Posts tagged ‘sewing’

November 7, 2010

Patches? Yeah, You Need Some Stinkin’ Patches!

Grace did a meme-thingy a while back where she was supposed to say “something random” about me. She said, “Nobody else is as good at patching jeans!”

So today when I set about to start patching a pair for her, I thought, maybe I should do a tutorial on my apparently superior method for patching jeans. I’ll let you be the judge of whether it’s anything truly special.

What you’ll need:

Jeans with a hole in them.
Sewing machine, preferably with a zigzag stitch.
Heavy needle (14 or 16).
Thread.
Scissors.
Jeans that you’ve gotten tired of patching, so you can cut them up to make more patches, or other source of jean-weight denim.

Do not trim away the loose threads from the hole.

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November 3, 2010

Let me sum up

I’ve had so much going on lately that I haven’t felt like I’ve had time to write anything here.

So, let’s see.

I’ve done some more test knitting. (Pattern links are to Ravelry pages.)

I tested the Summer’s End Halter Dress from Blue Grass Baby Designs. It’s very cute, and I should write up a review of the pattern.

I also tested the Penché Wine Bottle Cozy, another one from Tiny Knit. It was quick and easy, and looks really nice. I should write a real review of that one, too.

Then there’s the omg bff bracelet from Odessa Knits, which was really fun and silly, and taught me a new technique. Umm, yeah, review.

I’m currently test crocheting the Filet Crochet Celtic Tree of Life for Knits 4 U Designs. If I ever finish it, I’ll probably write a review of that, too. The pattern has been released already. I’m just really slow at it. It’s very pretty, and she’s also releasing a knit version for a throw blanket, and some other filet crochet designs that are Celtic knots.

Now for the really important news. I finally finished writing the pattern for the D4 Bag of Dice Holding (aka the Super Secret Felted Project et al)!

d4final1

It’s being test knitted now. Actually, two of my testers are done, and a third is probably going to be done by tomorrow. There were a couple of things that needed to be changed (poor wording), but other than that, it seemed to go well, and I’m going to try to have it ready to sell sometime next week!

I’m also working on something to submit to Sanguine Gryphon for their Spring 2011 line, and maybe something for Interweave Knits for Fall 2011, and something for Knitty for whenever I get it done.

I’ve almost finished the skirt I started sewing for myself . . . months ago. In fact, it’s been almost finished for . . . possibly months. I’ve just been busy.

And this doesn’t even cover the non-crafty things I’ve had going on.

August 5, 2010

I have a little list. It’s a very little list.

Give me a shove and I’ll stand up straighter. I know, I’m really funny.

I had a longer list here, and the only things left from it are:

A skirt for me
A skirt pattern I came up with the other day that may or may not work (although I don’t even have fabric for this, so it probably shouldn’t be listed here) (and now I don’t remember what it was)
Finish the super secret felting project (needs I-cord still) and figure out what the heck I’m doing with it

So, now I’ll start a new list.

A skirt for me
Finish the dice bag, get the pattern prettied up and published
Socks for Grace
Blanket for Baby F
Shetland Shorty with long sleeves for me
Shirt for Thing Two (made with fabric I bought at least twenty years ago)
Lounge pants for Grace
Lounge pants for me
Decide whether to try salvaging “She’s Purple,” maybe making another sample
Look over fabric bought years ago for Thing One and see if I can still make her anything with it
Pyjamas for the kids?
Take pictures of finished projects to post on Ravelry
Figure out Hallowe’en costumes for the kids (Thing One wants to be a bride, Thing Two wants to be a dragonfly, Little Cat Z might fit in Thing One’s old witch costume this year)

Hmm, maybe that isn’t really a shorter list than the last one. We’ll see if I can get it all done before next summer.

February 25, 2010

C’est finis! Mostly.

I’ve finally finished the sundress for Thing One. I’ve got a pattern mostly written, except for instructions on installing the zipper, and numbers for different sizes, but I’m working on that.

