Monday, March 9, 2015

Recent Projects

I have a new obsession. I mentioned it briefly in my post about Pink Blur's new dress. It's the Girl Charlee KnitFix. You get six different fabrics in two yards cuts, all in a tote bag. And the fabrics are all a surprise. My fabric tastes are so specific that I wasn't interested in buying something I might never use. Then I discovered the KnitFix Facebook group and saw that people buy, sell, and trade their KnitFix fabrics there. So I went for it and bought two bags. I'm not sad. These are the bags I received.

The only fabric I kept from this one was the top middle. It's a rayon blend jersey. There were also two cotton/spandex fabrics, a ponte knit, a hacci sweater knit, and a french terry.

From this bag I kept the top left (Hubs wants a polo out of it), top right (Pink Blur's dress), and the bottom left. I either sold or traded all the others. I ended up getting an extra cut of the bottom left to made a cardigan for my brother's fiance and a baby hacci knit for myself. That one is a work in progress. The last I traded for was a large chevron ponte that I made into a maxi skirt. Rather than go into detail on each piece I'll just give the pattern and fabric under the picture.

This is a Simplicity pattern that is pretty far out of print. I used it once before here. I can't find the pattern number immediately but I'll post it later. I brought the sleeves in quite a bit from elbow to wrist.

This is the cardigan for my future sister in law. Her birthday is in a couple of weeks and this is her gift. The pattern is Butterick 5793 and the fabric is a boucle hacci sweater knit. I'd never worked with a sweater knit before, so that was a learning experience.

This is just a quick snapshot of the ponte maxi skirt. I almost didn't trade for it and now I'm so glad I did. It begged to be a maxi skirt and I used this tutorial from Miriam to make it. I love it.

That does it for the KnitFix fabrics thus far. I'm not receiving anything for talking about KnitFix (though I certainly wouldn't mind!), I just had a lot of fun with it. I'll be doing it again. Back to the fabrics, once the Hubs is done losing weight I will make him the polo shirt he wants. My own cardigan is sitting in my sewing machine box waiting to be finished. The pattern is apparently also out of print. I picked it up at JoAnn's rellocation sale when they were clearing out all their stuff rather than move it. $1.99 Vouge patterns? Yes, please! I bought...a lot.

This final picture is just another quick shot. Obviously, Video Game was not very pleased that I was taking a picture. Actually, it was just the tie. He screamed when I put it on him. The pattern is the Max & Matilda button-up bodysuit. Next time I make it I'm going to make the collar a size bigger around the neck and wide enough to cover his tie better. The fabric was just a plain woven white I had in my stash.

I have several other projects in the planning or construction phase. I was also thinking of doing a tutorial about working with sweater knits because those are a different beast altogether. And tomorrow I'll be part of a blog tour for a new pattern I recently tested, so come back again soon to see it. There will be a giveaway too!

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