Posts Tagged Myrna Cardigan

Swapsies

I have a friend, in France, who loves all things Japanese and goes there quite often and has ‘contacts’ and returns with beautiful vintage kimono and fabulous fabrics.

She took a fancy to an old livestock bell I had in my vintage shop because it was made in the village where she lives.

She wanted to know if I would do a swap.  The animal bell for some Japanese fabric.  So I went round to her house and had a rummage and this is what I ended up with.

Japanese silk Orange

Some gorgeous orange textured silk

japanese kimono silk

 Apparently the  wavy lines are picking out the movement of water flowing in a river. Traditionally, this motif symbolizes the passage of time, and the course of a lifetime.  Well, there you go – I just liked the colour and the ‘bobbly’ bits.

Japanese cotton

some circa 1970s kimono cotton

15.06 (7)

with a lovely handle and soft, slubby texture

Japanese Indigo Cotton

and these two indigo cottons which I am going to fuse together somehow for an infant’s outfit.  The dark blue one is sort of ‘corrugated’ – if you know what I mean – so I think it might look like shirring  and would make a cute top to a summer dress with the other fabric as the skirt.

Antique French Animal Bell

Here is the animal bell which is pretty gorgeous in its primitive state and becomes especially special if it was made in the village in which you now live

French Cow Bell

Now my dilemma is, what can I do with beautiful fabric that is only about 14 inches wide?

I’ve got around 2.5 meters of the orange and 2m of the pink and I’m thinking of  some sort of tops but I think  they would have to be in panels.  Any suggestions?  Is it possible to make anything other than a scarf?

The indigo prints are easier – I think I will be able to make a really cute baby dress from those.  I haven’t been promoting my baby dresses because I haven’t been pleased with the photographs.  I don’t have a baby to model the clothes and my dogs wriggle too much and struggle with the bloomers 😉  So, not having enough vintage mannequins in my house already(!), I found a child-sized mannequin on Ebay which used to grace a shop in Paris and plan to take a whole new set of photographs using this display model.

Baby Mannequin

 Is it me or is this just a tiny bit creepy?

Thank goodness it hasn’t got a face.

In other breathtaking news – I have finished my Simplicity 1803 dress for the Outfit Along – just need to hem it – and will reveal it soon.  The other part of the Outfit Along – the Myrna Cardigan – is one-armed at the moment but I hope to have it completed by the middle (or end) of next week.  I am pleased with the dress but the cardigan will probably end up as another ’round the house’ knit.  We’ll see.  I might try the method of using petersham ribbon behind the button and buttonhole bands for a neater and stronger finish as there is quite a bit of negative ease in this cardigan (hark at me getting all technical!) and it might look as if it is pulling a bit across the girls otherwise.   A tutorial for such a method is outlined here and I will report back if I decide to go along with it.

I am girding my loins to attend a vide grenier (boot sale, yard sale, flea market) as a seller rather than a buyer this Sunday.  Mlle. Tialys the elder and myself will be attempting to sell some of  the results of an over enthusiastic clothes buying habit formed over the last 5 years in her case and many more years in mine – and making room in our wardrobes for our new passion for lovingly hand made clothing.   I’ll let you know how we get on but be prepared for some grumbling about that group of people known as ‘the public’ which we will be miraculously disassociated from on Sunday as we attempt to sell to them.  Example scenario ” a euro for a vintage leather handbag – are you mad? – I’ll give you 50 cents” .   Maybe it will rain…….

, , , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments

Another Coco Before Clearing the Decks

I just finished another Coco dress.  I bought this coral coloured jersey which was the perfect weight for this dress but I felt was a little bright to make the whole dress in.  So I decided to pair it with this grey jersey and have a go at making a colour block version.  I love it but, unfortunately, forgot to lengthen it this time so I will get a consensus of opinion from family and blunt  honest friends and, if they think it’s too short for me, I’ll have to hand it over to one of the Madamoiselles.  I think you can usually get away with things a little shorter in the summer with bare legs and flats but we’ll see.

Colour Block Coco Dress

(The ombré effect here is due to bad lighting rather than the fabric and my paintwork morphing into different shades)

Only a couple of days to go until the Lladybird and Tangled Threads’ Outfit Along starts so I wanted to finish up some projects I had on the go and start with a clean (ish) slate.

As I explained here this Outfit Along comprises a dress (or skirt) and a cardigan to go with it.  The suggested pattern for the dress is Simplicity 1803 which I already have and had bought the fabric for some time ago and the cardigan is the new one from Andi Satterlund called Myrna.

Simplicity 1803

I’m going to make the one in the bottom right hand corner with the short sleeves and button embellishments.

myrna cardigan2

Here’s the cardi I’m going to make.

