Miscellany and an addiciton

More finished unposted projects … I was caught up, and then a very rainy Canada Day weekend happened so I’m still several FO’s behind in the posting department. I need to hire a photographer for a day and get some non grainy, non Iphone photos taken!

 

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Easy summer sundress from a McCall’s pattern I had kicking around… It came together fairly quickly, but reminded me why more and more, I prefer to sew indie patterns. Measurement wise, I should have cut an XL, but I went with a M… and it fit, with room to spare. The Big 4 patterns are notorious for this and it’s very frustrating! As a result, I usually base my size choice on the finished measurements listed, not the measurements according to sizes (6,8,10, etc). Either way, It’s a cute dress to slip on when I’m running around doing errands. It requires a tank top worn underneath it, or I can sew in a modesty panel. I’m half debating hacking it into a tunic length, but we shall see.

 

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Getting on the fox bandwagon :) This was an outfit for a girlfriend’s little baby girl born in February. Shirt pattern is the Tiny Tumble Tee, and the leggings are the Go To Leggings… I die! So cute. Both these patterns are great and I’ve used them several times.

 

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A black Valentine’s Day tee courtesy of Deer & Doe’s (free!) Plantain tee. Great pattern! Great staple! I’ve made a few more in varying sleeve lengths… but you wouldn’t know, because I never blog them. Too busy out and about wearing my clothes I suppose!

 

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Mint gingham knickerboxers… just because. These were from the Knick Knack knickers pattern put out by Anna Maria Horner. Adorable!

 

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Self drafted PJ pants made for a co-workers little girl. There’s also a fox pair of these kicking around…

 

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Another tiny tumble tee & leggings …

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A custom order from a coworker for her expecting daughter – color choices/prints customized to fit the nursery. Double sided minky blanket, contoured burp cloths, minky/flannel wash cloths, a couple of binky leashes, a sweet softie elephant from Birch Fabric’s Henry and Helga free plushy pattern, and a tiny crochet cap of my own design, complete with a minuscule bow :)

 

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Over in the crochet world, I’ve been equally busy! A couple of weeks ago, I acquired 3 meters of unbleached jersey from the fabric store for $3.99 with absolutely not a HOT clue was to what I was going to make/where I was going to stash it… until I remembered I’d been wanting to try my hand at a Zpagetti rug, but didn’t want to shell out the $$$ for the overseas shipping charge. A few episodes of Mad Men later, all that jersey was cut into 1 1/2″ strips and wound into a ball (labor intensive! next time I may just splurge on the ready made t-shirt yarn). Pattern is from Ravelry, the Hoooked Zpagetti Rug by Susan Potter. Easy to follow, works up pretty quickly! This actually took me a lot longer than anticipated though, because I ripped it out four times prior to being satisfied with the way it was working up. Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to be a perfectionist…

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Crocodile stitch booties! I’ve had this pattern in my Rav queue for probably 2 years, but just didn’t get around to tackling it. Now that I have, I think it may be a new go to. These are as tiny (made for a preemie) as they are adorable. I think they’d look lovely in some variegated Knit Picks Hawthorne… yum :)

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And last but not least, the leaning tower of dishcloths that continues to grow, and grow. Nothing like getting a kick start on Christmas gifts. Yes, that’s what everyone is getting. Sorry to spoil the surprise, pals!

Swimsuit Season… cringes not necessary.

This past December, I was on the hunt for either a sewing pattern for a retro one-piece, or an actual suit. I needed one to accompany me to the Dominican Republic and help me ring in 2013 in style. After indulging all month long on Christmas goodies (ooops), I wasn’t really feeling a bikini & wanted something classy and chic that didn’t scream “old lady swimwear”.

After an extensive search that resulted in zero sewing patterns, I did the unthinkable… I purchased a suit online… without having tried it on. The one I found was from Unique Vintage, purveyors of retro prom dresses, rock-a-billy wear, and swimsuits. The site had pretty specific measurements, so after taking my own I felt relatively comfortable taking the plunge (har har) and ordering.

The price? A lil on the steeper side, at $75.00 for the suit, as well as $30.00 for shipping to Canada. We won’t talk about the additional $20.00 charge I got from FedEx a month later, for customs or something – how that wasn’t included in the $30.00 S&H is a mystery to this day.

The suit I ordered is the one pictured below, in black, available here. Cute, right?

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Overall I was mostly happy with it. It held up well in the ocean, had a shelf lined bust, and the stitching was very solid and well constructed. However, the skirt portion gets pretty heavy when wet, and this bad boy takes a long time to dry. I felt comfortable wearing it, and far from dumpy. BUT! I wasn’t prepared to pay another $100+ for a second suit, so the search for the perfect sewing pattern continued…

Until yesterday when I stumbled upon this lil’ gem of a website, and the swimsuit pattern to answer all of my prayers!

Heather Lou of Closet Case Files is even hosting a sew-a-long, starting June 17th, so that you too can make your own Bombshell Swimsuit! Come on, you know you want to. Pattern is available here.

I’ve got my pieces all cut out, fabric is en route. The Fabric Fairy, of all places (mostly kid fabrics), had this fantastic geometric/chevron print in black/white/coralish salmon. CANNOT WAIT!

Eat. Sleep. Knit. Repeat.

This has been my life for the past month! I’m not complaining – never can get enough knitting in – but it’s made it difficult to keep up with blog postings on top of everything else that is going on.

You probably won’t see much of me for the remainder of December, but I DO have a quite a few finished projects to post about in the New Year, so I plan to be back with a vengeance!

Happpy Holidays to you and yours, and we’ll see you in 2012!

Dingy & Dated to Fresh & Modern

In keeping with my series of furniture refinishing, here’s the second piece I’d like to share! I wanted to complete this telephone table as quickly as possible because the weather is declining and I can officially no longer work in our garage. Bummer!  Continue reading

Revamping

As part of the renovations Boyfriend Smash and I are conducting in our new house, we plan on moving all of our current upstairs furniture into the basement “man cave” / rec room. As a result I will have an empty front room to fill on a shoestring budget. I plan on creating an informal sitting room. Think comfy chairs, big coffee table, lots of bookcases and wall displays. Challenging? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely! Continue reading