Blazer

I had a plan, ages ago, to make a suit from some grey fabric. Part of the plan got completed, in the form of Fancy Grey Pants. I have now finally completed the other part of the project, the Blazer part. I’ve been wanting a new blazer for ages now, but always was a little to scared to actually start it or was unable to find a nice pattern.

Eventually I found a nice pattern in a rather odd place. As you may know, Male Pattern Boldness is the blog of a guy who sews and he regularly writes about things he doesn’t get. One of the things was ‘Annie, too’ patterns. Somewhere halfway down the page, I found this fantastic pattern and I wanted to have it. I found a size 8 copy, but when I got it in the mail it looked like it would never ever fit. So I also bought a size 12 copy, which is pretty accurate and what I based this Blazer on.
Pattern

I made some changes, I changed out the sleeves for a two piece sleeve, reduced quite a lot in the bust area and in the back, added two non-functional buttons to the sleeves, worked two buttonholes by hand in the front, instead of one, added some piping to the neckline (below) and added a lining. The general shape still is similar to what it was supposed to be.

Lining Piping

It took time, a lot of time, especially to get the sleeves in right, about 2 days before those were fixed. When I came to the almost end, I couldn’t really decide on the buttonholes I would choose, bound would be nice, but the buttons  I wanted to use are not so large, so that would be mega fiddly.  Eventually I found I really nice tutorial on Williams Clothiers.com for hand worked button holes, so I tried it out, on the left my practices and on the right the final buttonholes. I’m quite happy with them.

Button hole practice Button holes

This is the final project!

Front Back

For the sleeves, I also added a little bit of piping and two non-functional buttons to the bottom. Getting the sleeves in was terrible. I chose the two piece sleeves from another pattern and it was fairly annoying to get those in. It took me over a day of constant fiddling, but right now, I’m really happy with the limited amount of pulling that I managed to achieve.

Side Sleeve detail

The pattern came with a front pocket which I made happen with a contrast welt in black. This way the blazer also sort of matches the pockets on the original pants. I don’t know if the pants and the blazer go together, and at this point I’m not interested enough to try it out. When putting on the front buttons and buttonholes, I figured it would be handy to also be able to close the front pocket, so I put a button on it too and this one is functional!

Buttons Front pocket

Last but not least, I added the lining because getting a thing on is easier when it’s slippery on the inside. The loop is for hanging it up which may be very handy in the future too.

Lusje Lining

I’m going to have to start wearing it to see if it works satisfactorily. Who knows, there may be a MMM update in the future.

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MMM ’16 Week 3

Week three started of interestingly without me getting a shot of my outfit, I guess I forgot.

May 15

May 15

I’m the one in the yellow helmet with a striped shirt. These were my sporting clothes, since I managed to forget a picture. I did wear other me-mades that day.
Comfort level: That bum padding is pretty nice when you fall backwards…
Wear again: Yes.

May 16

May 16

Paint splatter shirt, Harry Potter sweater and reversible hood (now camel instead of brown on the outside). It was cold in my house today, so wore the hood for the majority of the time I was home.
Comfort level: Toasty!
Wear again: Yes.

May 18

May 17

Forgot the picture, black sweater and paint splatter shirt,
Comfort level: Fine!
Wear again: Yes.

May 18

May 18

A graduation dress.
Comfort level: Pocketses, perfect.
Wear again: Yes.

May 19

May 19

Harry Potter sweater and double zipper skirt.
Comfort level: Pockets, nice!
Wear again: Yes.

May 20

May 20

Bicycle shirt and jeans.
Comfort level: Decent, the pockets in the non-me-made jacket are roomy.
Wear again: Yes.

May 20-22

May 20-22

Brown larp dress, gray larp shirt, larp apron and larp backpack
Comfort level: Getting better, I’m planning on a new, warmer dress.
Wear again: Yes.

Challenge:

Two days of non-pants? Achieved.
Five days of at least two me-mades? Achieved.

Week three has been set free!

