17 July 2012
It's hard to just start writing here without offering some explanation of why I haven't been. There is a trail of projects, running back into last year, that haven't been shared here. The urge to share here has kind of deserted me, replaced by an urge to just make, or just put my feet up and relax. Or urges are pushed to the side and my time is taken up with the demands of parenting and working life.
But right now, at this moment, instead of picking up my knitting, I want to share a top I made this weekend (I actually made two- a toile in some cheap fabric before I cut into the divine expensive stuff).
Pattern- No. 8 from Drape Drape 2
Fabric- some gorgeous grey wool gauze from Tessuti
Thoughts- This is a mind bending pattern. The back I could understand from the photos and pattern pieces, but I couldn't imagine how the front was going to work. It's a 1.8m long strip with slight shaping and a heap of letter markings around the edge. Taking advice of Bri from Tessuti I marked the letters (as well as the place markings) onto the fabric. This was a genius idea and made it super easy to sew. That done, I started out by making all the hems (marked in the pattern piece diagrams with number 1), pressing up 1.2cm, and then pressing again with half that folded under, and stitching in place. All hemming done, I prepped the two gathered edges (again, marked on the pattern piece diagrams), and made the triple tuck in the middle of the front. Then it was a case of following the (very clear) sewing diagrams for a grand total of 4 seams and it was done. And immediately worn. It's like being wrapped in a soft cocoon. Perfect layering piece for wintery weather here.