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Circle top

I made a circle top !!!

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The Papercut Circle Top!

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I cut it out in hmm.. August last year? FINALLY made it in umm.. January and then FINALLY took photos of it when umm.. When the Muse Melissa dress came out and NOW I am finally getting around to blogging about it because Marta has nothing to read. Just for you Marta šŸ˜€

back hood

But also cause this thing is awesomely swishy. I LOVE SWISHY THINGS !!!

back swirly

sssssswwwwwwiiiiiiissssshhhhhhh

SO GOOD RIGHT ?!

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Right, anyways, I don’t really have much to say about it. Cuts out as a giant circle with 2 holes for the arms.

Very easy to make.

I found the sleeves are quite short though.. I’m one of those people that I like to pull my sleeves up over my hands and snuggles in.. Every time I do it with these, it pulls the shoulder seams down my arms and then it feels weird to wear so I kept shifting it around a lot when I’m wearing it. Will DEFINITELY be lengthening the arms if I make another one.

And I probs will.. cause so snuuuuuugly!

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Marion Cardigan

Me n Kat decided to, once again, do a knitted project together, w00t!

This time it was the Marion Cardigan by Andi Satterlund – we are slowly working our way through her patterns, REALLY nice patterns, how can we not?!

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Look, we match !!!!! omg exciting. And there is even a baby.

So I made the size M (I think from memory) and it fits pretty well. I didn’t have to go up or down a size as my gauge was fine.

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The Marion Cardi has pretty overlapping cables down the middle on each side of the bodice and stops at the waist.

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The back is plain but with the variegated Crucci Landscapes yarn it makes it look so much more exciting.

I also doubled the amount of rows of rib because it was weirdly short and in my opinion looked funny.

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I actually left about 10 rows off the bottom (before the rib) so that it would sit on my waist as my waist is really high.. I had the problem with my Mryna that it sat slightly below the waist but would bunch up and look weird..

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(This is just after I had pulled it down but you can see that it doesn’t sit quite right..)

cables

Aww, close up pic of the cables – my first cable project !!

Ain’t they cool?!

Wasn’t actually that hard to do cables but since they twist and turn, you have to be careful where you’re up to in the actual knitting pattern and in the cables pattern, that got a little confusing at times.

buttons

The buttons I chose are plain matt blue, oh my gosh so pretty. (btw I love this cardi!)

There were supposed to be 5 buttons but of course I shortened the length so only 4 which is kinda odd when you stare at it for too long.. please don’t do that.

sleeves

The Marion is supposed to have 3 quarter sleeves but I lengthened them by so many rows because, warm garments with short sleeves, say what?! LOOK AT HOW LONG THEY ARE NOW, they cover all the way up to my fingies, YaY, warm hands for winter!

I went to put another pic in and.. well.. there are no more šŸ˜¦

Kat will have some tho, go check out Kat’s Marion!!

Alice in Reglisse

So this Halloween my man and I decided to go as Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. What better dress to make than the Deer and Doe Reglisse?!

eeeeeeeeeee it’s SO cute right?!

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I didn’t want a plain blue dress and I found this gingham at the Fabric-a-Brac a couple of weeks ago in Wellington – total WIN!

Oh, and of course the pale blue contrast cause pure gingham was gonna be WAAAY too much.

Side

I may have also not finished the hem (pictures were taken on 31st October) and wore it to the party like this. Dress is currently still not finished.

I also have trouble with the elastic twisting and folding inside the waistband. Usually when I use elastic I make a line of stay-stitching type stuff (I don’t know what this is called..) down the length of the elastic (stretched out obviously) so that it doesn’t twist but I got lazy, SO LAZY!

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Did I mention that this amazing dress has a neck tie?! So good!

Neck tie, cap sleeves and elastic waistband, can’t go wrong right?

Front bodice

I made size 42 and it fits really well. Could have possibly used less elastic but my shoulders are SO much wider than my waist that I wouldn’t have been able to get it past them – awkward.

Also have some sun spots on these photos – my bad. It was a really sunny day.

Back

Full circle skirt – look at all the fabric! I added some to the bottom to balance out the top and cause it would have uber short.. Starting to get a little self-conscience about the short skirts especially at work.. hmm old age perhaps?

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All of the blue.

Front with Apron 2

To make it more Alice in Wonderland like I made a matching apron with little pockets, awwwwmygawwwd pockets, BOOM!

Front with apron

I didn’t have any bias binding and could not be bothered to make any (also don’t have a little gadgety thing). So the neckline has just been overlocked and pressed flat. A lot. It did not want to stay flat. Bias binding would have been good.

Back - collar

The gingham was SO see-through that I had to line it with something, luckily I was cutting the fabric out at my sister’s place who had some yellow poplin I could use, THANKS SIS!

It makes it look so cute!

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I love this dress, it is so awesomely cute.. however not my usual style so I don’t actually know if I will wear it again but it is super comfy so will definitely be making this pattern up again.

Teeheehee there’s a little shop toy of my nephew’s in the corner of the photo.

Bluak Bellatrix

Hi everybody!

Hi Dr Nick!

How you all doing?

I’m good. Just on my lunch break at work. Aww yeah, blogging at lunch time, win!

Graffiti Front Button

Anyways, I made the Bellatrix Blazer by Papercut as part of my Indie Fan Girl outfit along with a La Sylphide by Papercut.

Indie Fan Girl is a competition this year – this month – this week. June – Indie pattern month.

