December’s Holiday Challenge
Now, in theory you’ve been following the monthly challenges and should be ready for the holidays now. But, you may find there are a couple things that you might like to add to your holiday decor or next year’s gift giving. So, this month’s challenge is to make a list! As you are putting things out or packing them away, make a list of things you want to have ready for next year. Share your list on Sewing Mamas so we can plan our 2014 holiday sewing!
As you look back on this year, were there things you wanted to do but just didn’t get finished? Do you find you like the fabric shopping part of sewing a little more than the sewing part? Is there someone you’d like to do more sewing for in 2014? (Maybe you?)
As the year wraps up, find a few moments of quiet and set some goals for next year. Set goals that are realistic for you. Pie in the sky goals are great, but it’s no fun to have a list of goals that are so far from obtainable that you’ll just be discouraged by them.
One of my goals is to take pictures of everything I make AND to take more notes. Because even though I’m absolutely certain that I will remember that the shirt in the kitty fabric was from that one Ottobre issue in size ??? and I added length to the body or was it the sleeves? It seems that I don’t actually remember those things six months from now. (Or, a week from now…)
Lots of crafty sales this week, which is good if you are have plans for handmade holidays. :)
This just landed in my inbox: Chez Ami fabrics are 30% off until December 1st. I love shopping that does not require me to actually go to a store!
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Since I’ve been making scarves, I thought it would be nice to make hats. Trying this on a smaller scale seemed like a good way to start, so I found a pattern for a hat for my daughter’s American Girl doll.
Zoe likes it because she thinks it looks like a beret. However, it is so loose that it is very likely to fall off when the doll is picked up, which is not a good feature.
Using a size 6 needle, I cast on 42 rather than 66 and tried again. I used a size 8 needle for the larger needle in both attempts because I don’t have a size 9. This time it fit.
Zoe hasn’t seen the second version. I still have a bit of yarn left, so I’ll make a matching scarf and give her the set for her birthday. There is a really cute sweater on the same pattern page, but I’m not feeling brave enough to tackle a sweater yet. Simple projects I can do while watching the kids at hockey or basketball practice are perfect right now.
The pattern was easy to follow, especially for a beginner like me. And I’m sure the first one would have fit just fine if I’d had the right type of yarn. :)
This yarn is called Serenity Chunky Weight from the Deborah Norville Collection. The colorway is PuppyDogTails.
Next post will be sewing again!
It’s a brown thread marathon!
Curved raglans are a favorite of mine. I have used this issue for the curved raglan in smaller sizes, and was relieved when I went back to it this year and found they had continued the shirt up to a size 170 in this style in pattern #35.
Since this is an early edition of Ottobre, the contents are all in Finnish, so I have no idea what the directions really say. However, I can figure out that it wants me to use a 3.5cm wide piece of ribbing for the neck binding, and that I should construct it in the same manner as pattern #19, which is the version of the pattern in sizes up to 140. This pattern also has a flower applique that I omitted.
Fortunately, it’s just a t-shirt, and I have made lots of t-shirts, so I don’t really need the instructions for putting it together. (This is good since the instructions for #19 are also in Finnish!) I have heard, though, if you have one of these early magazines and are trying to make an item where the instructions really would help, you can contact the folks at Ottobre and they will provide an English translation for you.
I always go back and forth about whether I should topstitch the seam between the body and sleeves. It seemed like it would be more distracting with the horse print. If I do this shirt with solid colors, contrasting topstitching might be a good way to add interest.
After making Jack this top last week, I realized I should have continued while I had my machines threaded with brown thread.
This is the same pattern as before, the #26 Mahpee raglan long sleeve t-shirt from Ottobre 1/2012 in size 134. I didn’t bind the neckline on this one, I just used 2″x15.5″ of the same fabric I used on the sleeves and back, stitched the short ends right sides together and made the neckline from that. I think it works a little better.
My not always cooperative model:
Why yes, we do still have Halloween candy! Do you have children with blue tongues at your house as well?