12.1.17

2016 in retrospect and goals for 2017

4 comments:
A bit late, but I like to wish you all a happy, healthy and of course creative 2017!

2016 has been an amazing year! Especially the second part of it. I met so many nice people, went to amazing concerts and made a trip to Leipzig on my own. When it comes to sewing and knitting 2016 wasn't a bad year either. What do I say? I'm very very pleased with the things I made, I learned a lot and even started having sewing lessons again.

My favourites of 2016 (in random order):


My first tailored coat! This was a huge project, sometimes a bit frustrating but learned so much. I wear this coat with so much love and joy.



The skirt pattern is borrowed from another pattern. The bodice is drafted by me. Also learned a lot during this project. Never drafted a pattern like this and never used spiral boning before. I hope we'll have a nice summer so this dress can be worn a lot!



This year I really discovered I like solid colored dresses as well. Normally I'm drawn to fabrics with prints, but this has changed. I think the design details are much more emphasized with a solid color fabric. So far I made 3 dresses using a solid colored fabric. I love the gathered skirt of this dress and also like the 3/4 length sleeves.



This was the hardest knitting project I ever did. The roses are quite difficult to knit and the colorwork pattern is very hard to follow because the two colors of wool are almost the same shade. But I love this cardigan. It's one of my favourites!



Goals for 2017:

- Become a certified seamstress:
Some years ago I already made a start with this. But then life got in the way and had to quit. Now, I feel ready to give it another chance. This will take a couple of years, but want to get back on track in 2017.

- Evening gown:
It was one of my sewing goals in 2016. Although I did draft the patterns on 1:4 scale I never go to actually making it. Let's see if it does happen in 2017.

- More alterations/refashions/repairings:
I have a huge pile of clothes that needs repairings, alterations or refashions. I got quite annoyed by it, because it's a pity those clothes never got worn this way. I already made a start last week and it felt so good!

- Flappers dress:
Also a 2016 goal. I love 20s fashion, but never sewn anything from this era. This needs to change! It will be a nice addition to my wardrobe.

- Burlesque costume:
Ok, so last month I started with a Burlesque dancing course. Which is way out of my comfortzone. At the end of 2017 we will perform for an audience and I think that's a great opportunity to make my own costume. 

What are your goals for 2017?

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Dutch:

Een beetje laat, maar ik wil jullie toch graag nog een gelukkig, gezond en vooral ook creatief 2017 toewensen!

2016 was een geweldig jaar, voor het tweede half jaar. Ik heb erge leuke mensen ontmoet, naar mooie concerten geweest en ik ben ben een week alleen naar Leipzig geweest. Wanneer het op naaien en breien neerkomt was het ook zeker geen slecht jaar. Wat zeg ik? Ik ben hartstikke tevreden met de dingen die ik heb gemaakt. Ik hev erg veel geleerd en ben weer begonnen met naailes. 

Mijn favoriete creaties (in willekeurige volgorde:


Mijn eerste mantel waarbij ik technieken zoals pikeren heb gebruikt. Dit was voor mij een gigantisch project, soms zelfs wat frustrerend maar ook erg leerzaam.


Het rokpatroon heb ik geleend van een ander patroon. Het lijfje heb ik zelf getekend. Ook hier heb ik weer veel geleerd. Ik had nog nooit een dergelijk lijfje getekend en dit was ook de eerste keer dat ik spiraalbaleinen gebruikte. Ik hoop dat we een mooie zomer krijgen zodat ik de jurk veel kan dragen.


Het afgelopen jaar heb ik ontdekt dat ik jurken die gemaakt zijn van stof zonder print erg mooi vind. Op deze manier komen de details van de jurk veel meer tot hun recht. Normaliter prefereer ik stofjes met een print, maar dit is veranderd. Tot dusver heb ik drie jurken gemaakt van stof zonder opdruk. Bij deze jurk waardeer ik de aangerimpelde rok en de 3/4 mouwen heel erg.


Dit was het moeilijkste project dat ik ooit heb gedaan. De rozen zijn vrij lastig om te breien maar ook het patroon dat in twee kleuren wordt gebreid is lastig. Dit komt omdat de hiervoor gebruikte kleuren dicht bij elkaar liggen en je het onderscheid bijna niet kan zien. Toch ben ik erg blij met dit vestje. Het is zelfs een van mijn favorieten!

