torstai 31. joulukuuta 2015

Let's Make... Tights to Stay Ups

 Once upon a time, my mother gave me a Christmas present. 
A practical, useful gift well received. 
If only the tights weren't the kind only very small children and very old women wear. Thick cotton with an actual elastic band at the waist, and two seams at the back. 
Eww, said I, grimacing in terror. 
Luckily, I know a solution to the horror of the little girl -tights: turn them into stay ups. 

When dealing with stay ups, the first thing to break is the sock. The lace will last a lot longer than the actual sock. To upcycle the lace, all one needs to do is rip a seam, or just cut it off. I started the process by parting old, broken socks from their silicone-lined lace.
 Then, I cut the legs off the tights. Angrily, I might add, wondering who on earth thought a grown woman would want to wear these.
Next, I pinned the lace on the fresh cut, aligning the seam to center back, with right sides facing.
 Closing the wound took two minutes with my trusted serger. And as a reward, I got thick, warm stay ups.
 Much, much better.

I hope you will all have a magical New Year! 
Until next time.

keskiviikko 16. joulukuuta 2015

Heather's Basic Blazer

Once upon a time, I found an acrylic knit from the flea market. I'd been looking something, anything, in petrol blue to unravel for a while, so I was happy about my find. 
Unfortunately, the yarn was no longer in tip-top shape. When knitting up a swatch, I noted that the knit surface bulged and shrank. 
Saddened, I tossed the yarn aside. It was too light to crochet with, but the colour was lovely, and I wanted to do something to salvage it. 

I had stashed another acrylic I didn't much care for. It was black, and had a slippery satin finish. It was also too light for my taste, but the shine of it appealed to me. 
A bit irritated at them both, I paired them up. 

I hadn't thought of combining two yarns before, but the results made me wonder why I hadn't tried it earlier. Entwined together, the black and blue created an interesting surface with subtle colour changes. The combination of two yarns needed to be something simple, something basic that wouldn't steal its thunder. 

Filet crochet is one of my favourite crochet techniques. I love the way its easy to work with, and can be forced into numerous shapes. Filet crochet surface is light, mesh-like, but warm still. I chose to use it for the project in order to create a semi-see-through garment. 

The yarn quickly turned into a top-down cardigan with a collar and open front. A picot-edge gave it a bit more drama, and as I finished the first cardigan, I decided to turn it into a pattern

I'd only dotted down a few notes. They weren't nearly accurate enough to offer a solid base for a pattern, so I crocheted another cardigan in black for the pattern. It's lovely and I wear it all the time now, but it isn't as cool as the blue one. 

 Using two strands of yarn instead of just one made the cardigan decadently heavy. I love the way it feels, and I kinda wish I'd chosen to use the same solution with the black one. 
Then again, I can always crochet another one... 

Have you tried combining yarns? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! 

Until next time

keskiviikko 2. joulukuuta 2015

Curtains: Lengthened

Once upon a time, I moved. This happened not-so-long ago. 
My new place is a flat in an apartment building from the fifties. It's airy, bright, and very high. Being a relatively small girl, I feel tiny in the tall rooms. 
Which, of course, is nice. 

One thing that gave me a bit of a headache, along with the good old "how do people reach the top shelf" -dilemma, was curtains. The windows are tall, and my curtains were nearly a foot too short. 
To fix the issue, I added length to them. 

I started with a set of light, orange curtains. I had three pieces: two to go on each side of a window, and a long valance. As I didn't need the valance, I sacrificed it. 

 I cut two pieces of fabric, one for each curtain, and sewed them under the original material. This way, I gained a layered look without an eye-sore-seam. 

I used a french seam for the curtains to get a tidy finish.
To add some... well, black, I chose to fully hide the seam with satin ribbon. I pinned it on... 
... and top stitched it on both edges for a finished look. 
 As a finishing touch, I added a bow from the black ribbon. 
The curtains turned out really cute, but managing a full photo of them is a bit impossible due to lighting. 
 Altering curtains is an easy way to add personality to home decor. Have you done it? I'd love to see your projects! 

Until next time.