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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Chemise Bleue

EYELET CHEMISE by Therese Chynoweth
Interweave Knits Summer 2006

3.25 mm Circular Needle
Louet Sales Euroflax Original Linen

While you were blinkin'....I made this!
It fits perfectly too. Luckily, this 100% linen is machine wash and dry because I tried to let it air dry as I blocked the stitches but because of the constant rain, the humidity is 100% these days and I was in a hurry to blog about my newest knit.
The dryer worked a miracle with the wirery stitches. It came out soft and defined. I highly recommend this yarn and will look into becoming a stockist for next summer.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Les Ciseaux de Coco : le bustier et la jupe en pièce

I couldn't help a little happy dance late Monday afternoon...

I felt like Cinderella's Mice when I stood back to admire this Monday's advancement of the Grad Dress Project. I didn't know I had it in me!


Here is a photo of the bustier and the skirt basted together for a final fitting. I have pinned the pieces over top my dress form to take a photo. I realize, it is a little wonky looking but the real thing will be plumb perfect, trust me. The black ribbon is quickly tied to give the general idea of the dress design. Thus, the cat is let out of the bag...
I have another crinoline slip to make next week. The skirt apparently doesn't 'pouf' enough with just one layer. I died a thousand deaths just thinking about unstitching the current crinoline I've applied to the slip. I took another look at the tutorial I followed to make the crinoline and there I was relieved to be told that I could make a second crinoline to layer over the first which makes a bigger 'pouf' effect. I didn't put 24 hours of my time in this to disappoint in any way. HD thinks I've gone mad...

Here's what's left on my list:

Unbaste and Stitch the 4 layers of the bustier together;
Sew in Zipper closure;
May or may not add an anti-slip strip at the top of bustier;
Add ribbon belt;
Hem Taffeta skirt by hand;
The second Crinoline to make;
Attach all layers of skirt to bustier.

Once I get all this done, I will proceed to make myself an outfit for the big night, my skirt muslin is ready. I'll be wearing a burlap bag if this dress takes too long...but Ivy will be gorgeous!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Peace Out

Shalom-y Long Sleeved Cardigan based on Shalom by Meghan McFarlane
Knit from the top down.
No seams, no fake seams either.
Natural DK superwash merino*
4mm circular needles.
3.25 mm DPNs for cuffs.
Single shell button closure and embroidered reinforced button hole.

My version of the Shalom is done. Happy Dance....

I recalculated the whole shebang and gave it a little Aline flare.

Four panels of the Oh so pretty textured rib stitch. Even HD noticed the yoke, that's sayin' something!

I've been in such a mood for texture lately and this pretty yoke crossed all the T's and dotted all the I's. The math I had to do to get what I wanted was quite an adventure but I made it.

I fell in love with a few sleeved versions of Shalom on Ravelry and thought they looked marvelous in a light weight yarn. I gave my sleeves a very fitted silhouette made by multiple double decreases at the center underarm point. I love the texture of such a decrease. I chose a single shell button closure. If you are tempted, I left as many notes as I could about mine on Ravelry. Find me as bergere9.
 *After a bath, much to my dismay, the whole thing grew a little but became softer. The sleeves in particular are hanging a wee bit too long, thanks for nothing SuperWash.

Oh well, it is so cute that my son made a point of asking me if it was a boy sweater and could he have it? Funny how my girls couldn't care less about my knitting but my son watches every stitch are where they go. I gave him a big hug and kiss and promised his sweater will be next. :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Les Ciseaux de Coco : le corsage

In hommage to Coco Chanel and her scissors....I've decided to devote my sewing posts to the subtitle: Les Ciseaux de Coco for my sewing project posts.

Knitting is my main thing but I love pretty clothes and am rather crazy about fashion and Haute Couture. I take fits to sew now and then and my recent reading about Coco Chanel's life, the documentary Signé Chanel and Valentino the Last Emperor has me dreaming like a giddy school girl about hand stitching, ruffles and strappy sandals.

So far, about 7 hours of couture have been invested in Ivy's graduation dress project.

So, time to get to the 'bones' of the corset I am making to support the strapless bustier. The cotton blend lining that comes in direct contact with skin, has tiny dots on a white background from my stash of fabrics. A silver organza triple lining to secure the boning and molded cups. I picked thin breatheable fabric for the layers. I imagine late June will be warm weather that Ivy might not yet be acclimatized to.
Placing the molded cups proved to be the hardest part.

this is the corset with hand stitched seams and a spontaneous tulle frill waiting for the fashion fabric layer.

fitting the lining, zipper and crinoline placement

I was nervous about messing up the boning part of the dress. I have been gleaning all sorts of ideas on YouTube and websites galore. Building up my courage to tackle this part of dress making. As it turns out, I loved this part of the project.

It was easy and so effective! I pinned the bustier lining to Ivy and from there, it was clear as to where the bones needed to be placed and lots of them. No need to knock myself out transferring pattern lines...Neh...just do it! I am using close to a meter of nylon Rigilene boning but I am definitely going to order some steel boning for future projects. This is to me, fun sewing at it's best.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yes Oui Yes Oui

Just getting around to blogging about the Vintage Hockey Jersey...




7 balls of Tove yarn to make a size XL pullover on 3.5 mm needles. Big enough to fit over a winter jacket or layers under a large hoodie. It was not easy planning for the extra ease, let me tell ya!

Pattern: loose adaptation of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Seamless Hybrid pullover from the Knitting Workshop book. (I highly recommend this book!)

Please see my Ravelry project page to read notes and visit the entire list of inspirational knitters that helped me by means of their notes and forum posts. I could not have done this without them.

I finished the second attempt on the wire...as promised, on the evening of the last game for Montreal vs. Boston in the playoffs, I cast off.

I will be forever known as the gal who ripped, frogged and reknit every damn project to within an inch of it's or my life!

I am done. Fini. Game over. The end.

Here's the history for anybody who cares. Before I became a yarn shop keeper, I was a lowly knitter. I got the bright idea to knit this sweater after seeing a Vintage inspired knit Hockey Jersey in a shop window at Christmas. HD and I drove for close to an hour to find a yarn store with the shade of red, white and blue skinny yarn required to knit this jersey. The bag full sat waiting for 2 years until I finally wanted to tackle the very vague Hybrid sweater pattern. After opening my yarn shop, the whole shebang got put on hold.

Only problem now, I still have enough yarn to make another smaller jersey for let's say, my son perhaps? That would be cute. The two of them out on the rink next winter with the to-die-for matching sweaters!! But for now, I will finish my version of the Shalom. I am so over knitting red yarn. That my dears was the first red yarn I ever knit. A whole lot of red yarn. Each ball went on and on forever. Skinny, picky stuff it was. HD won't be wearing it in the house for sure. It is very scratchy. I hope to soften it with a slight fulling session. The yarn is made for felting projects but it was THE shade of red we wanted. HD has been warned to never try to wash it himself. If I die, would somebody please help him keep this clean after I'm gone? Thanks!