Monday, February 29, 2016

Sewing Mojo is back!

Thank goodness, the sewing mojo is back. I was lamenting that I hadn't really sewed anything for a long while.  I started with a "warm-up" of smaller projects, then headed right to a couple of dresses.

First up is a bento bag. I followed the excellent instructions from here.
 Next up is the Stowe Bag from Grainline Studio.
I can see making more of these bags in the future as they'd make nice gifts.

This weekend I finally got a couple of new garments cut out. The first one is the Inari Tee Dress from Named patterns. This is a "wearable" muslin though the wearable part is highly doubtful.  Sizing wise it seems ok, other than I'd like to add a couple of inches to the hem (I'm 5'11).   Right now I am not sure I like this style on me.
Then hot off the sewing machine is my Hemlock Tee Dress hack. I've adapted the Hemlock Tee before and recently wrote about it here.  It is something that works for me and I feel really lucky to find something I really enjoy wearing. 
The fabric is from the Nani Iro Spring/Summer 2016 collection. It is called "ori-some - beni kake - sorairo".  I bought this from Miss Matatabi.  I just love this fabric. There is subtle shading and this fantastic silvery print, like a tattoo (I call it a "ghost" print)  which runs close to the selvage. I knew I had to try to utilize it as much as I could.   Here I used it on the center back.
The skirt is fuller than I'd normally make it but I wanted to use that selvage so I used the width of the fabric for the front and back skirt pieces. 
In the end I used up just about all of my 2.5 meters of fabric. I am really happy with this dress because of the style and the fabric. Double delight!

I sense more sewing to come! Goodbye February, Hello March!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Nordic Wind Shawl # 2

My second Nordic Wind shawl was completed last night. It is knitted with Rowan Felted Tweed, a version that was knitted up at my local yarn shop. It is a much thinner and lighter wool and deliciously soft.


For those who have knitted this shawl, You will note that I finished the shawl's garter stitch border in a different colour. That's because I knew I would run out of the grey and I had lots of the navy blue left so I decided to give it a go. I quite like it like that!

Feeling a bit under the weather so I will say TTFN!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Nani iro Spring 2016 and the rest of my necklaces

I wasn't expecting to post so soon but a ray of sunshine arrived in the mail today, via Miss Matatabi. :-)  The Nani Iro Spring 2016 collection is so gorgeous that I just had to bring some home!

I'm envisioning a button front blouse for the red floral and a scarf for the back piece.
The blue-grey will likely be a dress.
The stripe will likely be a top. By coincidence I made a coordinating necklace a couple of days ago!
Some samples. What a lovely painterly palette! It just makes my heart do a little dance when I look at these gorgeous colours!
Here are the remaining four necklaces I've finished making. I've put away all my jewelry making gear and getting my sewing stuff back into view!  It was fun to try my hand at beading but now it's time to sew again.



I am really loving the splashes of colour right now as it is a grey, rainy day here. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Out of the blue - beaded necklaces

I have always loved necklaces. In the last few years I have noticed there are a few I just wasn't wearing much anymore. I wasn't ready to give them away so I mentally put them on the back-burner to do something with them "one day".  Well, surprising to me, that one day arrived a couple of weeks ago. Necklace Refashion was born.

I was a bit "obsessive" about getting some results...here are five recently finished ones.




I had started off with the bigger beads (first photo) which was a good idea as I slowly realized how teeny tiny the holes in a lot of these beads are! I have another one in the works and then I think I'll put beading aside - it's very hard on the eyes!  I love getting new necklaces though!

I don't remember ever making jewelry before and it's a lot easier than I'd imagined. How about you? Have you done beading before?

Thanks for popping by. Have a great week!