chebe: (GirlDayDreaming)
This weekends make was Seamwork's Oslo; an oversized, slightly boxy, long cardigan. I made it in a Medium, and there is still oodles of room there. Definitely comfy.

I left off the buttons. And went with sleeve option 2 (the non roll-up kind) because when working with computers I find it easier to have my wrists accessory free. Although they are still long enough to cover the knuckles. I did have the seam ripper out for this one. It took me way too long to understand the cuff instructions. (Turn half inside-out to right side out.)

I made it in a nice polyester Ponte de Roma (quickly becoming my favourite fabric) with just a touch of spandex (4%). The colour is officially 'Petrol', which is like a darker, more blue teal? I'm pretty sure it will go with almost everything in my wardrobe.

Slouchy )
chebe: (Sewing Machine)
Seamwork's Aberdeen is a v-neck, batwing sleeve, t-shirt. The front is one piece, so no need to worry about matching patterns. The back is two pieces, and also features a v-neck, which I think is a nice touch.

I need to practice adding v-necks. There's a little bubble at the front point, and the back ones didn't quite line up. Also, because I hate hemming, I half-assed the hem with just a single turn and zig-zag stitch.

But, it's cute and comfy. I made it up in a light t-shirt weight stretch jersey. I picked up this fabric as a remnant while on holiday in Vancouver years back. The print is busy, but monochromatic, so sufficiently moody for my tastes.

Ta-da! )
chebe: (Spools of thread)
Version one were made up in the green-blue spotty fabric. I told you you'd seen the last of that fabric, and I meant it. This version is done up in a plain plum-purple, medium weight stretch jersey. Otherwise; I tweaked the pattern to widen the calves, and take out some fabric from the stomach.

These are deliciously comfortable. The lower legs fit great. This material is less stretchy than version one, so has shown that adding a bit of length to the rear would be good as well. Next time Gadget.

Couple of pictures )
chebe: (Sewing Machine)
It's okay, my sewing machine and I are friends again. I had been using 'universal' bobbins, but it turns out they don't fit Janome. I bought some generic brand ones that mostly fit, just a millimetre or so off. The problem is less frequent now. But every so often I hear a clatter, as the bobbin thread comes out of the guides and loses all tension control. Now that I know, I can listen attentively, and tend to her when she acts up.

Have you seen Seamwork? I'm enjoying the monthly appearance of quick, casual patterns in my inbox. And while I'll never make all of them, learning about the techniques is interesting. One of the patterns with issue two was Manila, a pair of leggings. This, I thought, fits in with my sew-knits intention, and is an easy introduction to trousers. So I got out my spotted fabric, and had a go. (You'll be glad to know, dear readers, that this is the last of that spotted fabric! Newer colours and patterns await us both.)

Two legs, front and back pieces each. A covered elastic waistband, and some cute tulip cuffs. Add it all together and you get a garment with no hems! My absolute favourite kind! Very easy to make up (once your machine behaves). Fit-wise; I need to allow more width in the calves, and take out both width and height in the belly. But, regardless, very comfortable. Hope to make again.

Couple of pictures )
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