keskiviikko 25. marraskuuta 2015

Poncho-Coat Re-Mod

Once upon a time last Wednesday, I didn't write a blogpost. The reason for this was that on Monday, something horrible happened. 
You see, my Ubuntu had decided to move all of my photos to a strange location. I though the folder was a link, pushed Shift+delete, and watched 5,4Gbs of photos fly out the window. Naturally, I had no backups. 
I tried everything I could to restore the lost images, but nothing worked. My latest modelling photos were gone, along with phase photos for two upcoming designs, not to mention memories from the last four years. 

Luckily, I still had some photos on my camera, and more on a flash drive, and even more on my laptop. But even though, recovering from the damage kept me overwhelmingly busy last Wednesday. 

Any photo can be taken again, and so today we had a photoshoot-day! Wiser now, I saved the photos on a flash drive straight away. 

As you may remember, I modded a poncho-coat a while back. After wearing it a few times, I noted that it gathered static electricity like crazy, and then clung to my clothes making me feel very self-conscious. To fix this problem, and to add some warmth to the light coat, I lined it. 
With red satin. 
After, I crocheted a hood and added that, too.
 Now, the coat is clingy no more. Also, its drama-level went from four to twenty-two in no time!
 Though the coat is still light, it's lovely to wear over a knit dress or a sweater-skirt -combo. The hood brings extra-warmth to it, and makes the coat work better with infinity scarves. I even added a ribbon belt made from the same red satin. 

Wearing this makes me feel like Little Red Riding Hood, but in a good way. It's like forcing a bit of fairytale-magic into this realm.
Until next time!
... and by next time, I mean I might change posting day from Wednesday to Sunday-maybe to avoid collision with the Official Business Blog -post. Anyway, stay tuned!


keskiviikko 11. marraskuuta 2015

How To... Take It In at the Side Seams

Once upon a time, I found a pretty nice lace duster from a flea market. It had only one flaw: it was four sizes too big. 
I bought it anyway, thinking I might use the lace for a whole new creation. I took it home, tried it on, and realized it was one of those rare garments that don't want to be anything else. 
But still, it was four sizes too big. So I decided to just take it in at the side seams. 
The process is relatively simple, but requires basic skills in sewing. Also, understanding how a garment is made helps. Many tutorials tell you to just sew a new seam to make a top smaller. but that doesn't look very nice, nor does it feel good. If you take the two seams in at the same time, the garment will cinch under the arm. 

So today, we shall do this My way. 
First, take the sleeves off. 
 Try them on, and pin down the excess fabric. Sew a new seam, try the sleeves on again, and cut off the extra material. 
 Next, try on the bodice. It's best to do this with the garment inside out, and pin down the seams while it's on you. Or a sewing mannequin. 
I also took a little bit off the shoulder line so that the duster would have a better fit. 
Sew, try on, and cut. I did this in the wrong order, because I've had to do this many, many times before, and knew what to do. But I do recommend sewing first and cutting later. That way, you can shape the seam again if it doesn't look or feel just right. 
 Next stop, set the sleeves. 
It may be necessary to shape both the sleeve arc and the armhole for a perfect fit. 
 The last thing I did was to add darts to the back of the duster. 
 The finished garment was happy to get a second try at life, and I'm happy with my new duster. It works wonderfully with knee-length and full-length dresses. Although it isn't very warm, it adds texture to outfits. 
 The dark lace is see-through, and wearing it over a brighter dress would create a lovely contrast. 
I hope this helps in taking in those too-big tops! 

Until next Wednesday.

keskiviikko 4. marraskuuta 2015


Once upon a time, not that long ago, I wanted to knit my first lace shawl ever. Naturally, I had experience on reading charts and knitting lace, but I had never attempted a shawl before. 
I tried several free patterns, and found them either confusing or not lacey enough. 
Crocheting one was quick and easy, and I made several crochet lace shawls, and then gave them away as presents without snapping a single photo as evidence. 

After turning the internet upside down, I stumbled upon Emily Ross's Haruni
At that time, many years ago, Haruni was not yet nearly as well known as it is today. It was only one year old, but already proving to be a long-term favourite for many knitters. 
Including me. 

I knit my first Haruni with bright blue cotton. My sister likes this shade of blue, so I gave the shawl to her for Christmas. 
And I missed it dreadfully. 

The pattern for Haruni seems, when you first open it, confusing and very intimidating. With a bit of dedication, though, it turns out to be easy-to-follow, and a delight to work with. There's very little counting involved when working with the first lace pattern, so the shawl is a pretty OK TV-knit. 

A year after finishing the blue shawl, I knit a white version with a poly-blend and larger needles. The shawl turned out lovely and airy, and went to warm my soon-to-be-ex-husband's grandmother's shoulders. 

Just last year, she showed me the shawl, and told me it was her favourite one. It was lovely to hear she liked it so much. 

After the white one, I knit one for myself. This one, I made with black cotton. The first were a breeze, but this one... I don't know if it was the black yarn or the fact that I was knitting this for myself and didn't feel the need to concentrate. The border was riddled with mistakes, and the shawl came out way too small. I undid the border, and knit it again after doing a few more repeats on the body of the shawl, and still it feels a bit tiny. It's mistake-free now, but a bit meh, somehow. 

My black Haruni is beautiful, of course, but wearing it is a bit difficult. I think I might just rip the border off one more time, and knit it to a larger size. 

I did a photoshoot with the shawl a long time ago. I paired the shawl with a crochet lace skirt I'm thinking about revamping... 

Until next Wednesday!