I’m using Marnie MacLean’s tutorial on using Excel to help writing multi-sized patterns as a guide. I’m a fairly proficient Excel user, so once I saw the beginning of what she had to say, I was pretty well able to just do it on my own, although I did download her sample spreadsheet, and I have a bookmark to the tutorial, in case I forget something.

I want to make another, for Little Cat Z, because I think she’d like it, too, and to do a little of my own test knitting, checking my numbers for another size, before sending it off to a tech editor.

I’m insanely proud of myself, particularly that I got over my nearly debilitating fear over how to install the zipper, and I hope that other people like it as well as I do.

Tonight, I will hopefully get pictures, preferably on Thing One, but if nothing else, of it on the hanger.


I’ve been going back and forth (mostly back) about trying to do something for the KnitPicks Independent Designer Partnership Program. There’s a lot of discussion about it on the Designers group forum on Ravelry, with lots of pros and cons, all of which make good sense. It’s just a matter of each designer deciding what they want, and what will work for them. I had pretty well decided that it wouldn’t be good for me. Of course, now I’ve found a sketch for something that I think might be okay for it. I’m going to wait, though. It’s a winter garment, for one thing, so it’s not like people would be raring to go with it now that spring is almost here. Plus, I have to finish this dress pattern, and the super secret felted pattern, before I think I should take on anything else.

October 5, 2009

Knitterly opinions needed.

(Crossposted from my LiveJournal.)

I am designing a dress for Thing One. She really liked the sundresses I made for Little Cat Z this summer, and kept saying things like, “I wish I had a dress like that.” Subtlety isn’t her strong suit.

The dress will have a knitted bodice and a woven fabric skirt. My original plan was to have the bodice close in the back with buttons. Now I’m thinking that might not be the best way to go. I’m thinking a zipper on the side would be better. I’m not very trusting when it comes to knitted buttonholes actually holding the buttons. This isn’t so bad when it’s on a four-year-old who’s home most of the time, but if sixth grader is wearing a dress that won’t stay shut . . . that’s a problem. Also, if it’s on the side, it would be easier for her to get on and off by herself. I think buttons on the side would be worse than on the back, because she’d be brushing against them all the time, making it more likely they’d come undone, and also it could be pretty annoying to feel the lumps from the buttons there.

Of course, I’m kind of thinking this might not be a bad pattern to try to sell, too, if it works. So while I would have little problem putting in a double-lapped zipper on the skirt and bodice (I’ve been sewing about as long as I’ve been knitting), I don’t know how other knitters would feel about that. And I’d have to be really good at explaining it in my directions, too.

To top it all off, I’m at least a third of the way done knitting the bodice, with the back buttons in mind, and I’d have to rip out most of it to do it with the zipper in the side.

So, what’d y’all think?

September 24, 2009

A list.

The forementioned pile of projects on my plate:

The Purse
Hallowig for bibliogrrl, who is shaving her head for Gilda’s Closet in Chicago.
Shirt for Thing Two (almost finished, just needs buttonholes and buttons)
“Chain mail” tunic for Thing One’s Hallowe’en costume
Swordfish fin for Thing Two’s Hallowe’en costume
Trick-or-treat bag for Little Cat Z (thinking about doing a tutorial on how to make one, too)
Dress for Thing One (designing it for her)
Dress for Little Cat Z (based on dress for Thing One, but with different yarn and a much smaller size, seeing how well the pattern can be altered)
Cropped cardigan for me (heavily modifying Ravelry pattern Sweet Little Nothing)
Ripping out first Sweet Little Nothing and finding something else I can make with that yarn (maybe The Amanda Hat)
A skirt for Grace
A skirt for me
A skirt pattern I came up with the other day that may or may not work (although I don’t even have fabric for this, so it probably shouldn’t be listed here)
Finish the super secret felting project (needs I-cord still) and figure out what the heck I’m doing with it

I think that’s far more projects than I really need to have going all at once. Hopefully by the end of this weekend, I’ll have the first three done (although if the first Hallowig works well, I might make more, but we’ll see).