I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more Renfrews! (And yeah, more cowbell couldn’t hurt either.) Do not ask me why I keep making the same pattern over and over again (10 times, to be exact). Do not ask me why I don’t try out all the other great t-shirt patterns out there. Just accept my addiction to the beloved Renfrew and move on, ok? : )
My Spring Archer is complete, and isn’t it so cheerful? : ) I had such a great time sewing this shirt, really taking my time with each step to make sure everything came out as well as I could make it. The finished garment is extremely comfortable, casual but still crisp, and just bright and pink enough to tide me over until this never-ending winter is finally behind us.
I’ve got another Grainline Archer on my sewing table, this time in cheery spring colors. Just looking at these fabrics makes me happy! Although it’s far from spring here in Boston, my mind has undoubtedly shifted toward warm-weather sewing. I’ve been enjoying wearing my first Archer so much that I figured another one was in order, especially after all those alterations I had made the first time around. Now I can just crank out the second one with no worries about fit. And hello, did I mention the spring color palette? Yay! : )
Here she is, my finished Sgt. Pepper dress! Only took me a month or so. : ) Despite my lack of sewing time lately and the resulting slow pace of progress on this project, I’m actually quite pleased with how it all came together. The print alignment turned out fairly well, and I’m really digging this late 60s inspired fabric. Perfectly reminiscent of one of my favorite Beatles albums. And check out the cat eye and huge mustache on the fabric (3rd row below the waistband) – how funky! Love it.
Remember about 10 years ago when I started this project? Oh wait, it was only 3 weeks ago? Man, that seems like forever! This past month has been super busy with work, and then I went to the west coast for a week, and then I caught a cold on the last day of my trip… all of which makes for slow progress on the sewing front. Boo! Thankfully, I’m happy to report that I’m back home, mostly recovered from my cold, and back to my normal sewing routine. And behold: I’ve actually made some progress on my funky dress!
Hello from the west coast! I’ve been away on a work trip all week in the lovely state of Washington, and I’ve been working on a new Deep Texture Tunic. I wanted to take a knitting project with me for the long plane rides and boring nights in the hotel, and I had all the supplies for another sweater already in my apartment, so there you have it.
My apologies for the absolutely awful photos here – I don’t have my proper camera with me! But hopefully you can see my progress so far: the sweater is knit from the top down, so the neckline is at the bottom of these photos (collar to be knit later). In the bottom photo, I’ve put the stitches for the sleeves on waste yarn, so I’ve got a whole lotta torso to knit on the plane rides back this weekend.
Hope you’re all having a good week! It’s been super cold and snowy here, and I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed again. I’ll post better photos once I get home, promise. : )
For some reason the knitting bug has bitten me lately, and so I decided to resurrect my old Ravelry account. After forgetting my username, password, *and* email that I had used for the account, I finally managed to re-activate myself. And look what I discovered! All my old knitting projects from several years ago, complete with photos of me looking much younger, ha. Funny how time flies. : ) Apparently I didn’t knit anything all that exciting, but it was fun to be reminded of my old, much-beloved projects.
After a really long and stressful week at work, including working on my birthday yesterday (which I hate doing!), I finally had a Saturday afternoon to myself to indulge in some much-needed sewing therapy. And look at what found its way to my sewing table! This EPIC FABRIC SCORE from Gather Here - a funky late 60s Alexander Henry print called “In Crowd.”
This fabric is so me – I loved it instantly. It reminds me of the Beatles, only the later, drugged-out, hippie Beatles. The soundtrack for this fabric is basically anything from Sgt. Pepper, but especially “Within You Without You,” one of my all-time favorite, super-trippy Beatles songs. Hence the birth of the Sgt. Pepper dress. Love it already. : )
Yup, that’s right folks. Hell must have frozen over, because I pulled out some knitting last night. I haven’t felt the knitting vibe in a few years, but once upon a time I was pretty much obsessed with it. I have a handful of half-finished knitting projects stashed away in the recesses of my apartment, and this beauty found its way out into the open last night. But what is it? : )
Who else has been knitting lately? Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s just too exhausted to sit at the sewing machine these days!
Thank you so much for all your good wishes on my last post. I’m happy to report that my sewing class was a great success! : ) I was pleasantly surprised at how many students showed up and their genuine enthusiasm about learning to sew. I really couldn’t be happier with the outcome!
In this post I’ll share my thoughts about the class now that the whirlwind of preparation is over, but keep in mind that I’m by no means an expert in this area. This was my very first attempt at teaching, after all! In fact, I’d welcome any of your teaching tips and suggestions, so please chime in in the comments. : )