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{ SPIRIT } is here…

Kim Hargreaves has released the new spring/summer book & it does not disappoint….. { SPIRIT } is here!

How beautiful are some of these designs?! cheeky_kimhargreaves_spirit

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{ all images via kim hargreaves }

Knitting does not exactly conjure up spring or summer thoughts but for those still chilly-ish evenings, these totally work. When I lived in both Holland & the UK, it seemed like I always needed a cardi or something warmer in the evenings irrelevant of the season.  Also, by just changing the colour of yarn, you can make a design work for autumn or winter too.

Love this new book however of the 21 designs, only 2 are suitable for novice knitters. The majority of the designs are suitable for knitters with a little experience so I would try although, since good quality yarn is fairly pricey these days, I would hesitate in purchasing this book based on my skill level.

Im looking forward to seeing what the ladies over on Ravelry make from this collection. Happy Knitting x

 

 

 

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{ NEW LOOK 6088 OOP } Red shoulder love…

New_look_6088_front1New_look_6088_backCan I get a { WOOT WOOT } ??!! Le sewing mojo has returned, thank goodness…& no, the pins in Poppy’s jugular are not in celebration thereof 🙂

I celebrated by whipping up this New Look 6088 in a red. Super easy & super fast. I left the edges raw because this knit does not fray & since its a casual top, I prefer to go a little rock ‘n roll. I had cut out the facings however when I tested them, they just looked too structured & didnt give as much stretch at the neckline as I like. So I omitted them & got on with doing the shoulder ties.

Below the deets :

{ DESCRIPTION } Easy top options (seven in this pattern) to combine as you like however now OOP, sorry if you dont have it!

{ FABRIC USED } A red single knit purchased in Rotterdam, Holland.

{ SIZING } I cut my size & the fit is perfecto.

{ INSTRUCTIONS } Good, however I glanced at them & did my own thing.

{ CHANGES } As I said above, I left the facings off & instead of  cutting my cording into two & securing at the neck, I simply U-turned it & fed it back out the other end & tied it. Saved me having to cut, sew & bugger around with lengths. If you insert the facings, you would have to do it their way though! I also made my own ties instead of using ribbon or cording.

{ LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY } * Super easy

{ TIME } With cutting & making my own cording, this project took me 3 hours.

{ SUM IT UP } Super chuffed with a top that Ive been wanting to sew for ages. Look forward to getting plenty of use out of this & will probably make more of the styles in this pattern. Highly recommended.New_look_6088_shoulderNew_look_6088_frontNew_look_6088_shoulder_ties

Thanks for stopping by.

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{ THROUGH WINTER UNSCATHED } or am I ?

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{ source : my own }

Its official! { SPRING } has sprung here in my ‘hood & Im rejoicing for having emerged through the perils of winter unscathed…without a sniffle of a cold or worse, flu!  It could be due to the fact that there was that breaking of my ankle, surgery & all that which kept me in hibernation for the best part of 8 weeks….so Im thinking, did I really emerge victorious?

There are more than a few bloggers out there dealing with cold & or flu a the moment & I pity you. I wish you health & a speedy recovery because there is nothing worse than shaking with the sniffles. { Bless you all }

After my last two posts discussing the pitfalls of living in the country & the disappointment with BurdaStyle, Im in need of a quick project to lift the spirit & give me instant gratification. What is your go-to pattern, the one that you know so well & always have fantastic results from ? Id love to hear, do share…

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{ NEW LOOK 6648 } Version A

Hello again fellow sewers –NewLook_6648

This pattern is one of my favourites. I guess its because its so easy to construct & casual to wear in a rather effortless way.

I purchased this pattern in 2008 but only got around to making something with it in late 2010. Another project completed while the hubster was traveling & I had all day & all night to sew – which I duly did while I watched the snow fall over Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Holland! I never left the house for days & eventually  my car disappeared under all the snow. Finally the hubster was due home & I realised I had no snow shovel so I used a fold-up plastic crate to scrape the snow off my car in the middle of the night so I could scoot off to rescue the hubster from a disaster flight. { HAPPY DAYS }. Anyway, I digress –

NewLook_6648The pattern is super easy with the most challenging part being the slightly gathered waistband….& this is not difficult by any means. I used a one way stretch knit in a blue-ish purple-tinge and this fabulous paisley burnout pattern in a mustardy-amber kinda colour. I had bought quite a bit of this so I have stacks left over for something else too 🙂 There are 4 options to this pattern in terms of the sleeves which can be interchanged with neck options of either cowl, v, wrap or boat!! Sleeve options are either dolman, kimono, butterfly or none! I stuck with Version A which is boat neck with kimono sleeve. I’d love to try version C which is butterfly sleeve with a wrap front & tie over the waistband.NewLook_6648_kimono_sleeve

I personally left out the neck binding & instead folded over & stitched. It does make the boatneck { SLIGHTLY }  larger. If you dont like a boatneck to hang off the one shoulder, be aware of the finished measurement of version A! I like a top that drapes off my shoulder so I was not fussed.

Highly recommended if you looking for a top thats casual but not T-shirt casual.

Difficulty  Rating *

Original review on PR here

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{ SIMPLICITY 2892 } Version C

Simplicity_2892Weekend at last 🙂

This lovely top I made back the end of 2010 while we were still living in Holland. Basically, our house was packed up ready for the next relocation however my sewing machine & bits ‘n bobs were the last things to be packed. While the hubster traveled just before Christmas, I sewed into the wee-hours of the night making this & a few other things, the perfect thing to do when home alone!

From start to finish I loved making this blouse. I had been alerted to this pattern by Regan from Stitch in my side blog { REMEMBER REGAN? I MISS THAT GIRLS BLOG }. She reviewed this top & I fell head over heels, I decided to make it myself with polka & all. I used a white silk charmeuse with navy patterned polka which was really expensive but worth every penny. I french seamed and used the facings and bindings – the whole enchilada!simplicity_2892

simplicity_2892The only thing I dont like about this pattern is that its a little short for me so it rides up { SLIGHTLY } & I occasionally show my midriff…not a train smash but next time I would lengthen it. Its super cute & fits well (except the length as mentioned). Its a popular pattern of which many more cute versions have been made since I mine. I actually had this in my hands a few days ago wanting to make it again, however a New Look pattern won me over which I am almost complete so be sure to stop by again soon to see which one & how it turned out. I would recommend this pattern in a heart beat!!

Original PR review can be found here.

Have an awesome weekend.

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{ STASH SORTING }

Happy Friday to you all –

A few days ago I was sorting some of my fabric stash because since we moved into our new house, I pretty much transferred fabrics straight from boxes to their storage without giving it much thought – in other words – I simply needed to have the boxes out of the way so I could think.

I use the Ikea 4-drawer Malm chests for my fabric storage.

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{ source : Ikea }

I line the drawers with craft paper first and each drawer is dedicated to a specific type of fabric ie. on the bottom I have heavy winter fabrics (wools etc), next drawer up I store my cottons, then my lightweights ie chiffons, lace etc.  I do this because its easier for me to keep track  & I dont have to wade between heavy fabrics when Im looking for a silk…you get the idea right?! In the top drawers I keep my bits ‘n bobs for instance, buttons, ribbons, bindings, notions etc. As I mentioned in my NY resos post, I do plan on doing some shelves in the sewing room for books & I had thought of using the underside of the shelves for bottles of notions etc – we shall see.

Anyway, while I was sorting I realised that I have so much fabric that Ive bought on my travels and there are a few pieces I simply {CANNOT} even think of cutting. Its like Ive grown some attachment to them & its gotten all emotional & stuff…. {SERIOUSLY?} yes, seriously. Ive posted a few pics below so you can see which ones Im referring to :

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I’ll admit, the majority of these fabrics are found on my travels to Canada, South Africa, Holland & UK so they all kinda hold sentimental memories of these travels. I guess cutting into them would still mean I have memories albeit in the form of a garment…Im pathetic with this {CANT CUT} thing but I feel like they are all too sentimental…..what can I do ?? Ive thought of going shopping for new pieces which might help to cure me because as soon as you have a new favourite, the old favourites seem to be demoted {HOWEVER} looking at how old some of these favourites are – it would appear Im not demoting anything. ever!!

Do any of you suffer from the same syndrome ? & if so, how have you overcome it?

Thanks for stopping by x

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{Let me introduce Poppy…}

poppy_dress_formPoppy is not {JUST} a dress form, she is a trusted companion and confidant…something someone I can talk to day or night about anything & know it will {NEVER} be repeated. She is über cool and has an amazing sense of style. Every time I look at her I think..hmm, she is wearing exactly what I would have  picked out. How strange!.

I adopted Poppy while I was living in Holland. I walked into a sewing store and saw a look-alike standing near the front entrance…however she was not my size. So I enquired as to whether there might be another and sure enough it was love at first sight.

How did she receive her name you ask? Well, in Holland a dress form is called a Paspoppen (translated : fitting doll) so, she became Poppy. Since Holland she has traveled quite extensively, Im thinking a passport may be in order.

While I loved the idea of a professional dress form being made custom to my size I find them limiting and lets face it, whos body shape/size stays the same year in & year out? Besides the fitting issue, they are quite the investment. I settled on the adjustable kind because it seemed liked a better all-round investment with far more flexibility especially if you plan to sew for others/different sizes.  I figured if Poppy failed to provide lumps ‘n bumps where mine were, I could still clone myself using the duct-tape method…something I have not had to do yet.

She has a sense of humour too…when I first took her home she constantly scared the crap out of me. It took some getting used to seeing someone else in the house when I thought I was alone 🙂 All in all though, Poppy rocks my world. She is always obedient, never complains when she has to wear the same outfit for weeks {SOMETIMES MONTHS} and holds pins like a pro. She simply sees the world the same way as I do…

’til next time, thanks for stopping by x