Just wanted to share some recent photos of the flowers in our garden. I am in love with this season!
Guys, how are you doing with #mmmay14 so far? Me, not too bad, I forgot to tweet one outfit (!) and cheated a bit this weekend wearing nothing me-made 2 days in a row and now making up for it, wearing the Owls sweater yesterday and my most recent make today. Since this is the first time in about 3 weeks the sun is out, I decided I could best do a photoshoot immediately and blog about my latest creation.
As you may know I made a peplum top once, drafted from the top of the Laurel dress and a ruffled peplum attached and I love this top. I wear it all the time, to work even. Also I bought the Emery dress pattern aaages ago and was a bit frightened of adjusting the pattern. You see, my body turns out to be a little weird when it comes to sizes (xs-m-xs) and I just wasn't sure how to handle this in case of the Emery bodice. But thanks to the lovely ladies of Studio Jurk I was. I followed a workshop on adjusting patterns there and I learned a lot of new stuff. Like you need to measure the pattern on the paper and compare it to your body at the point where the garment is actually going to sit (am I making any sense??). Very useful.
So of course I was going to make a muslin. And the muslin turned out so well I decided to make a peplum top out of it. This time I used the By Hand London circle skirt app to make the peplum (the half circle skirt). And the fit is just perfect!
I didn't take photo's of the insides, but they are very pretty thanks to my new serger. By the way, I completed most of the top at my mothers, we did another Mother's Day sewing bee! Lovely day at my mothers while it kept raining and raining. Should become a new yearly event!
Now that we have a new house it means that we need to have many new curtains. We inherited the old ones from the previous owner, but unfortunately they don’t really meet our wishes and are only good for now. So I thought this would be an excellent moment to combine house time with sewing time and make curtains for my sewing room!
So I went ahead and bought curtain fabric that was on sale for €0,99 a metre at Ikea, the Persby hooks and the Kronill curtain band and made several calculations for the width. Finally I reckoned I could use the width of the fabric for one curtain, if I was a bit creative with the band and hooks. This would save a lot of trouble matching the pattern and sewing straight seams and ironing, etc. I first tried to blind stitch the bottom part of the curtain band but then the creases wouldn’t hold as nicely, so I stitched two rows with white thread (maybe transparent thread would be better because the fabric has grey and white stripes, but I like the visible stitching J).
It was fun to make them and I am very happy with how they turned out, actually! Have you made curtains? What are your tips & tricks?
So, my first time to take part in MMM! Here's my pledge:
Just got it under the wire before it is full blown spring: I finished the Owls sweater by Kate Davies! It took me about a month (March), which is amazingly fast for me. That was one of the reasons I wanted to make it, because many people said it was such a fast knit. And I always really, really liked the look of it on everyone. Even though it’s bulky yarn it looks very elegant. To be honest, this is the first sweater that I knitted that fits, and that I actually want to wear outside of the house!
Half-way I thought it would be too small so I considered pulling it out and start again a size up, but I am so glad that I didn’t. I didn't bother with the eye-buttons, I like the owls as they are. For other knittish details look at my Ravelry notes here.
Also, with May starting off with some chilly days (like, 12 degrees C, brr) I can wear it for Me-Made-May! It's incredibly comfy and warm.