Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blouse-jacket finished

Et voilá:  the blouse-jacket, nr. 10 from KnipMode June/2010 

Between the heavy rainshowers I was able to take a picture outside. The light indoors is really bad at the moment and my camera has a lot of trouble with it. So I'm glad there was a dry moment because the outside pictures are much clearer. The hem looks uneven but that's the effect of the wind blowing up one side.

I kind of like it. I'm not over the moon about it. It's less fitted than I expected it to be. It needs a belt I think. Or not. What do you think?

I'm strongly leaning toward a tie-belt in the same fabric. In that way you can make the jacket more fitted without emphasizing the waist too much.
There is not much waist at the moment. 3 more days and the 'normal' weekroutine returns. Usually I loose the extra vacationpounds in a couple of weeks. 

Anyway, back to the jacket. I believe it could also do with a pair of shoulderpads. Just small ones.

I chose in the end to sew only 1 button on each sleeve, and not 2 as the magazine prescribes. I didn't see the sense of 2 and thought it would be a bit too much.

If I remember correctly I promised you to tell about the check-up at the orthopedist last tuesday.
Well, he was very content with how the fingers looked like and with the level of movement.
He wants to see me once more in about 4 months time and then, he thinks, the check-ups can end. I should continue with fysio because he expects it's undoable to do it on my own. THAT'S MY GUY!! Just as I hoped. Altough I do hope also that 4 full months of fysio won't be necessary and that there will be enough improvement before that.

By-the-way, a few nights ago I dreamt I had full movement again. It was insane and weird and wonderful. Then I woke up.... ah well, that's life.

New plans?
So, what's next on my sewing list. Uhmm......not much. I don't have any real plans at the moment. Somewhere in the back of my mind the idea is growing to make another SWAP, fall-inspired this time. I'm still thinking about the colours but I can't seem to make up my mind. Maybe this plan has to ripen a bit more.

I bought the september-Burda last weekend and I saw a few things that I really liked. I already mentionned earlier that the september-issue of KnipMode was very inspiring too. So interesting patterns are not the problem.  Just a plan. That's what's lacking at the moment.
I'll clean up the sewingroom because that always helps to clear my sewing-mind and come up with something.

More news on that the next time.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Blouse-jacket in progress

Plan was to show you the finished result by now, but I somehow lost a bit of my sewingmojo in the last few days, so there has not been a lot of sewing going on. But before that happened I managed to do a great part of it.
All that's left to do is topstitch all the way around, place the pockets (incl. topstitching), sew on the sleeves, make buttonholes and sew on the buttons, and of course hemming. Oh dear, that does sound like there's still a lot of work to do before I'm done!
Didn't want to let the weekend go by un-blogged though, so here's an update on the blouse-jacket so far:

 I'm proud (again) about how the collar turned out. I have avoided this kind of collar for years and years. About 5 years ago I tried it for the first time and it was a succesfull attempt. I was sold. But it's really not a sewing-technique I would recommend to a 'beginner'.

Here are more details of the parts I prepared in advance.

The collar has some kind of stand. Once it was attached to the collar it all made sense. The pocket is easy-peasy. Square. With a flap. (Is that the right word for it?) Can't go wrong there.

I love the buttons. There are supposed to be 2 buttons on the sleeves. I discovered that when I looked very closely at the linedrawing. Lucky thing I've got enough buttons.

And for the Grande Finale: did I already spell it out for you that I'm proud of these?

That's it for now. I'll finish this in the coming week, which is the last week of my summervacation. Stupid thing is that I'm getting more tired every day, instead of feeling all refreshed and ready to start my workingroutine. I suppose that is having an effect on my sewingmojo as well. 

Not helping is also the fact that I'm worrying a little (and on a subconscious level, a lot!) about my check-up appointment with the orthopedist on tuesday. 

