Saturday, August 27, 2016

Jalie Cocoon Cardigan

 I made myself a cardigan at last!  I made it previously for one of my girls here.

This is very easy to make and I sewed the entire cardigan on my serger.  The most time consuming part was attaching the band all the way around.  I used clips every couple of inches and they worked well to hold everything together.  I find I prefer using clips to pins.  My husband and kids no longer complain about getting stuck by a pin in my sewing area carpet.  I'm not the most careful seamstress with placing my pins back on the magnet dish.  

I imagine my sleeves could be shortened a little, but I'm okay with them being long.  I like a sleeve to come down over my hands actually.

I bought this knit at Joann's.  I fell in love with it immediately, but didn't buy it right away because it was super light weight and somewhat sheer.  Then I got to thinking how it would make the perfect cardigan--something to remember with those beautiful sheer knits that would otherwise not make a modest blouse.  When I returned to the store, they only had 1 and 5/8 yards on the bolt!  Thankfully, it was enough to make this cardigan in a size T for me.

I also made a plain white t-shirt to wear underneath it using Sewaholic's Renfrew pattern in a size 6.  I didn't want anything to compete with the busy print of my knit cardigan.  I also like wearing white shirts with jeans.  Most times I like just plain and simple.  

The t-shirt and cardigan took me about 3 hours total to make.  A small investment of time to have something new to wear with a pair of store bought jeans.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

Monday, August 22, 2016

My First Knitted Sweater

 I finished my sweater! 

This is what I made with's "My First Sweater" class.  I made a size small.  I already knew how to do the knit and purl stitch, but that is all.  I never made anything beyond a scarf.  Casting on stitches still gives me great difficulty and I seem to have to do it several times before I am happy with the results.  If you are a beginner like me, you can definitely knit this sweater.  I thought the video lessons were great and you could clearly see everything the instructor was doing.  Once I posted a question for help late at night and I had my answer in the early morning!

I made a few mistakes.  Picking up stitches at the neck and front edges was a struggle for me.  I don't think I picked up as many stitches as I was supposed to, but it still turned out okay.  Somehow I missed putting in the top buttonhole too!  My plastic markers (is that what you call them?) kept falling out.  I need the ones that look like safety pins.  Mine are shaped like broken circles, so when I would shift my project, out they fell.

The pattern instructions are for a smaller neck band, but I wanted to extend mine out so it would fold over onto itself.  As you can see, I didn't quite get there.  Next time I will be sure to add more rows.

I'm wearing my sweater with my Angel Bootcut Jeans.

I love the eyelet detail at the raglan edges.

I had a couple places on my button bands where there was some sort of opening but not the buttonhole.  I mended these with needle and yarn; they were small spots.  One spot looked like a stitch had come undone, but I'm not sure how that would have happened.  I definitely don't know how to fix anything yet, at least not the right way!  I'm happy though and it fits and it's warm--mission accomplished!  My next knitting project is to learn to make socks.

I made a new Jalie Dolman (3352) top.  I used a sheer, crinkled knit for the sleeves that I had left over from a few years ago.  I'm so glad I saved it because it was a perfect match.

One of the things I like about this style of top is it how it is a little longer in the back but not drastic like a high/low top.

Since I was working with the Dolman pattern, I decided to make one up for one of my girls.  The second one always goes together quicker since I don't have to refer to the instructions just having made it.

The last time I used this fabric, I made myself a maxi skirt.  The fabric is incredibly soft.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley