Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chain Maille - Captive

I am intrigued by Chain Maille and the different weaves and designs you can achieve using jump rings.

I have made one previous necklace using the Byzantine Weave and at Zilchbeads they had on display a Captive Inverted Round Maille weave necklace that I was curious to learn.

This time I took this fabric (it hadn't been made into the top then) and chose the antique jump rings and some very bright orange beads, which interestingly enough are toned down quite a bit when captured.

The necklace is a combination of stringing and Chain Maille and once you get into the rhythm it goes together quite quickly.

Only this last weekend I managed to make the earrings to go with it, I had pinned this captive earring and then did my own take on it.

and here is what the full set looks like.

Now to work on some spring/summer styles.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I've got pockets! Make a Garment a Month - August completed!

The track pants I made back in April have been in high rotation with the cold winter mornings we have been experiencing.

It was time to make another pair!

I found this useful tutorial that helped me draft a slanted pocket and then I found this great fat quarter in my stash for the pocket bags as I didn't want the extra bulk of 3 layers of fleece on my thighs.

To stop the pockets from bagging I used some cotton twill tape along the edge of the pocket when I attached them to the front pant piece.

Are we going for a walk?

Hurry up Mark!
Next time I will make the pocket bag a bit bigger, but at least now I can carry my phone and keys with me when I take Roscoe for his walk.

2014 Stash Out: 26.75 m
2014 Stash In: 45.75 m

Monday, August 11, 2014

A new top!

I have a new top for the wardrobe, it is another version of KS 3740 which I have made quite a number of times already.

For this version I have:
  • added a FBA of 1.5cm.
  • reduced the cuff width by 1cm
  • removed 1.5cm from the shoulder seam
These changes will now be in all future versions.

I purchased this fabric from Kerryn's Fabric World back in July 2010, so it has been slowly maturing in the stash.

The neckline is raised by 4cm from the original neckline and I have again played with my coverstitch machine to do the neck binding.

Not much else to say about this top so here are the photos.

No doubt you will see more of KS 3740!

2014 Stash Out: 25.45 m
2014 Stash In: 45.75 m

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pattern Review Mini Wardrobe

Here is my collage for my entry in the Pattern Review Mini Wardrobe challenge.

Voting has now commenced and there are over 30 amazing 5 piece collections!

It is very inspiring seeing what others have created in the same time frame.