Some proper photos of my new Plantain shirt (and a homemade mug!). Thanks to the lovely Hannah for snapping these. So glad I was inside most of today– BRRRR!
I caved and started another sweater. I couldn’t resist– I found the perfect pattern that fit my criteria: top-down, in the round, and larger-than-worsted weight. Finding the yarn was a bit of a fiasco, but I found the most luscious solution: Dream in Color’s Calm. It is actually a worsted weight, so I am sizing up in the pattern. I’ve already completed the oversized collar and on to the raglan increases. This yarn is truly calming to work with, I am loving it!
In other news, I made my first knit shirt! It’s Deer and Doe’s Plantain (FREE!!). It was surprisingly not that difficult, really fast to make, and I used my regular machine!!! I made a few errors with this first shirt, but it was a learning experience, and the fabric was $2/yard. I am planning on making another one tomorrow that’s longer, and without the elbow patches. If this one goes well I may look into buying a serger (Eeep!), because all summer I basically live in my alternative apparel slinky knit dress. If I could make ones similar… that would be awesome!
Currently baking/enjoying: almond biscotti– its breathing life into my morning coffee!
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i’ve made 3 tank tops from 3 different patterns so far:
(I think its about time to move on to a new type of garment, and i think i am banning myself from any more florals…)
In other news, I’ve got some sticky bun dough rising in the kitchen…. mmmmmmm!
currently listening: sound of silver, lcd soundsystem (what else on the longest day of the year??)
i finished my Datura blouse!
it was a little rough to work through the directions, especially for the yoke; but after reading and re-reading (and re-reading), i did it! i found surprisingly few examples / tutorials / sew-a-longs about this pattern, so i felt pretty trailblazer-y while i was making it. i had to completely redo and remake the bias tape for the neck because i had sewing machine issues, but after i BOUGHT A NEW SEWING MACHINE, i whipped it out really quickly. it is shocking how bad the old machine was– it skipped stitches like crazy and the tension was so bad no matter what setting i had it on.
this project employed a LOT of new-to-me techniques.
bias tape / hand-sewn blind hem:
buttonholes (omg the machine is AMAZING for this):
fully lined yoke: