Monthly Archives: October 2013

Knit City 2013!

Knit City 2013

I just got back from Knit City in Vancouver, and it was so incredible! Amazing local yarn and fibre everywhere! And everyone was wearing gorgeous hand knit sweaters and shawls. So much eye candy. We were all just ogling each other, ha ha! I was there to help my friend, Sylvia, with her booth, Sheepish Grin Knit Company (she dyes all of the yarns herself in delicious colours), and it was so much fun! The only picture I have of the event is this blurry one that I took with my phone:

Sheepish Grin Knit Company at Knit City 2013

Sheepish Grin Knit Company at Knit City 2013

We went to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on the first night and she was hilarious. By the end of the show we had actual tears streaming down our faces from laughing so hard. Seriously, I must buy all of her books now.

And I met Tasia! I was a bit star-struck, and I’m pretty sure I sounded like a complete gushing idiot. And she was wearing an awesome new hand knit sweater! No pictures 😦

So here are the latest additions to my stash. From the looks of it, you would think I’m an avid spinner, but I’ve only taken a beginner spinning course with a drop spindle. I guess there will be more spinning in my future!

Knit City 2013

Spinning fibre: top right The Wacky Windmill, right Sweet Georgia, bottom two Muse
Skeins, from left to right: three grin deluxe by Sheepish Grin, organic Cotton dyed with indigo by Vegan Yarn, merino silk aran Sweet Georgia
Buttons and shawl pins from Pollika
Hand-spun by Spincycle (they weren’t even at the show, but we couldn’t resist stopping at a local yarn shop on our way out – yarn is more addictive than crack!)

Knit City 2013

And gourmet doughnuts to top it all off! Yum!Knit City 2013

Tank top with shelf bra

self-drafted tank top with shelf bra

Version 1:

Fabric: 100% Organic Cotton Jersey in white from Hart’s Fabrics

I actually made this one back in May, but I finally got around to making a second version with some changes, so I decided to finally post about them! I have no idea how drafting normally works, but I figured since knits are stretchy I could just wing it and adjust as needed.

I started out by measuring my bust, waist, and hip, and the distances between them and transferring the measurements to some tissue paper, using a french curve to join them. This basically gave me a zero-ease garment, which I thought would work, but I was way off. I had to take in the sides a lot, shorten the straps, and lower the armholes to get it to fit, but with some tweaking, eventually it worked out.

Once I got the outer part fitting the way I wanted, I transferred the changes to my pattern pieces and then traced out the top part to create the shelf, adding 2x my elastic width to the bottom. To the front shelf piece, I also added a curve below the line and extended the side by 1″ so I could make some gathers in the middle for shaping.

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I just gathered the middle with some thread to create an almost sweetheart neckline curve, which I really like.

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I used the same template for the front and back, but I don’t like how far apart the straps are on the back (probably because I had to take the sides in so much).

self-drafted tank top with shelf bra

I left the hem raw because the top was a little shorter than I intended, plus I like how the raw edge looks.

self-drafted tank top with shelf bra

Version 2:

Fabric: 100% Organic Cotton Jersey in turquoise from Hart’s Fabrics

I  moved the back straps toward the center by 1″ and made a “V” shape for the back.

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Tank top with shelf bra

I also took a little out of the front arm curve, which I now see was too much. I added a third layer to the front shelf this time, with an opening at the straps to insert those foamy cup shaping things, but they’re really difficult to insert since the cotton jersey doesn’t allow them to slide. I think I’ll go back to my first version for all the front pieces and my second version for the back.

These tops have definitely been getting a lot of wear! They’re so soft and comfy, and they make great undershirts for fall/winter too 🙂

So, this is a bit late…

I made a bathing suit back in July, but never got around to posting about it. I was too busy going to the beach. Oops! It’s sort of self-drafted, if you can call wrapping fabric around you, measuring, and guessing drafting!

Polka Dot Bikini

Polka Dot Bikini

Keyhole tie and ruching at the side of the leg

Polka Dot Bikini

It’s kind of tough to see how it looks from the photos, but I’m not brave enough to model a bathing suit on the Internet!

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My pattern pieces, including lining. It almost looks like a real pattern, ha ha!

The fabric is from Hart’s fabric, but I was really disappointed when it arrived because the colours were much more fluorescent and juvenile in person. So I decided to use it as a wearable muslin.

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Then I found some fabric I absolutely love from The Fabric Fairy! The batik on the right is just gorgeous in person with interesting colour variations.

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I was planning on making up a “good” version of this bathing suit, but I couldn’t decide if I liked the bottoms enough, or if I should do a skirt version instead. Plus, I was afraid to cut into fabric I liked so much. I guess I have all of fall/winter to decide now!

P.S.  Notice the dress form in the first picture? I finally got one! It’s not a real one, just decorative, and way cheaper ($70 at Winners) than the adjustable ones at Fabricland ($200 on sale).  But it’s pretty close to my size (an inch bigger in the bust and waist, plus an inch shorter in the upper torso, which is the same as the adjustable ones at Fabricland anyway) so I figure I can use it for draping looser fitting wovens and knits. I’m seriously tempted to get Draping: The Complete Course after reading so many great reviews, but I’m worried my dress form won’t work for it. Anyone else considering buying that book without a fancy dress form?