Friday, October 2, 2015

Sewing and Knitting Progress


See that delicate dark grey silk with golden lamé leaves? NOT FUN. I mean-- it is very fun to look at, it's just not fun to sew. When I bought it I had offhandedly thought it was polyester, but now I think it might actually be silk because it is so gossamer and fragile! Getting the neckline to play nicely while I encased it in self bias was very stressful!

Still, I think the resulting dress, which will be a late 20's early 30's slip of a thing, will be pretty in the end. Anyone know if Gatsby is having a Halloween party I could attend?

Speaking of sewing projects, I may have accidentally bought a few more plaid fabrics to use this fall. My favorite fabric store was having a sale, it's not my fault! The dark red plaid is destined to be a circle skirt, the black/multicolored plaid will be a swag front/faux wrap pencil skirt. I just can't get enough plaid this year!


I also picked up some navy blue wool for part of my Halloween costume, but I'll keep that a surprise for now :)

So far my fall sewing projects have been coming right along. After the golden leaves dress I will be making a pencil skirt out of a gorgeous green and brown moire fabric I picked up this summer. I also need to get a move on making my next 18th century dress as I want to finish it by the end of this month! I plan on constructing it a bit more accurately, which means pleating the back properly for an anglaise. It should turn out pretty Halloween appropriate, being rusty orange and black after all.

Sadly my knitting has not been going as smoothly as my sewing as I have hit a major snag. I finally sewed my sleeves onto the body of the sweater, and though each the torso and the sleeve fit me on their own, together the resulting sweater does not! The problem is the seam at the sleeves, it is just too tight! I don't know if there is such thing as a stretchy way of seaming, or if this means I just did something wrong. :( I would really like to save/wear the sweater so hopefully I can figure something out. I haven't started the next sweater yet as the pattern is written in a foreign language...okay not really, but there are so many abbreviations I can barely read it! I need to write it out with actual words before I can start.

Hopefully I can finish the golden leaves dress this weekend, I will be happy when that project is over! Have a good weekend everybody!


12 comments:

  1. Oh that gold lamé number will be darling!! I love all the new fabrics you got, I can't wait to see all the pretty things you make! And ooo blue wool, I do wonder what your Halloween costume will be~ (I have an idea)

    Carla, Tiny Angry Crafts

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    1. Thanks Carla! It has been a devil fabric to work with but it is sooo pretty!

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  2. Shame about your jumper - I don't know much about knitting, but hopefully there will be a way to save it.Those fabrics are gorgeous! Keep going and don't give up yet! :)

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  3. Beautiful fabrics across the board. Those plaids are so warm and seasonally fantastic!

    ♥ Jessica

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  4. Sorry to hear that you are having problems with that sweater. I started knitting earlier this year as well and can imagine how frustrating that must be. Hope you'll find a solution for that problem!

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    1. Thanks Rike, I have given myself a week away from knitting to get over it, now I'm ready to try again!

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  5. Love all of your fabric, we understand, it not your fault ;)
    Sorry to hear you have problems with your sweater. Is the cast off on your individual pieces stretchy? (that would probably be just the top of the sleeve) If it isn't you could just cast off again more loosely (or use this method:http://www.craftsy.com/article/loose-bind-off-knitting)
    If you are certain it's just your assembly seam that is tight, just redo your seams, and be careful of the tension. (Maybe this clip can help? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuTlNae-EtM) Always sew together from the right side. I am sure you'll get it right, and be wearing your sweater in no time! :D Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Siri, both for the understanding and for all of your knitting tips! Unfortunately the problem was not with the cast on/cast off areas but in the seam between the sleeve and body of the sweater itself. Most of the problem was that I didn't exactly set myself up for easy seaming while I was knitting, so of course I have frogged the body and have started over with more knowledge and a better plan for the decreases at the top of the sweater. Learning as I go!

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  6. These are lovely fabrics, I am sure they will become wonderful outfits. I hope that you managed to resolve the fit of your jumper.

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    1. Thank you Kate! The jumper is in progress once more, one day it will fit, I will make it so!

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