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post #261 of 606
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Huh. I don't know anything about prepping yarns... I assumed you'd just grabbed a hunk off a sheep. :p Did the stuff you died come in that form, with nylon fibres already mixed in? How do they make wool superwash, anyway? I laways thought it was pre-shrunk; or is it from a different breed of sheep? Or...?

post #262 of 606

Ha!  If only it were as easy as grabbing a hunk off a sheep.  Roving has had a lot of preparation already.  Preparation that I don't own the tools for.  The blended ones I bought that way, they probably blend in the nylon fiber during the carding process (where they comb the fibers to lay nicely in the same direction).  I've heard of people blending their own fiber mixes, but I don't have any carding equipment.  I think there are a couple of processes to make wool superwash.  You have to somehow keep the little scales on the hairs smoothed down, so they don't get roughed up and lock onto the other hairs, creating felt.  I don't remember where I heard it, but I think the process usually involves somehow burning off the scaly bits (like with an acid or some chemical solution) or gluing/sealing them down (again with some kind chemical process).  Preshrinking would just make felt.  Which is really hard to spin :P  A sheep that grew superwash wool naturally would be awesome!

post #263 of 606
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Fancy! I must say, I've never felt a particular yen to wash/card/dye/spin wool... it's one more step towards "from scratch" than I'm prepared to go, effort-wise. It's like the way I cook bread and things from scratch, but happily buy sweetened condensed milk rather than making my own. :p I did try weaving once, but it was a disaster... very wobbly edges! Fun, but I don't have any desire to do it again.

 

Anyway, I admire people who can do it. I imagine it's therapeutic - spinning, at least. (Or am I horribly wrong?) But I knit very rarely anyway; if I had to wait for myself to create the yarn before I did, I'd never get anything done!

 

Where's everyone else? Working on stupendously awesome projects, no doubt? :) I'm trying to decide what applique to put on DS' next long-sleeved T-shirt. Possibly an elephant. He's keen on frogs and manatees at the moment, but they wouldn't match the colour scheme.

post #264 of 606
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22/52: DS' second long-sleeved T-shirt. Contrast sleeves and an elephant applique.

post #265 of 606

Yeah, I wasn't at all interested in spinning for a long time either.  Then I started getting into recycling thrift store sweaters for yarn, so I learned how to dye so I could take boring cream sweaters and get pretty, expensive-looking hand-dyed yarns.  Then I got frustrated with how thin store-bought sweater yarn is, and I scored a professional spindle-spinning video download for 10 cents from Interweave, and made myself a spindle with a chopstick and a toy and started plying together my recycle yarns.  Then I bought my first roving, and sweet talked my dad into making me a better spindle.  Now I wish I had the space for a wheel, and fantasize about helping out at dh's aunt's alpaca farm during shearing, in exchange for an alpaca fleece.

 

So the moral of this story is, don't start recycling sweaters for yarn.  It's the gate-way drug to spinning!

post #266 of 606
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Noted! :p

 

So far I've only used thrift store sweaters to make hats. I think I'm safe.

 

In other news, it's surprisingly hard to find a good simple stegosaur silhouette online. I want one for DS' next T-shirt, but I'm not sure my drawing skills are up to it. And then I keep getting distracted by all the dinosaur clipart which is at odds with modern paleontology. Sauropods carried their tails up off the ground... we now think. Not curled demurely around their feet.

post #267 of 606

Maybe the chart for this pattern will help?  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stegosaurus-skirt  Just need to smooth out the edges.

post #268 of 606

How is everyone this week? Any new projects to report?  I have a sewing retreat tomorrow and will hopefully have a big pile o stuff to report. I'm ambitiously packed probably enough work for three full days...but we'll see how far I get! 

post #269 of 606

Nothing new finished here.  I'm thisclose to finishing a giant knitted baby blanket though!  It's been taking up a large amount of space in my WIP basket for a couple of years now.  I also have a couple of larger projects on the go, spinning one of the rovings I dyed recently, a knitted long sleeved shrug, and I started assembly my latest dress (the one with the insane amount of pattern ease).  I'm hoping to get the shrug and dress done this month. 

post #270 of 606
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I got myself a mental block when I couldn't decide what to applique on DS' winter shirt. :p I'll try to get it done today - DD has been pestering me for her winter nightie, which is partly done. Feel free to nag me!

post #271 of 606

I've been swooning over this dress from an episode of Call the Midwife.  Especially when I looked closer and realized there is a button placket down that midriff band that would make this dress totally nursing-friendly.

 

 

I may have spent a significant amount of time this afternoon looking at patterns and thinking of how I could alter them to make a dress like this.  Somebody remind me of how I already have my next 3 dresses planned, and how I desperately need some new blouses too...

post #272 of 606
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Ooh, pretty!

