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These are two collage-y versions of t-shirts that I’ve made before: on the left, the Alison Glass pattern; on the right, the Deer & Doe Plantain.

L: Alison Glass Shirt

What’s going on with the shoulder there? Whatever it is, I can just add it to the list of this project’s “quirks.” While the dress I made from this pattern used a drapey knit, this one was snappy and rolled like crazy at the cut edge. It’s a yard of the Tokyo knit from Marcy Tilton; sleeves are 1/4 yard of a mesh knit. I’ve made this t-shirt three times, and EVERY TIME I over-trim the hem. I try it on, mark it, add 1.5″, and it STILL seems short to  me. This is the longest and most wearable version yet; my daughter pairs the others with her high-waisted 80s jeans. Might be destined for the donation pile.  And by “might” I mean “is.”

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R: Deer & Doe Plantain

Very happy with this one. Body was a 1-yard end cut from Marcy Tilton; sleeves are a gray mesh knit from my small stash. I cut the hems along the selvedge end and felt very fancy.

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The pants are flat-front chinos from Lands End. Flat-front pants are a rare find in the RTW world and confirmation that I really need to bite the bullet and try Colette’s Clover pattern.

Shoes are  refurbished Donald J. Pliners from the thrift store: $5 + 20 minutes with the suede brush and eraser. I thought they looked vintage-y.

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some people restore cars. or paintings. i restore shoes.
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Done! #OAL2017

 

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My #OAL2017 makes are finished!

The top is Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark’s Rondeur, courtesy of Knitty. I love a curved hem and the waist shaping promised, well, a waist.

Turns out the curved hem + the shaped waist was too much, so I frogged it up to high-hip level. This one might join Date Night in the Multiple Makes Hall of Fame (2011 was a good year for patterns).

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The skirt is a modified take Amy Butler’s Barcelona Skirt. I’ve sewn it before, but it always seemed too flared for my frame…because it was! After reading Dorothy Moore’s Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking, I realize that an a-line skirt is more than a real-life version of the triangle skirt on a stick figure. Different angles work for different hip measurements. Some math is involved.

I drafted an a-line skirt pattern using Moore’s techniques, laid it on top of the Barcelona, and modified the Barcelona to have a hem circumference that is proportionate to my hips.

I’d originally planned to use Kaffe Fassett’s shot cotton as a lighter alternative to denim; I wound up using Pepper Cory’s “peppered cotton” in Chambray because that’s what my local fabric store had. Frays like a mother, but amazingly soft and drapey right off the bolt. The lining is a solid aubergine lawn from Heather Ross’ Sleeping Porch collection.

When I asked the sales-teen whether they had any lawn in stock, I got a blank look. When I specified lawn fabric, she said “you mean like with grass on it?” #kidstoday #harrumph

 

Twinette

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I somehow squeezed this project in between my #OAL2017 sweater and #100days100blocks. Hashbrown-distractible, as Kimmy Schmidt would say.

Behold, the Twinette!

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It was a lighting-fast knit: less than a week between cast-on and bind-off.  Then it sat on top of a pile of fabric until I blocked it. One skein of fingering on size 5 or 6 needles. I forget. The yarn is from Etsy seller SockObsessionYarns and I’m smitten. Not even remotely itchy and it pools in the best way. Colorway is “Baltico.”

Now back to the OAL!

What’s distracting you lately?

 

Lift Off!

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After an untimely rotary cutter injury, I’ve finally been able to swatch the sweater for #OAL2017. It might skew towards what my friend Jolene calls “full-on clown car,” but I’m okay with that. Dressing like a member of the abnegation faction is starting to lose its appeal for me. My recent obsession with color feels visceral and I’ve decided to just go with it.

Is your wardrobe mostly colorful or neutral?

Getting it Together

 

Sometimes a bag is not just a bag, wrote Daphne Merkin more than 10 years ago:

Bags also serve as the portable manifestation of a woman’s sense of self, a detailed and remarkably revealing map of her interior….

Meet my interior:

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Make that my *former* interior.  I sewed a purse insert using Lazy Girl Designs’ Suzi pattern, with vibrant fabrics chosen on a day when my latent Dries Van Noten longings overpowered my minimalist aspirations.

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FYI, that is not an actual microphone. It’s a flash drive. Also inside: pen, hand cream, pressed powder, glasses, comb, phone, lipstick and lipbalm, nail file.

The directions were super-clear with innovative construction techniques. I made the medium version; the larger version is 2.5″ longer but otherwise the same. At some point I might adapt the pattern to make a larger-larger version that would better fit my bag.

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Insert surrounded by big-ass wallet, notes, and sunglasses.

I carry a second-hand Longchamp Pliage that I bought on eBay.  The color goes with everything, the design is classic, and the brand says that I’m subtly continental. I can clean it with a damp sponge. It’s pretty much the only bag I use, so for me this insert will function as a navigational aid rather than a purse-rotation-y thingy.

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I’m hoping that the stiff interfacing (I used Decor Bond) will prevent it from flopping over and spilling stuff into the cavernous interior. Fingers crossed.

 

Spring Break, Part 1

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What takes the edge off of hosting a week-long family visit? Knitting cashmere in the round, that’s what.

I purchased Bonnie Marie Burn’s ChicKami pattern seven (!) years ago to make a gift for a friend and stashed it away once the project was finished….until 800 yards of Tanis Fiber Arts’  luscious amber label motivated me to dig it up. The color is Purple Purl, and reminds me of hydrangeas:

 

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Photo: Farmer’s Almanac

 

I made a size 40 chest, shaped waist version, with wide straps. My gauge swatch was spot-on stitch-wise, and a little tight row-wise. So….how did my FO wind up looking like this?

 

 

Apparently my week off was at least relaxing enough to loosen my knitting.

A quick google search yielded some shrinkage tips from Jerrod at Oxford Cloth Button Down, who advises that “you have to be okay with losing the sweater.” Well, I’m not okay with losing the sweater, but magical thinking has taken over and I’m inordinately hopeful that nothing bad will happen because, well, just because.

I’m going full bore and machine-washing the sweater in a pillow case in very hot water, hoping for sufficient shrinkage sans felting. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, any sweater shrinkage stories to tell?