Wednesday, 8 October 2014

In which I show you the most Scottish/Canadian thing you'll see all day.

Here is my very Canadian/Scottish husband wearing not one but TWO PLAIDS.
And he loves it.

(I can't decide if this is more Canadian or Scottish. I guess it would depend on whether or not he has a sporran or a hockey stick as an accessory.)

I made this Negroni back in February for him for Valentines day. Admittedly, it is a wee bit small (he has Scottish shoulders, and the wristband thingys [Why you no work, brain?!] are too tight), so it doesn't get too much wear. But with the sleeves rolled up, it's not too bad.
I wasn't thinking when I picked out a fabric for the plackets and lining. I should have picked something simpler. Trev isn't a "polka dot" kinda guy and I didn't think it through enough to realize that the polka dot would definitely show. But that's okay. He can wear this around the house and I'd be happy with that. He already wore it camping. Hooray! Next time he can help pick out the fabric.
I'm really happy with how the topstitching turned out, especially on the pocket! I really took my time with this one, probably because it wasn't me who would be wearing it (not that I haven't already worn it haha).

I also tried my hand at embroidering and really like how it turned out!
Trev is from a smaller town that is about a three hour drive from here (just outside of Muskoka), and so he always compares life in the Falls to life in the "north", so I think of him as my northern boy.
I really effed up stitching the lining down in the inside back, but sorry, not sorry, I was not unpicking it. It is somewhat noticeable, even with the plaid, but that's okay.

The pattern was really easy to follow, considering this is probably the most complicated thing I've made. I think I'll end up making more, but probably not as quickly as my Nettie. That's okay. Trev's not a picky guy.

Nothing else really to say about construction or fit (obviously I'll be going up a size next time), so please enjoy this pictures of Trevor very seriously modelling his shirt for you:

"Blue Steel"
"Le Tigre"

Please share: Have you made anything for your man?


Saturday, 27 September 2014

In which I show you my most favourite shirt EVER.

I'd like to introduce you to my favourite sweater, the Hot Cocoa from Dixie DIY. This top is my homeboy. It's my BFF. My One True Love. (In terms of my closet!)

I first saw it on Marie at A Stitching Odyssey and fell in love. I had never downloaded a pattern before, AND I had never tried a knit. I felt like this would change all that.

Someone's gotta keep an eye on the dog, amirite?
I made this back in January I think? Somehow, with being on an LTO (teacher talk for a job) while working a night job I found time to do this, and then I got the other LTO so I didn't have time to take pictures (though I had LOTS of time to wear this).

K, imma gonna stop ya right here and just say, I look cranky in most of the following pictures. I'm not cranky, it was way too cold to wear these shorts but for some reason I wanted to wear these shorts for the shoot. So I didn't smile much. I don't know. Just deal with it haha.

I literally wear this multiple times a week. I can wear it to supply teach or I can wear it just puttering around the house. It is PERFECT. There I said it. It is super comfy, and was wicked easy to sew up. In terms of construction, I followed Marie and added three extra inches. I didn't think my principal would like the belly-baring look.

For being my first attempt at knits, I think it turned out pretty damn good. And that stripe matching where the raglan sleeve meets the bodice--totally accidental!! SHUT. UP. (Just don't look at my left side seam please.)
Right side seam, again totally acciden---I mean I MEANT to do that. ;)
I have gotten paint, grease, you name it on this bad boy but she's a survivor. It's like the sweater knows that it is my soul mate. Awwww.

I got this ponte knit at my local fabric store. I think it was about $21 a metre? It was a really long time ago, I can't remember. Totally worth it though.

I just picked up a black and white stripe ponte knit and so I might make me another one of these now that the fall weather is here. Alternately, I might use up my leftover Nettie fabric. I definitely have enough to whip one up.

If you haven't made one of these sweet babies yet, I highly recommend. Came together super quick once everything was cut out. If you've never made a knit, this is definitely one to jump right in with.

And, as per usual (I feel like this is becoming a "thing"), best shot of the day:
I think the best part is how smug I look about accidentally blinking hahaha.

Have you tried the Hot Cocoa yet?

{It will make your day more than my shirt makes my day.}

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Madam Mix-a-Nettie

How did I come to decide that I was going to make a Nettie when I generally tend to shy away from hip hugging garments? Try and keep up if you can:

I had been given some Spoondollars for my birthday last year, and really wanted to get this fabric (Erin, if you ever have a Dog Lady Sewing Challenge, you know what fabric I'll be wearing at the end!). I had originally planned on just buying it as a woven, but after making a knit project (to be blogged), and getting a bit frustrated with a woven dress PIP, I thought that it would be great to try the Moneta instead. But three yards of fabric at Spoonflower would be roughly $80 and I didn't want to just fly into a knit dress pattern without trying it out first. Cue to my local fabric store closing (everything is currently 50% off!!!!!), and I found a nice navy Ponte knit that I could use to essentially make a wearable muslin with. At this time, I was also interested in making a whale dress for an upcoming protest at Marineland. Again, I wanted to make it a knit, but because this wasn't the fabric that I had been coveting for like a year, I didn't want to drop $80 for 3 yards on it. So I thought maybe I could make it a Nettie since that would reduce the yardage to 2 yards instead of 3. Worried that I would need a muslin before doing that, I scrapped my original plans and used the navy as a wearable muslin for the Nettie (which basically turned out great so it is not really, in my mind, in the "muslin" category). Will the whale dress actually happen? That remains to be seen. (It may end up being a skirt, but we'll see). What about the dog dress. Hells yes! Just not rightnow.

I cut the dress as a 6 in the bust and arms, and graded to a 14 on the hip (see bottom of post). I think next time I might just grade from an 8 to a 14. It fits really nice and snug but, even after pre-washing the fabric, after a day of wearing this, my armpits are blue because it is so snug.
I chose the high neck, medium scoop back. I already have some ideas about a low scoop back version in burgundy with a tartan bow (like Tilly's version) to match the hubby's kilt, a t-shirt version, and maybe a striped version or colour-blocked version using the navy and one of my stripe Ponte knits I have sitting around (P.S. fabric store closing sales are really, really, really bad if you are trying to be good about using your stash).
Although I did stitch the binding down, I didn't stitch some of it close enough to the end so I'll have to go over it. No biggie.
I love that with a blazer or cardigan I can wear this to work, with runners and a sweater I can run to the grocery store in fashionable comfort, but with the right accessories I can wear it to a wedding or date night with Trev. Tres versatile!
Overall, I'm super freakin' happy with this make. It was super easy to make, I probably did all the sewing in about 2 hours over two or three days. The more I make knits, the less I want to make wovens. (And when I do make wovens, the more frustrated I get while making them!) There will definitely be more of these in the works real soon.
Looking at this picture now, I can really see just how tight it is in the pits. Yikes!
Remember that talk we had the other week about photo faces? I'm going to leave you with the best "modelling" I have to offer:
Please share: have you tried Nettie yet?

{See above post}