Me and my Calvins

This past weekend I got my Calvin Klein jeans cut out and mostly sewn.  Did the buttonholes, hem and rivets yesterday. I put them on to show youngest daughter and she thought I bought them.  High praise from an 18 year old!

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Gotta get rid of the decorative stitching where the fly meets the seam…

I’m really happy with how they fit, although I may have cut them just a hair short.  I do have scraps left, so if I need to I can pull down the hem and put a fake one on as though I was shortening the pants.

I had originally intended on using Mimi G’s jeans pattern for this denim, but I had made a muslin and they were a little too small.  It would have been fine though now that I think about it because the muslin denim was not stretchy, the denim I got from Blackbird fabrics is.

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I have been wanting to make the Calvins for a long time though, and the single size pattern was my exact size, so I went for it.

I cut them out directly, without making any changes,  I knew if anything I would need to adjust the back for big butt and small waist.  I sewed the outsides and crotch, then before doing the top stitching on the outside seam I basted the inside seam and tried them on.

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These pants are wide leg, and it’s so out of style now so I tapered in each side from the knee one inch at each side, which is a total of 4 inches, but I think I should have done a little more.  Also found the pants stood straight up from my butt… even though the waist measurement matched my waist, it was just way too big.  I brought in the back yoke about 5 inches (2.5 on each half) and pants back tapering down to mid butt area.

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Of course this meant I had to take the pockets off and re-position…

Before sewing the waistband on I cut a length of elastic to take the extra slack out of the back so it wouldn’t gap.  I sewed it onto the seam allowance from the top below where the top stitching would be so there was no extra thickness and it makes them so comfortable!  Here is my oh, so glamorous back shot 🙂  Really makes me want to narrow the legs more… but that’s another post.  img_0828

Happy Crafting!

Remnant Recap – “Puffy” Jacket

There was a little less than 1 yard of fabric in this remnant.  I thought I had a shot of it on the table, but I guess not.  At first I was going to make a vest version of this that was longer and with a waist cinch like the blue one.  But I have already made that version and I NEVER wear it, so opted for a short version with sleeves.

 

I knew I wanted the yoke to be faced so I would have a clean finished neckline, which meant I had to cut the sleeves about an inch too short.

I cut the yoke and sleeves on grain and the fronts and back cross grain which I think looks pretty good.  I really wanted pockets in this, but I only had tiny scraps, so it just wasn’t going to happen.  I scrounged up pieces big enough to make a little cuff on the sleeves which left me just a few odds and ends.

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I decided I just could not do without a pocket, so I grabbed a scrap of cotton left over from another project and made a pocket from that and bits of the jacket fabric.

Because I didn’t want to sew random lines that would show on the front of the jacket, and I had JUST enough fabric, I made a self-contained pocket just wide enough so I could sew on top of the existing stitching on the front, and catch the edges of the pocket.  From the front you can’t tell there is anything inside.

This is a perfect light-weight fall jacket and I love it!

Just because I mentioned it, here is the bag I made from yes, another remnant where I used the cotton originally.  This is my new work tote that holds my lunch, wallet and whatever else I am carting to and from work 🙂

I made a divider inside to keep my lunch separate from my wallet and “purse related” stuff I take to work with some coordinating cotton lined with a remnant of headlining fabric to give it a little stability and insulation.

That’s it for today, Happy Crafting!

Finally Fall ?!

In anticipation of the cooler weather finally coming to us I bit the bullet and cut this tunic out of my Cali fabrics wool blend flannel. IMG_0615 It was one of those fabrics where I changed my mind every day on what I wanted to make with it.  Do you do that too?  I have had a habit of stowing away fabrics I love that I won’t sew up because I want to make the “perfect” thing with them.  I know I am not the only one.  This fabric was a candidate for the same fate, but I am happy to say I pushed through it and I am so glad I did.  I can’t wait to wear this!

I used Butterick 6491 which is a Katherine Tilton design.

I did have a small challenge, but luckily had enough fabric left to fix the issue.  I knew better when laying it out, but ignored my gut instinct.  Don’t do that…

The mistake was laying out the under sleeve pieces.  My instinct told me they should not all be cut the same way, because then what is the point of having 3 pieces!  I ignored that and cut according to pattern instructions. Dumb. Especially with plaid, there was no way to match it with the smaller pieces cut cross grain.  I don’t know why I did it.  It is the underarm, but looked horrible and I just couldn’t do it.

I knew with the second cut I wanted to cut the upper underarm on the bias, and try to match the lower with the rest of the sleeve, but of course didn’t have that left in my fabric scraps with enough room to sew in, so I improvised.

I was able to match the plaid almost perfectly using the fabric from the original upper underarm, and top stitched it into place over the mismatched piece because there was only about 1/8 inch seam allowance and I didn’t want to risk it coming apart.  I top stitched the other seams anyway so I think it was a success – I like it anyway!

Crisis averted.

And a comparison for those who don’t feel you need to press while sewing, here is an example of what a difference it makes! It’s magic.

I love my new shirt and can’t wait to wear it! (After I add the buttons of course :))

That is my adventure for last weekend, Happy Crafting!

Another hat made

This yarn was from Stitches West about 2 -3 years ago. img_0556

The Knitmore Girls had this mini skein of yarn in their goody bag.  I am sure it had a band of some sort on it that gave the yardage and the supplier of the yarn, but sadly I can’t find where I could have put it.  I just know it is sock yarn, it was ab out 50 grams and it is super soft.

