Category: Sewing

Vogue 1247

vogue 1247

I don’t make too many loose fitting clothes, lest I look muumuu-clad.  But in the dog days of summer, when you lie melting into the couch, a little relaxed top is heavenly.  This is the new Rachel Comey pattern for Vogue.

It has a wide, v neck and  cuffed, elbow length, dolman style sleeves.

There are shoulder pleats

and the front is cut in sections, with the bottom torso being made up of four different pieces.

My fabric was a squirrely rayon crepe from Sawyer Brook.  It fought hard and I had to re-do the cuffs and re-sew the back seam, but I think I won the war.  The top looks very much like the original, although my back hem doesn’t gracefully flow down, like the model’s.  My hem resides contentedly on my derriere.  Maybe the fabric won a battle or two, but I’m guessing it needed more than 2-3″ ease at the hip.  It doesn’t create an eye sore, so I’m ok with it.

This top doesn’t have much hanger appeal, but it’s lovely to wear with fitted pants or a skirt.

Serious pose!

Downside of Stash

You know, apart from the monthly dash for more boxes.  Or the buying the same thing over and over again.  Or suffocating when it falls on you.  Or the horrible, slow shuffle towards hoarding.

Today, it was losing the stash, namely seven balls of Karabella Vintage Cotton.  They’re a grey-green color, which means they should stick out like a sore thumb around here (I have an exuberant color palette).  I’ve gone through the boxes in the basement, all double digits of them, all with labels (!).  I searched the corner cupboard, my shelves in the sewing room, the drawers in the sewing room.  I don’t think I have any other hidey holes and I’m flummoxed.  And, frustrated.

Teva Durham’s Bell Sleeve Blouse, one bell sleeve:

Lace Sleeve

On Ravelry

Isn’t that pretty?  Her Loop-d-loop Lace is one of the best knitting books I’ve seen.  Clever and different and fun, and I love my knitting to be fun.  So, the idea was to hand knit two fun lace sleeves and machine knit the body.  It’d be quick, satisfying and, oh, fun.  Except for the danged yarn.

The blouse will co-ordinate with a piece of printed Indian linen from Purl Soho.  It’s a very heavy and rustic fabric, reminding me of sew-in canvas interfacing for tailoring, and it’s printed with silver leaves.  A little hard to photograph, but I think they’ll look great together:

printed linen from purl soho

I’m guess I’m going to have open up boxes tomorrow.  I’m actually sick of my stash and want it gone.  (Well, mostly gone.)  I’ll have to unload some of it soon, somehow.

And, now, a segue from:      Insane Stash ……….> Insane Bunnies!

Psycho Easter Bunnies

It doesn’t show up too well, but the bunnies look, erm, altered.  This was an Easter basket for my son and he loved it.  All he asked for was something with bunnies and this is what my copious stash threw up.  It’s by Jay McCarroll of Project Runway, season one winner.  Kid has a kooky eye.

Connor had the coolest basket at the egg hunt, so a win all around.

Ooh, and on an ever better note, ladies, coffee is good for you.  I’m not at risk of either diabetes or stroke, but hey, I’ll take all the health benefits I can take.

Burda April 2009, 112

I’ve been wanting a stripey top for a while now and when I saw this fabric at Emma One Sock, I snapped it up, hardly noticing that it was ‘featherweight’.  There’s been a wealth of the ultra light weight knits around the web recently and they’re not kidding.  This one is barely opaque and very elastic.  All this I pretty much ignored when I cut my pattern in a 42.  I should have used 44 in the bust and hips.  Now, I guess, I should lose a few pounds.

The pattern is fast and goes together very well. One change I made was to use a neckband to further highlight the stripes.  I love it.  And the cuffs are so fun.

The only fussy part is lining up the stripes, so they match as much as possible. My hem is straight and the side seams match, but the sleeve and raglan seams don’t.  Eh.  It’s a narrow stripe, so the effect’s not too discordant.

How about I end with a fab titscrepancy shot?

Petersburg, Rowan 42

My commitments are showing.  I’ve finally finished a KAL project.  

