Make it Sew T-Shirt Alert

I didnt make this of course but I cant help but sharing it with my fellow seamstress in case anyone is a Star Trek TNG like me. Hubby bought it for me and i am so excited to wear it after pregnancy! You can get your own here. (This is not a sponsored post or anything).

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Evil Twin Sister’s Wedding Dress

So things had been generally going more in the… unselfish direction here lately. Perhaps with motherhood my selfish ways had been… a little eroded. My evil twin sister is getting married, and after asking her what kind of wedding dress she is going to wear, I couldnt help but offering to make her a dress. She wanted something simple, not white, with pockets and can be worn after her wedding. Pretty much just a basic pretty dress! She’s about the same size as me with slightly different shapes, often I pass down my me-made things to her – so altering patterns to fit her was easy peasy.

After some consultation, measuring, fitting, finished, we are very happy with the end product. It was a little hard to find a suitable fabric, but i think this one looks very good on her! She chose that neckline and the back opening, as well as how much gathering to do on the skirt, (and of course, the pockets). So it was a pretty straightforward project where i didnt have to be indecisive about details like that! I also embroidered her name and her fiance’s name plus their wedding date on the pockets :)

Took some photos in our back yard since the wedding is still a month ago. Unfortunately I might not be able to make it to the wedding since its close to my due date, so I am very happy that I would be present in the way of a hand made dress!

 

With everything – consultation, pattern making, muslin, fitting, making, it probably took 10-13 hours. Not too bad :) We had a lot of fun and felt like project runway contestant and models a little ;)

However, I think I might be going back to my selfish way soon. One reason I havent been as selfish is that I dont feel very motivated to sew something for myself with just 2 month left with my current body, and i have more than enough maternity clothing. I also learnt from last time that its not a good idea to sew for post-birth body – things just dont fit all that well. So maybe a few more knitting projects, some unselfish projects, and I would be back to sewing for myself after #2 is born, if I have the time!!


Knitted House Boots

I knitted this a few month ago but never got around to taking photos and posting it. I wanted to see how socks/boots can be knitted but didnt want to invest too much. So I chose a chunky yarn pattern and used yarn from frogging this project (which turned out to be not wearable at all). It knitted up a lot quicker than I had expected.  One thing about wearing chunky stuff like this on your feet is that because there are so little “contact”/pressure point on the bottom sole, its not the most comfortable to stand on- so I’d need to wear this with socks underneath in the winter.

Given that I am about to spend my whole winter this year around the house, I think this will be used quite a lot :)

 

 


Machine Knit Pocket Cardigan # 2

My previous attempt to copy a pocket cardigan turned out okay in the beginning, but because I used a cotton material, it stretches  around the neck line too much and shrunk everywhere else adter laundry – became unwearable after a season. I really liked the cardigan (pockets are so useful when you have kids) and decided to suppress my fiber snob self and make it again with simply soft yarn.

 

I accidentally made the pocket a little deep. I think to achieve the more slouchy effect next time, i may have to make the sweater bigger and longer next time. But I like how this one turned out and it probably looks better with my petite frame. The back piece I did a few rows of hand-knit to put on garter stitches so it doesnt roll. I also hand sewn a stripe of knitted long stripe (basic 6 stitch stockinette for a long time – done on the machine) onto the upper pocket/net edges so it doesnt stretch out over there like the cotton version.

Because this is my 5th sweater on the knitting machine, it went pretty fast!! Once you learn the kind of pressure to assert when knitting, it really doesnt mess much often. I think i might do another sweater using this yarn soon. Then I might move onto fancier yarn :)

 

Instruction/pattern for this cardigan:

2.5 tension, 2 out of 4 rods inserted
back:

  • cast on 82 stitches with WY, knit 6 rows
  • K 100 rows, mark arm holes
  • K 36 more rows
  • put center 20 stitches on waste yarn
  • each shoulder will have 31 stitches
  • knitting 6 rows with WY on each shoulder, then take them off the machine
  • hand knit bottom hem with #7 needle about 6 times to create edging that doesnt rolls

front (make 2 of opposite kinds)

  • cast on 70 with WY, knit 6 rows
  • knit 50 rows, mark pocket -> next time: 40 rows for pocket is more than enough
  • bind off 21 stitches –  you should have 49 stitches
  • knit 1 row
  • for the next 18 rows, bind off 1 stitch every row –  you should have 31 stitches (release 1 weight bar half way through to keep same tension)
  • knit 31 rows, mark arm holes (> next time: 41 rows)
  • knit 36 more rows,
  • knit 6 rows with waste yarn

join shoulder

sleeves:

