Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hand Knit Cable Hats And Cowl


Hello.. Hope you all have a happy sewing and crafting :)
Today, I'd love to show you the two finished cable hats and small cowl that I worked for so many months, especially the cowl - I started to knit in November 2016 and I forgot when exactly finished. The two hats were made in the beginning of January, but they finished faster than I thought - I did both of them in less than three weeks :)

The pattern for both hats and cowl are based on knitting book "Lovely and Pretty" in Chinese language that I found in the local yarn shop. I decided to bring it home because the book has 34 different hat patterns with easy diagram and symbol to follow.

Blue Cable Hat
Materials :
I used 2.25 skeins of soft feather yarn (40% acrylic, 50% nylon and 10% wool) in deep blue colour, 6 mm/40 cm circular needle for the hat bodice and 4 mm/40 cm for the ribbing and 6 mm dpn needles to shape the crown.

The process was a little bit confusing for my beginner knitting level, I did the bodice hat first with two combination of cable patterns and then the ribbing.
I did the ribbing two times, the first one was 1x1 rib stitch with 5 mm circular needle ( you can spot the rib stitch in the first picture - below) but I didn't like it. So, I unravelled the first rib stitch and knitted again with 2x2 rib stitch with 4 mm circular needle until the rib measures 1.5'' and bind off.😁
Then I did the rest of the process in usual manner, shaped the crown using dpn needle and fasten off the finished hat with tapestry needle.
And the last step, I decided to make pom pom from the same colour of yarn with diameter 3".

The final hat measurements: 11" length and 21" circumference.




Pink Cable Hat
Materials:
I used two skeins of wool yarn in pink colour, 4 and 5 mm/40 cm circular needle, double pointed needles to shape the crown and crochet hook to make the button to put on top of the hat.

The process was easier than the first hat, I started with cast on, 2x2 rib stitch with 4 mm needle until the rib measures 1.5" and then I did cable stitch.
After that I shaped the crown with dpn needle followed with fasten off the finished hat with tapestry needle.
The last step was made the crochet button, I followed an easy video tutorial from New Stitch A Day. I actually made two buttons but in the end I used the small one and kept the big one for souvenir 😃

The final hat measurements: 9.75" length and 21" circumference.





Grey Cowl
Materials:
I used 1.5 skeins of extrafine merino wool in grey and 3.5 mm/40 cm circular needle.
The process started with 2x2 rib stitch until measures 1.5", then continued with cable stitch until the whole piece measures 5.5". After that I did 2x2 rib stitch 1.5" finished with bind off loosely.

The final cowl measurement: 7" length and 21" circumference. The cowl is small and only cover around my neck, I like this type of small cowl - simple, warm and easy to wear 😊



That's it for today post, I am loving each of these little projects and so happy that I did them đŸ’ŞđŸ’Ş

Until next...

Love,
@Hana

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Plantain T-shirt Deer And Doe

Hello,
I finished the two Plantain t-shirts for Magam challenge January "Sew New Start". This two t-shirts are my first make in 2017, I decided to sew basic top because I realised that I still need some of this for my wardrobe. Besides basic top I still need basic bottoms (skirts and pants) as well, so my general plan for 2017 is to sew more basic garments.

Below pictures are the finished t-shirts, green colour is the real one and grey colour is the wearable muslin. Before I continue, I want to mention here that I decided to make this Plantain t-shirts after I saw Lisa's version some months back. You can see her pretty Plantains over her blog at Lisa's Carolina Handmade.

Pattern detail and adjustment:
Free pattern Plantain t-shirt Deer and Doe long sleeves view A size 36. I decided to raised the center front neckline 2.5 cm because I fear the neckline will be too low. I had this experience in some of the patterns.
After raised the CF, I drew a new line of the neckline and left the back neck as it is. And as I raised the front neckline 2.5 cm, I reduced the neckline band 2.5 cm.
I added ease on both front and back bodices 1 cm and both sides of the sleeve 1 cm.
Also, I omitted the elbow patches and following the rest as the original pattern.

Fabrics:
Both my fabrics are jersey knit, I found them on sale in the local shop. I bought the green colour 3 yards and grey colour 2 yards. I still have a lot left over from both that is enough to make another garments in the future.

The sewing process was fast, I did two t-shirts in eight hours. It started as usual, sew front back bodice at the shoulder right sides together.
Attached the sleeves to the bodices and sew both sides right sides together. After that, I sew the neckline band right sides together, pin and sew carefully to the neckline. Then top stitched the band with twin needle and trimmed the excess fabric.
And the last part, sew the sleeves and hemline with twin needle 1.5 cm.
I was so happy that the wearable muslin turned out nice and I don't need to make another adjustment for the real t-shirt 😃


I loved the finished t-shirts. The pattern is so easy to work with and I see so many possibilities from it. I can make it as a simple dress by lengthen the pattern. I can make turtleneck t-shirt or boat-neck t-shirt . Or I can make a short sleeve or sleeveless t-shirt to wear in the summer.
Besides that, this t-shirt has a little bit flare style at the bottom and I think it is great idea to hide the little tummy 😀

Here are more pictures of me wearing it, front - side and back views. Pictures taken during the Chinese New Year celebration.




