Long lost photos of the blue silk dress with hairpin lace, silk jacket with embroidery, covered button and bound button-hole, cotton sateen dress from the cover of La Mia Boutique.
A sewing, knitting, felting and crochet blog by Mirela Popovici
on the way to SLC from FLL, two hats, one for my friend Oana, one for me.
on the way back to FLL another little hat for a little girl named Alexandra. She drew a pretty thank you note for me :)
Yarn: Country something wool blend. 2 sheins
I really liked working with this pattern. Except the hat is very thin in this yarn, not really for winter days, but then again, there’s no winter around here where I am…
See more pics on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirelapopovici/4195243564/
Pattern for the crochet top/dress
Crochet hook: Nr.2
Pattern: see drawing
. = chain
x = single crochet
| = double crochet
all those curved lines are chains of 2, 4 and 6 chains as indicated in the drawing.
Test square: for a width of 3 pattern repeats and a height of 3 patterns => 10x10cm
Start with the shoulder. Chain 13 + 3 for the edge and you will continue downwards. Make 5 rounds of the pattern and put the work aside.
Start with the other shoulder. After the 6th round of pattern chain 48 (i chained 53 just to make it larger).
After the 48 chain, link it with the other shoulder strap. The work will have 10 pattern repeats per width.
Continue work until you have 7 pattern repeats on the vertical.
Make it wider with 7 chains + 3 chains for height, on each side, for the armhole shaping. Work will have 12 pattern repeats per width.
At 13 pattern repeats in total per vertical, first row increase to 5 chains instead of 4. Next row the height will increase from 3 to 4 chains. Next row the chain is increased from 6 chain stitches to 7 chain stitches.
At 19 pattern repeats in total per vertical, increase everything with one chain:
instead of 5 chain stitches => 6 chain stitches
instead of 4 chain stitches => 5 chain stitches on the side
instead of 7 chain stitches => 8 chain stitches
After 26 pattern repeats the back side is finished.
Just like the back. I did mine wider with two pattern repeats to fit the bust.
P.S. hope this is not breaching any copyrights…
Missing winter already? And it is the middle of summer…
It shows I have been living for too long here in Florida and I don’t know what season we are in. I wish I had more winter and more mountains!
The photos were taken at the end of April 2009 in Snowbird Utah, skiing at 20C was weird but fun, ice in the morning, a wet melt in the afternoon, but well worth the trip, the scenery is incredible.
Pattern: from Crochet Magazine
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool
just one more trick my mom taught me
This is useful for the side seams on blouses or dresses for keeping the belt from sliding down.
1. Thread you needle with 2 threads, so you end up having 4 threads that you sew with. Knot the ends together. Insert the needle from the wrong side of the fabric towards the front. Make a small stitch and create a loop.
I had one of those moments of inspiration yesterday followed by the sewing addiction and sleepless hours in front of the machine. You know those moments? I’m sure all of us sewing addicts have them often.
My sister in law visited us this weekend and she is always very stylish. She wore a breezy light cotton, had a band a woven band around the neckline, the fabric was gathered on this band.
if A -> B -> C then A -> C
woven band -> crochet collar
light breezy cotton -> embroidered cotton gauze
There I was putting the pieces of the puzzle together, pinning the fabric on the dress form, marking, cutting and sewing till after midnight. The collar was already crochet just looking for a match.
The whole top is underlined using the same fabric, the fabric is cut in a double layer so it eliminates the sheerness. The helped a lot with the finishing of the seams, the right side was first sewn to the underlining at the neckline and armholes, for front then the same for the back. A topstitch seam creates a nice finish and keeps the underlining from rolling up to the right side. The back has a cut in the center, the lining and underlining were sewn together, just like when you are working with a facing, but this time the facing is as long as the top.The side seams are sewn like a tube, the underlining side seams and then the top’s side seams all in one long seam. Turn everything to the right side, sew the crochet part onto the top. Sew a little further away from the crochet’s edge, I like to leave the edge of the crochet hang freely over the fabric, so the seam doesn’t even show. Or it can be attached by hand…but I’m too lazy.
I didn’t know what to do with the hem, since I had two layers of fabric now. I had the chose of cutting the top layer shorter and let the bottom layer visible, but I sewed them together over a folded band.
The next morning I woke up to wear my breand new top :) Thanks Ioana for the inspiration.
Oh, and I did it all by draping on the dress form, no pattern for the crochet part either. It has matching pineapple earings to go with it! Photos pending of course.
My fabrics are nicely packed inside a box that arrived the same morning from the Rocky Woods online store.
Just waiting to be cut.
