Saturday, 2 May 2009
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
I've never made gloves before, so that should be interesting, and I'm loving the hats. Lets hope the weather is nice that weekend!
Thursday, 23 April 2009
another vintage one, dating from 1949. I love how easy it is (are we detecting a theme in my choice of patterns?!!), just 3 pattern pieces, so I was able to cut out enough for 2 skirts in one go. Excellent thought I, should take not much over an hour to make one & I'll have a nice new skirt to wear on my trip away this weekend.
I ended up fiddling with the darn sewing machine for an hour & a half before I figured out what the problem was & fixed it. The top thread kept looping on the back (tension too loose?), and kept breaking (tension too tight??!!), the bottom thread had black marks on it (needs cleaning?) and it kept missing stitches. I fiddled with the tension (though how it can be too tight and too loose at the same time I have no idea), no joy. I had the shuttle mechanism out & cleaned it all up, the machine ran much smoother but still did not fix the original problems! Out comes the instruction booklet. Oh, top spool of thread is actually on the wrong way (feeding from the back instead of the front) - still same troubles. By this time the Apprentice was starting & I had begun making this flipping skirt over an hour ago. Check instruction book again, check lower bobbin, ah, according tot he pictures my thread is again threaded from the wrong side. Change that and put it in the 'right' way - Lo and behold all my problems are solved!
Who would have thought that being a little backwards would cause so much trouble?!!!
After I found out it was fixed I of course packed all my sewing kit away because by that time I was extremely tired!
Attempt number 2 tonight! Wish me luck!
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
then quickly realised I didn't have enough fabric. The dress is being made in beige with a cream trim, with 2 jackets being made (one beige with cream trim, one cream with beige trim). The dress is all cut out & ready to go. I must visit the shop & get some more fabric...
Nex is my absolute pride & joy. I have been after a playsuit pattern for months & months, thinking it would be great to have one, but never really being able to see myself in one. Over the past month or so, however, I have decided that this summer I will have a playsuit. By chance I came across this pattern;
Thursday, 16 April 2009
So today I have been trawling the world wide interweb for some free patterns, and I thought you may well like to see them too. I'm actually after a nice jacket pattern, as I am at a total loss as to what kind of coat I should be wearing in the summer (ha! What a laugh, summer indeed!!). So what is here are mainly jacket/cardigan type things.
First up, 'Mercedes';
This pattern is from a 1940s booklet. I love the chunky look of it, it gives the tension as 3sts to 1inch, I kinda want to give it a go just because of the potential speed of knitting it up! This pattern can be found at IvBooks
The following patterns are all courtesy of Free Vintage knitting - one of my personal favourites for finding free patterns.
This is the 'Jumbo Cardigan'. It has a tension of 4 sts to 1 inch; 5 rows to 1 inch so again, will likely knit up quite quickly. I adore the sleeves on this kind of thing, though to be honest, I'm not sure I myself can pull off that kind of look, we'll see!
This is an undated pattern for a 'Slipover Sweater' originally published by Columbia-Minerva, Volume 735. This is knit using size 6 boye needles (4.5mm) and has a tension of 5 ½ sts to 1 inch; 11 rows to 1 inch. I like the effect created by the use of 2 colours here.
There are a whole load more to show you but for some reason I am having picture troubles.
Miss Hannah sent me a lovely Vogue Knitting book for my birthday in March, it has some lovely jackets in it. I will get them scanned to show you, look out for that post!!
Bye for now
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
The pattern was totally guessed, and finished whilst at work yesterday and shoved in the washer as soon as I got home. I am so pleased with how it turned out!
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Wish me luck!!!
Oh by the way, I made the dress! I think the fabric was too heavy for it, but I love how it turned out & it was pretty easy to make. Will definately make again in a lighter fabric.
Sorry about the mess...
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Ok so I know it's not knitting, but it is a vintage pattern, dating from the early 60s, so it counts and can be included her right? Right???!!!