Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Jasmine in pink

Finished this project on Sunday night, and I'm very pleased with it. Previously I made this using a 4 ply cotton, and found that it felt a little scratchy and tight fitting under the arms. I also wasn't keen on the button placket in the yoke. This is Jasmine, from the Kim Hargreaves book Nectar.

So I've reworked this in a 4ply wool cotton mix, which feels lovely and soft, but still light enough for cooler summer days.

I modified the pattern by:

Making it longer - I added an extra 24 rows after the moss stitch band at the bottom of both front and back.

Leaving out the button placket - Instead I made 2 identical pieces following the instruction for the back. When making the neckline, I sewed up only 3 of the raglan seems leaving the fourth open, and then worked the neckline instructions accordingly.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Birdie wardrobe scenter

I bought some lovely fabric this weekend - one of the patterns from Amy Butler's re-issued Gypsy Caravan range. The name sounds so romantic that alone was enough to attract me, but the patterns really are lovely too!

Anyway, I decided to use a small amount to make a hanging scenter. Feeling brave, I attempted a bird shape. I hand drew the shape outline myself first on paper, and then cut it out to use as a template. I machine sewed the two sides together, right sides facing inwards, leaving a gap along the top of the back so that I could turn the shape right side out and add the filling and the ends of the ribbon.

I used some dried lavendar which I bought from a craft shop for the filling, some pink satin ribbon and hand sewed the opening closed.

I'm quite pleased with the result, and it smells gorgeous!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Colour clash throw

My granny square throw is coming along. I have stitched a panel of the central large squares together.

I've had to stop again for the time being as I've run out of yarn again! I can't really justify spending any more on it just now, especially as I've just bought the materials for 2 summer tops, and I want to finish at least one of those before I come back to the throw.

So for the time being its waiting happily folded in the corner of my bedroom.