The others are the UV protection fabrics for the shirts. The red and green are a little fuller but will be great for the long sleeved versions, the plaid ones are very soft to the touch and thinner, looking forward to sewing those. The colors for me are not really muted, red and pink, but oh well…why not be a little girlie…even if it is sports wear.
I wish that Rocky Woods would have better pictures of the actual fabric, like the fashion fabrics club has. That would make the whole buying stuff online an easier choice. They do offer samples, I just didn’t want to wait that long.
Now I have to carefully choose a pattern for the softshells and already have some patterns in mind for the shirts.
I do need more advice on the seam sealing process. Will the seam tape that is ironed on hold over the fleece backing? Will the SeamGrip work? hmm….
after some more reading…I found this link that explains a lot about sealing and seaming http://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/DIY_RNCSeams.htm
Updated: After all the research, I decided to call Rocky Woods, actually spoke to a nice person, no robots, and she told me that the iron on tape will probably peel off from the fleece backside, as I suspected. I will try the shoe goo on a scrap piece, since I already have that at home and they say it is similar to SeamGrip. If that doesn’t work either, I will simply sew a double seam, maybe a french like seam…that will also look good on the inside if it is not too bulky, or use some bias tape, maybe reflective…or who knows, I’ll play a little with the scraps…
P.S. After everything is sewn, here is how to take care of it:
How to sew outdoor fabrics:
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool – 2 skeins
Hook: 3.5 mm (need to double check)
I fell in love with this pattern. It is very well described here and has a chart: www.crochetville.org/forum/showpost.php?p=1203781&pos…
This is my second shawl based on the pattern and it turned out to be a simpler pattern than I first thought. The important thing to remember is to do the increases only at the beginning and end of each row and on both sides of the point.
I will try the increases technique next time in a more precious yarn with a different stitch to see if I can reproduce the shape.
This keeps me warm in the office even if we are in Florida, the wool is breathable so it is perfect over a thin long sleeved blouse.
I would pair it with jeans for a poncho like casual wear or over a little black dress for a chillier evening.
I’ve wanted to make this one for sooo long. It’s amazing to see a crochet pattern that is so interesting, modern and really unique. I enjoyed how the yarn took shape after taking it of the loom. This is a lot of fun to make since it can be tried on after the first row. It really is really fast and really easy to make!
The walnut wood hairpin lace frame was a Christmas gift from Marius. I love it! It even smells like walnuts! Yum!
The speed of this project is simply incredible and the instructions are crystal clear. I would like to see one of those diagrams for it though…otherwise there’s a whole lot of reading, but in all the pattern is actually simpler then described.
I might even have the courage to give this another try in a different yarn as a dress.
I do love this yarn especially for crochet because it is woven and can be handled easily. I would prefer a drape-ier yarn for this pattern though, this is just a little stiff, but just a little.
See a gallery of creations based on this pattern here:
My mother made this during her stay with us this winter holidays. I can’t say for sure, but I believe the book instructions were followed, or maybe the number of stitches for cast on were reduced to accommodate the yarn…I have to ask if anyone is interested…
I can only take credit for the straps on this project. I used square shell beads for the straps and single crochet along and thought them.
I like the feel of the bamboo yarn, very soft, airy and drape-y. The color is very neutral and nude looking. It washes me out but a little more eye makeup should fix it, or a nice tan…I do wish it was just a little bit more fitted and a touch longer.
I think it could be worn also as a vest over a shirt.
Thanks mom! Looking forward to the next vacation together, I had a wonderful time!
Yarn: Cotton Ease
Pattern: based on Garn Studio http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=104&d_id=25&lang=us
Needles: 3.5mm Crochet Hook
From this little corner of the world, surrounded by swamp and the ocean, one needs to get on a plane for a change of scenery. A 5 hour flight from Fort Lauderdale took us to Salt Lake City and another 5 hours drive away we were in the Grand Tetons and on our way to Yellowstone. Add those hours together and one gets a lot of crochet or knitting time!
Yes I was able to take the crochet hooks with me, even the aluminum kind, no questions asked by the airport security personnel. There are of course plastic versions if you have any worries…
Crocheting helped me quit smoking, I wish my husband would like to give it a try..it also helps you keep your cool on a plane, especially when you got your cheap tickets in the last row next to the lavatory, where everyone seems to form a huge line after drinking about 50ml of water.
You can also choose to work on a smaller project that you can even finish by the time the plane lands and you can have a useful item to wear during your stay.
My crochet beanie has seriously been used as a sun hat during the day, with the ear-flaps lifted and it also holds some warmth during colder nights in a tent.