Archive for November 2014

Wearing the Face That She Keeps in a Jar by the Door

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ah, Eleanor Rigby.  Gotta love that she keeps her face in a jar. I've been all about some Beatles, humming away, and jamming in my car.  I think my son is a little tired of listening to The White Album -- he has been requesting the album Love since it has all of his favorites. I am happy with either (or all their albums for that small matter!).  I couldn't resist, as cliche as it is, listening to the Beatles as I made kzjo'studio's Eleanor cardigan pattern.  


Experiment:
Eleanor Cardigan, Size Small


Materials:
1.25 yards of light gray knit
<1/2 yard of white knit
Coats and Clark white thread

Procedure:
My goal every since Me Made May is to sew more practical things.  You know, everyday  elegance with a one-of-a-kind spin.  I have been a good girl and for every dress I sew (which I should explain is practical work attire for me!), I have been augmenting my handmade wardrobe with pants, leggings, tops, and now a cardigan.  I am gearing up toward MMM'15.
This is my first kzjo'studio pattern.  It is a great beginner pattern -- a cardigan that comes in two lengths.  There is an ease to the design and the directions are spectacular.  If you are scared of knits, this one will ease you in nicely.   It gives you several different directions about how to hem (i.e. coverstitch or twin needle).  My twin needle aided in helping the feed dogs eat a part of my hem (hmmm, careless operator??) but I was able to save it.  Is it my best twin needle hem? No way! but no one will notice my mess and if they do, well, suck it because I made a cardigan and they most likely didn't!  Another operator bumble is trying to figure out the best tension settings when using a twin needle.  I have not mastered this yet because I try to avoid the twin needle whenever I can.
I decided on the hip length version since I was trying a bit of stash busting. Therefore, I used up whatever knits that fit the bill.  I also made a size bigger (small instead of extra small) in order to achieve a layering piece.  It is somewhat big through the shoulder and arm area but I think it will work once the cold weather hits -- speaking of, that is this week!  Eek!  The Arctic blast is giving me a headache (literally!).  Flannel sheets on the beds, fall cleaning, and winter wardrobes out.  That was my exciting action-packed weekend.
I had to trim the sleeves about 3 inches (maybe I have short arms...).  I then added cuffs in the matching neckband material to give the cardigan some contrast.  The white knit of the neckband and cuffs has sparkly silver flecks to it which you can only see up close. Yea for a new card and yea for stash-busting (you know that means I can get more fabric….yipeeeeee!!!).
My local fabric shop had a sale this past weekend and I purchased a sweater knit to make the mid-thigh length version.  My office has huge windows that are the length of the office on two walls.  I love the natural light but in the winter it can be a little drafty.  The Eleanor is going to help keep me warm!   It is much more sexy and work appropriate than the fleece wrap I was thinking of making.   
Forgive the wrinkles in these pictures -- I wore her most of the day.  The Eleanor pattern can be purchased at kzjo'studio and is 15% off using the code ELEANOR15 until 12 November 2014, midnight MST.   If you need a practical fall/winter piece, go get this pattern!

Happy Stitching!
Annie
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La La Leggings

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Let me preface this post with the following disclaimer: I do not wear leggings without a tunic or longer top.  Does anyone remember the 1980s!? Leggings, leg warmers, crop tops, and oversize sweatshirts!!  For the sake of showing off the result of a fab pattern, I swallowed my dignity and went 1980s Jazzercise on ya'll:  leggings and a t-shirt.  Sigh.  My husband laughed.  Cyberspace is probably laughing (maybe crying too since it will be forever imprinted on it)!

Experiment:
Go To Patterns Knit Pants
View A
Size: S


Materials:
1 and 1/8 yard of plaint-splatter knit form Fabricmart
3/4" elastic
Black Thread

Procedure:
Embarrassingly, I have been wanting make a pair of funky leggings for like a year.   Yeah, in the spring semester this year, I would walk through campus and see all these college students with some seriously cool leggings.   Cool leggings that I wanted! For some reason, it never rose to the top of my list to sew.  This is probably because I own one pair of leggings and wear them only once the weather starts to get chilly.
Enter the GoTo Pattern's Knit Pants.  Three styles packed into one pattern that is sure to please a variety of body types and styles.  Every gal needs a good pair of leggings or yoga pants, etc.  

I was a tester for this pattern. Continuing with last year's trend of wild printed legging styles, I choose view A to fulfill that longing. Luckily, as warned by the designer, these came together quick.  In about the time it would take to make a grapefruit pound cake (Yummy!).  I serged the seams and only went to my sewing machine to finish the hem and the waistband.   
Oh Heavens!  More pictures means the internet snorting with laughter!  I made a size small based on my hip measurement but should probably have made my usual extra small.  They are a little loose but not in a baggy way.  Acceptably loose (Err, there is a phrase that should definitely be taken in context with the previous two lines!).  The pattern is long -- 33" inseam!  I followed the directions, blended and remove two inches.  The result was a scrunchy, slouchy effect around my ankles.  It fits with the fabric and with how I see these fitting into my wardrobe (Black Tania Culottes for winter!?).
I like.  And since View A gave instant gratification, then I am on to View B (trendy after work lounge pants so if someone happens to swing by I do not look like a complete slob) and C (yoga pants to put on, channel my energy away from the sewing machine, and hope I get to  yoga class).  


Happy Sewing!
Annie
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