I’ve finally used that gorgeous crepe I’ve been hoarding, and I found the perfect pattern for it: the Roscoe Blouse. It’s a garment that will last me at least a few more weeks into my pregnancy because it has so much ease, but it’s not a maternity design so I can wear it for the summers to come, too! Read more about it on the Maternity Sewing blog.
I used to be a winter knitter: I started in late fall making a cozy sweater only to finish it in spring when the weather got warmer and it was too late to wear it. And then to find that by next winter my taste had changed and I didn’t like it so much anymore. Or maybe I just learned to be honest about what I’d made and not try to convince myself that it turned out well :). I’ve started to knit in summer too, now, but I’m still always a season behind. I started in May, when we were still in Italy camping by a beautiful blue mountain lake.
At busy times like the yurt building, I tend to knit more than I sew. Knitting is just more portable, easy to do while you’re having a conversation. And it’s more relaxing than sewing. And you can do it while watching something, which always makes me feel less lazy then just watching something. I want to share my knitting plans with you and ask you for your opinion on a finished project. I’m thinking of frogging it but maybe it can still be saved!
One of my last maternity makes was the Two Pegs Dress by Boho Banjo. I had never considered a Lagenlook design before, and the product photos did not seem like my style at all. But the technical drawing drew my attention, and wondered if I could make it work for me if I choose my fabrics wisely. And I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone with this one! I absolutely loved this dress while pregnant. Even though it’s a summer dress, I still wore it in winter with a cardigan.
Let’s zoom in on what fabrics are suitable for the Zircon Sweater/Dress.The recommended fabric section in the instructions lists sweater fleece, neoprene, fleece and quilted jersey. French terry’s, jacquard and interlock or double knits can also be suitable, but with these you definitely have to check the amount of stretch. My samples have been sewn with fabrics from The Sweet Mercerie, who is generously offering a 15% discount on all her French terry, neoprene and quilted fabrics! Use the code ‘ZIRCON ‘ at the checkout. I’m very excited to offer you this, Yvonne always has a great selection of hard to get fabrics like cool sweater fleece prints. Especially lucky for those in Europe because she’s based in Portugal.
Before you get big eyed from the fabulousness below: there’s an interview with us up on SomaPatterns’s blog, check it out!
Like last year during Sewing Indie Month, there’s a sewalong contest with fabulous prizes up for grabs. Between September 1st and October 4th you can enter to win in one of three categories: Pattern Hacking, hosted by Rhonda of Rhonda’s Creative Life; Everyday Casual, hosted by Mary of Idle Fancy; and Dressed to the Nines, hosted by Laura of Lilacs and Lace. There will be another bonus prize this year too, which will be given to one randomly chosen contest entrant! To be eligible to win your project must be made based on a pattern or tutorial from one of this year’s 21 participating designers. Click here to see participating designers and click here to see the contest rules. There are some seriously generous prize packs to be won, so much so that I’m a bit bummed that I can’t participate! Read on to learn more about the hosts and the prize packs.
This project is something I had in mind since I started developing the Onyx: the lines of View B lend itself perfectly to colour blocking. I’ve actually thought about including this as a View C in the pattern, but it would have become too complicated to read with all the lines going through the middle. So here it is anyway, this week as a finished make, next week as a tutorial to show you how to adapt the pattern. Besides colour blocking I also wanted to make a super airy Onyx. So far I’ve only shown the pattern with lawn, batiste and linen, but the version without the cuffs or even sleeves is also very suitable for drapey fabrics such as rayon, crepe and chiffon.