Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Jacket with(out) red buttons

I've made this little jacket (pattern is from Ottobre design 4/2007) and am generally quite pleased with it. I managed to sew it all on my own without any assistance and only Ottobre's Finnish instructions to guide me. I really like sewing children's clothes. They are so small (little fabric needed) and the result is almost always cute.

There are some issues with the buttons, though ...

The border is quite thick and those dang buttons don't want to cling as well as I'd like them to. So, today I'll let the jacket hang there (if I make any more attempts at attaching the buttons today I'm afraid I might break something or hurt myself out of frustration and impatience ... After all you need a hammer to do it ...). It's nice like this as well, I think. Yeah. I'll look at it and wait for patience and serenity to return ...

Monday, February 11, 2008

My first dress

This is the first dress I made. It was sewn during one of my sewing courses in autumn. We were only four students in the class and the teacher was very thorough and had time to assist and guide us through the various stages of our individual garments.

The pattern is, again, from Suuri Käsityölehti, (it was a 2007 issue, right now I can't find better information in my post-move chaos. Edit: It was number 8/2007). The teacher helped me modify it to suit my (pear-) shape and I'm really happy with how it turned out! I'll try to take a nice picture of me wearing it at some point! The material is a very nice wool jersey. And I love that colour!

The gathering around the neckline and the sleeves is made with framilon elastic, you could also use regular elastic, but that would be more visible, I guess. Except for attaching the elastic, it was completely sewn with an overlock machine, (apart from the hem which was sewn by hand with a handy blind stitch the teacher taught me).

I think a simple dress is such a satisfying project for a beginner. To make it even easier you could make one without sleeves. The beauty of it is that when you're finished, you practically have a whole outfit there. All made by you!

And as for the first dress that really made an impact on me as for me to remember it vividly, it was a hand-me-down from my second cousin and a very simple cotton dress with a smocked upper part and tie shoulder straps. (The cut was a bit like this.) It was white with a green and peach flower print and I felt really "grown up" wearing it, because it come from my "big cousin".

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

good little things

Look what I made! A mitten!

The reason for me being so excited about this is that this is the first item I attempted to knit with double pointed needles that I'm reasonably happy with. (The only thing annoying me a bit is the size of the hole between the thumb and palm. That probably can't be avoided entirely, but if anybody has a good way to keep it tiny, I'd love to hear about it!) I used a pattern in this book I got from the library and the yarn is one of two Regia sock yarn skeins my brother gave me for Christmas. Since I thought the colourway goes surprisingly well with my scarf, mittens seemed the perfect thing to make from it!

Also, I really have wanted some more lightweight ones than the pair I have for some time now. Well, there's nothing to do now than to knit the second one and hope there will be yarn enough for both of them!!!

I also made some simple small napkins from a fabric I got on sale for 2€/metre.

I really like the old-fashioned feel of the chequered fabric, and the colours are also really nice, so I'm really happy with them. I made 6 of them and it was fun to sew them, also for that price, I wasn't too afraid to screw something up. I got the instructions from Bend-the-Rules Sewing (again!) and used the size suggested there, but somehow I subconsciously decided to make square napkins. (Which is another way of saying when I realized I cut out squares I was beyond changing them ...) Anyway, they are cute and it is cool to have this kind of little everyday luxury like cloth napkins.