Doelen voor 2017:

- Beginnen met de opleiding tot coupeuse
Een aantal jaren geleden was ik hier al eens mee begonnen. Maar wegens omstandigheden moest ik helaas stoppen. Nu, ben ik weer zover om hier toch weer mee te beginnen. Het kost een aantal jaar voor ik mijn diploma heb, maar in 2017 wil ik dus hiermee een start maken.

- Avondjurk
Hij stond vorig jaar al tussen mijn doelen. Maar ik ben niet verder gekomen dan het tekenen van de patronen op 1:4 schaal. Hopelijk wordt het dit jaar daadwerkelijk een jurk die ik aan kan. 

- Meer reparaties/aanpassingen/refashions 
De stapel met kleding waar nog iets mee moet gebeuren is groot. Het is zo zonde dat die kleding nu niet meer wordt gedragen. Inmiddels begint het me te irriteren en wil ik daar verandering in. Gelukkig heb ik al een goede start gemaakt, want de afgelopen week heb ik maar liefst vier kledingstukken vermaakt of gerepareerd. 

- Flappers jurk
Ook deze stond vorig jaar al bij mijn doelen. Helaas, ben ik hier niet aan toegekomen. Ik vind de mode uit de jaren 20 heel erg mooi, maar heb nog nooit iets uit die periode gemaakt. Zou het een mooie toevoeging aan mijn garderobe vinden. 

- Burlesque outfit
Sinds een maand volg ik Burlesque danslessen en eind dit jaar gaan we ook een voorstelling geven. Dit is zo ontzettend ver buiten mijn comfortzone!! En ook een mooie gelegenheid om mijn eigen outfit te maken.

Wat zijn jullie doelen?

4.1.17

Finished: Simplicity 3408

18 comments:
Hi!!!

Although I don't really like to sew on a deadline I somehow got the idea that I would love the wear this dress during the Christmas holidays. Since everything went quite smoothly and I had tons of time left to finish the dress in time it seemed a realistic goal. But just before finishing the dress (I only needed to add a zipper and make a fabric covered belt) I fell ill. 



It all started with a cold and turned into days of fever and a lower respiratory infection which kept me into bed for some days and wasn't able to get the dress ready before Christmas. Luckily I'm feeling better now and found some time to do the last things that needed to be done and take some pictures. Because of the weather the pictures aren't very clear :(


The fabric is a lovely deep purple 100% rayon fabric which is a dream to wear and the drape is just lovely. I used a 40s pattern from my stash; Simplicity 3408. The details of this dress like the button placket/neckband, the pockets, the puffed sleeves and fabric covered belt are just amazing. It's such a feminine and elegant design. Alas, it's quite  a challenge to find rayon fabric of this quality here. Would love to use this kind of fabric more often. 


I did change the pattern a little by adding some length to the sleeves, skirt and bodice. This dress screamed for bound buttonholes and I'm very happy with the results. The buttons are fabric covered and I also made a matching belt with one of the vintage belt making kits I bought some years ago. I used seam binding to finish the raw edges and made a hand picked lapped zipper in the left side seam. The hems of the sleeves are finished with bias cut strips which are sewn to the sleeve with a slip stitch. The hem is also hand sewn using a catch stitch. 

Inside out
Despite the fact the dress wasn't ready in time I still enjoyed making this dress and am very pleased with how the dress turned out! I hope you like it as well!

Dutch version:

Hallo!!

Alhoewel ik niet graag met deadlines werk als ik kleding maak, kreeg ik toch het idee dat het wel leuk was om deze jurk met kerst te dragen. Aangezien alles volgens schema liep en ik nog voldoende tijd had om de jurk af te maken leek het haalbaar. Maar vlak voordat de jurk klaar was (ik hoefde alleen nog maar de rits erin te naaien en een bijpassende riem te maken) werd ik ziek. 


Het begon met een verkoudheid die op een gegeven moment oversloeg naar een luchtweginfectie en koorts waarbij ik een aantal dagen in bed heb gelegen. Gelukkig voel ik me nu weer wat fitter en heb ik de jurk af kunnen maken en wat foto's kunnen maken. Omdat het vrij donker weer is zijn de foto's wat minder scherp uitgevallen.

I added sleeve stiffeners for extra support of the sleeve cap

De stof die ik gebruikte is een donkerpaarse viscose, die echt heerlijk draagt en erg mooi valt. Het patroon is een jaren 40 patroon; Simplicity 3408. De details van deze jurk, zoals de knoopsluiting, de zakjes, de pofmouwen en de riem vind ik erg mooi. Het is een heel vrouwelijk en elegant ontwerp. Helaas, is het vrij lastig om aan viscose van deze kwaliteit te komen. Ik zou graag vaker met dit soort stoffen willen werken.


