Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cowl-neck sweater finished

(boring picture, he?)

There's just one thing that pops up in my mind when I look at this picture and that is: ......mwah.......

I had high hopes for this great fabric. But I guess I didn't think this one through properly. There was a sudden urge to finish something (i.e. post something) this weekend and I wanted this to be my last winter-sewing. I didn't choose the pattern carefully and I wasn't very accurate with lenghts and width (arms are too short). And the seam looks definitely crooked.

(The pattern is an old one I used a few times. Don't know where it originates from. This version looks a lot nicer by the way). 

Well, as we all know, this happens every now and then. No need to dwell on it. Some would call this a wadder with destination bin, but I always find it hard to dismiss things I put time and energy in. This sweater will not be work-appropriate (as I hoped it would be)  but it's fine to wear while shopping or doing other casual things. 

Because I still think that the fabric itself is beautiful I'll show you a picture. If you click two times on the picture you'll see how some of the threads have a metallic shine:


Right. And now the million-dollar question: "what's next?"
As I said, I'm really done with wintersewing and want to look ahead to spring and summer. Knipmode has some really nice springpatterns that I want to try and I have a few nice pieces of fabric in my stash that I have plans for already.

I'll keep you informed.

Gr.
Lilian

Sunday, March 6, 2011

KnipMode 03/2008 - 8 Jersey Tunic

Hi everyone. Sorry for being so quiet on my blog lately. It's just that work has been eating away at my free time and energy. But it seems like it's slowing down a bit and that means that I'll be able to get some sewing done. Yesterday I started and finished this project. Talking about 'instant satisfaction'!! Boy, this was just what I needed.

It's a tunic that I loved from the moment I received the Knipmode that contained this pattern. But I was a bit hesitant about the shape and waited exactly 3 years to make it. And now I'm glad I did. It's not close-fitting but I guess that's what tunics are about. It's very pretty though. At least, I think so.

 
For the detail-lovers, this is the linedrawing:

I lengthened the top-part with 3 cm. But I think I could have done without that.

I just lóve the 3/4-sleeves. They're close-fitting at the top, but wide at the bottom with a piece of elastic in the seam.


While I was not sewing, I wás being busy making plans. Actually, I wanted to make a Chanel-like jacket. I had this lovely fabric in my stash. When I washed it, it wasn't that lovely anymore. It was like the fibers were glued together before washing and now were all over the place. So I cut off a piece to test the firmness and this is what I got with the brush of just one finger:
      

Now, call me a sewing-coward, but there's absolutely NO WAY that I'm gonna work with something like this.
It was very cheap (probably the reason for this problem) so it's not a heartbreaking goodbye.

I don't have any new plans ready at the moment. Maybe black trousers, maybe a striped shirt... Or maybe something else.
But when I decide on a new project, you'll be the first to know!!

Till next time.

Gr.
Lilian