Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sew Simplicity 3565

Very simple, very easy to wear pj pants :)
A few months ago I was given a sewing magazine as a pressie ... it's a UK publication called Sew, by far the best sewing mag that I've seen. Not only are there heaps of cool sewing projects and tips inside, but also it comes each time with a free dressmaking pattern :)
This issue came with Simplicity 3565. The picture on the front of the pattern shows the clothes made up as winter versions, but I especially liked in the magazine that they showed them in summer fabrics ... looking forward to making the dress for when the weather warms up :)
I really didn't want any more winter pants, but I was looking to use the flannelette fabric bought from Savers for $3, two pairs of non elasticated lounge pants ... I loved that they were so easy and fast to make ... two main pattern pieces, a left hand seam zip, and a simple hemmed waistline ... easy!

And on the knitting front ... how cool is this?! Check out Sherrill's Belle of the Ball podcast, where she talks about making a vest for her daughter, from my Flinders Sweater vest pattern! :)

Sunday, June 05, 2011

The Super Birthday Sweater

I can't begin to tell you how much I love this Super Birthday Sweater from Blue Alvarez! It's the first top down pattern that I've seen that divides the neck edge cast on stitches into quarters as apposed to thirds ... it kinda put me off making it for a while, thinking that it might sit funny when it was on, but I've gotta say that it's totally awesome :) Fits great, sits great, was as easy as, and best of all .. I followed the pattern without changing anything ;D (well, other than omitting the middle stripe!) ... oh, and it's a freebie :)
I used 9 balls of Moda Vera Shiver from Spotlight, (some of which I frogged from a previous sweater) and size 7mm needles. It was really fast to make, beautifully written, and has inspired me to try more top downs with the quarter divisions ... love it :)