Wishing everyone the best of luck in the year of the Rooster!

Love,
Hana

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Oversize Coat

Hi.. Hope everyone have a lovely day and a happy sewing 😊
Today, a new blog update is about my latest oversize coat based on Burdastyle pattern 08/2014. I finished this coat two weeks ago, wore it already and love how it turned out.
The coat is so cosy and roomy, kind of menswear style with deep lapels and inseam pockets, finished with two snap buttons and big buttons for decoration.

For the fabric, I used 3 yards of wool blend in greyish green and 3 yards of silk lining in greyish pink that I bought recently in my short trip to Bangkok. I still have a leftover fabric from both that is enough to make a pencil skirt or tote bag. In the final calculation, I think 2.5 yards is enough for petite figure 😊
Also, I am so glad that I chose lighter type of fabric, because apparently winter is not coming to our region. The coldest temperature was 12༌C to 15༌C and only came during two days, after that we are having 15-20-21༌C. So, I will wear this coat more often.

The pattern details, you can find here in burdastyle.com - pattern store I chose size 72. Two things I changed from the original pattern, I didn't top stitch the inseam pockets and I made the back slit shorter (25 cm).

The sewing process was a little bit slow, I started in 26 December 2016 and finished in 10 January 2017. The picture below shows some of the process, started with coat bodice, sleeves and lining. The only tricky part was to work with the lapels as I never work with it before. The instruction from Burda is actually easy to follow.

Here is the closer look of the snap buttons and inseam pockets. I tried to top stitch the inseam pockets but I had to remove because I didn't like it.

For the coat lining, I did almost all by sewing machine and some little parts with hand sewing. I was a little bit confused with the instruction from Burda so, I follow the tutorial from Threads. Here is the link How to bag jacket lining. The back slit was much easier than I expected, I did it with both sewing machine and hand sewing.
Picture below is the wrong side/inner coat. Front - back and the slit.

And the right side of the coat, front - back and the slit.

And now, more pictures of the coat on me, front - back and side views. I found out that the pockets were little bit too low on me. I will move a little bit up a few centimetres next time I sew this type of coat again.
Also, as this coat made for tall women size 72, I think I should have made alterations on the coat bodice to make it shorter or just simply cut the hem. The coat is knee length in the model picture but far below knee on my petite figure.


That's it for today, I will be linking this coat in MAGAM facebook group for December garment with theme "December Dreaming". And will be sewing January garment after this, two basic t-shirts - Deer and Doe Plantain T-shirt for "January Sew New Start".

Thank you for reading!

Love,
Hana

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Classic V-neck Dress

Hello, I made this dress to wear in a friend's wedding party in the end of the year. My plan was to wear the sleeveless dress that I made some years back but I gave up because of the cold weather. So, I decided to make this dress. I am glad that the dress finished on time and it fits me fine even I didn't make a muslin.
For the fabric, I used wool blend with a little stretch in very dark blue colour from stash.
For the pattern, I used Burdastyle Power dress 08/2016 size 36 with a modification on the neckline and sleeve. After all, my dress is nothing like the original pattern :) I changed the neckline from round neckline with front slit to a v-neckline, also I changed the short sleeve to a long sleeve.
The dress has princess seams, knee length, back zipper, V shape at the front and back neckline - finished  with lace elastic band sewn around.
The sewing process started with sew the princess seams at the front and back bodices. Below picture is the original style of the back bodice, I decided to cut the back to a v-back bodice and did the same with front bodice.
For the front, I measured from the CF down 11 cm and made a new line of v-neckline. For the back, I measured from CB down 14 cm and made a new line of v-back as well. Too bad no more pictures to show about the process because I didn't have too much time for that, I just want to finish the dress as fast as possible :)
The sleeves has two pieces, front and back. I don't need to make adjustment, it fits nicely on my arm - not too tight or too loose, finished sleeve hems with 1.5 cm blind hem stitched.
The skirt has back darts that connected to the same line as the back seams. No darts at the front and finished with 3 cm blind hem.
The final dress is lovely and glad that I decided to sew it, I am sure I will wear it in another occasion.
Here is the front and back views of the dress on Ellie my dress form, 
The closer looks of the front princess seams and the finished neckline. Well, the lace elastic band is actually use for lingerie. I bought 6 yards to make undies one day. The elastic did a very good job here in my dress, it keeps the v-neckline stay in place nicely 😀
And here is the back side, invisible zipper inserted at center back. The dress looks a little bit bigger for Ellie but actually it fits me nicely.
The inner side/wrong side of the dress.
And more pictures of me wearing it. I decided to share rare pictures of me and DH here in the blog. Pictures taken at home before the party and the last picture taken in the place. It was a lovely wedding party.


That's it for today post, wishing all friends a happy sewing! I still have two more projects to share from 2016, hand knit cowl and oversize coat. Hope to blog about them next week.

Love,
Hana.

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