I am so excited to announce that I will be having a trunk show on Small Business Saturday, hosted by local yarn shop Harriet and Alice.
I haven't been writing because I have been making!
Stay tuned while I continue developing my line of hand-loomed artisanal knit products, available for sale Fall 2018.
Were you thinking about making some of your holiday items? Did you get it done?
The last couple of years have been more about knitting than sewing for me, but last month it turned out that I needed to do some sewing. It was a hectic month and sewing hadn't really been part of my plan, but sometimes maybe that's the best way to get down to business, isn't it?
Knitting and sewing garments produces scraps, there is just no getting around it. It is tempting to point at big companies that produce clothing and complain about their cutting room floor scraps, but anyone who makes their own clothes also knows how hard this problem is to avoid.
This time, I finished the blanket before the baby arrived. Mission accomplished. It is a Debbie Bliss pattern for the Patchwork Blanket and it is knit in organic cotton. I can't wait to wrap the new guy in it.
I completed my final alterations project, so that is a relief, because there are plenty of other tasks that need attention now. For the project, I re-crafted an old sundress that I still loved too much to get rid of, even though I hadn't worn it in two years.
Confession: my relationship with apparel sustainability tends toward cyclical. Sometimes an outside force causes me to pull back and examine my clothing habits. Sometimes I read a new book and I feel old questions and concerns renewed. I wish I could say that I steadfastly shun all of the tempting apparel out there, but I do still fall prey to over-priced pretty things that probably contain questionable products and which also probably did not earn their maker very much money. Why is that? The question bedevils me.
My Dad thinks they are silly, but in my opinion, arm warmers make a lot of sense in northern winter life. You don't want to commit to gloves, but you aren't quite warm enough...or maybe your cute jacket has those sweet bracelet sleeves that leave you wishing for the opera length gloves of the 1950s...or maybe you are enjoying the poncho thing happening now, but your wrists are chilly as a result.
I finished sewing a shirt last week. I started it last year, but because every stitch is hand-sewn, it was taking a long time. Summer came, and I no longer needed a long-sleeve shirt, so I put it aside. But then fall came, and even though I wasn't sure it would be worth the time, I finished it.
It seems like lately everything is called poncho or kimono. I don't see how this is anything but a vest. Certainly a long, cozy one, and one with shoulders that drop down low, but a vest nonetheless.
My friend Liz will welcome her new addition in early December. She made my little guy a blanket, and when he arrived tiny and early, I was so glad to have that soft, special blanket while we were in the chilly hospital.
The flat-pattern method of designing clothes (and perhaps for other methods out there?) necessitates starting with a set of basic pattern shapes called slopers. If you draft these, and then cut and sew them, you have what looks like a shell (a bodice), a sleeve, and a skirt. Typically, these are sewn in plain, undyed muslin and lack fasteners and finished seams.
...So I made these, and sent them off many weeks ago to a land far, far away, where my friend will be having a baby soon, if she hasn't already.
I made a poncho!
I knit this poncho using wool that I purchased with no pattern and no plan. This may not sound like a big deal if you have not knit before, but buying yarn with no plan usually just leads to a closet full of pretty yarn, rather than a closet full of pretty sweaters.
I finished the dress that I thought was going to be a swim-dress-tunic-coverup, and really turned out more like a dress that you throw on over you swimsuit...