Sunday, 9 December 2012

Winter Knitting

Winter came to Moscow and we have already a lot of snow. I hear often "you live in Russia and you are accustomed to cold", but No, I am not, I like feel warm and cosy.
This year I made another scarf for myself. It is more than two meters long and very warm and makes a nice wrap. I tried to use this yarn in some other patterns but they didn't get much wear so I decided to find it a proper use finally. I work on cleaning my yarn stash and try to use the remainders of yarn from previous projects.
The pattern for the scarf is Heath by Kim Hargreaves.

To the scarf I added a new hat. The pattern is from some French magazine.

More later as usually! Have a Happy Holiday season!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Sheath Dress (Burda 9/2012-109)

I envy people who know how to choose the best pattern for the particular fabric. I don't have this talent and for me it's always a gamble and the result is a surprise. With sheath dress from September issue of Burda magazine the sirprise turned out to be a pleasant one. The fabric didn't need any complicated pattern to show off. At the same time this pattern has some interesting details like a boat neckline and long side darts that spice it up.

The dress is versatile and can be dressed up and down. No wonder, this apply to sheath dresses, that's why they are so popular.

More later... Happy sewing!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Gray vs.Grey (Chaise & Asma by Kim Hargreaves)

It's time to sweep dust from my blog. I didn't write for quite a wile without any apparent reason. I made very little sewing last summer but did make some knitting. Since the season for summer knits has passed already I will follow the weather and give an account of winter knits.

Both patterns are from Kim Hargreaves books. First one is Chaise from Winter Blooms. Last year when I was in Venice I bought two gorgeous yarns (I try not to think about the price though). The first one is pure cashmere from Grignasco.

It became a Chaise, A Most Classic Sweater, as it defined in Kim Hargreaves book. That's exactly what I was aiming at. When the yarn is so precious the design should be classical and very simple.

Another yarn that I brought from Venice is Filatura Di Crosa Superior, a softest blend of cashmere and silk. It's of gorgeous colour of hyacinth. I bought only two skeins and they are still waiting for some beautiful scarf/shawl pattern.

The second project is Asma from the last KH book Enchanted. The yarn is from my stash, a blend of wool, alpaca and acrylic. I like 3/4 sleeves as at the model picture

but in my case it turned out almost long sleeve. I don't know what's the reason, I followed the pattern instruction to the letter.

I very much like the buttons, they add charm to this otherwise quite simple model. Difficult to take pictures of them because of glitter.

That's it for the moment. I knitted and crochetted some small things as I am cleaning up my yarn stash and getting rid of yarn leftovers, try to keep my stash lean and organised. I've also finished one sewing project lately, another dress, will show it as soon as I take pictures. The dress is from Burda magazine 9/2012-109.

Hope the next post will appear soon :)))

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Scissor Fob

A little scissor fob with peoni on one side and a peacock motive on the other side.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Pansy Pincushion

Since I took up sewing I didn't have a proper thing to stick pins into. Finally I decided to change the situation and make a pretty pincusion. It is cross stitched and decorated with gold thread and beads. The only problem is that I hesitate to stick pins into it :).

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Crochet Lace Jacket (Маленькая Diana 4/2010-4)

Something crocheted for a change... Don't know why I crochet rarely? It is fun and the result looks good usually. Maybe I will crochet a summer dress.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Little Black Dress (Burda 2/2012-110)

“When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place.”
Wallis Simpson
- Thank you, Your Grace, my dress is right :)

My LBD is ready and I am absolutely happy about it. I already know that it will become irreplaceable in my wardrobe. It could be dressed up and down, and would pass for any occasion. Exactly what someone needs for a minimalist wardrobe.

I made two amendments to this pattern. First, I scipped the pockets as usually. Second, I added full lining.
The most difficult part was to take pictures since black doesn't allow to see any details.

One more thing I am happy about is how darts and seams meet :)

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Wrap Dress (Burda 5/2006-115)

Wrap dress is ready and I am pretty happy with the result. Didn't make any changes, except little fitting of the sleeve's head. Unfortunately the design of the fabric doesn't allow to see the details of the pattern, like lovely folds at the skirt.
I wear a spaghetti strap vest top underneath since the neck is low as usually with Burda patterns. I decided on this option when I was just considering this pattern.  Actually the low neck was one of the reasons why I hesitated sewing this dress.
The fabric is rayon knit.

Though it is still snowing here and the temperatures are below zero I am in the mood for warm weather sewing and knitting. I would like to make a sleeveless LBD that I could wear with a jacket in winter and on its own in summer. I am thinking about this dress from the February issue of the Burda Moden magazine.

Till later...

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

"Haste Makes Waste"

I reworked the jersey dress I complained about in the previous post.

The reason for that bubble at the back was that I soaked the cloth before sewing and hang it to dry. The sides of the fabric stretched and I cut it as it was. What a fool I was! This kind of things happens when I want to finish a garment quickly, usually in one day. I sew mostly on weekends and sometimes delaying half-ready garment for another week just burns my hands. 'Haste makes waste' as they say.
So I had to spend extra time unripping the back, removing the zipper and steam ironing the back to return it to a normal size. It's amazing how ironing could make miracles to sewing!
I didn't put the zipper back because I can easily get into the dress without it. But I added lining made from thin rayon knit and now I am more or less content with the result.
The dress is very comfortable and I wore it several times already.

I've been thinking about making a little black dress next but spontaneously bought another knitted fabric and have already started a wrap dress. It is a variation of Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress.
HeathersSphere from SEWspicious Minds recently published a nice collection of patterns for wrap dresses. I don't have access to all these patterns so I turned to my collection of Burda Moden magazines. I am going to use the pattern #115 from 5/2006.

This is a fabric I am going to use for this dress. My camera can't capture the real colour, in reality it is darker and has more khaki hue.

I decided not to rush with this dress but make everything slowly and very accurately.

Some new finished knitting projects. A new hat and scarf for my son since it was rather cold here. I used free patterns from Junghans-Wolle web site. I like their patterns, they are so clear and precise, it is always a pleasure to use them and they turn out well.

 See you later!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

A Swarm of Spiders Cardigan and Where's my mojo?

My blog was rather quiet for a while. As many others I ran astray due to holiday's season but the real reason is that I was discouraged by failure of my last sewing project. However during this time I completed two knitting projects and here is the first one.
The pattern is from the Italian knitting magazine Mani di Fata (April 2007).

On the sewing side I've completed a new jersey dress using a pattern from November 2011 issue of Diana Moden magazine.
Here's my dress
The pattern is not difficult at all BUT I made a mistake and here's how the back looks like. It has a bubble on the back and the top end of the zip perks out.

I need to unstitch the back and change everything now. It sits this way since end of November and I don't start any other projects because I know that if I'll start a new one I'll never come back to fix this one. I wore it once though and found out that it needs lining as well. I have already  bought a knitted lining fabric but again, lining doesn't come easy to me. Yet another reason to hesitate and postpone.
Ending on the positive note, I am ready to fix this setback at last because I want to move to some other  projects already.

Hope to come back soon with the amended dress and the second knitting project.