Het patroon heb ik een beetje aangepast. Zo heb ik wat extra lengte toegevoegd aan het lijfje, de mouwen en de rok. Deze jurk moest gepaspoilleerde knoopsgaten hebben. Dus daar ging ik voor en ben zeer tevreden met het resultaat. De knopen zijn bekleed met dezelfde stof als de jurk en ook heb ik van de restanten een riem gemaakt. Hiervoor heb ik een kit gebruikt die ik ooit eens tweedehands heb gekocht. De naden zijn met seam binding afgewerkt en ik heb in de zijnaad met de hand een rits ingezet (ingeput). De mouwzomen zijn afgewerkt met scheef-van-draad-geknipte stroken stof die met een 'slip sitch' zijn vast gezet. De rokzoom is eveneens met de hand genaaid en hiervoor gebruikte ik de flanelsteek. 



Ondanks dat de jurk niet op tijd klaar was vond ik het toch leuk om deze jurk te maken en ben ik erg blij met het resultaat. Ik hoop dat jullie de jurk ook mooi vinden!


Used techniques:

Bound buttonholes/gepaspoilleerde knoopsgaten:
Editors of Creative Publishing, 2011. Tailoring. The classic guide to sewing the perfect jacket. Pp. 116-119.

Fabric covered belt / met stof beklede riem:
I followed the instructions which came with the kit and used an online tutorial written by Linda Bradfield.

Ik heb de instructies van de kit gevolgd en voor extra informatie heb ik een tutorial (geschreven door Linda Bradfield) geraadpleegd.

Fabric covered buttons / met stof beklede knopen:
The buttons are from Prym and I use an universal tool to create the fabric covered buttons. The tool and package of buttons contains a clear instruction.

De knopen zijn van Prym en ik gebruik een bijbehorend hulpmiddel om de knopen met stof te bekleden.

Seam binding:
Tutorial written by Laura Mae; Pre-fold Method (I don't cut the pieces at the right length beforehand, but just iron very long lengths of seam binding and cut them to the right size afterwards).

Tutorial geschreven door Laura Mae; Pre-fold Method (Ik bereid lange stukken voor in plaats van ze al meteen op de juiste lengte te knippen).

Hand picked lapped zipper/rits inputten:
Used this technique for the first time when I made Vogue 8767. The descriptions of this pattern are very clear and use this method in other dresses as well.

Deze techniek heb ik voor het eerst gebruikt toen ik Vogue 8767 maakte. De beschrijving van deze techniek is zeer duidelijk en gebruik hem sindsdien ook in andere jurken.

Catchstitched hem/flanelsteek:
C. Shaeffer, 2011. Couture Sewing Techniques. Pp. 35.

Sleeve stiffeners/ ondersteuning voor de mouwkop:
These were part of the sewing pattern. 

Deze zijn onderdeel van het naaipatroon.

Bias cut strips to finish sleeve hems / schuin-van-draad-geknipte stroken om mouwzoom mee af te werken:

This is a technique which is often used in vintage sewing patterns.

Deze techniek wordt vaak beschreven in vintage naaipatronen.

Slipstitch:
C. Shaeffer, 2011. Couture Sewing Techniques. Pp. 33.

6.12.16

Finished: Late 40s Sleevelss Pullover

3 comments:
Hi!

(See for Dutch text below)


Some months ago I finshed another knitting project, but never got around to blog about it. And that's a pity because I'm quite pleased with how this project turned out.




The pattern is from 1948s and is a supplement of a Dutch women's magazine called Libelle which I found at a fleamarket some years ago. I used Drops Nepal, a yarn I already had in my stash. It's a bit chunkier then the pattern suggested, but I think it gives the V-shapd stripes more definition. 



Besides using a chunkier wool I did change the pattern a little. I had only a few skeins and had to be economical to make sure I wouldn't run out of wool too soon. The sleeveless pullover originally has a closure on one side seam and shoulder seam, which I ditched to save some yarn. 


The V-shaped stripes are a nice detail. What I liked about this pattern is that it's very easy to make. The used stitches are simple and you don't need to knit separate bands for the armescyes and neckline. So, after knitting the front and back pieces you only need to block, weave in the loose threads and sew the pieces together and then you're finished. Such a difference compared to some of the other knitted pieces I made in the past.


I would love to make more sleeveless pullover. Because there aren't any sleeves involved it knits up much quicker than a cardigan. Perfect to knit in between bigger or more complicated projects. 


