"With its bold geometric yokes in contrasting fabric, the Zircon Sweater/Dress is sure to make you stand out. The yokes extend into the sleeve, creating an interesting shape and a softly rounded shoulder. The loose cocoon shape is comfortable to wear without feeling swamped. The relaxed fit is complemented by bracelet length tapered sleeves. The crew neck is finished with a neckband.|
To be honest, it takes a little time to sew and I recommend sewing this with a clear mind! All the different yokes and pointy ends, require a little patience, and as you can see mine turned out a little more rounded at the corners than they were supposed to be. But the outcome is really rewarding!
I totally recommend checking out the Zircon sweater/ dress pattern if you want a twist on the classic sweater or a dress with beautiful details. Lisa's work is always exceptional!
*Disclaimer: I received this pattern from Lisa for free to review. I was not paid to review this pattern and all the opinions are my own!*
Hello guys! I'm taking this blogging thing more seriously lately and I'm quite happy about that! So Christmas is approaching really quickly and I've yet to begin my presents! The time race is real and I'm anxious to see if I'll be able to make it!
But on a more sewing related note now. This it the new Velo Culottes pattern from Sew This Pattern. When Annie was looking for pattern testers, I immediately volunteered! Her drafting skills are exceptional, and after all the fun I had with her Pin Pegs skirt, I knew this one would be no different!
The pattern is ideal for advanced beginners/intermediate sewers. There is a zipper to insert, a waistband and a pocket. There are two version included - Version A (knee length trousers) and Version B (shorts)
Since here in Greece the temperatures are dropping every day and winter is knocking at our front door, I decided to make a more winter-friendly version. Although, I have to warn you, that using a heavy fabric like mine, is not recommended in the pattern, mainly due to the pleat effect. But it worked for me! I went for the Version B(shorts) in size 12, without any modifications, other than shortening the hem by 1cm more, to work for my height, and used a heavy cotton fabric I had in my stash. The pattern was a delight to sew, with very clear instructions, that everyone could follow!
The style is something I've never tried before and I can say, that I like it a lot! It reminds me of the French chic street fashion!
I love the versatility of this pattern! Choose a lightweight silk for the perfect summer shorts or a light weight wool for a more autumn/winter look! Make it in a bold color or a print for a different effect! Style it with flats, heels or boots! The possibilities are endless!
*Disclaimer: I received this pattern from Annie for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft to Annie. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*
As most of the times, I found the pattern in -the-heaven-of-knitting-stuff- Ravelry. For my first endeavour, I wanted something fairly easy that I could knit while binge watching my favourite series (at the moment is Once Upon A Time, which I seriously recommend that you watch, if you haven't already!). The pattern is the Didi&Catcat sweater pattern from this amazing French blog named CatCat et son dressing. She knits the most amazing modern garments and I fell in love with her designs, even though my knowledge of French is actually non existing! I followed her instructions for a mini version of her original pattern, because I wanted the sweater slightly less oversized.
With the help of the trusty Google translate, I was able to finish this sweater in less than 2 weeks. The pattern is actually two rectangles for the body and two rectangles for the sleeves knitted in garter stitch and sewed together at the end. You don't even need circular needles for this one! The only modification I made was tapering the sleeves at the end for a more close fitting result.
For this, I used size 5(US8) and size 10(US15) straight needles and approximately 9 skeins of this Air Alpaca yarn from Katia Yarns in the Medium Grey (205) color. The yarn is so soft and lovely! I spritz blocked the sweater, because the yarn is quite delicate. This was also my first time I tried blocking properly!
So what about you? What are you knitting this winter? What was your first knitted item?
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|culottes: self-made/ sweater: self-made/ shoes: Adidas Stan Smith|
Hello lovely readers(if there's anyone actually left!) and happy new month! So as always, long time no see! But with the arrival of the new month and the year coming to an end, I thought maybe this is a good chance for a fresh start!
So, on with some sewing news, as I mentioned before I've signed up for pattern drafting lessons! I couldn't be happier with my decision! Since then my relationship with sewing has got a totally different dimension. Now I' m able to understand design elements, dart placement, fitting and all these features that once were so strange to me. We covered everything for skirts to different bodice variations and we dipped our feet slightly in the oh-so-scary pant making pool with learning how to draft culottes.
This is the first version I made and I have three more coming! They feature both front and back darts. a fly-front zipper closure and have an ankle length. For these I used a fuschia-red crepe fabric. They come together pretty easy and as it was my first time doing a fly front zip closure, I'm quite proud if I can say so myself! The only problem was that they come out a little tight around the dreaded belly area, something that I corrected in my next versions! All in all I'm really happy with the outcome and really excited to do more drafting.
I paired my culottes with my Astoria sweater from Seamwork magazine. I made version 1 of the pattern in size M without any alteration. For these photos I've turned the waistband to the inside, but I think I'm going to omit it and just hem the sweater, because I prefer the length without the waistband. I used a white medium weight rib knit for this one. It came together pretty quickly and I'm happy with the final result, I just wished I've made version 2 with the longer sleeves. Oh well, there's always next time!
So how about you? Are you fan of the culottes trend?