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The Toaster Sweater + The Magic Pencil Skirt together!

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I purchased this cobalt blue houndstooth stable knit during a visit to Vogue Fabrics in Chicago in October.....I just love the houndstooth check pattern! Initially, I had planned to make a dress, but I love wearing my first make of the  Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater  pattern, and so I thought pairing it with a slim skirt (  The Magic Pencil Skirt from Pamela's Patterns ) would give me the look of a dress with more options. The fabric is a stable, bonded knit, and worked well with both patterns.                                     Although I love sewing and wearing dresses, I am excited about                            this idea of  matching separates. Curious to see what road this takes me on as                                    I start to get the itch to plan a Spring wardrobe module!                                                                         

Sewing for Grandkids: Fall/early Winter 2020

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                      Fall and early Winter 2020 found me spending many hours sewing for my grandchildren, which is so fun! I've been purchasing the Ottobre pattern magazine for children, as I really like the design esthetic....a little different from clothes that can be purchased here in the United States.   First up was a T-shirt and pair of shorts for my grandson, using fabric from JoAnn Fabrics & Hobby Lobby, as well as from my stash. I color-blocked the back yoke for some design interest.                                       There was enough left for a T-shirt for his sister to match: The kiddos wore their shirts to the Zoo, perfect for viewing the Dinosaur exhibit! This little denim jumper from Ottobre was a good match to pair to with the dinosaur shirt: I used the same pattern to make another denim jumper for another of my granddaughters, the polka dot knit T-shirt really brightened up this outfit! My daughter had scheduled an appointment for her family photo shoot, an

The Red Dress Challenge: McCall's 7381

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                                                             Christmas 2020: The Pandemic Year found me with lots of time on my                      hands over the holidays, as it was just my husband and I celebrating Christmas                      together. I was so saddened not to see my children and grandchildren, but thank goodness for the solace of my sewing space!  I took advantage of this extra time to  participate in #thelittlereddressproject   on Instagram, hosted by Renata at thetwilightstitcher .                                                               I had made McCall's 7381 before , loved wearing it, and thought I would revisit this pattern. For this challenge, I chose View B, and used a poly lycra knit purchased a few years ago from Fabric Mart Fabrics .                      There is very little stretch to this fabric, nonetheless I sized down for this make since with my first attempt the fit was a little big. I love the style of this dress, and it reminds me o

My Tegna sweater: Finished!

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                                          Can I just say how much I love this sweater?!        TEGNA by Caitlin Hunter at  Boyland Knitworks  is such a fun project! It is knit bottom up, starting with the lovely lace at the hem. After that bit of concentration, it's on to the races with stockinette to the finish. When knitting sweaters, knitting up a preliminary gauge swatch is key, and after working that out I was able to get the most perfect fit of any sweater I have knit to date. The only modification I made was to add length to the body: the Tegna pattern is written as a more cropped sweater, but I wanted one that was more tunic length. That lace.......sigh...... Isn't this color so beautiful? It's  Studio June  heavy fingering weight yarn  in the colorway Eight Bells.  I used the helical knitting technique to alternate skeins of this hand dyed yarn to avoid an obvious change of color or pooling. ( In normal  knitting in the round  you work a single, complete  spiral  o