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‘.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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™‚
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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™‚
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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™‚
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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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Etsy Store Update

So I’ve been slowly drawing designs and accumulating bits and pieces for my Etsy store. Nearly there. πŸ™‚ Anyways, spent about half an hour this morning working on some lavender bags that I’m going to be selling. Here’s my finished product:

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I made these from scraps of my Lisette Portfolio dress that I have yet to blog about. I love this fabric so much; it has a lovely retro kind of feel to it. It’s a cotton poplin so it has a lot of body and it worked wonderfully for these bags. I think I underestimated just how much lavender I’ll need if I make a lot of these though. Might have to look into bulk buys. πŸ˜‰

Here’s a pic of one of the bag styles that I’ll be selling too:

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This one isn’t my design but the Buttercup bag by Made by Rae. Rae very generously allows you to make and sell items from this pattern (once you’ve bought the pattern which includes two sizes unlike the free pattern). I think it’s a great way to support cottage industry by making a licence available for people to sell items made from your patterns so thank you Rae! πŸ™‚ This bag in the picture was a birthday present for my dear friend S. I love ladybirds and when I saw this fabric I knew I needed to buy some! I love the minty green lining too. And in case you’re wondering, S loved the bag so birthday present success! πŸ™‚

Now I’ve just got to make more stock so I can open my store. πŸ™‚

Mother’s Day Gifts

Since I’ve been sewing, I’ve seen so many lovely things on the interwebs to make. Sometimes I cannot justify making them for myself as either I won’t use them, or I have heaps already. So what is one to do when you want to make lovely things but can’t justify them for yourself? You make them as gifts!

Mother’s Day was just this past Sunday and I handmade gifts for four mothers, my mum and S’s mum, step-mum & Grandma. Their gifts consisted of a tote bag, four placemats and a stuffed Babushka doll all made from free tutorials or patterns on the internet. I even made the gift tags with scrapbooking paper left over from the wedding. πŸ™‚

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So much pretty!

These pics were snapped real quick before I had to be off out to deliver two of them. The single placemat and Babushka doll is for Grandma. She’s now in a nursing home so a set of four placemats would kinda be overkill and a tote bag would be near useless to her. Also, I ran out of time and fabric! πŸ˜‰

The tote bag was from a free Craftsy class called ‘Bag Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch’ which is presented by Kristen Link, owner of Sew, Mama, Sew!. It is really simple to make but so lovely to have. Every time I use my Love Bird/Babushka Doll/Owl one I get comments asking if I made it and compliments on the fabric. Both mum’s that received theirs on Mother’s day were really pleased. S’s mum’s book bag is nearly dead so she was thrilled to have a replacement.

The placemats were from a tutorial by the lovely Lauren of Guthrie & Ghani and of Great British Sewing Bee fame. Seriously, watch this show if you haven’t and check out Lauren & Ayaz’s gorgeous haberdashery by following the link! The placemats seemed easy to begin with and they are but that rick rack can be a bitch!!! Especially the smaller stuff. I used two sizes. In the end it worked out pretty well and I was pleased with them. They were all slightly different sizes but following Karen’s advice (from Did You Make That blog) that the quirks (read: mistakes) are what truly makes it handmade. It shows the love. πŸ™‚

Finally, the Babushka dolls were a free pattern from I Think Sew. They call them Matryoshka Dolls (link may or may not work, you need to sign in/up for the free patterns). They turned quite out nicely. My mum had an awesome idea to put lavender in them after assuming I had put it in and sniffing hers! πŸ™‚

Overall pretty pleased with my presents. I think the recipients were too. πŸ™‚ Got to make some pretty so that’s a plus!

My first *Real* creation

My first *Real* creation

So the same night I got my machine, after my little toadstool bag I got into something more complex but my no means advanced. πŸ™‚ I had had this tutorial in my Dropbox for a while and decided I would make it. At the time picked up my machine, I grabbed a couple of fat quarters as well. I got some interfacing too but I don’t think I got anything strong enough but it did the job. πŸ™‚ In the end I made this little bag. Pretty happy with it apart from the a fact I put the lining in upside down, so the pocket is upside down!