I made the hat while writing up the instructions for this cowl and decided it would make a lovely hat so I did it.

I have so many items that I just made out of curiosity of a stitch pattern or a shape.  I always think about writing patterns up for these items, then after 5 minutes I give up.

If you have ever written up a pattern, you know, it is not easy, things you take for granted you have to spell out because you don’t know who is reading the pattern.  You have to account for complete beginners to make it as easy as possible to follow.  Then there is all the tedious stuff like the gauge, yarn amount and the skill level.  Who wants to deal with that?  Especially if no one wants to buy, let alone make your project.  Just because I think it is awesome doesn’t mean everyone else will right?

My friend has convinced me this week I have nothing to lose.  So being the process person that I am I am working on a template to use so I can make this as painless as possible when it comes time to write things down.  I am making a template in Word that will prompt me for the information so I don’t have to figure out what I need every time, it is just all there.

If I get really into the process, I will make it a mail merge document (which is kinda my jam) and enter the information into a spreadsheet and have it auto-magically appear in a formatted document.

All that to say, look for this and other patterns to be available soon on Ravelry! Depending on the difficulty of writing up the pattern, they will either be free or a very nominal cost – I haven’t thought that far ahead yet!

Happy Crafting!

 

Our Little Avocado Tree

The day was December 10th, preparing to have family over to celebrate my daughter’s 18th birthday. While making guacamole she decided we need to make one of the seeds grow so she stuck some toothpicks in it and put it in a jar of water and it sat, and sat and sat on the counter for a couple months before it finally started rooting.

March 10th, She took this photo of some good roots growing.

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March 26th, look, a sprout!

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May 9th, getting to that 6 inch mark, time to chop it off according to the Avocado experts.

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June 1st, thank goodness I didn’t kill it by chopping it off.  It was a sad day for me because the leaves were so cute!

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June 17th, going strong – not sure what cutting it actually did, but it is growing well, time to think about planting it in some dirt now.

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September 6th, growth rate doubled by the time I planted this, then all of a sudden (or maybe it was expected, all the bottom leaves fell off.  Then the top sprouted some new growth and it seems to be loving it’s new home.  I have this sitting under a sky light, that is perfect for indoor plants so it seems to be thriving.  According to the avocado specialists. once it gets 12 inches tall they want you to cut it again.  I just can’t do it and going to let it be.  It’s not like avocado trees in the wild get clipped at certain heights right!

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Even though this is not considered crafting… Happy Crafting anyway!

Garter Ribbed Hat

Here is a finished hat from my previous post.  As you can see, I changed the name because it is not completely reversible, but I am working on a crochet hat that is.

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Love the rich color, and the springiness of the yarn, however I am a little worried about the first washing because after knitting with it for a bit I would have a charcoal colored line across my tension finger.  I really hope it doesn’t lose too much color!

The hat starts with a 1×1 rib then goes to a wide 4 stitch garter rib pattern and is written out below if you want to make this super stretchy hat.  Of course I realized now I did not provide a gauge and I don’t have the hat any longer.  However, I knit fairly loosely, so my gauge in the garter rib is probably about 32 stitches for 4 inches.  The great thing about this pattern is if you do knit much tighter that I do, it is so stretchy it shouldn’t matter.

Enjoy!

Garter Rib Hat

Supplies

Size 3 needles, either circular or double points
350-400 yards Fingering weight yarn
Darning needle

Gauge

Gauge is measured on the garter rib pattern. Measured piece is slightly stretched when measured.

28 stitches and 32 rows =4″

Instructions

Cast on 144 using a stretching cast on method of your choice. Join in your preferred method to begin working in the round.

NOTE: When I start a project that I am going to work in the round, I like to work a couple rows back and forth before joining because it so much easier to join without twisting. If you prefer, join the cast on and begin working in the round from the beginning.
  1. Work 1×1 rib for 2 rows. Place marker and start working in the round until you have 2 inches of 1×1 ribbing.
  2. Begin garter rib pattern. K 3, P1 around
  3. P1, K1 *P3, K1* around to last two stitches of round, P2, SM
  4. Repeat rounds 2 and 3 to desired height, ending with a wrong side row.
  5. *K3, P1, S2KW, K1, PSSO* around
  6. P1, K1, *P2, K1* around to last two stitches, P2
  7. *S2KW, K1, PSSO, P1, K1, P1* around
  8. K1, P1 around
  9. Repeat Row 8
  10. Repeat row 8, until last purl stitch, move stitch marker
  11. Knit 2Tog KW around
  12. Repeat round 11
  13. Knit
  14. K2Tog around, cut 6” yarn tail and pull through all stitches to bind off.

Finishing

Close beginning gap using the tail and weave in end. Secure tail on top and weave in end.

Happy Crafting!

New hat

I just finished test knitting a cowl pattern for June Cashmere and got inspired to do some more knitting. I bought this happy sock yarn from Knit Picks to make a hat for my daughter and started creating this pattern. I’m calling it “Inside Out” because it will be completely reversible. It’s such a happy hat, I love it so far.

Stay tuned for the pattern when I’m done!

I’m almost done already and have plans to work on planning the color work by counting the stitches and doing math!

Happy Crafting!