Friday, January 29, 2016

sundress - Nani iro

This print, this color scheme!

It took me almost a year to cut it and yet again another familiar dress that I've made in the past and like to sew again and again.  A sundress that ties at the shoulder in the unmistakable Nani Iro double gauze. That neon! I think I have enough for some small projects and am thinking a few pillow covers. No modeling shots though, it's for her 8th birthday coming up soon.

pinafore and bloomers in poppy and daisy- pastel

A apron/pinafore in size 4 was added to the shop and I will soon be listing a pair of bloomers shown in photo 2 in size 6 months.  I love these alone and layered and have been making them for close to 10 years. I used to make them with ties at the shoulder but, switched to buttons instead. A bit more comfortable that way. I continue to make certain pieces over and over again because they are so versatile and can be worn with ease. I love the idea of something beautiful that can be worn everyday.

I bought this same print in this color way but, not sure what I am making with it yet. The colors pop so beautifully together. It makes my heart ache a little bit.

Of course, now that the seasonal Liberty of London prints became available my wish list has grown even longer!

Monday, January 25, 2016

McCalls 8881 Circa 1967

I'm playing around with 1960's mini dress patterns to see which ones I might like to make for my upcoming skit in which my friend Frankie and I will be sewing 11 mod dresses.

I tried out this pattern and though it's not the winner for the play I do like it and would like to alter it so it would be actually fit my daughter. This is a size 5. I did the version on the far right (the girl with ice cream cone) and used vintage windowpane fabric, navy on cream.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

the knitty gritty club

                                                    Sashiko sampler in progress

                                                            Scarlet's penguin

Some friends and I recently started a Mother, Daughter craft club. Actually, Marith started it in December with tea, cookies and ornament making and we all had such a good time we continued it.

Last Saturday we had our second get together and the ladies worked on sashiko projects and the girls on needle felting projects. We named ourselves 'The Knitty Gritty Club' and we will plan to meet about once a month. I love that we are going to have this dedicated time together to socialize and learn and teach new skills. The girls are having so much fun too.

kayoko and betsy

A bloomer in size 6 months in print: Kayoko by Liberty of London.

*I was pleasantly surprised how sunny and wonderful this print is. It somehow uses a surprisingly girly pastel palette in the best way against sunny and warm buttery yellow background. I love it.

A skirt in size 6-7 in print, Betsy (purple) by Liberty of London.

Betsy is an all time favorite of mine and I just love how vibrant the shades are in this blue and purple floral. See more photo in my easy store: Wool and Violets.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

aster hat

This hat is so beautiful and I am so pleased with the fit and design.
I knit in Madelinetosh Vintage in color: Celadon.
I'm tempted to knit another one in a snowy white.

striped hoodie - hat and gloves

Pure fun and whimsical. You need to wear this with the attitude to match because this is not for the timid. I wanted a really big pom pom.

Knit Collage Gypsy Garden in Mermaid Cafe and Knit Collage Sister Yarn in Soft Ivory.

My daughter has a hat knit in Mermaid Cafe with a tinier white pom pom. 
... Do we dare to wear these together. Yes, we will!

candy cowl

Happy New Year!

I'm going to attempt to catch up little by little.
I've been doing a lot of knitting and when I feel energetic I organize the sewing room to prepare for the sewing I will get back to. The sewing room was gift station central and has become so chaotic from the events the past few months but, slowly it's getting back on the right track. Anyway, why feel guilty it's winter and wool....yeah, that feels right.

I'm having a little moment with Knit Collage.

So, here is a cowl I made using Gypsy Garden in Stardust Garland and Rowan Kidsilk haze. interesting combination. One is light and feathery lace weight, the other bulky weight with bits of glitter ribbons and roses and trims. Then you twist it and seam it together.