9.25.2010

Dress Design

Okay, so I'm not a famous designer. I'm not even a -good- designer. But I do like making things. While browsing through my blog rotations, I saw a contest on Grosgrain's blog. It's for Shabby Apple: the premise is that you design a dress (within their parameters), and if selected, you can win. Bigtime. So I've been crazily drawing and thinking of ideas, hopefully which will be up here official by next week (since the contest does end October 15th!).

9.21.2010

Teacher-y Clothes

In the spirit of crafting, and much like Marisa's Dress a Day, I am currently aspiring to NOT buy any new clothes...but I'm cutting myself off after December (a girl can only do so much). My main project of the summer was a wrap dress. Ironically enough, the fabric I chose was eerily similar to the fabric on Version A. The pattern is a See & Sew (I'm going the cheap route here) B5166. My mods were as follows:
  • Use more hook and eyes in the fron because that would have been a LOT of cleavage to show to my students .
  • Shorten the dress to right above the knee.
  • Shorten the sleeves to short-sleeve length.
  • Accidental: I forgot to cut one of the panels "backwards", but it turned out okay--I kinda like it better.
VS.

Overall, I am quite happy with how it turned out. I love the flutter sleeves on version B and think it'd look great in a slinky knit. I did not like the directions for the collar...there really wasn't anything to "clean up" the appearance of the collar. So I cut an extra piece of fabric and used an invisible stitch to make it look better. I also wish that the belt was either thicker or had interfacing...it didn't really help.
A picture with my own added belt... I think it also helps break up the dress and define my waist a bit better...always a plus (my apartment is such a mess!).

Also, on a personal note, I really need to learn how to make better bust darts. I know that they are supposed to be curved, but I don't really understand which direction. There is surprisingly a lack of information on this topic on the internet.







9.20.2010

Produce Bag (with pattern)

So I have lots of reusable grocery bags (pre-bought and custom-made), but there's always the issue of produce bags. Personally, I don't care if my fruits and veggies aren't bagged, but the bf isn't a fan and I feel bad for the cashiers. But I'm not a fan of plastic. I turned to Ravelry and several other sites, but the bags are far too much work to hold fruit. So I decided to fashion my own pattern. It uses the double-drop stitch which helps this knit up fast. It is also very stretchy an can hold a lot of produce. It is in hideous acrylic stash yarn, but I figured it'd continue the "eco" trend if I didn't buy more yarn to make the project.

I knit it flat, and then sewed up the bottom and most of the side. I left it about 1/4 of the way open to help cram produce in. I just crocheted a drawstring and threaded it in--I have still to try and make an I-cord.

So, here's my pattern:

Cast on 50 stitches.
R1-5: K across

Double Dropped Stitch pattern--repeat until desired height of bag is achieved, ending with a "R7"
R 6: *K, YO, YO* to end
R7: *K, "drop" both YO* to end (back to 50 stitches)
R8: K across

Finishing
K last 5 rows, cast off.
Sew up bottom of bag and 3/4 of side. Weave in ends.
Crochet a chain twice the width of the bag, weave in the uppermost section of "dropped" stitches.

Go shopping!

My sister-in-law is holding onto all of my yarn and fabric stash (there just isn't enough space in my apartment), but when I grab more yarn, I'd like to try and make one 100% out of crochet. I think it'll be even easier and take less time (yay!)

A flat view
A view showing the part that I left unstitched

Holding 12 pieces of fruit!

9.19.2010

A year

Fall. Winter. Spring. Summer.
Packing. Moving. Unpacking.
School. Lesson Plans. School.
Sewing. Knitting. Designing?

After a year, though, I'm back.

This summer was all about sewing aprons. Why aprons? Well, for one, they are cute-as-can-be, and useful (or at least, I thought that they were). Secondly, it was a good way to get back into sewing as aprons really don't have major fit issues. And they also rock at getting rid of stash fabric and trim. I tried to sell them on Etsy and at a First Friday in my hometown, but neither of those were huge successes (one lady at FF even told me that "no one wears those anymore"). So now, I give them away as either birthday presents or apartment-warming presents. And maybe, just maaaybe, I'll profit off of them. For the time being, here are all of the aprons that I made over the summer. Some have new homes, some are still waiting.