  • bring out 50 stitches, and hook on between the markers
  • knit 100 time, bind off tightly
edging:
  • 6 stitches, 50 inches stripe, sew it onto the front edge of cardigan and pocket
sew side seams together.
tabs:
  • two tabs, 6 stitches wide, about 15 inches

 


The World Traveller Quilt

 

 

 

I never thought this day would come – I made a quilt for little K! She’s been hogging my large thin all-cotton quilt for the summer or insisting on using her smaller winter blanket. So I thought I’d made her one thats appropriate for her size. That girl sure knows how to get her mama to sew for her.

I decided that since this is my first quilt, I will start easy and just piece panels together and sew over the top. How hard can it be, right? well, now I have a new appreciation for quilts and admiration for quilters! Quilting is hard!!!The quilt cotton piece on top seemed to have expanded in size as I was quilting, and i got plucking all over the place and could barely sew the whole thing together without folding the top onto each other.

On the plus side – I managed to use up this bright orange twill cotton thats really soft but too bright for real clothing on here. Its really soft and surprisingly gave me less trouble than the quilting cotton. I used cotton batting from amazon, which i like a lot – apparently the quilting lines can be 10 inches apart, so some of the widest spacing i had was 5 inches, which is quite a lot comparing to some quilts I’ve seen. The panels I got from ebay and some other random place (sold out), and they are absolutely adorable – packed with a LOT of things little K and her future sister can point out and learn about! I used clear threads for the top part of the quilt so that I dont ruin any details on the drawings. I love it! The whole thing costed quite a bit though:

  • two quilting panels: $18
  • clear thread: $7
  • orange twill: $8
  • batting: $9
  • total: $42 – yaiks!!

All in all, not the most professional looking quilt, but I am happy with it and so is little K. When I first showed her what I am going to do with the raw material, she held the two piece of panel and said “oh no, its broken”, and I promised to fix it. Its funny how we have different perspective on things! While I was working on it, our cat would want to sit on the new pieces (she always wants to sit on my sewing), and little K would be a little upset and tell her to get off, “its MINE”! oh my! I can see some sister-ly fights coming up in my future.

p.s. Quilters of full-size quilts – how do you manage to quilt with your home machine? This is apparently a crib size quilt and i could barely squeeze the piece past my machine sometimes…


Golden Linen/Silk Cardigan

I knitted another cardigan!!! The last two I had knitted had been very much well used during the winter/spring. However, now that the weather is hot, I wanted something lighter that i can wear during cool summer nights and fall.

 

 

I used about three and half hanks of Elsebeth Lavold LinSilk from yarn.com. When I first got the yarn, I was rather disappointed – its a silk/linen mix, but seems very rough, and has a lot of loose strands poking out. But the color was quite nice and i decided to take a bet and try it out anyways. I am glad I did, because after washing, the sweater softened up quite a bit and loosened up too. It is quite comfortable for the summer.

The pattern I used is nancook, a very easy pattern once you get into it.My favorate version of nancook is this one, and it was why I wanted to use a linen yarn with this pattern. I knitting it up with an xs, and was quite worried because it was very tight around the arm and shoulder as i was knitting. But linen and silk seems to loosen after washing and blocking, now it fits pretty perfectly. I stopped knitting so that its not too long. I think its a good length :)

This sweater took only a little over a month to knit. But during the month I was not sewing anything – I would just bring the project everywhere and knit whenever i have a chance – car rides, 3 hour glucose tests, when waiting outside little K’s room for her to sleep, etc. I am glad I did because I can wear it for at least 5 months before winter sets in! I hope the yarn lasts a while – never used linne/silk before so I am a little worried.


Maternity Linen Pants

My linen quarter pants from last maternity had seen the most wear on the weekend during my pregnancy, and even after pregnancy it is so comfy and cooling, I often wear it during the summer. So I decided that it is okay to make two more for this round to make up for the lack of bottoms in my maternity rotation, and just keep the pants to wear after maternity as well.

 

 

 

 

I bought a bunch of linen from fabric.com and fabricmart.com and made two pairs – white and beige. I think its actually enough! They are essentially the same as my shorts, but simpler without as much decoration. I love wearing them! Linen pants are really the best or the summer!

pants

 

 


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