Basically you had to make an outfit of at least 2 patterns from an Indie designer – but only 1 Indie designer, couldn’t mix and match them. This is why I chose Papercut. I absolutely love the patterns that Papercut has to offer and they have a wide range of patterns to choose from which makes life so much easier for the outfit choice! I wanted a blazer/jacket – sorted.

Graffiti Front

However, then it got hard.

I decided I wanted the blazer but then what to go with it? A skirt and top? Pants and top? Dress?

OMG LA SYLPHIDE ! Sooooo pretty !!

Woman Graffiti Full

Back to the blazer though.

I made this out of a remnant that my sis pulled out of the remnants bin at The Fabric Warehouse in Wellington – my first time there too. It is so brilliant!

The fabric itself was amazing it was hard to cut it up. And now I’m gutted I didn’t take a picture first! Imagine this though.. Selvage edges are both black and then grading into this vibrant bright blue right down the middle.

Amazing.

Yellow Wall Blazer Close Up Back

We agreed that it was some sort of wool blend which of course is perfect for said blazer in middle of winter. (Is it really winter if there is no snow or is it just an extended Autumn..?) I feel like I’ve been gypped though, Wellington is cool, people say it gets cold, butĀ there is no snow. It’s all a large conspiracy. WHERE IS MY SNOW ?!?!?!?!?

Tree Fluffy Thing

Right.. so.. Since it was a remnant ($5 – WIN !!!) there was only about a Metre of it at looked like 1.5m wide and with the grading, well I seriously had to place my pattern pieces carefully. Chose to have the blue at the top and black at the bottom. I also did the shorter variation (Variation 2??) as I didn’t have quite enough materialĀ for the longer version.

After cutting out the main “outside” pattern pieces I had sufficiently run out of fabric for the facing. Except then it was pointed out to me that the front “facing” piece will be showing because it’s part of the collar and gets folded over – omg I am SO SMART…

Yellow Wall Blazer Close Up

SO.. then I had to find out how to cut that bit off and the answer came with, make this piece into 2 pieces and then join them together! So I did that, however when I went to cut the pieces I ended up cutting them both exactly the same so I then had to use the wrong side for one of the pieces, can you tell which one though?

Blazer Pocket and Button

Now onto the actual pattern. (Sorry guys, this seems to be getting like a long post, but come on, I’m at work, procrastinating and am on a serious rant at the moment so just enjoy it)

The pattern came together REALLY well.. The welt pockets – which I have never done before and scared the begeezes out of me – were done in the easiest way and they look SO GOOD.

Lunch break over, BOOM !

Blazer Pocket Lining

Oh my gosh, next day lunch break, here we go again!

The pattern was really easy to follow for the most part. I did get confused by a couple of things though.

The pattern pictures are based on the longer variation blazer and I like to follow pictures, especially Papercut pictures as they make things so easy! However, the longer variation has different bottom pieces to the pattern and are straight along the bottom at the front rounded at the corner. The shorter variation bottom piece is longer on one side than the other and naturally I thought the longer edges would go down the side seams.

Graffiti Back

I was wrong.

Graffiti Side 2

There was probably something on the pattern stating where the CF was that I just completely missed, but either way I managed to put them on wrong and when it came to sewing the blazer altogether I finally figured it out and had to unpick the pockets/bottom pieces and switch them over to the other side of the blazer.

Blazer Front Side Button

The other part I found difficult was attaching the sleeve cuff lining to the sleeve cuffs. I have never made a lined blazer, or any sort of blazer-like thing before so I was desperatly following the instructions at this point. However I must have done something wrong at this point because after I sewed this seam and tried to turn it the other way, it didn’t work at all, that shit was cray-cray!

So I did it my own way.

Fake Street Open Jacket

When blazer was still un-turned through the lining gap I reached through between blazer sleeve and lining sleeve and pulled them through the lining gap. From here I machine stitched the cuff facing to the cuff lining which actually looks mental (thought I took a picture, my bad!) and when I turned them through properly they were all happy as! YAY !

Graffiti Side

Now summary of deets!

Pattern:

Bellatrix Blazer by Papercut

Fabric:

A wool blend (?) remnant from Fabric Warehouse WellingtonĀ $5

A synthetic polka dot lining from my stash

A quilting remnant from Spotlight about 5 years ago $1

Notions:

1 large black button from my stash.

Wow.. I am so uber proud of this blazer.

Crochet Baby Blanket – Granny squares

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Mid 2013 I decided I wouldn’t let my yarn collection get out of hand like my fabric had gotten, so I decided that I was only allowed to have 1 box of wool. Unfortunately I then wanted to make a few soft toy type things which required different yarn from what I had. What to make to dispose of current yarn? GRANNY SQUARES !

Image101 Granny Squares by Darla Sims

This was a good reason to use my new 101 Granny Squares book as well.

I decided it would be fun to start from the beginning of the book and work my way towards the end (assuming the patterns would get harder) so I started with Square 2

I used Patons Inca wool with a 7mm hook (~14 ply) and this took about 6 balls of wool. Inca is a mixed blend 50% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 20% Alpaca 50g balls.

The blanket turned out really well, used up heaps of yarn out of my box and gave me a new appreciation for sewing together lots of granny squares – tedious and heavy, REALLY HEAVY. I gave this to my sister in law for her new baby boy William since its a perfect cot size.

Finished Blanket

Finished Blanket