It’s really happening!

When you plan something for a long time, it can stop feeling like it will ever actually happen. So each time I manage to actually complete something for my handmade wardrobe, I feel like I just beat the system and also won the lottery.

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I bought this fabric at Birch in June 2010. It was really hard to finally cut into it. What if I fucked up?!

Spoiler, I did not fuck up. Even though I made changes to the pattern that I had not actually tried in my muslin. Because I am a crazy mofo.

One thing I did do in the muslin, which I haven’t yet done with the top, is darts in the back to accommodate my small waist. I cut the pattern pieces a bit narrower and took out some length in the waist, which seems to have maybe done the trick! I will give it a few wearings–darts will be very easy to add later if I feel like they are needed.

So, my first Simplicity 3835, a pattern I’ve been meaning to fill my wardrobe with for many, many years, is DONE. (Probably.)

Wardrobe Update: another Dress No. 1

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I somehow never took a full-length shot of this dress. It’s Essex Linen in Lime.

I made the size XL again, but with a few mods this time:
-I cut the back in two pieces and seamed it down the center, to accommodate my narrow shoulders and waist.
-I did a dartless FBA on the front, adding 2 inches.
-ETA: Totally forgot that I cut the skirt at a slightly less severe A, probably about an inch further in at the hem (so four total).
-Contrast fabric for the binding, which I also used to hem the top of the pockets.

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The XL is the right number of inches around for my full bust size, but these two changes made it fit better. Also it looks REALLY good with the contrast trim, so I’ll be doing that from now on. Goodness knows I have enough random fat quarters lying around. Up next: Dress No. 2.

In other sewing news, I have reached the conclusion that I need to buy more linen and some chambray and probably cotton lawn, because quilting cotton is just not going to cut it for clothing. Unfortunately, I have a ton of quilting cotton I want to use for clothes. I’m thinking I will use some of it anyway (I think the Simplicity 3835 can handle it), and use other pieces for trim, like shown here but also for things like a contrast strip at the bottom of a top. I’m also looking for some nice plaid shirting, but I have a specific idea in my mind of what it will look like and I haven’t found any actual fabric that looks like the fabric in my brain. This is pretty nice if I don’t find what I’m looking for.

But before I do any more sewing for my personal wardrobe, I have some Ren Faire Vikings to outfit.

New knitting pattern, and a KAL

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First up is Obtuse, a top-down shallow triangular shawl that’s easy enough for a beginner but interesting enough for a more advanced knitter. I knitted most of the sample while watching TV, if that tells you anything much.

I bet you have a skein of variegated sock yarn sitting in your stash, quietly mocking you because what the heck can you knit with variegated yarn? Well, you can knit this.

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And in other news: I’m hosting a knit-along for Dragon Rider! I’ve never hosted a KAL before so I’m pretty excited. Check out the details here in my Ravelry group. There’s a discount code for the pattern, and there will be prizes.

A Tunic for Riding Dragons

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Sometimes yarn is a real pain in the butt. I was sent this gorgeous SweetGeorgia for a sweater idea I had in 2013, and I tried to knit it but it wouldn’t cooperate. So I set it aside, and one day–almost a year later!–it dawned on me that the tunic I kept thinking about would look perfect in this very yarn. So I made it instead.

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I’m not even sorry.

Dragon Rider is available on Ravelry. EU customers will be redirected to LoveKnitting.

Fireside Collection

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That’s Hot Cocoa on the left, Hot Buttered Rum in the center, and Hot Toddy on the right.

I am so pleased with the way this collection turned out, even if it took me a liiiiiittle bit longer than planned. (They were supposed to be ready for Thanksgiving, 2013. Yeah.)

I set Hot Cocoa aside for a long time because I’d been working on it the last time I saw Laurie and she gave me advice on some design elements and I just couldn’t work on it after she died. But it’s done now, and this spring I will wear it to the noir festival, which I’ll be attending without her for the first time ever.

So. I dedicate this set to Laurie. I miss you, lady.

Seraphina & Anjelica

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New patterns! Whoo!

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This is Seraphina. I originally came up with this design in 2011, and submitted it for publication with a third party. It was accepted, and matching bloomers were requested.

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This is Anjelica. The matching bloomers.

The third party publication fell through, and after two long years I got my publication rights and samples back. Ta-da!

The patterns are available on Ravelry individually or as a set.

A Storybook Knit

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I knitted this shawl because I wanted a basic wrap that is beautiful and functional. I chose a luscious alpaca silk yarn, Lorna’s Laces Honor, in a deep and subtle shade of purple-grey, and I named it after one of my favorite heroines of Colonial British children’s fiction, Susan Sowerby from The Secret Garden.

Here is the text from the pattern:

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was the first novel I read, approximately five minutes after I figured out that whole reading business. It has remained a favorite for nearly three decades, and was much loved by many others for a good 75 years before I found it. One of my favorite characters is Susan Sowerby, Dickon and Martha’s mother, who kindly looks out for Mary and boldly (but gently) interferes when Archibald Craven needs it.
I chose a lovely yarn that drapes around the shoulders to keep you warm on a rainy night, in a color that reminds me of the way the moors looked when Mary Lenox first saw them—grey, but not quite lifeless after all.

It is on Ravelry if you are so inclined.

New logo! Another one!

After Lauren’s amazing work on my Sew Noir logo (see it here), I asked if she could make me a new Noir Knits logo, too. And she did! Actually she made like two dozen of them, because I gave her a terrible description of what I wanted and she was kind enough to go through several versions to fine tune it.

WORTH IT. (Uh, for me. She is probably going into hiding.)

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How fucking gorgeous is that?! Of course, now I have to decide whether to redo my pattern template AGAIN. It doesn’t currently have a logo on it, so I might not. [/lazy]

Also I have to redo my website. I have forgotten all the coding I once knew, so that should be fun.

…I’ve made a huge mistake.

Buy My Wares, Part 2

I feel like a total shithead for publishing this in light of everything that’s happening across the country because of Ferguson and the unjustness of Darren Wilson going free without so much as an investigation. Please know that it is on my mind.

So, I also design knitting patterns. And it’s time for holiday knitting now, so I am offering discounts on some of my existing catalogue from now through the new year.

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Click the photo or right here to get to the bundle on Ravelry, where there are codes for 20, 30, and 40% off your purchase.

Happy Thanksgiving!

HEY, BUY MY WARES.

O hai.

Sew Noir Gradients

So, I have this etsy shop. It has a new logo courtesy of Lauren, and I am currently stocking it with custom sewn items. Like, you can buy something and I will make it just for you.

Por example:

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That’s Whoopsie Dog. I made her for Gracie. I will make one for you or your child, too! Whoopsie is from an adorable Retro Mama pattern. I have these three other patterns, which I intend to sell softies from, but I need prototypes. If you would like to buy one, I will sell the first one to you for $20 (which is less than I will be charging down the road) as thanks for the opportunity to use it for photos.

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Send me a note if you’re into that. I’ll do one of each toy at that price, to people I know. ETA: elephant is spoken for!

Also in the shop so far are bandanna pants and a stuffed toy from your child’s drawing. (Or yours! I don’t care as long as it’s original.) I will be adding superhero capes and some adult accessories in the near future. Infinity scarves and rockabilly headbands for sure, and I have some other ideas that I’m working on.