Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer sewing - wearables (more or less)

These past few days I've been sewing like a maniac. Fabric storage has become a problem lately - there is just no room in my tiny apartment to put it all. Don't even let me get started on the yarn. My yarn storage is not the most elegant solution, interior design-ly speaking.

I honesty thought all my yarn would all fit in the green box.

But back to fabric. Same problem, it's just stuffed in my closet along with my clothes. The super smart solution to this problem - use the fabric to make clothes. That I will have no place to put. 

I really should start to sew for other people, but as far as my technique goes,  I'm not just there yet and I don't want my friends to give me the side-eye when I gift them with a too short/tight/long/wide piece of clothing. 

I'll just stop my moaning now and post some pictures. 

Pajama pants. Cotton. No lion - he sleeps tonight ;)  

Burda shorts from the 3/2011 issue.
Pockets and a front zipper. The zipper nearly did me in.  

Very thin and see-trough jersey tank.
Messed up the back a bit.

The jersey top was sewn following the tutorial Sewing with knits tutorial from Noodlehead. Let me tell you something about sewing with knits - it's hell! From the cutting to the sewing - nothing went nice and smooth. I hate jersey. I hate the fact that I still have jersey fabric in my stash. But I love to wear jersey clothes. It's comfy. So I guess I'm in for more jersey frustration. 

I left the edges of the top unfinished, because that seems to be very trendy right now (at least on my shirts from Zara or h&m). I just might wear this one out in public.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

How a potato stopped my knitting

On my needles right now: Uhura. I was in Zagreb recently, came back home with a load of Unitas cotton (yes, after I said I wasn't going to add more to my stash. What can I tell you, I'm weak.), including this blue Dada, a cotton/viscose blend. I was pumped to knit this, I'm on vacation, have all the time in the world, there was no stopping me. 

Except all it took to stop me was a potato. And a sharp knife. Yup, I went to peel a potato, but peeled half of my fingertip instead. There was more blood than on an episode of Walking Dead. And it turned out that my left middle finger is one of my knitting fingers. Go figure. 

It's better now, but I'm trying not to make it worse by adding pressure to the finger. And the band-aid keeps snagging on the yarn and pulling the viscose fibers. So the knitting is now on a break.

But sewing isn't. It would seem that the left middle finger doesn't play such an important role when it comes to sewing. So I made a fishing hat. 
I adapted a Burda pattern for a baby hat, more or less successfully. 
My measurement was a little off, so there's some bunching of the fabric on the rim. 

Also here's another embarrassing confession: I had to google the formula for circumference of a circle. It would seem my math skills (if I ever had any) have completely evaporated. 

And I sewed the rim a bit unevenly, so it's longer on one side than on the other. But I guess it can pass as extra protection from the sun.

So I'm ready for the beach. I just wish it would stop raining every single day. C'mon, I'm on vacation!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Don't you just love the name of DROPS patterns? So easy to remember. I'm kidding, of course. 

I did it in Mirabela cotton, so I had to adjust the CO number, but that was it as far as changing the pattern goes. A quick and easy summer knit. 

My plan was to wear it with a cotton tank top underneath as soon as I finished it, but with these temperatures wearing two tops just looks seems like suicide by overheating. I guess I'll just have to wait until it's a little cooler. 

I also started this Leaf Peeper Bandit, a scarf in sock yarn. 

But I don't like the way it's turning out, the yarn I picked is all wrong for this project and I kind of feel like it's felting under my sweaty hands. So I guess I'll just rip it and make socks in the winter. Goodbye, Leaf Peeper Bandit. It was fun while it lasted.