- Other years we are well on our way down south in January
- This one I am sitting in my chair next to an animal sandwich
- Trying to warm up
- Daisy and I went for a walk just now
- She got cold
- Despite her winter coat
- So home, I sat her next to me
- And wrapped her in a blanket
- The cat decided to lie on the blanket, on Daisy's back
- She's been waiting for weeks
- To find a way to attach herself to a dog
- With whom she has a one sided relationship
- They both went to sleep
- Now I can't move because they might wake up
- And Daisy might realize there is a cat on her back
- So I am being quiet
- Quiet and cold are the words for this month
- Not that we aren't busy
- I have made four new pairs of warm pants
- And made forty sewing new year's resolutions
- #1 sew from the patterns I already have
- Same as my intention from last year
- And the year before
- But this time I mean it
- Like I will next year
- Fortunately I can be pretty busy in my own house
- Firing off projects all over the place
- Making corn tortillas
- Sewing elastic into rings
- Talking to my neighbours when I walk dogs
- Who's that my husband asks, waving at you?
- Dexter's dad I say
- Molly's dad
- Garth's mom
- You know the pug who must be 400 in dog years
- Blind and pulled by his mom in a sled
- Mr. Crow who is trying to walk the equivalent of some trail in Britain
- He was booked to hike last spring
- Now translated into miles around and around our streets
- I count him four times a day past my window
- Good to have an interest
- Speaking of my husband
- He bought me Masterclass for Christmas
- He's really having a great time with it
- Just finished a course in how to be a hostage negotiator
- I can't make stuff like this up
- He says it's more interesting than Malcolm Gladwell
- Which I find hard to believe
- Says he has been using his new techniques on me the last two days
- Wants to know if I have noticed
- Noticed what I asked?
- How I am using my 80% voice 20% of the time now
- I mean what do you say to that?
- Keeping to myself that after three kids I am pretty sure
- My own hostage negotiator skills are pretty excellent as they are
- Fair enough he wants to catch up
- I have identified some wardrobe gaps
- Biggest one is golf clothes
- I haven't made much to golf in the last few years
- Pieced together Costoc skorts and any top with a collar
- Had to be sure I wouldn't be a golf drop-out first
- Then I found friends who didn't keep score
- So now I need to turn my mind away from my putting
- To what I will wear
- This is going to be a challenge
- The rules of golf seem to involve wearing polyester
- And paying way too much for it
- Upside is that I can see potential for legitimately dressing in loud colours
- Contemplating figuring out a golf dress
- Could churn those units out if I could figure this out
- I wake up at night and wonder about piping
- And decide to just make shorts to wear underneath
- Rather than attaching
- These are serious issues
- It's cold
- My son has bought a wood fired sauna
- He lives by the water and no doubt plans to jump in the North Atlantic afterwards
- Me I am wondering if it is possible to knit in a sauna
- What do you think?
- Resolution #3 knit an aran cardigan
- Been meaning to do this for 20 years
- I knit socks and watch strange CBC TV
- Just finished a great series about the Northern Alberta decoy duck carving competition
- To that you can knit socks
- Many of them
- But might do me good to read a chart and pay attention
- When you are hostage to the winter
- Your mind can wander
- Not sure I have the skills to do this cardigan
- How hard can it be?
- The motto of my life
- I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Sunday, January 3, 2021
I really like the dress I am wearing on the cover of my latest book. It is so comfortable and the cotton blend ponte is so wearable. I also made my mom a top from this fabric because I like it so much. I got both the fabric for the dress and for the cardigan from my local Fabricville.
There is a story behind this dress.
Despite really loving the fabric and the style of the pattern I haven't really worn that dress much at all. It sticks to my rear end and stomach too much.
However like I said I really like the style so I decided to take a different tack and try it again. This time I selected not the size my measurements would give me, but the size that the actual garment measurements would give me to what I know to be comfortable around the middle of my body.
This meant going up two full sizes from the armholes down - essentially changing this pattern from close to the body ease to an additional 1.5" of ease.
Here is the result:
So so much better and now one of my favourite patterns. (You can see I did this in the fall - in major catch up blog post mode here).
I think this is a strategy I am going to work on with other patterns. Because Jalie comes in so many sizes and those sizes go up in fine increments it is possible to tweek the ease a bit without a lot of distortion of the pattern lines.
I think I am going to try the same approach with the Lisette skirt pattern, which has beautiful lines but on me made me look like an egg cup. You will notice that when I did that review I focused on the construction techniques and not my body fit.
Once I had this success I decided to go back and look at other patterns.
One of these was the Charlotte cardigan. I had some nice red sweater knit but wanted something really practical and warm. As a result I just lengthened this pattern to something more jacket like to wear with the dress.
The sweater knit was fairly soft though so I didn't make buttons and buttonholes. Instead I used those big snaps that I consider one of the best inventions of this century:
I think there is a theme here.
I used to think, with irony, that I collected patterns, notions and fabric like squirrel. Like I was waiting for the big storm and I couldn't get out.
Well what do you know.
That storm came and I was ready.