I have been sewing. What’s in the pouches? Show you soon. Any guesses?

I have been sewing. What’s in the pouches? Show you soon. Any guesses?

Spent three quarters of an hour looking all over my flat for a bright yellow chalk dressmaking pencil.

Forgot I’d put it in my bra for safekeeping.

I know how to sew, have been for years, but what I don’t know is very much about dressmaking. So I bought a book, Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes to tune up my skills.

It’s a great little book, covers all the basics and gradually works up to more complicated techniques and, unlike other books I’ve seen, the patterns are things I would actually want to wear.

I decided to make the Margot pyjama bottoms in this adorable fox print cotton. The red foxes really popped out at me so I top stiched in red and added two pockets to the back of them. 

With some of the left over fabric, I added a little pocket and edges to the armholes of a cheap t-shirt to make myself a set.

Last spring, when I taught myself hand embroidery, I made a series of slighlty NSFW squares to try out the new stitches as I went.
Fast forward to last month when I buy my first sewing machine (who I decided to name Minnie, fyi). One shiny new sewing machine but nothing to sew. Then I remember these squares, cut a few more blank ones, and sew them in to a cushion.
It’s not the best piece of work I’ve done but, as a way to get to know Minnie, her tension and sensitivity, I think it’s pretty good.

Last spring, when I taught myself hand embroidery, I made a series of slighlty NSFW squares to try out the new stitches as I went.

Fast forward to last month when I buy my first sewing machine (who I decided to name Minnie, fyi). One shiny new sewing machine but nothing to sew. Then I remember these squares, cut a few more blank ones, and sew them in to a cushion.

It’s not the best piece of work I’ve done but, as a way to get to know Minnie, her tension and sensitivity, I think it’s pretty good.

I LOVE the Spider-Woman top.

Thank you! Was really worried about how the design shape would sit on my body but, as it’s meant to go above and below, it actually stretches less across my boobs than the Ms or Cpt Marvel ones.

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As everyone seemed to like my Captain Marvel tank top, I decided to do a couple more, this time for Ms Marvel and Spider-Woman.

Like the last one, they’re both painted by hand and, when I’m wearing them, help me channel my favourite superheroes.

Now that the birthday girl has received it, I can post pics of the Croeso Shawlette I’ve been working on.

Made in gorgeous green Drops Lace (an alpaca/silk blend). Of course, I had to do the hated blocking but, as it doesn’t have a straight cast of edge, it would have taken too many pins. As blocking wires are really expensive, I bought some aluminium rods from the craft store for 55p each and used them instead.

Look out followers, I’m about to update with my most recent projects all at once. Consider yourselves warned.

thedoctorknits:

New favorite cuff down toe bind off. It looks a lot like the magic cast on, but is actually a 3 needle bind off. There’s a slight seam on the inside, but you can barely feel it.  I arranged the toe stitches like you would for the kitchener but then instead of cutting the yarn and sewing it up, it turned the sock inside out and purled a 3 needle bind off seam. The result is a sock that looks like toe up and doesn’t require a kitchener.

That is exactly what I was trying to describe last night. So glad it works for you.

isolationary:

FINISHED!!!

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