 

23/52: DS' third long-sleeved T-shirt. I finally decided on an anchor applique, and did the upper bit of the sleeves in the same contrast fabric. I'm pleased with it. Sadly, it is not the last of his winter tops after all. He's getting them dirty at such a phenomenal rate I'll need to make at least three more. I have an old T-shirt of DH's that I'd like to make into another long-sleeved tee, preserving the picture on the front (it's a crest of a walrus, with "Habea Bukkit" on it); and then I bought some plaid flannel for a pinafore last year for DD and thought better of it, so I'll make that into a proper buttony shirt.

 

Right now, though... DD's nightie. Eugh. This is one of those projects I really don't want to finish. Don't like the pattern, don't love the fabric (DD chose both), and I have a million other things I need to sew and several I WANT to sew (namely, new pyjamas for meeeee! My current yoga-pants-and-ancient-hoodie combo is supremely unattractive.) Oh well. She does need it.

post #273 of 606
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Ooh, pretty!

 

23/52: DS' third long-sleeved T-shirt. I finally decided on an anchor applique, and did the upper bit of the sleeves in the same contrast fabric. I'm pleased with it. Sadly, it is not the last of his winter tops after all. He's getting them dirty at such a phenomenal rate I'll need to make at least three more. I have an old T-shirt of DH's that I'd like to make into another long-sleeved tee, preserving the picture on the front (it's a crest of a walrus, with "Habea Bukkit" on it); and then I bought some plaid flannel for a pinafore last year for DD and thought better of it, so I'll make that into a proper buttony shirt.

 

Right now, though... DD's nightie. Eugh. This is one of those projects I really don't want to finish. Don't like the pattern, don't love the fabric (DD chose both), and I have a million other things I need to sew and several I WANT to sew (namely, new pyjamas for meeeee! My current yoga-pants-and-ancient-hoodie combo is supremely unattractive.) Oh well. She does need it.

LOL you just described exactly what I am wearing right now, (and how it looks).  I made myself a fantastic night gown a couple years ago, but it's a little too tight over my baby-feeders lately.  I really should make another before the weather heats up too much for ugly yoga pants (mine are even maternity :P) and hoodies. 

post #274 of 606

Angelorum- there is a New Look pattern that I believe could be adapted.  6557.  It has the front shape and you could add the placket.  You might not like the thin straps though.  Wear a shrug?  

 

I have gotten barely anything done.  Sick kids and too much other junk getting in the way.  I have been working on a quilt top that I am making for a friend in exchange for babysitting.  I have no idea when I am going to get a chance to quilt it- it must be done in less than a month.  But the top is almost done.  

 

I feel like making my sweet little girl a few new bibs too.  The Bapron is like such an improvement in my life.  And I would like to make her a couple more cute little summer dresses- just don't have time or energy.  

 

And this is awkward- but I need to find some amazing inspiring wool yarn for a new baby knit.  Something extremely fabulous- and I need a pattern.  I have you know like 7 months to knit it- so complicated is fine but I don't do color work.  Suggestions are most definitely welcome.  

post #275 of 606

That is a pretty close pattern.  I think I like the gathered bodice on this Vintage Vogue reprint better though.

 

But I probably don't want quite that much skirt.  I might do a tiered skirt, like the one I'm copying, or I might just skip it.  I'd have to redraft the midriff to have the a center button placket too.  And I'll add cap sleeves and back like in this retro Butterick reprint pattern.

 

 

I actually made that Butterick pattern a couple summers ago.  I didn't have the brilliance to put buttons in so I could nurse in it though. 

 

The only thing I'm not sure about is whether there needs to be a zipper somewhere.  It doesn't look like the button placket extends into the skirt of the dress at all.  There's no way I could get that midriff band over my hips, but maybe it would be easy enough to just put on from the top?  Might still be a bit of a squeeze over the bust.  What do you think?

post #276 of 606

Maybe a side seam zipper to make it easier to get over the head?

post #277 of 606
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24/52: Finished DD's nightie. I still hate it. DD LOVES it. "Oh, Mummy, you finished my nightie! Thank you Mummy! You're the best maker ever! It's so beautiful! Daddy, look what Mummy made me!"

 

Typical. lol.gif Most of the clothes I've made her which I really love, she only wears reluctantly. Oh well.

 

Next up, my pyjama harem pants. I think. It'll take a fair bit of adapting and similar scariness. But it's nearly halfway through the year and I've only made one of my six New Year's Resolution garments for myself, so I'd better get cracking.

post #278 of 606

#16 for me! I made eight pairs of these at my quilt day. One for ds, one for a gift, and 6 for my etsy shop! GO ME! 

 

They are boxer briefs with no front or back :) So they are always on right. My own pattern. 

 

I love this fabric...wish I could find more! 

 

post #279 of 606
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25/52: Made my harem-style pyjama pants. They're... well, let's just say I don't think I'll make another pair in fancier fabric for daywear after all. But for PJ pants, they're kind of fun. I don't think DH was impressed, though. :p

post #280 of 606

Smokering...no photo!? 

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