Yes, it’s true! After more than two years I have picked up my crochet hooks again. It seems crazy to have left it that long, but life happens.
What is even crazier, I actually finished the project within 10 days! Talk about rekindling an old love. What did I make you ask? I won’t make you wait any longer:
Isn’t it lovely! It’s a rather large 5-point star baby blanket in olive green 8 ply wool, mixed with a green and black 2 ply yarn to give the side of each star point a different shade. Its turned out so lovely I almost think I’ll keep it…
But I won’t! I owe the inspiration to pick up my hooks again to a dear friend. She requested this blanket when she was pregnant with her first baby, and I was happy to oblige! Now the baby is 6 months old and preparing for his first winter, with woolly blanket at the ready 🙂
The buttons came from a designer outlet store in Melbourne, they fit through the loops in the seams so it can be adjusts to be worn around my friend when she is wearing her baby. No button holes necessary, so it can still be used with toddlers!
The pompom tells you which was is up so you don’t get to swearing levels trying to find the buttons. The point also acts as a hood for baby!
Find more details on the project and pattern over on my Ravelry profile!
So, first crafty project in two years completed. What’s next? Well, I already started two more and might dig out a UFO…
One craft I remember my mother doing was reupholstering my desk chair in my bedroom.
The original was a lovely cream textured cover but you could just imagine how long that would stay looking nice in a grubby teenage bedroom.
The fabric she chose was this nice black tapestry style. The offcuts followed us around for years and I’d always wanted to do something with it.
Around the same time she covered the chair I made myself a needle book which I still use today. But there remained a sizable scrap.
This is where the joys of spending hours on Pinterest proves itself useful. Inspiration struck and BAM skirt.
Clyde Pencil Skirt. So named after the photo filter effect on my photo editing app on my phone.
Clydette is the more feminine of two skirts cut from the same length of wool I found in an opshop.
I’m pretty much nailing all my pencil skirt dreams so I figured it was time to shake it up a bit. Having tried a few portrait blouses from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, I decided to try one of the pencil skirt modifications.
I couldn’t tell you how I managed to pull that peak off. It mystified me.
Look at the ruffles!
I knew when I made this into a pencil skirt it would have to be named with a reference to hot librarian teachers who don’t take silliness from students.
Another wool from an opshop, but not stretchy this time. It kept moving about as a cut and sewed it.
Vintage button thanks to me Nan.
A stretchy wool found in an opshop.
More opshop fabric goodness! I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this awesome wool and a whole lot more at one the opshops I frequent. It ended up being one of my biggest spends ever in a opshop.
I believe this rectangle of wool was intended to be a blanket. It still had a loose thread and needle in one side and the hem was incomplete. I finished the hem, and in winter I needed a warm jacket to wear out and about and thought a super simple cloak design would be great for this blanket.
It’s almost a crime how easy this was. After checking the measurements against my body, all I did was cut a slit to the centre and hem it. To wear, put the end of the slit behind your neck and throw one side over your shoulder…
And/or the other side over the other shoulder!
I believe I saw something like in a Vogue once.
Hooray for thrifty warmness!
One of my habits is finding likable lengths of fabric in opshops with the view to make a Pencil Skirt. This was another such likable length of fabric.
The trending problem that arises from this habit is that I often find out how long the length is at the cutting stage. I take a rather relaxed approach to my sewing.
So, often times I end up with a mini pencil skirt instead of the knee length one I’d hoped for.
In this case, I cut my pieces but the fabric had originally been cut on a bad angle. So the back pieces ended up much longer than the front piece. I sewed the back vent in so I could trim the hem evenly in the last stage, and then, well I ended up with one inch of vent. Sigh.
But of course, surprise lengths of fabric isn’t always a bad thing! Check out my funky Green Mini Skirt!
Confession time: one of the things I suck at is stress management. Another apparently is exposed zippers but we’ll cover that later.
Sucking at stress management is why this lovely little corner of the interwebs has collected a bit of dust over the last year. I haven’t sewn as much as I could have – fortunately this is changing 🙂
Take some time out for some stress management sewing and you get the Stress Management Skirt!
If you’ve read a bit of this blog, it should be pretty clear that I freaking love pencil skirts.
While I think I’m getting pretty good at them I still lack in the selecting fabric area. I really need to stop buying offcuts thinking ‘Oh I’ll Just Make A Pencil Skirt’ then finding out I only have enough for a mini pencil skirt. Oh wells.
Also need some practice on machine blind hemming…
My exposed zipper attempt was pretty rad but I’m conveniently not showing the botched bottom until I can impress you with a really nicely done version. Yay!