And it's a great addition to my wardrobe :)Since I'm quite a chilly person I'm unable to wear blouses during winter unless I cover myself up with a cardigan or pullover. A sleeveless pullover is perfect to wear blouses and actually see a litlle more of them. 




Hallo!



Een aantal maanden geleden was ik alweer klaar met een breiwerk, maar het was nog niet gelukt om hierover te bloggen. En dat is best jammer, want ik ben heel tevreden met het resultaat.



Het patroon komt uit 1948 en is gepubliceerd in Libelle's Haken & Breien. Dit blad heb ik ooit eens gevonden op een vlooienmarkt. Ik gebruikte voor dit project wol van Drops (Nepal). Deze wol is wat dikker dan wordt geadviseerd in de patroonbeschrijving, maar maakt de V-vormige strepen meer uitgesproken.



Ik heb het patroon een beetje aangepast, omdat ik niet zoveel wol had en dus een beetje efficiënt moest zijn. Dit mouwloos truitjes heeft officieel een sluiting in een zij- en schoudernaad. Deze heb ik achterwege gelaten, zodat ik meer wol overhad. 



De V-vormige strepen zijn een mooi detail. Wat ik fijn vond aan dit patroon is dat het heel eenvoudig is om te maken. De steken zijn simpel en je hoeft de banden rondom de armsgaten en halslijn niet apart te breien. Dus als je klaar bent met het breien van het voor- en achterpand hoef je het alleen nog maar op te spannen, draadjes weg te werken en in elkaar te naaien. Dat is een behoorlijk verschil vergeleken met andere breisels die ik eerder heb gemaakt.



Ik zou graag meer van dit soort mouwloze truitjes willen maken. Omdat je geen mouwen hoeft te breien gaat het vrij snel en is het dus ideaal om tussen grotere/ingewikkeldere projecten door te doen. 

Daarbij vind ik het een fijne toevoeging aan mijn kledingkast :) Aangezien ik een behoorlijke koukleum ben kan ik gedurende de winter geen blouses dragen zonder mezelf in te pakken met een trui of vest. Dit is dan de ideale uitkomst waarbij je iets meer van de blouse ziet.


1.11.16

Finished: McCall 4942

11 comments:
Wow, time's flying when you're having fun! I meant to blog sooner, but didnt 'found the time or focus. So much has happened lately, mostly good things that is! So I shouldn't complain at all :)


Anyways, today I'm wearing the dress I recently finished and instead of doing some cleaning and tidying up in my house I decided that it is much more fun to make some pictures and write a blogpost.



Lately I totally ditched the pin curls, although I love them, my hair is just terrible to curl and I kind of love my straigth hair again so for now no more curls (which most of the times only last a few hours). I'm also letting the hair dye grow out. I've been dyeing my hair since I was 14, always hated my natural hair color, but now I finally start to appreciate it. 




The pattern I used is McCall 4942 and I have it in my stash for al ong time, I had it on my to-do list a couple of years ago, but never got to it.




The wine red fabric was a gift and has such a beautiful color. Alas, it was quite hard to work with because it's quite slippery. The fabric is also a bit stretchy and after sewing all the seams of the bodice and skirt I discovered it was too big while the patterns had the correct size. So I had to unpick the seams and resize the pattern pieces. You must know, I have very little experience sewing stretchy fabrics, I'm always using woven fabrics. This is a whole new are for me.




Then I had some problems with the sleeve caps as well. The pattern suggested to stitch 3 darts in each sleeve cap, but they turned out quite wobbly(?) and I couldn't fix it. Instead I gathered the sleeve caps and I really liked the results. 



I made a sleeve stiffener of organza (forgot to cut the thread befor taking the photo)

To give the sleeve some more support I made a sleeve stiffener. An idea I borrowed from another 40s sewing pattern which I have in my stash and will probably be my next sewing project.


Fabric covered buttons and button loops at the neck opening
I really love the details of this dress like the gathered skirt (which has 6 rows of gathers permanently stitched at the center front), the gathers at the front yoke, fabric covered buttons, lapped side seam closure and of course the fabric covered belt!




And how can I forget about the pockets??? It has pockets is well :)Yay for pockets! 


My cat wanted some attention 
I've been wearing this dress quit a lot so it is a big succes! Solid color dresses aren't that boring at all (especially if you make funny dances in it ;) Really need more of them!


