Thursday, 18 October 2012

A new hat for winter

This is my first attempt at knitting for about 4 years so I profess it is less than perfect.

Knitting, for me, is not quite as memorable as riding a bike. I completely forgot how to cast on! I had to watch a clip on You Tube, haha! Once that was sorted I got off to a shaky start. Can you see the regular holes around the ribbing? They are not meant to be there. I worked into the wrong side of the loop and so created a hole doing the m1 stitch (make 1). It does irk me but I am living with it for now. I just wanted to have a refresher.

I made this hat for her when she was a toddler and loved it then. The pattern is Sirdar 1711 and I have made the beret.

I will have another go at making another one once I find some purple-pink wool as that is what has been requested by madam!

Monday, 15 October 2012

KCWC Days 6 & 7: After School Pants

I literally woke up on Saturday morning thinking about doing a pair of After School Pants in this fabric. It must have been in my subconcious! I had this fabric earmarked for a pair of trousers for my youngest and a dress for my eldest, but I felt such an urge to make these.

I considered the back pockets and felt that in a heavily patterned fabric the flat pockets would be lost but without pockets the pants would be missing something. Cue the Jump Rope pockets. They may get a bit lost but the gathers give it some volume and the shape is so cute for little bottoms!

These are the size 6T with no other mods apart from the pockets. The corduroy is lightweight and won't be warm enough for hardcore winter but then, I expect she will need the next size up come December anyway.

It is a shame she doesn't have a blue tshirt, I will go on the hunt for something in royal blue because it will look just right with these.

The fabric doesn't photograph well if there is the slightest movement. Seeing as Daddy came home as I was outside taking photos, all I got was blurred flowers after a few shots!

I'll leave you with one final view of those pretty pockets....

Friday, 12 October 2012

KCWC Days 3 & 4

I had intended to do a completely different pattern for my next KCWC but ended up tackling a different and equally new pattern. The Music Box Jumper from Oliver + S. The change came about on Wednesday morning when I dressed my daughter for school. The Sunday Brunch skirts I made for her way back in the last week of August are looking a little on the short side. Incredible given that I a) added length taking it from the 6T to the 8T length, and b) took as little hem allowance as possible off the bottom by doing a hidden bias tape hem.

We had already had a disaster with one of the 2+2 skirts and so her school wardrobe was looking a little thin.

I decided to order the Music Box and Music Class patterns from Oliver + S to make her some more school clothes plus the Little Lisette 2063 pattern after I saw this one in the flickr pool.

My little girl couldn't have been more excited about the idea of a dress for school. She would wear a dress everyday if she had her way.

I love the deep box pleats on the skirt, they look luxurious. After having made three 2+2 skirts in as many months, I felt right at home marking out the lines and dots for the folds and breezed through them. I remember how overwhelming all those pattern marks felt the first time. Funny how you get used to things after a while. 

The fabric I used was a heavier cotton than I used on previous school wear. It drapes beautifully,  not much of a sheen to the right side but I was ok with that.

This is a one scissor rating pattern so should have been trouble free but frustratingly I did manage to mess up the skirt a little. My own fault and through doing so it only displays how amazingly written Liesl's patterns truly are. 

The fabric estimates given on the pattern sleeve are for 44" wide fabric. Mine was 60" and I only had 1 meter of it rather than the 2 yards advised. I JUST managed to squeeze the pattern pieces on but the skirt pieces were so so close to the edge that I had to include the selvage on one side.

So when I came to attach the skirt front and backs together I had to take a 5/8 seam allowance on one seam rather than 1/2". It never occurred to me when I was doing it that the total length of the skirt would now be different from the yokes, which I had already constructed. So I kicked myself when sewing it all together because one back edge was out by 1/4". 

I couldn't bring myself to unpick it all. Instead I chose to put the buttons on that edge so that it would be overlapped by the other one with the button holes on. Thus hidden from view. I will make a mental note next time NOT to mess about with the seam allowances. They are all worked out to the millimeter. Amazing precision.

(a little Amy Butler to line the yoke)

Anyway, she has gone off to school in it today and is so happy. Mummy is also happy that there isn't too much leg on show in this. The Sunday Brunch pattern is one of my favourites and I have made several, but I think for school I will try something less straight so I wont worry about her sitting down and having the hem shoot up her leg.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

KCWC Day 2: O+S Sunday Brunch Skirt

This skirt was cut out in advance of KCWC. One of the few items I already had pattern templates for after recently making Boo's school skirts.

The fabric is a very soft Japanese corduroy from Sevenberry. It is a lovely pink. Even coming from me, it is a pink I can live with easily. Plus I seem to love everything that has a polkadot on it. I have spotty crockery (this range from Emma Bridgewater - I adore it! And it is locally made so that makes me feel better) I seem to home in on things that are spotty.

It is essentially a winter skirt. I would like to pair it with the ice cream top I made a few weeks ago. We were a little pushed for time for the photo's today. It was ballet class night and I have to cram in a school run, snack, and adult dinner prep before we leave so forgive me for the photos.

Everytime I have made this skirt in the past I have put a contrast fabric inside the pockets but I left the fabric the same on this one. I like the idea of the inside of the pocket being as soft and snug as the outside especially if the weather is cold.

Monday, 8 October 2012

KCWC Fall 2012 Day 1: Heidi & Finn Pleat Bottom Pants

I decided to kick off the first day of KCWC with a pattern I have used before. Not for lack of imagination I might add, it is just that I had a dilemma. I have bought a few pdf patterns recently and have been saving them up but discovered too late that my printer was virtually out of ink. Damn! So I got started on the Pleat Bottom Pants from Heidi & Finn. I have made them only once before in a size 5, this time I made a size 2.

A size 2 will incidentally fit on the bottom leg half of a pair of mens 34" length jeans. Don't worry,  we haven't fallen out, I had permission. They were a donation.

The denim is really soft because of being previously washed a billion times. Great for little legs.

I was a bit worried about how they would fit over a nappy bum. The fit is not bad, if I made them again I would add a little more length in the back rise. I didn't draw in the elastic waistband very much so it could be wiggled over her nappy easily.


I look at this photo and think pockets would have been cute.

Halfway through making this pattern the postman delivered my printer ink cartridges so I can now print out my patterns and get on with the rest of my list!