Thursday, May 28, 2009

Okay, I'm jumping on the bandwagon

Several bloggers I follow have taken the "Word" quiz, so I decided I would. My word is

It means:
You see life as precious, and you wish everyone was safe, happy, and taken care of.Social justice, human rights, and peace for all nations are all important to you.While you can't stop war, you try to be as calm and compassionate as possible in your everyday life.You promote harmony and cooperation. You're always willing to meet someone a little more than halfway.
Well, they pegged me. This is 99% me.
There is not much sewing, knitting, or crocheting going on here. I went to Disney World last week on vacation. Then for 2 days I had registration from 8am - 6pm at the college where I teach . We started classes today and I have to go back to teach a night class tonight. However, I chose to only work part-time this summer, so I will be off on Mondays and Fridays and most of Wednesday. I am so excited to have the extra time to hopefully get some extra work done on my three hobbies.
I did get a BWOF pattern cut out and started a crochet project last night. However, I am stuck on one of the row instructions, so I am waiting for some help from my fellow ravelers on Ravelry.
By the way, what's your word?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Even more knitting...Slouchy Beret


This is my first cabled knitting project. It is the Star Crossed Slouchy Beret. It is a free download on Ravelry.com. I had fun cabling. It is currently being blocked on a paper plate. I can see in the picture that I don't have it centered, so I need to go fix that. Next up will be my first sweater--a short sleeved one of course. I would hate to go to all the trouble and have to wait until winter to wear it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

McCall's 5852 - in leftover fabric





Here is McCall's 5852 in some of the yellow rayon fabric I had left over from my Easter Dress. I still have fabric left over. I apologize for the wrinkles, but I wore it and didn't iron it when I put it on my dressform, Lady Burgundy. I took a picture of me in it, but the way I was posed made it look weird, and I didn't want to put it back on and take another pic. I may as well have for all the trouble I had getting it on Lady Burgundy. I think her measurements have gotten a little off with me moving her around.


I only did three rosettes intead of the 4 the pattern called for. I was dreading them, but they really weren't that bad--just alot of handstitching.
I also made the straps long enough to tie at the back of the neck instead of using a closure like the pattern recommended. I knew I would never get that closure positioned correctly. Again, forgive the wrinkles. I wore this with a lt gray slouchy shortsleeved cardigan, white ankle pants, and my snake sandals.




(picture from Alloy.com)


Monday, May 4, 2009

Simplicity 2724 - a belated Easter dress post






I vowed to myself when I started blogging that I would not go more than a week without and entry, but it has just been hectic around here. We are finishing up our semester and I have been grading papers and getting final exams made out. Whew!! I am ready to put this semester to bed.

My Easter dress was Simplicity 2724. This is a Project Runway Simplicity pattern, and I have decided that I don't like them. I love the dress, just not the way the pattern is put together. It calls for far too much yardage than you really need, but since I am a by the book person, I ordered all of it. Now I have enough left to make a blouse. I also hated having to figure out which collar, bodice, etc I was supposed to use. I wish they would just do different views like in their other patterns, but then I guess they couldn't call it Project Runway.

I made the dress from a bright yellow rayon from Fashion Fabrics Club online. It was really slippery and slide-y. Does anyone have any hints for working with slippery fabric? I also inserted my first ever side zipper.

The only real alteration I made was that I lined it. I just used some basic polyester lining from my local fabric shop. I wore it with some tan peeptoe slingbacks and some light blue beads. I don't have on the beads in the pic, though.

My favorite thing about this dress is the ruffle down the front. My least favorite feature are the pleats in the back skirt. They are just like the pleats in the front--not a good look for my rear end. If I make this again in the future, I will eliminate those back pleats.



Saturday, May 2, 2009

Simplicity 2724...a belated Easter dress post

Here is my Easter dress. I was feeling too sick after church on Easter Sunday to take a picture. I finally put it on again this week and took one.