WIP Wednesday

After seeing this done by the lovely Stacey on the Freshstitches blog, I am hoping to be committed enough to do WIP (Work in Progress) Wednesday and FO (Finished Object) Friday posts. I have lots on the go at the moment and realised I really should be blogging them. πŸ™‚ I will be sharing projects across my home sewn wardrobe to my knitting and finally the items I’m making to sell under the MyMuddlings brand.
So without further ado, I will now share my WIPs for my very first WIP Wednesday! Let’s start with the oldest WIP in my enormous pile!
IMG_0594This is the SulkaΒ Cardigan by Jane Ellison. I found 5 skeins of a Thorobred Kashmir Mohair Pearl Grey in my stash and as I hadn’t yet knit a garment, I gave this a go. However I think I’m going to run out of yarn. I’m up to the last ball and halfway through the first sleeve. I weighed my yarn prior to starting the sleeve so I’ll weigh again when the first sleeve is done and see if I have enough to make another. Hopefully I will so I can just do a contrast button and neck band. Wish me luck! Ravelry page with notes here.
Also, please note with the knitting patterns, I am linking through to Ravelry so you will need to sign in or join Ravelry to see them. My page links should work. Also, while you’re there, add me as a friend! My username is ‘anneofjulie‘.
This is my favourite thing I’m making at the moment, the Brise cardigan by Hahhah Fettig from her book Knitbot Linen. I purchased some lovely cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills in 4 ply, colourway ‘Sky’. I chose to use cotton rather than the linen that the patten calls for because linen is a little hard to find and not very affordable.
The yarn is knitting up really nicely and I’m quite impressed with my even, consistent knitting seeing as I’ve only been knitting a few months. Ravelry page and notes here.
Next up, I cut out ten (ten!) Buttercup bags to sew for the MyMuddlings brand shop. I’ve made about half I think so far. I’ve cut five large size with straps and five small clutch style. Here’s my final fabrics and interfacings just waiting for me to get back to them!
If you’ve liked my page on Facebook, you might have seen a picture I posted a little while back of my first self-drafted bag pattern. It’s designed to be a utilitarian bag with lots of storage so it can have many uses such as a baby bag or gym bag or even a shopping bag! I’ve cut the pieces from calico and have begun the assembly, just the outside at this stage. I have used patch pockets inside and out. I think it’s a bit on the small size at the moment though so I think I’ll make the final product bigger.
As another item to be sold in my store, I have drafted vintage pin-up style headscarves. I’ve already completed one (cherries!), one needs to be unpicked (damn bobbin thread ran out 80% the way ’round, grrr…) and then another 9 need to be sewn. All the pretty colours! πŸ™‚ And yes, there’s buttons, owls and swallows in that mix. πŸ™‚
My sister has asked me to make her a 1920s dress but I’ve been having a lot of problems finding patterns for what she wants. We’ve finally settled on doing a pattern hack on the Colette Patterns Laurel, with a drop waisted band added in and a self drafted gored skirt. That is, if I can figure out how to draft a gored skirt! Help anyone??? The picture is her muslin fabric (cotton/poly at $4/m, can’t go wrong really) and the printed pattern ready to go. Better get a move on with this one, she needs it in three weeks…
And now for some selfish sewing. πŸ™‚
I fell in love with the top fabric, Free Spirit’s Silent Cinema Zoetrope Pink twill and just knew it would be used to make me something! πŸ˜‰ This will be a Made-by-Rae Lickety Split bag. The lining is also a twill as I wanted a fairly sturdy bag. I’m looking forward to having this one done! I can’t wait to use it! πŸ™‚
And finally, this is my second favourite thing out of my WIPs, a cheetah print cardigan! I’ve developed a bit of a thing for animal print lately. πŸ™‚ This is a Sewaholic Renfrew mod that I saw on Four Square Walls, post here. Going well so far. I’ve made it from a cheap remnant that I found at Lincraft on my last visit. It was only $12 for like, ~2m of this knit fabric. However, it did have a whopping great hole cut out of it and another sections of slightly defective fabric (missing thread). I managed to cut all the pieces out of what I had but the defective fabric ended up on the waist band. I’m going to put that bit on the inside so hopefully it won’t cause me any problems. The only issue I’ve had is trying to sew through the slightly bulkier sections with my machine, not quite sure what I can do there though, any ideas? On the thick bits the feed dogs get stuck and can’t pull the fabric through so the needle just goes up and down on the spot. Damn frustrating I must say. 😦
So, looks like I’d better get on with some sewing! I need something for my FO Friday! πŸ˜‰

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