Ok, this is becoming a small tradition, posting the funny pics at each end of my blogpost
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Techniques I used (with references):

French seams:
C. Shaeffer, 2011. Couture Sewing Techniques. Pp. 51-52.

Fabric covered belt:
I followed the instructions which came with the kit and used an online tutorial written by Linda Bradfield.

Button loops:
I don't remember anymore where I learned this technique but I found a tutorial written by Ysolda.

Fabric covered buttons:
The buttons are from Prym and I use an universal tool to create the fabric covered buttons. The tool and package of buttons contains a clear instruction.

Lapped side seam closure with snaps:
J. Cole & S. Czachor, 2010. Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers. Pp. 497.


This closure is very common in vintage dresses. The pattern instructions of a vintage pattern show you how to make one. 

Hand sewn hem with a blind catchstitch:
C. Shaeffer, 2011. Couture Sewing Techniques. Pp. 35.

Pinked edges:
I used my rottary cutter with a pinking blade to finish the hem and some of the other edges.

Sleeve stiffener:

This technique I borrowed form another 40s sewing pattern to support the sleeve.

8.9.16

Autumn Sewing plans

3 comments:
Hello!

After finishing my 50s Halter dress, I thought it was the good time to start focusing on garments for autumn. But while I'm writing this we're having pretty good weather again. Well anyways, here are my plans for autumn:

McCall 4942

I already made a start with this dress (3/4 sleeves). I love how this fabric drapes and can't wait to get it finished and start wearing it!


Lutterloh 1941 Skirt


This is one of the UFO's I have at the moment. The pattern is already drafted, I made a muslin and after adjusting the pattern I already cut out the fabric about 3 years ago :O The welt pockets made me putting this project aside. But now I feel confident enough to tackle this project. But I have to change the pattern, because I lost some weigth. So new pattern, new muslin. 

Years ago I bought this lovely burgundy wool fabric. I thinkt it really is a pity that this dress is not part of my wardrobe already!


Lutterloh late 1940s Bra


Now I've made my first vintage panties, it's time to make a matching bra. The original plan was to make this right after the panties. I made a pattern and two muslins, but it was bit difficult to get a good fit. So I needed to take a break from this project.


Simplicity 3408


And another dress (long sleeved version) which I like to make. I have this very lovely, very expensive rayon fabric I once bought when I was on a holiday years ago. Because it was so expensive I never dared using it. Well, that has to change :) it's a pity if it stayed in my stash for another 5 years.

I know myself and I'm  often not really sticking to my sewing plans. But it's always fun to plan your wardrobe!

What are your plans? 

28.8.16

Finished: 50s Halter Dress

15 comments:
Hi all!

Of course it would be better if I had finished this dress just a week ago, because we had some very hot days over here. But I was busy and didn't feel like rushing. So here it is, at the end of summer I finish a summer dress. Oh well, it won't be the first time that I'm a bit behind with sewing. 


Before talking about this dress I want to let you know I've been thinking about my blog lately and what to do with it. I like to share my finished projects, but I also want to give it something more. I was thinking about writing tutorials. But I realise there are so many great tutorials out there already and I don't feel like writing stuff which has be done already a dozen of times. And probably in a much better way then I can do, because I still don't feel really confident about my (English) writing skills. 


But I will write a tutorial about drafting the bodice of the halter dress. So far as I know, it has not been done before and I can try if I like it and make it work. If it does work out I might try this more often, but only when there's not already a good tutorial out there. 


So that's the thing about tutorials. I also thought I can add references to the techniques I use in my projects. If one want to use a paticular technique they know where to find it this way. You have to think about books, youtube, websites, blogs, ecc. At least you know I have tried it with succes and hopefully it inspires you to add some nice techniques to your sewing projects as well. I hope this will give some more depth to my blogposts. 

Adding more accessories :D
Ok, lets talk about the dress then :) I really loved making this dress. Things went pretty well and it was a great opportunity to try some new sewing techniques. I drafted the Bodice myself using my block pattern and after some trial and error I got a good fit and the halter straps behaving in a way I really liked. As inspiration I used these pattern illustrations:


The skirt pattern is borrowed from a pattern I found in one of my early 50s sewing magazines. It is a 3/4 circle skirt with lots of gathers. It consists of 4 pieces. I really love how the skirt falls, it's very elegant. 


Because of the halter the back has no support. I decided to add Spiral Boning and a Waist Stay, so the bodice has some support and stays at the right place. I never used spiral boning before, but had it in my stash for quite some years. It's great material to work with. I definitely prefer it over plastic boning,because spiral boning is much more flexible. It can bend forward and backward but also to the sides. Because of the boning I also added a lining to cover the boning up. The waist stay is made of grosgrain tape and I added hooks and eyes at the ends.