This is Petersburg, originally done in Cocoon, from Rowan 42.  It looked really pretty over fitted, long sleeve tops, and the cables are really delicious.  They’re predictable, but not boring.  
I cheaped out by using Knitpicks Swish Bulky, only 4 hank
s, for the 38″ bust.  It’s actually a pretty resilient yarn – I frogged, tinked, cut, mangled and treated it pretty badly and it held up really well.  But, it’s just not in the same league as Rowan’s Cocoon.  
The KAL is this quarter’s project for the The Sexy Knitters’ Club on Ravelry.  I think it’s the first time there has been a technique topic rather than a pattern, which made it a lot easier for me to commit.  I’m excited to see what comes up next.
Next, I’m working on a top from Burda 12/08, in this knit:
Yes, glittery giraffes.  Oh, the subtlety.


What can I say? I have a 4 year old.

Grrr face cloth from the latest knitty. I made mine with less than half a ball of Lily’s Sugar’n Cream. I think it took all of an hour.

I did do mine quite differently. I used an easier loop stitch from (Find the video here under decorative stitches.) Also I just purled on the WS rows. I knit Eastern/Combination style and stocking stitch comes easier. It gave a nice nobbly texture on the back.

It’s being test driven in a bubble bath right now.

Onto Sewing:

I’ve cut out Burda 6/07, bias top 120 and am half way through it. This is my fabric, a very drapey, squirrelly tencel rayon blend. Pretty stuff.

Because it’s a little heavy, however, it’s dragging down on the bias and has brought the center front V neck towards the bottom of my bra band. So I have take up the shoulder seams and re-sew the neckband seams. All of this is easy, but I’m finding knitted lions just a touch easier.

I wish I was more driven!

This is the first piece I’ve actually made for the PR SWAP competition. It’s from the February 2007 Patrones and is a Cacharel design. (I had no idea they made anything other than gorgeous lingerie.) The top has very narrow shoulders and a gathered neckline with a ruffle along the front neckline only.

Size: I cut a 48 with no adjustments – this seems to be the equivalent of size 44/46 in burda which I use these days.

Fabric: Burnout cotton voile from India. I originally made this into a maternity dress, which never got worn. This top is from the skirt (same lining) and the ruffle is from the waist ties on the dress. I didn’t even have to hem it.


  1. None for size.
  2. The line drawings in Patrones seem like wishful thinking at times: the armscye is very low, but in the line drawing it looks high and tight. Always look at the pattern layout illustration – those pictures are much more representative of the pattern. Anyway, I made a quick muslin to confirm my suspicion. The shoulders on this are also really narrow – too narrow to cover my bra straps. So I added 1.5″ all along the armscye, front and back. Almost perfect. Just over 1″ would have been better.
  3. I don’t read Spanish – heck I don’t read instructions (must be my testosterone-y side busting out), so I gathered the neckline to look flattering and gathered the ruffle to look pretty (to me) and hand sewed it on. This way I can take if off if I change my mind.

It’s perfect for summer and fall.

Original Design:

Fanciful line drawing:

Holding that dang grin until the self-timer goes off is not part of my skill set.

This is version A of Vogue 8249.

Fabric: green burnout cotton from my local independent fabric store.
Size: 14 with an FBA

  1. I added length and width in the front at the bust point, feeding the excess into the gathers at the yoke.
  2. Collar opening: to put in the yoke section, I sewed the right side yoke (interfaced with organza) to the front bodice, turned, trimmed and pressed. Then I basted the yoke facing to the yoke along the marked lines, sewed part way down the center front, stopping about 3″ from the point of the V. I cut down between the machined lines only and tried on the top to see where the point of the V would be most flattering on me. (I wiggled a pin into the collar to make sure the center of my bra would be covered.) My low point is actually 1″ higher than the design.
  3. I lengthened the top by 2″.
  4. I hand finished the yoke facing, hems and armhole binding. The very fine fabric is worth the effort.

Full bust adjustment:

Raised point of V in the yoke: