general adventures in craftiness

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2472 Tunic

Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2472 Tunic
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I sewed up this tunic in a couple of hours yesterday using the Anna Maria Horner voile I bought the other day. I used the same Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2472 pattern that I used for this dress. I love the diamond motif on this fabric, so retro and fun!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Little Folks Voile

I stopped in at Bolt this afternoon to browse among the fabrics, hoping something would catch my eye. And here's what caught my eye. These are a couple of fabrics from Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks voile line. That's Diamond Mine and Baby Bouquet. This fabric is really nice and is very similar in weight to Liberty lawn, which I love. I plan to make a couple of shirts with these fabrics this week. Stay tuned for photos of finished projects!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

I Need a Project

I'm on vacation this upcoming week and am looking for some fun knitting and sewing projects to work on. I've been searching through my patterns and books to find some fun things to make. Hopefully, trips to the fabric shop and yarn store tomorrow will inspire me!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

And the Winner Is

I finally got the three zippers I ordered last weekend and I decided on using the aluminum zipper. I did try to machine sew the zipper in, but it stretched out the knit placket too much, so I had to rip it out and sew it in by hand. I also sewed in some snaps to hold the placket down. I made the smallest size, but it's still roomy enough to add a couple of layers underneath. The Schulana Merino was a bit aplitty to knit with at times, but the finished fabric is dense and very soft. I'm really happy with how this jacket turned out!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009


I spent yesterday morning knitting on a smaller placket to the left front, though the directions didn't call for one. Even though the zipper would be sewn to that unfinished edge, I thought it would be neater with an actual placket, or band, there. I had a bunch of separating zippers in my stash that I thought I could use, but all of them were too short. So I ordered three different zippers from ZipperStop: aluminum, antique brass, and molded plastic. I'll have to decide which one looks best once they arrive in the mail.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Weekend Knitting

I finished knitting the second sleeve of the sweater tonight. All I have left to do is knit the garter stitch flap on the right front. Interestingly enough, the left front isn't finished in any way. I may just knit on a few rows of garter stitch just so I can sew the zipper to a flat edge. This jacket will be a perfect layering piece for the cold weather that's hitting Portland right now.

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