The fingers look ok. The operationwounds have healed without any problems.
But not all of the swelling has gone yet and the area of the scars still feels very weird. Like there's sand and electricity under the skin.
Most worrying for me is the fact that my fingers are still very, very stiff. I try to do my exercises as much as possible and I achieve a certain amount of movement throughout the day. But if I haven't moved my fingers for a while than it just hurts to bend them again. And I'm not even talking about starting up in the morning...
I can't stretch them completely either. Thoug there is definitely an improvement in that area, I'm glad to say.

Afther reading this you probably think it's a wonder I can do any sewing at all. But the thing is that the little movement I've got in those fingers is just what I need to do 95% of the things I would normally do. And thát, my dear readers, is a blessing!

Enough of that! I'll inform you on tuesday what the outcome is. (To be honest, I'm praying for some more fysio-sessions. I don't think I can manage this on my own).

Now it's time to make dinner. What would you say about home-made cajun-chicken and home-made ricepudding with subtropical fruit? Sounds great right? After that, I'll probably spend the rest of the evening lying flat-out on the sofa, haha..

Have a great week everyone!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New blog design

That's right. I had enough of the old one. All that black and pastels......brrrr.  And the blogspace was waaay too small.

I saw a lot of lovely blog-changes lately and now it was time to change mine. You can get as crazy as you like but in the end I decided to keep it simple. Blue is the theme-colour. My mother always said that I looked great in blue, so now I'm surrounded by it.

Nice one.

I hope you like it too.


p.s. Started on the jacket today. If everything goes to plan there will be pictures at the end of the week. (Lefthand) fingers crossed!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dress finished!

This dress was finished last week. It turned out just great. It's a pity though that the details just don't show in the picture, because with this dress it is all about the details. So again, here's the linedrawing:

And just as I expected: the fabric was very nice to handle. I think it has lycra in it. If you stretch it you can see some white appearing. Only one thing really challenged my patience, the ruffling in the neck and at the bottom of the collar, where it's attached to the skirt.

At the neck you have to sew a piece of elastic. I think I tried four times before it was acceptable enough.

And then the ruffling at the collar.
I thought I could get away with the normal way: stitching two rows in a loose stitch, in the longest stitchlength. Yeah..right! No way this was gonna work. The fabric just 'ate' the stitches and there was no way I could ruffle this fabric. So after trying a few times (taking the wrong stitches out was a complete nightmare!) I decided on a handmade stitchline and that worked just fine. It's a good thing I came up with this idea because I was about to throw my sewingmachine out of the window (without opening it first, hehe...)
I know, I have little patience, close to non-existing. But hey, that's just me and I have to deal with it. And I dealt with it.

I skipped the waistband. There was more ruffling and I thought that would only add bulk to the side at the waist, so I just made a band, 4 cm wide and long enough to wrap around my waist from front to back and again to front.

Here's another picture. It's a close-up but details are still hard to see. Maybe I should learn a lesson from this: the more details a garment has, the less detailed the print of the fabric should be. (A solid colour would probably be the best choice for this dress):

I want to seize the opportunity to applaud my lockmachine. Working it's way through 7 layers of which 2 were thickly ruffled. 
So, a Big Thank You ....... and sorry that I made you try to sew and cut through a needle..... (I don't think it suffered any injuries, it's still working just fine. No thanks to me though. But I suppose this was about to happen at some point.)

Now let's see, do I have anything else to tell you. Oh yesss, I went to the local market this morning and I bought 3 pieces of fabric for just 5 euro's. Now if that's not a bargain!!  And here they are:

This one is great for a summerblouse. The white is actually more of a soft-creamy colour.

This is perfect for a fall-blouse.

This is the fun-fabric of the three. I immediately had a vision of a Dickensian nightshirt like this one. Don't know if there will be enough fabric left to make that nightcap though. Nah, just kidding.

Now it's time to cook some dinner. I'm getting rather hungry and there's also a four-legged furball who needs to be fed.

Talk to you all next time.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quick, cute and girlish

My quick-project blouse is finished. And quick it was. Considering this is the fourth time I'm using this pattern, it's not very surprising. 
Two times this pattern was used for a blouse with long sleeves and two times with short sleeves. (Click here for the version with long sleeves). I love the way the little sleeves have a few details. The rest of the blouse is rather simple.

When I had sewed on the buttons there were 2 spare ones. I got a great idea and decided to use them on the sleeves. Now it looks like the fold is held in place by the button. It's not, but it somehow uplifts the effect of the fold. It's a nice finishing touch and I love it. I love the whole blouse as a matter of fact. (I also want to say that it's cute and girlish and.....ok, that's enough..)

Now let's hope there will still be more sunny, warm days to wear it.

In the meantime I started on the dress I wrote about in the previous post. I have a few more hours tonight, maybe I'll be able to finish it. It will be the 'star' of my next post. I love it so far, but this wasn't always the case when making it. Well, more about that the next time.

Yesterday I went shopping in Antwerp with a friend. We decided to browse the little streets we never go to and boy am I glad we did! I discovered a fabricstore with great fabric. Just 500 metres from the railway-station. Outside was a box with remnants and I couldn't help myself. I brought these cuties home with me:

It's such a shame that the camera doesn't catch the real colours. They're much more vibrant in real life.

Apart from the Chanel-lookalike (which is surprisingly thin) they're all summer-fabrics. And I actually don't want to make anything for the summer any more so they will probably be hibernating till next year... (but I can always change my mind right?)
I'm definitely ready for autumn-sewing now. The september-issue of KnipMode didn't disappoint, I repeat: DID NOT disappoint at all!! 
Here's just a pick of a few garments I like, but there are definitely more of them:

Aren't they just great?! So maybe I'll renew my prescription after all.
I wonder though what Burda will have in store for us.  


Friday, August 6, 2010

Summervacation - Definitely time for New Plans

Yes, it's finally here! 3 weeks long, time to relax and do whatever I feel like doing. Ain't that just wonderful!

But first I wanna thank everyone for wishing me well with my sprained ankle.
On sunday I was already doing a lot better and on monday I could walk normally again so I guess I have been lucky this time.

Now, back to the vacation.
I definitely want to do some sewing and I have a few plans already. I bought the fabric a week ago but forgot to prewash it so I had that done today.
But as I just couldn't wait for the fabric to be dry again (I´m not using a machine to dry my fabric), I thought I could just as well pop in a little sewingproject I have been thinking about a lot lately: I want to make just one more summerblouse. Just for the fun of it.

I cut out the fabric today and if I put my mind to it I should be able to show you the finished result in a few days time. I´m gonna let that one be a surprise, ok?

Let's talk about New Plans

KnipMode - June 2010 / 10

I think the style of this jacket is so darn cute. The fabric I'm gonna use for it has a bit of linen in it and a bit of stretch. The colour is creamy-beige and it will combine great with a lot of other colours. Here's a picture which doesn't show the colour very well (as usual...sigh), but gives you a good idea of what the fabric looks like:

On to the next one. Because I liked all three GORGEOUS dresses, I took a picture of them together, but for now I'm choosing number 21:

KnipMode - July 2010 / 21

And this is the fabric. It's a jersey. Not lightweight. It's the kind that hangs better on your body because it's a bit heavier. I just love the feel of it.

Ok, ok, the print is something you have to get used to. Maybe this patchwork-paisleyish design is not to everybody's liking, and I admit that when I left the shop, I wasn't quite sure I had made the right choice. But at this point I'm very pleased with it. You could say that the love is growing. I can see myself wearing this in the fall as well, with a long-sleeved shirt underneath and some great boots. Yes, I have great hopes for this one.

If the mail is delivered correctly today, than the september-issue of KnipMode is waiting for me in my mailbox.
The october-issue will be the last one I will receive on my current prescription. Maybe I will renew my prescription right away. Let's just see what september has to offer. If it's good, I'll go for it. If it's not than maybe I will go back to buying issues every now and then.

Having written this I'm too curious to wait any longer so I'm gonna check my mailbox right away. I'll talk to you about it later, ok?

For now, have a lovely weekend/vacation everyone!