Archive | January 2015

The hipster hat

First make of the year, I’ve finished a hat to match the scarf I made just before xmas…..

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Its the Bobeek pattern from Ravelry, done in Debbie Bliss Riva in Red (the purple red, apparently theres several different reds). I found it an easy pattern given I’ve never knitted a hat before, however everyone on Ravelry said it ran large, I wasn’t unduly worried as I have a large head, but if I made it again I would take 6 stitches (the repeat you need for the top part) out of it to make it slightly snugger.

I am very happy with it and it matches the scarf and both my winter coats perfectly, however I tried it on Jon for a laugh….

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and it fits perfectly, looks amazing, and very very hipster! So I think I am going to have to make him one in a different colourway of Riva, or make myself something new and donate him that particular set. grrrr!

My regency dress is coming along nicely, it is not going to be ready for the exact party it was intended for, however I have had to have minor surgery on the top of my leg this week (nothing scary, just removing a skin tag) which means I won’t be able to dance this weekend anyway, so it doesn’t really matter and it is only a week behind schedule, I am relatively well at the moment, but for some reason sewing is tiring me out majorly, so I am only able to do about 2 hours a day, so everything is taking ages!

I am also having minor wardrobe dilemma in regards to what to sew next. Its really nice to just be able to sew on a whim again finally, but I still have to make up my mind about stuff and do things like prewash the fabric>

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What I made in 2014.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

So technically I’m a day late for the ‘what I made this year’ roundup, but here it is anyway…..

Stuff I made in 2014…

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All pictures link to the original post with that item in, apart from the one of the blue dress in the garden, cuz the second time I photographed it I got much better pictures.

So thats 14 items made this year, 12 of which are sewn 2 of which were knitted, so I am counting that as actually slightly down on last year when I managed 14 sewn items, (I want my knitting to be a bonus to my sewing, not a replacement for it) However massive improvement over last year as 12 of those items are completely wearable (lat year I made 4 duds)  and one of the ones that isn’t (the blue dress) is because the fabric, a viscose I bought off the market stall, faded in the wash and developed white patches, and started fraying along the seams. I’m a bit annoyed because I prewashed it and it didn’t show as an issue, but given I pay £2-£3 a meter for fabric that is much better quality and design than anything I could get for that price from anywhere else, the occasional problem fabric is not too much of a downer. (according to the market stall lady its because not all samples are treated before they get sent to the shops for consideration, and then onwards to her) and it is really rare that happens.

The other item of clothing that has ended up not completely functional is the Sleeping Beauty skirt I made for a costume party. In that case a) I don’t really like it, it reminds me of school, b) the way I caught up the lining in the hem means it wrinkles a bit, which isn’t ideal though I have been assured no one but me would notice, however c) I don’t really like it, it reminds me of school! So it hasn’t really been worn, I will keep it in my wardrobe a couple more months, but if it doesn’t get worn by then it will get slung out.

Last year I made a list of all the things I intended to sew this year…

Black and white lined wool skirt – made

Black and red herringbone wool skirt – made 

Dress for dark Grimm fairytale themed goth clubnight I am hoping to go to in March –didn’t manage and due to life getting busy didn’t make it to the club night at all actually

Skirt for my friend C.- push over to next year, after the Sleeping Beauty skirt didn’t work I’m not quite as confident as I thought I was with the pattern

Top for my friend C. – made

Red jersey top – was on the list, dyed the fabric and the trimming, but got bumped off the list by time constraints

Burgundy jersey top – made 2 of them actually

Hot air balloon steampunk/lolita dress –made

Hello Kitty/Kiss dress – didn’t manage

Tim Burton style ball dress for Haloween –no chance

Black and silver damask steampunk/lolita skirt – sadly didn’t manage

Red and black stripe steampunk/lolita skirt. –didn’t manage

So I managed 5 out of 13, which is terrible really, only looking at that list I feel I was a touch over ambitious.

Also this year ended up being the year of making fairly boring basics for my wardrobe, rather than fun frilly stuff, which was totally necessary, however, I’ve got to say, this winter has been the first time since I put on weight 5 years ago nearly now, that I’ve consistently found stuff on the highstreet and in charity shops that fits and I want to wear. I am beginning to feel, for the first time in 5 years that I have a well rounded wardrobe that can cope with any everyday occasion. Although there are several basics I still would like to make next year, I’m going to have a lot more opportunity to make stuff for fun and on a whim.

However I am finding that alternative culture has pretty much died in London, certainly in the South East of London where I live, which means that although I love the idea of having a wardrobe full of black and frilly, there are less and less opportunities to wear stuff. I need more lolita items, and I need a couple of Regency dancing dresses, but I’m not entirely sure where to go with what I make at the moment, my heart wants loads of impractical but pretty goth dresses, but my head thinks maybe normal basics with the merest hint of a twist to them is more suited to what I actually need. (hate normcore with a massive vengeance)

So I have no idea what the hell I’m going to make next year.

However there is still a short list of stuff I need to make…

Regency dress mockup (I have started this already as the deadline is mid January)

Regency dress more authentic version

Red top 1

Red top 2

Another item of clothing for C.

And thats about it, apart from that I’m just going where the whim takes me. Obviously I’d love to finish more than 12 items as well, but I have to accept, because of the ill and life getting in the way, thats probably not going to happen. But I will have a  go anyway! 🙂