Inside out: Seam Binding, Waist Stay and Machine Stitched Narrow Hem
As usual the seams are finished with Seam Binding. I still think this is the prettiest way to handle raw seam edges. To prevent stretching I added Stay Tape to both sides of the straps. You can imagine the fabric will stetch over time. 


I did some pattern matching at the center front and center back seams. At the center back I also added a Lapped Zipper. I sewed this in by hand so I had more control over the fabric. The hem is finished with a Machine Stitched Narrow Hem.

Pattern matching on center front and back

And now I'm hoping for some more summery days so I can wear this dress just a couple of times before autumn starts!

A dress like this screams for a 'good' twirl!
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Here are the used techniques with their references:

 Seam Binding:  
Tutorial written by Laura Mae; Prefold Method (I don't cut the pieces at the right length beforehand, but just iron very long lengths of seam binding and cut them to the right size afterwards. 

Spiral Boning:
J. Cole & S. Czachor, 2010. Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers. Pp. 171-174. 

Hand Picked Lapped Zipper:
I learned this technique when I made Vogue 8767. It was part of the sewing instruction amd since then always do it this way. 

Note: Make sure that the overlap will cover the zipper at the waistline seam. You will see that the overlap will pull away a little at this point.

Stay Tape Neckline:
Tutorial written by Tasha of Sewaholic

Gathered skirt:
Modevakschool Nationaal. Kleermakerspraktijkboek. Pp. 56

Note: This technique is very common. If you search on sewing gathers you find similar techniques.

Drafted Bodice:
I couldn't find anything similar in my pattern drafting books or on the internet. So I figured it out myself.

Machine Stitched Narrow Hem:
C. Shaeffer, 2011. Couture Sewing Techniques. Pp. 74. Called Pin Hem.
J. Cole & S. Czachor, 2010. Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers. Pp. 419-420.

Waist Stay:
J. Cole & S. Czachor, 2010. Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers. Pp. 246-247.

12.8.16

Finished: Doreen Jumper

11 comments:
Hello!

If you're following me on Instagram, you already now that I recently finished two of my knitting projects. And today I want to show one of them to you :)


It's the Doreen Jumper and it's a late 40s/early 50s pattern which is published in a knitting magazine called 'Magriet Breit' (Margriet Knits). 'Magriet' is a Dutch magazine for women and is on the market since 1938. 'Magriet Breit' is a supplement which is  mainly dedicated to knitting as the title suggests. But you can also find some crochet and embroidery patterns in it. 


A few years ago I was lucky to find a pile f these knitting magazines at a fleamarket for a very special price. The ones I have are mainly late 40s or early 50s. I wish I someday find some older magazines as well. But they are pretty scarce in our country. 


I think this is the fastest knitted sweater I ever made. I'm kind of a slow worker, because I often doubt if I'm on the right track which means that I can be quite obsessive about how things are coming along. So I'm continually checking and rechecking my work, frogging parts, adding this, changing that, ecc. You can imagine that this is very time consuming. And I never follow a pattern to the letter, I always think things have to be different or better. So that doesn't help either.


But this project went very smooth. I had to make just a few changes. I graded the pattern down to my size and I added some length to the sleeves and bodice. The neck was also a bit on the small side and I knew my head wouldn't fit through the hole, so I made the neckline a bit wider. 


The pattern consists of mirrorred cables which give a braided look. Between the cables there is a small braid. The neckband is about 5 cm wide and folded to the inside and sewn to the jumper to create a tunnel. With the help of a safety pin I put the cord through this tunnel. The cord is a so called i-cord which can be knitted or crocheted. I choose to crochet the cord, because I didn't had the right double pointed knitting needles.  


The color is a beautiful greyish green and is perfect for autumn if you ask me. At the moment we're in the middle of august and I'm wearing this jumper. Isn't that insane?!? The weather over here is just horrible! It's cold and there's a lot of rain. But for me a great opportunity to take pics of this jumper, because I wouldn't do this when it would be a hot summer day!


I think I spent about 8 weeks knitting this jumper. With an avarage of 10 hours a week. So this means I spent 80 hours to make this beauty. Compared to my colorwork projects, this is very very fast!

Me being silly again
As you can see, I'm qutie happy with the results :)

Hopefully, I'll be able to make some pictures of my other finished knitwork so I can put it on my blog!