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MMM ’16 Week 2

The start of week two saw the whole quota of non-pants filled. I did have to do laundry to get some shirts back in rotation, but otherwise this week was fine too.

May 8

May 8

Duck skirt and knitted socks finished that morning.
Comfort level: Fine.
Wear again: Probably not like this to the outside world.

May 9

May 9

Some Winter Graduation dress and cover up.
Comfort level: No pockets.
Wear again: Not like this, I need pockets.

May 10

May 10

Eyelet sweater and bicycles shirt.
Comfort level: Good, not just a MMM pick.
Wear again: Yes, have worn it like this in the past and will continue to do so.

May 11

May 11

Jeans and Harry Potter sweater.
Comfort level: Very nice.
Wear again: Yes!

May 12

May 12

Jeans and bicycles shirt.
Comfort level: Very good.
Wear again: Yes! The bought sweater is a light weight cover for warmer days.

May 13

May 13

Dotted shirt and green sweater.
Comfort level: Fine.
Wear again: Yes, done so in the past too.

Otter

Today I visited Sea Life, there were otters, penguins and a multitude of fish. Life was good.

Penguins

May 14

May 14

Francis and a striped shirt.
Comfort level: Fine
Wear again: Yes.

Challenge:

Two days of non-pants? Achieved
Five days of at least two me-mades? Achieved

Week two is through!

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MMM ’16 Week 1

Me-Made-May week one is over and done with. It’s wasn’t a struggle really, so that was good. There are some combinations that others may find questionable, but for me, it was fine.

May 1

May 1

Just blogged Gaia sweater and unblogged gray pants from .. forever ago. I think I may have also been wearing one of my woven t-shirts.
Comfort level: Fine.
Wear again: Yes.
Challenge: Achieved

May 2

May 2

Stripe clash to the max. It’s the Harry Potter sweater and the ducks skirts,  I may have also been wearing one of my woven t-shirts.
Comfort level: Fine
Wear again: Yes

May 3

May 3

Warm weather sweater and gray pants, also added the pre-blog scarf because it was cold!
Comfort level: Toasty
Wear again: Yes

May 4

May 4

Plaid pants and leafy sweater. Combined with beige (?) plaid scarf. I like plaid.
Comfort level: Fine
Wear again: Yes, this is actually a staple.

May 5

May 5

Harry Potter sweater and dotted woven t-shirt. It was cold in the morning so I wore my pre-blog hood. Throughout the day it got warmer, so the hood and the sweater eventually had to go.
Comfort level: Fine
Wear again: Yes.

May 6

May 6

Spring 2016 graduation dress with me-made petticoat.
Comfort level: Really nice, the sleeves are good and I love the stretch
Wear again: Yes.

May 7

May 7

Cat woven t-shirt and gray un-blogged pants. It was hot out, and this combination was pretty cool-keeping
Comfort level: Nice!
Wear again: Yes.

Challenge:

Two days of non-pants? Achieved
Five days of at least two me-mades? Achieved
Note: I don’t count my watch as a me-made and I don’t count my winter coat, which I’m occasionally still wearing as a me-made either. If you would count those I would have been super successful.

Week one is done!

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Gaia in Red

You are by now probably aware that I have a box of projects that I gave up on partway through. Some of these projects have been in there long, others shorter. Today I’ll show you another saved project that entered the box at least two times. It’s a cotton cardigan and the pattern is called Gaia.

Gaia is a free pattern by Kristen TenDyke that features a button closure and a lacy bust section at the front. Originally it has fairly short sleeves and a band of different stitches beneath the bust. Since I don’t generally wear short sleeved cardigans, I lengthened the sleeves. The instructions were fine, it did take me a while to figure out how to increase to the bust, but the knit-along on ravelry helped me out.

