanted to make a flowy princess dress that was not bulky for this shoot. 

For me, working with Tulle is like herding cats.  I have often made a few quick tutu-like skirts for various 5k runs but I always had a huge amount of fabric around my middle that was not attractive at all.   So I googled tulle skirts and I found this amazing technique that involves layering the tulle on a strip of muslin.  It may be common knowledge to all of you but it was life changing knowledge for me!

This skirt was made from about 16 yards of tulle and a 6 inch piece of muslin.  The muslin was fitted around my daughter's waist then I just sewed a couple of layers of tulle every half inch until I reached the top of the muslin fabric.  As I add the tulle, I hand pleated it before it hit the pressure foot so it had some volume.  It gave the skirt a really nice cascading effect that included zero bulk!

I sewed a ribbon to tie it around my daughter waist and ta da!  Of course, my photography clothes are never really wearable.  They are done as quick and cheap as possible.......just enough to create the right illusion but I think this technique would work on top of a real skirt that could be totally worn out in public. 

It will be a while before I make another one because I will need to forget how uncooperative tulle can be but I do plan to add a couple of yards of black tulle to this dress in the near future for another shoot.   I really had a blast doing this photo shoot and, as always, I am so thankful for the internet and all the people that post their fantastic knowledge!!