Monday, March 8, 2010

I have actually made some things ...

This week during my television watching evenings I knitted this shrug. Sadly, my poor camera work does not show the pattern. There is a lovely chevron pattern knitted into it which points downwards, making this otherwise shapeless garment way more flattering than it appears here on Vera. It was knitted in one piece, folded in half and then stitched together at the sides. The really wonderful thing about this is that the yarn (a totally acrylic ribbon type yarn) came from a top I bought easily 12 years ago and never ever wore. A few months ago I decided to un ravel it and roll it into balls. I found this free pattern on the internet somewhere (I think it was the Unicorn website) and miraculously the two ended up in the same part of the room at the same time, telling me that they should join forces and become this.

This afternoon when I came home from work I decided to work on some of the things I cut out last weekend. This jacket is from Vogue 1020. I never thought I would make this jacket, but another serendipitous moment brought the fabric and pattern together. Originally I had purchased this cotton knit for a wrap dress, but it has a crisper hand than I had realised. The Vogue pattern just happened to be there as I unpacked the box and I knew it would work for this fabric. I'm not sure I will wear it tied up, but as an alternative to a cardigan it is perfect to slip on over a dress or top at this time of year. It's fairly fitted across the shoulders and because it is crisp, it wears more like a jacket than a knit top, so it is great for work. I can see this becoming a staple this autumn. I may even slip this into my SWAP instead of the red coat I had planned.

Next up I have to finish pants for Grant's SWAP. All I have to do for him is make two more pairs of pants and a jacket (which I still haven't muslined). My SWAP needs more work (ie 4 dresses and a coat). It's going to be a busy 6 weeks!

10 comments:

Sheila said...

The shrug and jacket look great.

Elaray said...

There are too many reptiles in your life! LOL

Your shrug and jacket are great.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I really like the way the jacket looks tied. It dresses it up a bit, but it is still casual and inviting.

Angelia said...

I like the jacket and the shrug.. really nice!
As for the crochet bolero on my blog I did use a pattern from an old Crochet Interweave magazine Spring 2007 issue. I bought it on ebay... it has alot of great stuff in it.

Faye Lewis said...

Both projects are wonderful. Love the color of your shrug.

Gail said...

I wish I had the discipline for a SWAP. Love the idea of a mens wear SWAP.

Tanya said...

The shrug is so cute,love the color. I have that Vogue pattern and every time I see it made up I think I've got to make that.

gwensews said...

Wonderful shrug! I love shrugs and have made a couple. I'd love to make that one though. Your gray jacket is lovely, and gray is such a popular color.

moggy said...

That shrug is very pretty!

That jacket looks great too - I have the pattern but the jacket never appealed, but now I see yours I'm tempted!

Sew Passionista said...

I love both pieces.IMO,they can both be staples in a wardrobe. I must have a look at that Vogue pattern.