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The Wedding Jacket Chronicle Part 5: Jacket Fronts

taped jacket front

Soooo much hand sewing. That’s the short and sweet about this installment of the Wedding Jacket Chronicle. Of course I have plenty more to say about the process, but I will admit that I watched a LOT of Murder, She Wrote while working on the jacket fronts, more than I expected, since essentially every single stitch of a whole lot of tailoring work is done by hand (and there are both left and right fronts, so just when you think you’re finishing a task, there’s another side to repeat it on! Kind of like a sock knitter’s dilemma). This picture condenses several steps since much of my sewing in this phase was done at night (ignore the tape on the edge of the lapel at this point!). The dart is cut out of the front hair canvas interfacing and then the interfacing is laid onto the fabric. The dart is catch-stitched …

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The Wedding Jacket Chronicle Part 4: Prepping, Cutting! and Marking

tailor's tacks on hair canvas

This phase of my Wedding Jacket Chronicle may not be that technically challenging, but it sure was emotionally challenging. I’ve clearly been dragging my feet on actually getting started on the jacket and I think a big part of it had to do with fear of failure. I’m scared of ruining my precious (expensive) fabric. I’m scared my tailoring attempts will fall short. Once I figured out that I was being stopped by fear, I gave myself a talking-to and (finally) dove in. The first step was to pre-shrink the hair canvas and the fabric. I used a spray bottle to mist the hair canvas and held the iron in place until it dried. Like a total doofus, I managed to burn a small bit of it as I got distracted by my cat trying to jump onto my precious wool brocade and left the iron down while I shooed …

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My Design Process: Northwest Baby Sweater

intarsia embroidered sunshine knit

I’ve been working on designing a baby sweater for my stepsister Blair. Fortunately, I got a pretty early start because this has definitely been an iterative process. I already shared the first steps of my design process. I have since knit the sweater twice. I’ve used what I liked and what I didn’t like about these two drafts to write a pattern. Now I just have to knit the final sweater! Since the shape of the sweater is so simple, the design process has been about getting the intarsia sun and clouds perfect. For the first sweater, I knit two clouds, one on the front, one  on the back. I quickly decided that I didn’t need two clouds as juggling the bobbins to knit three separate intarsia patches became unruly. And, although babies do have giant heads, I think I left the neckline a little bit too giant. The other …

Knitting Plans

Creme Wool Silk Cone DBNY

I got a little excited. And bought more than a little yarn. I seem to be very cyclical in my knitting in that I knit from my stash for a long time and then all of the sudden I go crazy and buy a bunch of new yarn. But (unlike my fabric stash) I only buy yarn with specific projects planned for each skein of yarn. So here’s the new projects I will be knitting.

What’s On My Needles? (Too Many Projects!)

duck feet knit WIP

I thought I would give a glimpse at what projects are currently on my knitting needles. A little bit because I want to share and inspire. A lot a bit to shame myself into finishing some of these projects! This is a different colorway of my Baby’s First Fair Isle Sweater. All I have to do is cut the front steeks and knit the front ribbing, weave in the ends, and block it. I should be able to do this over the course of a couple of movies (how I measure knitting time). I just need to do it. This is Anjou from French Girl Knits. The body is done and I’m almost done with one sleeve. That leaves one sleeve, waistband, assembly, and blocking. It’s a surprisingly quick and easy knit that I’ve been leaving at work to knit during meetings. I’m happy with my speed and progress on this …

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My Hexagon Quilt is Quilted

circle quilting

I’m so very excited to share more progress on my Hexagon quilt. When it’s totally done, it will go on the back of my couch. After piecing the quilt, I sent it to my mom, a very talented quilter, who assembled and quilted the quilt. I told her that she had complete artistic control over the quilting. Upon receiving my quilt back, I was thrilled to find that the quilting is like nothing that I would have designed myself and I love it. One of the exciting things about collaborative projects is to create a product unlike what any individual would choose. For each of the hexagons, my mom quilted several concentric circles, alternating pattern and space. The designs in the innermost circles are all different. The quilting in the outermost circles are all matching feathers. She chose a slightly variegated thread in shades of purple that blends into the …

Hexagon Quilt Top

American Jane Fizzy Pop Quilt Top

I just finished the first quilt top that I’ve ever planned, cut, and pieced on my own! I love the hexagonal edges and the geometric feeling will work well in mostly mid-century modern home. When I went to the SewExpo this year, I found a quilt pattern that I loved. My mom has always been a fan of American Jane fabrics and quilts, so we went to check out their booth. I saw their Fizzy Pop quilt on display and decided I had to make it for myself. I am still learning. Some of my points are beautiful. Some of them, not so much. I ripped and sewed and ripped and sewed many of the points several times. Eventually, I decided that the quilt was a fairly good representation of where I am in my quilting abilities. Some of it comes together beautifully. Some of it leaves room for improvement. Of …