Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spearmint Socks

Project Details
I am just happily working my way through my yarn stash! Here are a cute pair of simple toe-up crochet socks in a bright stretch yarn.

Project
Pattern – Berries by Kim Kotary featured in You Can Crochet Socks.

Yarn – Stretch Socks, Patons: 41% Cotton, 39% Wool, 13% Nylon, Super Fine 1, 239 yds/218 m, Color: Spearmint, 2 skeins

Notions – n/a

Hooks – Size C/2 (2.75 mm)

Finished Size – Small (women's shoe size 6-7)

Notes
These socks are worked from the toe-up, with an after-thought heel, using only two different stitches: single crochet and single crochet decrease. Both the toe and the ankle is worked in continuous rounds. At finishing the sock is turned inside out and the heel opening (the after-thought heel) is sewn closed.

Conclusion
Nice, simple, quick to stitch socks!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bright Red Fat Bottom Bag

Project Details
Hello! I am revisiting a favorite crochet pattern The Fat Bottom Bag by Julie Holetz. I had all the needed materials already in my stash!


Project
Pattern – Fat Bottom Bag by Julie Holetz featured in Stitch n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stroller.

Yarn – Sugar 'n Cream, Lily Yarn: 100% Cotton, Worsted 4-Ply, 95 yds/85 m, Color: Red, 3 skeins (Michaels Stores)

Notions – Black and White Flower Pin, Red and White Gingham Lining, One Pair of Brown Oval Wooden Purse Handles (Hancock Fabric)

Hooks – Size I/9 (5.5 mm)

Finished Size – 14” Wide x 8” Deep, excluding Handles

Notes
This purse is worked in three different stitches: herringbone half-double crochet, herringbone half-double crochet decrease and single crochet 2 together stitch. 

There are no instructions to line this purse at finishing. However I always line my crocheted purses so keys and pencils will not poke through. To construct the lining I used a great tutorial: "Sew A Lining For a Crocheted Bag" from FutureGirl Craft Blog.


Conclusion
I love the beautiful curving of this purse which is built into the stitching pattern and that there is no seaming needed to finish the purse. Try stitching it because you will love it too!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Wool Blend Plaid Skirt: NewLook 6053

Project Details
I wanted a plaid skirt to wear with boots on a chilly day. Matching plaids at seam lines is not an easy task! But I took it on anyway. I am quite happy with the end result!
Project Pattern – NewLook 6053, View D.

Fabric – 2 yards of orange, blue and brown plaid wool blend fabric from Hancock Fabric, 2 yard of brown lining.

Notions – One tan Coats and Clark 7 inch invisible zipper, one Dritz hook and eye, 3/4 yards of Pellon woven fusible interfacing, one spool brown Dual Duty XP thread, one package of Wrights brown hem lace.

Notes
There were two main tasks for this project: matching plaids at seam lines and a grainline revision.

I decided to choose a simple pattern with as few seam lines as possible to ease the task of matching plaids. NewLook 6053 originally has only two side seams. The skirt's front and back pattern pieces are cut on the fold and the grainlines are parallel to center front. Most of the skirt's fullness would hang at the sides with a flat center front and back. This is very bad for a full-hipped lady like me!

I wanted grainlines centered on each skirt panel so fabric would evenly drape around my body. So I folded the front and back pattern pieces in half length-wise and drew a new grainlines along the newly created length-wise folds. I disregarded the “Cut on Fold” instructions on the pattern pieces and cut two of each pattern piece adding a 5/8 inch seam allowance at the the former “Cut on Fold” line. That gave me four seam lines to match plaids but the drape I desired!
Conclusion
A nice plaid skirt with flattering drape. (Taking clear pictures of a plaid stripe skirt is not easy either!) 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Butterick 5566: A Black Denim Skirt

Project Details
I love the casual look of a denim skirt. Just add a simple top, cardigan and boots to the skirt and a girl is ready to tackle the day! This is my latest denim skirt using Butterick 5566.
Project 
PatternButterick 5566, View E.

Fabric – 1 3/8 Yards of Black Stretch Denim from Hancock Fabric.

Notions – One Metal Coats and Clark 7 Inch Zipper, One Dritz Hook and Eye, 3/8 Yards of Pellon Woven Fusible Interfacing, One Spool Black Dual Duty XP Thread, One Spool Gold Dual Duty XP Thread for Jeans, One Package of Wrights Black Hem Tape.

Notes
I wanted to share with you details I love about this skirt. The top-stitching along the side panels really adds a lovely "pop" to this skirt. I used heavy duty gold thread for jeans in my needle and regular black thread in my bobbin. I slowly stitched to keep stitching straight!
With pencil skirts, I usually have fitting problems with the skirt rising in the back due to my protruding derriere. With this project I used the Altering a Skirt Pattern Tutorial: Fixing Protruding Derriere or Pelvis.
I made a muslin of the skirt, added addition length along the hipline of the back and side back pattern pieces to compensate for rise at back hemline due to lift by derriere. It also keeps side seam lines parallel to floor. Really check out this tutorial because it works.

Conclusion
Ready to hit the town in the skirt.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Butterick 5566, Red and Black Slimming Skirt

Project Details
This skirt was to be my October 2013 project for the Make a Garment a Month Challenge featured by Sarah Liz at SarahLizSewStyle. Okay, I know it is February 2014. Life can be very complicated at times and sewing projects get pushed to the side, but hey; I got it finished!
Project
PatternButterick 5566, View D.

Fabric – 7/8 Yards of Red Polyester/Cotton Knit and 5/8 Yards of Black Cotton/Spandex Knit from Joanns Fabric.

Notions – One Black Coats and Clark 7 Inch Zipper, One Dritz Hook and Eye, 3/8 Yards of French Fuse Interfacing, One Spool Red Dual Duty XP Thread, One Spool Black Dual Duty XP Thread, One Package Red ¼ Inch Wrights Bias Tape Double Fold, Dritz Stitch Witchery.

Notes
Butterick 5566 really is a breeze to construct. This is a semi-fitted, above the knee skirt with contour waist and back. The princess seams allowed me to easily adjust the fit through the hips and the contrast sides in black fabric offered a nice visual slimming effect.

Conclusion
I am just very happy to get this skirt finished. Hmm, I wonder if Sarah Liz will let me submit it for a February 2014 project!?!