Now why am I making a lightweight summer dress in the middle of November? I haven’t lost the plot, I promise, there is method in my madness. You see, in a few weeks I’m off on a cruise – something I’ve wanted to do for many years and finally I’ve taken the plunge (well I hope not literally seeing as I’m going to be on a large boat). I’m going with a group of friends from Southampton (UK) to San Francisco, calling at Aruba, Barbados, The Azures and Mexico. Now while it will only be just over freezing here in the UK in January, apparently it will be 29 degrees in Barbados. Hence why I’m in the middle of sewing a collection of lovely, light, floaty summer dresses.
I did have visions of taking one of those huge trunks that you see in many old films and filling it to the brim with beautiful cocktail dresses, pretty tops and plenty of accessories but unfortunately, a vision was all it was ever going to be. Because at the end of my holiday I’ll be flying home from the US and the airlines there don’t seem to be partial to a gal with a big trunk. So one large suitcase it it going to be – which isn’t that much considering the cruise is 23 days and then I’m touring around the West Coast and then over to Washington for a further 10 days. At least with all the knits I’m making I know they won’t take up too much room in the suitcase and hopefully they won’t need much in the way of ironing – after all, who wants to spend their holiday in the laundry room?
Oh my gosh the weather has turned chilly here in North Wales. This is an example of the view from my lounge window for the past couple of weeks:
However, yesterday I awoke to see beautiful blue skies, a sparkling sea and a blanket of snow covering Mount Snowdon – truly it was a breathtaking sight.
With it being November and the prospect of more cold weather here in the UK I decided to make another Morris blazer but this time in a warmer, more sturdy fabric than my previous ponte knit version here.
I used the Grainline Morris Blazer pattern which is designed specifically for stable woven or knit fabrics which have some stretch. I really love this pattern as I often want to dress up an outfit without feeling that I’m overdressed and this jacket just seems to be the perfect match between smart and casual.
Gosh we have been battling the weather here in North Wales. We have had non stop winds of up to 60 mph and driving rain – uggh. It gets a bit scary when I’m sewing as I have taken over the two attic rooms and so I am literally just underneath the roof. The wind keeps lifting the roof tiles then dropping them back down again with a clatter. This time last year I was up there in similar conditions and could hear the tiles falling down from the roof and smashing to the ground. I’ll take rain over wind any day thank you very much.
Anyway, onto happier topics. Here is my second Sewaholic Renfrew top, this time made with the cowl neck version C.
P.S. this photo wasn’t taken today, although I’m sure you have probably already worked that out after my impromptu weather report!
Well we literally had an hour’s break from the awful rain, wind and fog that has plagued us for the last week here in North Wales. For the first time, in what seemed like ages, the sun came out and it was just gorgeous. Now most people would think, brilliant, I’ll go for a walk/ do some gardening/ shopping or some other ‘normal’ activity. However, my first thought was “I’ll get hubby to photograph my backlog of sewing projects”. A great idea in theory but not so good in practice. I think dragging him out of a warm, cosy house, especially when he had just made a cup of coffee was probably not the best idea I’ve had this week. Although it looked nice outside, it was pretty chilly and I think he just wanted to get the task over and done with as quickly as possible. The final result was an array of blurry photographs with wind blown hair and clothes and even a few photobombed by the dog. Luckily there were a handful of shots of each project that I’ve managed to salvage so I won’t need to drag him outside again for a few days. A note to myself in future, perhaps just ask him to photograph one project at a time!
Anyway, onto today’s project – another knit. Do I work with anything else? Not very often it seems. This is made from the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern.
I was initially a little concerned about using this pattern as the largest size on the packet is a size 16 with the following measurements: B:41″ (finished 43″), W:35″ (finished 39″), Hip: 47″ (finished 45″). Now that is nowhere near my ample measurements of B: 46″, W: 41″, H: 52″. However, I reasoned that with it being a knit pattern and if I graded up somewhat I could finish with a top that would fit me.
As soon as I read about the new wrap dress pattern from Cashmerette, The Appleton, I just knew I had to buy it.
- It comes in sizes 12 to 28 – something that the Big 4 pattern companies rarely offer. Yay big cheer for independent companies.
- It has the options of three cup sizes C/D, E/F and G/H – no need to mess around with a FBA – yippee.
- The unique design of the neckband means no gaping and so no unplanned exposure of my cleavage (not that there is ever any planned exposure, heaven forbid!)
I downloaded the pdf version of the pattern on the day of release as I just wanted to get hold of my copy. However, as is often the case, life got in the way and I didn’t get around to making it as quickly as I planned. When the paper version of the pattern became available here in the UK I purchased that as well. I still feel far more comfortable with a physical paper pattern in my hand, I don’t know why.
This post is a little out of synch as I made my first Morris blazer (Grainline patterns) last month but I didn’t have my blog up and running until today.
You will no doubt discover very soon that I love knits, they are so comfortable to wear, easy to wash and the best bit of all? For the most part they don’t need ironing – yippee! Since giving up work, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with my iron – basically I hate ironing and if I do all I can to avoid clothes that need ironing. So for me, knits are perfect. There was just one teeny tiny problem – I had never sewn a knit in my life and after reading too much on the Internet, I had scared myself into believing that I they were hard to handle.