I first chucked Gaia in the box when I had the body done completely and one sleeve set up. It was winter and I subconsciously knew I was never going to wear a cotton cardigan in winter and therefore there was no hurry to finish it. I think it again went in the box with both sleeves partly done and it stayed on my ironing board waiting for some anti-gaping ribbon to be installed on the button bands for quite some time too, I sort of chronicled that in the ravelry-project.

This shape!

When even the model picture shows gaping in the button bands (and only two buttons buttoned), I guess that there is something to worry about. This is the one real negative I have about the pattern, that the button bands gape so much, even after I tried reinforcing them with ribbon. Below you can see the before picture.

Front

There were some really nice matching buttons in my stash that were also the right size, so that made me very happy. I have worn the cardigan a bit since I finished it, you’ll see it in a MMM round up at some point. It’s not perfect, the sleeves have become shorter than intended and there is still some gaping, however, it’s not uncomfortable to wear so it might see the daylight more often.

Sweater Sweater back

I have also finished some socks, so you’ll see those soon.

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MMM ’16 Sign up

In the nick of time, I remembered to sign up for MMM ’16. More info on what Me Made May is, can be found on the original blog of So Zo.  You can read my pledge below, it’s probably quite similar to last year’s pledge.

MMM16

What it means is pictures of me in real life (hopefully), wearing the odd combinations I pick out on a daily basis… So I apologize for my bad taste in advance!

Since I’ve started knitting more actively this year, I’ve actually managed to amass a pretty reasonable collection of stuff. I’m also sewing dresses for work events, but I have troubles sitting in dresses/skirts; Indian style and skirts don’t go well together. So I don’t wear them enough. This should change, for May at least. We’ll see if I can manage to get myself in tights often enough to honor the pledge…

Wish me luck!

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O.O. the Octopus I

Sometimes you (re)find something that you just cannot ignore anymore.

Eye Right Eye

This happened to me at the start of April. I had found the free Octo the Octopus pattern on Ravelry (posted on Knitty here) way before this time, but I was afraid that it would take too long and would be too many stitches for me to actually finish. Since the first discovery I made some dinosaurs, some dragons and some other large projects.  Then, my office wanted to have a knitting project for themselves. They really liked the Allosaurus even though it looked quite angry and wanted something for their own office that could be a group project. I suggested this Octopus that I’d found ages before. Everyone can knit a leg and I can join them to a head at the end with Kitchener stitch.

Starting this project in the office gave me some real craving to make one for myself. I didn’t want to make it in the same colours as the office one, but they had picked all the fun colours: blue on top but the entire rainbow for the bottom of the – legs? arms?  – tentacles. This meant that I had a choice to make!

Flat Spread

I decided to buy a gray and brown ball of yarn and make a striped octopus. I googled ‘striped octopus’ after I’d already knit 4 stripes and found that there is a striped octopus, but it has white too. So off to the shoppy I went again and got some white. The stripes at the top were very regular, so I sewed in a line of white stitches to break it up a little. Then I just went and did completely irregular stripes. All the tentacles follow the same stripe composition and the bottom of the tentacles and his belly are blue. I followed the pattern closely (including errata), however, I did not want to knit with fingering weight yarn. So I substituted with some thicker yarn not knit double and changing the knitting of the eyelids. Google pictures told me that there is an octopus with white eyelid edges, so I chose to do that to get an even edge.

It went a lot quicker than expected. I finished him in under three weeks with most of my free time knitting him. You can find my notes on Ravelry here, they are quite limited *cough*. The reason why this post is posted a little bit after he was finished was mostly because he didn’t really have a name yet. After extensive discussion, we have come up with something…

We are pleased to hereby introduce O.O. Octopus I, Otto Octopuff Octopus The First, to the world. He was finished on April 21, weighs 539 grams, and measures 88 centimeters from head to tentacle. He will rest throughout working hours.
  

To scale

Otto will live on a stool in my living room, actually the black one you see on the left of the picture above. In the picture I’m holding him for scale (note, I am 1.58 m tall), he is quite big! Right now, I do believe that O.O. and the Dragon tie for first spot of most awesome knitted animal..

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