There are lots of gorgeous fabric and yarn choices going on and I’ve been watching the Ravelry thread to see what people are choosing.  However, much as I like the bright, patterned fabrics, I’m taking into consideration my lifestyle, location, age, wearing opportunities and going with something a bit more ‘sensible’ or let’s use the word ‘classic’ as it sounds slightly less boring.

OAL fabric and yarn 001

So, these are my fabric and yarn choices.  What do you think?  Be quick and tell me if you don’t think they’d work as I start the day after tomorrow!

I’m sure I will have time to do plenty of other things at the the same time – we have until the end of July after all – and the dress shouldn’t take me long but I only knit in the evenings so the cardigan is likely to be the thing in danger of not being finished so no more knitting projects until afterward.

I just had time to finish off this cute baby jacket which will, eventually, be in my shop as I have lots of plans for more hand knit baby wear but I’ve got to complete a few more yet before I put them in the shop.

Knitted Baby Jacket

I’m frantically sewing up a knitted jacket for myself – don’t you just hate the sewing up part of knitting? – then that will be out of the way and I can cut out and cast on.

Outfit Along

 

 

 

 

 

, , , , , , , , , ,

10 Comments

Virtual Sewing and Knitting Club

I mostly think of sewing and knitting as a lone pursuit – although I find knitting a bit more sociable as it tends to be more portable and I don’t have to disappear upstairs where my sewing machine lives.  When I was still in the U.K. I used to go, every couple of weeks, to a local craft shop who gave over a table cunningly placed in the centre of the fabric section, to a group of us who would sew together, mostly patchwork quilting projects, in exchange for the vast quantities of fabric we would buy.  I did try joining a group here but found the projects they did a little uninspired and they didn’t seem willing to try out new things.   Three of us rebelled and started a breakaway group which, although it is now down to two, suits me fine and is a little more centred on dressmaking which is also good as that is my ‘thing’ at the moment.

I do like talking about sewing and knitting projects but my weekly sewing buddy is French and, although my Franglais isn’t too bad, it’s just not the same as chatting in your native language.  As most of my other ‘real life’ friends aren’t interested in the ins and outs of it – to say nothing of the lack of interest at home(!)  – I have turned to ‘virtual’ friends in blogland to share these interests and to find inspiration.  I  have never done a sew along or knit along online because I haven’t liked the patterns chosen or have missed the beginning or just never got round to it.  Also, I usually like working at my own pace.  However, I found myself tempted by this one which is an outfit along, a  joint venture by Lauren, sewing diva at Lladybird and Andi Satterlund, knitwear designer at Untangling Knots, this will start on 1st June and the finished outfits to be photographed and submitted on the Ravelry thread by the end of July.

Outfit Along

The idea is to have a finished outfit at the end of two months and this includes a dress and a short cardigan to wear over the top of it.  As luck would have it, the dress pattern suggested, Simplicity 1803,  is one that I have already and have even bought the fabric for.  Mlle. Tialys the elder has already made one for herself and it looks great on her, I’ve just never got around to making my version.

SImplicity 1803

I am going to make the version with short sleeves and a slotted neckline in a spotty fabric.

The cardigan is a new design by Andi Satterlund called Myrna which I have bought, downloaded and ordered the yarn for so, once that arrives, I’m all ready to go.  I might miss out the keyhole detail on the back though as I’m not convinced it wouldn’t look like I’d just ripped a hole in it on some brambles or something.  Apart from that, I love the short sleeves, v-neck and eyelet details and I’m going to make it in a short of linen colour.  I have made one of Andi’s patterns before, the Miette (shown in my post here), another top down cardigan, which was something I’d never attempted before so it was interesting to do and knits up quickly.

Myrna CardiganThe Myrna Cardigan by Andi Satterlund

You don’t have to do either of these patterns for the Outfit Along – you could choose different dress and top patterns – but these will be the ones featured on Lauren and Andi’s blogs so, if you need any help, these would be the ones to go for.  I love them both and already have the dress pattern so an easy decision for me.  I don’t really need help with either pattern (I hope!) but I thought it would give me the push I need to finally get that dress made and, more importantly, I can feel as if I’m part of a sewing/knitting community where I can discuss any problems or little triumphs without getting the glazed look in the eyes of a less interested audience  – or at least I won’t be able to see it.

Have you ever participated in a knit along or sew along before?  If you are a beginner, would you consider it to get you started?  If you are experienced, would you go for it for the same reasons as me or have you got lots of ‘real life’ sewing friends you can bore to death chat to about your projects.

, , , , , , ,

6 Comments