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Take a sneak preview into the future and the past simultaneously with the Cotton Velvet Seat Cover Pencil Skirt.
The future will explain itself in time.
As for the past, we can explain that in the present. As many of these stories begin on this little blog, I was in an op shop and found an interesting bit of fabric. It was pink, velvety and looked like a pencil skirt to me. So I took it home. While returning it to my stash after washing (after it had left little pink pills of fluff over everything it touched), I realised this fabric reminded me of the chairs my Nana used to have in her dining room. Pink cotton-y velvet goodness. To match the deep red plush carpet. Stylin’.
This is no light fabric. It’s not heavy, but when you have a few layers stacked up as you do when you’re sewing a vent on a pencil skirt, it gets pretty thick. And apparently my sewing machine has limits. This discovery put the tension out on my machine in a rather major way and nothing could be done until I could get it into a service. (Which would also explain the popularity of crochet posts earlier this year.)
Also check out my slippers. Aren’t they awesome!*
Today the skirt has been finished and proudly hangs in my wardrobe, and occasionally on me, sometimes the drying rack, evermore highlighting the fact I have too many pink pencil skirts to the ratio of not-pink pencil skirts in my wardrobe.
*Not really a question.
PANTS!!! I sewed ’em.
I owe the existence of these pants to Shandii of ShandiiCrafts. Not only did she give me an excuse to go to the fabric department store to buy new fabric, she also taught me how to make these up in the space of an afternoon! And all she asked in return is I show her how to add pockets ❤ Thanks Shandii!!
After choosing some stretch cotton sateen, I dug out my fading-fast RTW pyjama pants and followed Shandii’s instructions. She was right when she said these were so easy!! I resisted the temptation to add fancy cuffs on this pair just so I could get these finished right, but will try something on the next pair.
I added the pockets, not just because I was showing Shandii how to add them but because POCKETS ARE AWESOME. (Even if I did sew them on the wrong way first and had to unpick them. Note to Shandii: skip that part.)
Finally I would like to voice my appreciation for Instagram filters. It may be the latest fad, but the above pic looks awesome when you consider it was 10pm-post-three-hours-in-the-garden-fixing-sprinklers-and-trimming-branches. They are Happy Gardening Pyjama Pants.
I bought this cotton yarn over a year ago, when I was first exploring fabulous yarns. I bought it online just to see what it was like. Well I loved it. But Inspiration had not struck so I didn’t buy more and I stayed in my stash all this time, until now!
A few weeks ago it was a friend’s birthday, and all of a sudden I knew what had to be done. I looked in my stash for an appropriate colour, but all I had was black! And good thing too, because I don’t think this could have turned out any better.
After some hunting, I found this Japanese crochet pattern on Ravelry and got to work! Once I started on the fringing, I worried there wouldn’t be enough yarn to complete it, and it turned out I was right. I decided instead to do one row of single crochet all around and I think it actually turned out much nicer. And you know what else? No pair of scissors ever touched this yarn. All I had was 3 inches left to weave in and that was it! My modified version was the perfect fit for this ball of yarn!
Clearly it was all meant to be. My friend loved it!
Talk about a saga. It started off well enough:
Lovely firm hat. Very happy.
Then it got to a size where I could try it on and that’s when it dawned on me that there is a reason patterns state a guage and why you should probably try getting your stitch as close to the gauge size as possible.
Pattern said 2.5mm hook. What is didn’t say is that this is a good hook size for making a hat for Felix, if he doesn’t mind his ears being flattened. Which apparently he does.
Ok. So I upped the hook size to 3mm and started making a hat from a hat. I tried this one on at a similar stage as the photo above. It could get it on, so I finished the hat. But it looked too small and silly.
So then I tried again with a 3.5mm hook. When the hat started to curve into the cup for the head, I started to worry it was going to be too big. Soldier on I said to myself. A hat too big is better than a hat too small.
Today the in-progress Happy Hat sits in my New Yarn Stash Cupboard in my New Sewing Room in my New Home. I’m not ready to look at it again yet. Since this hat already has its name I’d better be happy when I finish it!
I’d like to post a finished project, but it seems I’ve run out at the moment. Not to worry though, I’m on a sewing spree this week and wait till you see how busy I’ve been!
I’m sure the question on everyone’s lips is: Has she forgotten about the Blanket Scrabble?
No, my pretties, I have not. Check out my stack above! It’s going strong, and I’ve almost completed all the score tiles. I’ve settled on what colour to use for the non-scoring tiles and what colour to join them all with, and in my excitement I went ahead and joined some:
Exciting. Till next time, chill out!