Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ladies Hepburn Shorts goes bananas

Although summer has gone here in Brisbane, I still took the opportunity to sew up a pair of shorts at a recent craft retreat. Summer will come around quickly enough and shorts aren't common place in my wardrobe. I just don't think I have the legs for them anymore. Regardless of this, it gets so hot and sometimes shorts are just a must, especially for camping.

Update: Summer is here and the shorts sat in my WIP (work in progress) pile all through winter. Wondering where my new shorts were NOW that summer is nearly here, I found them at the bottom of the WIP box.

The Ladies Hepburn Shorts by Pattern Emporium have received lots of compliments on the Pattern Emporium Facebook page. All sizes look like they have a great fit and look stylish.

I made up the size 14 using cotton from Lincraft. I graded to a size 16 at the hips and crotch. My version is the one with pockets and back elastic. It was an easy sew, the instructions are simple and clearly written. A beginner would cope well with this pattern as the designer includes full explanation to ensure a good finish (like pressing seams and top stitching).

Sorry you won't see a modeled photo (see the first paragraph regarding my legs) and my note to self is to next time size down to a 12 in the waist and keep graded out to a size 16 at the hips and crotch. At a squeeze, I may be able to squeeze down to a size 14 at the hips. The legs are a bit flared on me, and I think that if I can fit into a size down it will be more flattering. It is hard to see in the photo, but the front has darts and side pockets.

The fabric is printed cotton from Lincraft.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Young Einstein knit

Our winter is too short for a long-sleeved cardigan, so I knitted up a short-sleeved version of a Young Einstein by Julia Stanfield. If you would like the pattern, it is available for purchased on Ravelry. I used the remainder of the 100pure wool from a previous project. The size is to fit three months and all the babies I know are older than that now, so it will sit in the baby present box waiting to be gifted. 

I highly recommend the pattern. If I have the patience and time, I could even knit one up for the boys (in a boy colour) as it is a unisex cardie. Here's the pattern description: 

An easy to knit, seamless & versatile pattern for a unisex jacket/cardigan.
Great for wearing out and impressing people with your knitting whilst keeping kids warm, or for playing around in the backyard.
Complete with a pick ’n’ mix of options - hoods, collar, pockets!
Young Einstein is a seamless pattern. The V-neck makes it perfect for infants as it sits low enough to suit children who dislike wool sitting high around their neck or to accommodate a bib.
Sizing for the pattern ranges from newborn up to 10 years (15-28 inch chest)
It can be knit in either DK (8ply) or worsted weight (10ply) as long as a 20sts gauge is achieved. 
Information is also provided for substituting yarns of other weights. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

True Bias Sutton Blouse

I had lost my sewing enthusiasm for a while, and thankfully this one could help me turn it around. This is the Sutton blouse by True Bias made in a cotton voile from The pattern definitely needs a fabric with drape.

Here is the description:
"The Sutton Blouse is a loose fitting V-neck top with kimono sleeves, a one piece yoke, and a back inverted pleat. The back is longer than the front and includes slits at both of the lower side seams."

It was a quick sew, up until the hem. The side splits really took the longest to finish out of the whole top. The seams are finished using french seams. This makes the blouse look nicely finished with the light fabric.

This is a size 12 with a grade out to size 14 over the hips. Some other sewists have sized down for their fit, however, I prefer the looser fit as the pattern is designed.

Unfortunately the colour of the fabric ran when I pre-washed it. Lots of people still commented on the fabric though, and said it looked fine to wear as is. Not bad for a planned muslin to check fit! A winner in my books. I think this design would look excellent with a contrast yoke.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Evelynn and Baby Rainbow Trout

A lady at work is having a baby girl, due in April so I knitted up a little Evelynn by Rebekah Doughty and matching Rainbow Trout beanie by Kelly Booker for her baby hamper.

Using Bendigo 8ply, both were quick knits and highly recommended if you need to get a little gift. The middle section of the Everlynn was perfect for knitting on the bus to and from work (as long as I kept my elbows close). The only tricky bit was juggling two differently-sized circular needles around a small section of the bodice.

Next time though, I would knit a size larger as this looks teeny but then again I think I have forgotten how little newborns are. The Rainbow Trout beanie was super easy and I will be making this in larger sizes for my gift stash.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the Everlynn and the Rainbow Trout was so tiny and hard to photograph.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Miss Versa

My knitting campaign continues using the Versa pattern (available on Ravelry) and 100pure wool purchased from a destash. This Versa is the three-month size and will be gifted to a baby girl born recently in our street. I seem to be having a lot more success with knitting rather than sewing lately, maybe it is because I can knit on the bus and in front of the tv so I am more motivated.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


With a boom of babies underway, I took the opportunity to grab out the needles and knit up some more goodies. This time I wanted to stray from my normal Milo vest to something a bit different.

 Introducing the Scapulae in blue, size six months. The six month size is the smallest size in the pattern using 120 metres of Bendigo wool from my stash (8 ply). The knit was pretty easy and relatively quick. I did breathe a big sigh of relief though once I finished juggling the two differently sized needles for the sleeve ribbing. Thankfully, it was only for about four rows.

Next time I will add the extra gathers at the sleeve area to add more puff. The only thing I didn't like about this pattern was having to pick up the stitches to rib around the neck and front edge. I detest this so much! Other than this, it is a quick knit and doesn't take up much wool.I would recommend this pattern, particularly for my weather where short-sleeved woolies get much more wear.

I added buttons from my stash, giving them another life as they were last used on a blouse my Mum made for me decades ago.