Yay!, It is that time of the week again and I have been creating. I was home alone last night so I stayed up until 3am catching up on Gardener's World and knitting. Did I just say that? I did. No more Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle in this house I tell ya. Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Even the cat that's not ours didn't want to keep me company.
|Granny pic nicked from Google and doctored by me.|
I finished the little neck warmer for Sprogzilla and I quite like it. Actually I like the way the wool looks the wrong way round better. Still got to give it a wash and sew the ends in.
Yet another neck warmer. Oh, dear.
Bored, I found a lone ball of Noro Kogarashi wool/silk mix. I had bought a skein to put I my brother's fiancée's Christmas present and it literally fell apart when I picked it up to wrap it. It coiled itself into a huge tangle so I had to keep it *mwah, ha, ha*. I eventually got in into a ball but it took about 3 hours and much swearing. Not using a pattern just the inspiration from the "Present" one I used at first. The textured shape is good but it really is too high for me as I have no neck. Not too sure (again) of the colours for me either but it will be a change from black.
Knitting Japanese, I think I'm knitting Japanese. I really think so!
Today I went down to the studio and sewed up a muslin for Simplicity 2339, the pattern that I had made all the changes to. I cut it out with about an inch extra on the side seams as a kind of fit insurance then sewed it up on the original cutting line. It was a bit too roomy even for me. Got a bit of a shot-putter shoulder thing going on.
Version 1: A tad on the roomy side even over my voluminous T-shirt. What is my hair doing?
I went back and sewed it up again on the proper stitch line. Much better. The bust darts could probably use being dropped a little and I know that I sewed up the one on the left a little wonkily as I was trying to do it in a hurry but overall I can live with the fit. I am going to put the darts in the back though to give it a little bit more fit.
V2: The button placket still needs to go on the front.
So, now that I see Version 2 I am not so sure that I needed to 2-inch broad back adjustment on the yoke piece as the shoulders look too big. I will have to make this up in less precious fabric to try it out. I always make things far too big for me. Probably a consequence of being skinny then being fat with nothing much in between. Makes it hard to gauge your own size. I can see me taking out a couple of centimetres as the yoke being that sloppy looking will just annoy me. It is at the back though and I am appreciating the room under the arms. Maybe I should just take in the yoke to its original size, keep the width in the body and add a small box pleat at the centre yoke back? Hmmm, think that would solve it though?
Anyway, I am off to find something that fits me to wear for work tomorrow. Least I can finish my scarf on the train.
Have a great week!
P.S. I bought "The Great British Sewing Bee - Sew Your Own Wardrobe" book on Monday. Might review it during the week. If you have it what do you think?