Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Home & Away: Lesley Sweater

Pattern: The Lesley Sweater by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot
(find pattern on Ravelry here)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Shade 8011 (Aspen Heather)

I finished this sweater a few weeks ago, just in time for all the sunshine!
 As you can see the sun hampered our efforts to take a decent photo, between sunspots and me squinting, we got there eventually. 

You can choose between knitting this sweater in one piece seamlessly or knit it as a pieced work. 
The fact that you could choose either method was one of the main reasons for me buying this pattern book. It is a beautiful collection of patterns, and the photography is gorgeous. I have the PDF version, but if you can splash out on the actual book, do it!

I cannot describe how warm this sweater is. The wool I used is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool and is incredibly soft. It knitted up beautifully and after washing, it has settled evenly and the stitches look good.

The collection of patterns in this book are all tempting to knit, but I wanted a really good basic sweater, in a neutral colour. I almost chose the Flax by Tin Can Knits because I have made that before successfully. I am glad I tried something different though. Both patterns are similar in style and simple to knit. 

I like to knit all the parts separately, I keep my project bag in the car for snatching knitting time between work and school pick up. Well, normally. Of course there hasn't been that commute recently. Nevertheless, this was a lovely pattern to follow and it is just the fit I wanted. The sleeves are slim and go underneath a coat nicely. The length is a good length for jeans and the neckline is a good shape.

I will try the seamless method with my next one. I would like to know which I prefer.

For now this will be packed away for Autumn/Winter time. 
I haven't decided on my next knitting project yet. I like to tackle something a bit smaller after a big adult knit so I will keep you posted.

Thanks for reading! 

Friday, 24 April 2020

Grainline Archer

Pattern: Grainline Archer View B
Size Made: 14
Fabric: Checked shirting

This pattern for me is one of those reliable ones.
 I have made it about 4 times now and given an unlimited supply of fabric,
 I would happily make up a batch of these. 

The first time I made this version (with the ruffle back) I caught it on a door handle and ripped the back. I was most annoyed.

 Please keep your fingers crossed that the same same doesn't happen to this one.

I didn't add the pockets. I made them initially and put them on. However, the check pattern wouldn't sit anywhere over my chest that didn't look like 'x marks the spot'. I made an executive decision  to leave them off.

This is a loose fitting style shirt that layers well and has some pretty details, like the double pleats on the cuff.

My favourite part of this shirt is undoubtedly the bottom covering ruffle. It makes a change from the usual shirt back and with a bit of extra length (for me) will be perfect. I think I might have either grown taller or cut it shorter by mistake because it looks like an extra inch and a half might be beneficial.

I hope you are all doing ok. I have been doing more gardening that sewing during lockdown. A bit of knitting thrown in here and there too, just to give me something to do while I enjoy sitting in my tidy garden! Stay safe everyone, thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Closet Case Kelly Coat in Green

Hello! Its been a while since I've posted on this little space of mine! Almost a year, that really is shameful. I'm still here, still making. I guess at this moment, like so many, I find myself with the blessed gift of time.

I was lucky to get some photographs of this new coat on the weekend before we went into isolation. Little did we know that would be the case. 

On to the sewing!

Pattern: Kelly Coat from Closet Case Patterns
Size Made: 16
Fabric: Green Twill (outer) Floral stretch mystery fabric (lining) dress lining (sleeves)

This is my second go at the Kelly Coat, my first being in a yellow ripstop fabric. I still wear that version a lot and always promised myself that I would make another. Specifically in a green twill and lined in something warm. Spring can be cruel over here. You think it is a lovely sunny day until you step into the shade and then it might as well be winter. 

Ironically, I don't need a coat at the moment and would have been better investing my time into making pyjamas or trackies to wear around the house. 

Making this coat for the second time, even with a years gap, I didn't have any major problems. The amount of pattern pieces  is overwhelming and you have to be really organised to make sure everything is cut out and cut out correctly (some pieces are right side up only.) I have of course used the add on lining expansion pack, so lots of extra pieces.

I referred to the written instructions and the online sewalong because some steps I needed to actually see. It is a lovely pattern to sew up. As long as you take your time over each step and get that topstitching on straight it isn't stressful at all.

The snaps are plastic KAM snaps applied using one of their proper pliers. I struggled to get the metal snaps on last time and the plastic ones were much better. However, this time, and it may be because of the weight of the twill, but I don't think all the plastic snaps are going to hold firm. The one in the center of the drawstring casing won't stay put. I can always try the metal ones if I have any major issues.

I got quite excited about the bartacks. My old sewing machine hated bartacks and would use it as an opportunity to create great knotted tangles and chew up my fabric. This was made on my newer machine and I am thrilled to find it completed the procedure with no issues.

Roomy pockets and a nice deep hood. The drawstring waist keeps everything tidy and snug. 

I didn't realise when I bought the lining fabric, that it had quite a bit of stretch. The requirements are for a non-stretch so I kept my fingers crossed that it would work. It has created a cozy layer against my body and the fact that it has that little bit of give meant that the hood lining went in smoothly. I didn't have to snip into the seam allowance to make it fit. 

I chose to use a shifty lining fabric for the sleeves. This enables the coat to go on easily.

 I added a hanging loop along the neckline, which I forgot to photograph. 

I hope you are all keeping well. Take care and stay safe!