Summer FO's

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FO #1: Miette Wrap Skirt in Robert Kauffman black Essex linen-cotton blend (top left)

FO #2: Short Sleeve button up shirt (Burda 6527) in a grey cotton chambray with fancy copper buttons from Button Button in Vancouver, BC (middle right)

FO #3: Indigo dyed scarf made at the Indigo Social event in Vancouver, dyed using the scrunchie method (bottom right)

FO #4: Salt marsh skirt made using hand-woven cotton from Maiwa Handprints (woven in India) and the Sat marsh Skirt pattern from the Merchant and Mills Workbook (middle left and bottom middle)

FO #5: Striped Beach Tank modified to have a low back and knit in Bernat Handicraft cotton yarn (top right)

FO #6: Palmer Cardigan knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft (middle and bottom left)

FO #7: Indigo dyed bed sheets and pillow cases (top middle)

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Summer of Basics Wrap-Up

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FO #1: Saltmarsh Skirt

Size & Modifications:

I made this skirt in size 8 exactly as the pattern directed, just shortening it 7 inches so it would hit me mid-calf instead of at the ankle.

Materials:

  • Saltmarsh Skirt pattern from the Merchant & Mills Workbook (which was available at my local library!)
  • 100% cotton handwoven cotton with a subtle stripe from Maiwa Handprints

Cost:

2 meters at $15.00/m= $30.00 (Canadian Dollars)

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FO #2: Striped beach tank

Size & Modifications:

I made this tank in a size S, the front of the tank was knit exactly as the pattern describes I just added the stripes. The back of the tank I modified so it would have a scooped back. I just cast off in the middle of the row where I wanted my scoop to start and then worked each side separately, decreasing in a nice sloped shape. This is my submission for #sob17bestmod

Materials:

  • Beach Tank Pattern by Jess Schreibstein
  • 4 balls (2 black and 2 white) of Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn

Cost:

4 balls at $2.50/ball + $7.00 pattern = $17.00 (Canadian Dollars)

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FO #3: Palmer cardigan

Size &Modifications:

I shortened the cardigan by 2.75” and the sleeves by 1”.

Materials:

  • Palmer Pattern by Michele Wang
  • 7 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the colour Sweatshirt

Cost:

7 skeins at $19.95/skein + $12.00 pattern = $151.65 (Canadian Dollars)

Indigo Dyed Kimono

Inspired by Karen Templer's plans and her inspiration to make an Indigo dyed kimono, I picked up this block printed Indigo dyed fabric from Maiwa. The dye for this fabric was extracted from the leaves of the indigofera tinctoria plant that grows in South India, and the block printing was done in Bagru, a village in Rajasthan. The block printing is done using a method called Dabu mud resist block printing, where the design is applied to the fabric with mud, and then the fabric is dyed. The mud keeps the dye from colouring the printed parts of the fabric, and doing this multiple time is what creates multiple shades in the design.

I pretty much stuck to the pattern exactly, only lengthening everything a little bit. I lengthened the body by 2.5" and the sleeves by 2" each. If I made this again I would probably lengthen the body even a bit more, but overall I think it turned out really good! I am so looking forward to wearing this during the upcoming summer months.

Pattern: Sew Over It Kimono Jacket

Fabric: Block printed Indigo dyed fabric from Maiwa

Quilted Linen Tamarack Jacket

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I finished my jacket just in time to wear it a little bit before we slip into warmer weather. This project was more time consuming then any other piece I have sewn, but it wasn’t any more difficult. The only reason this jacket sat around unfinished for a little while was because I was nervous about the welt pockets, but with the step-by-step tutorial on the Grainline Studio blog there wasn’t any reason to be worried! The only thing I added was a little loop at the back so that I can hang the jacket up on a coat hook (not pictured), but otherwise I made the size 2 with no modifications. I have been wearing it daily since I finished!

Pattern: Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio

Outer Fabric: Robert Kauffman Essex linen cotton blend

Lining: Cotton + Steel Tulips from the Bluebird 2015 collection

FO: Stowe Bag

Since I finished my Stowe bag a couple of days ago I have been loving my new knitting bag. The Stowe bag stands on it’s own and acts more like a basket when you're knitting, but it still bunches up nicely when I need to stuff it in my backpack. The Stowe bag is a pattern from Grainline Studio, designed by Fringe Supply Co. 

I made mine in a brown cotton canvas, and I used some extra quilting cotton I had for the bias binding. I had a go at waxing the canvas after I sewed the bag using a wax bar from Otter Wax and a heat gun to set it. To use the wax bar you need to apply a couple coats. I decided to stop after 2 light coats for a lightly waxed bag, which adds a bit of protection against water and dirt. You wouldn’t want to soak this bag, but I like knowing my knitting would be safe if I set my project bag on a wet floor or something like that. I decided to sew the gussets for a more permanent shape, and I ended up doing those by hand because my machine probably wouldn’t have liked all those layers of canvas. Even doing it by hand was tough!

I'll definitely be using the wax again, I still have most of the bar left that I bought and I would buy it again. The next thing I decide to wax I might try doing a much heavier coat so I can see the difference. Maybe a jacket or a canvas backpack?

Stowe Bag: http://shop.grainlinestudio.com/collections/accessories/products/stowe-bag

Fringe Supply Co: http://www.fringesupplyco.com/

Otter Wax: https://www.otterwax.com/products/otter-wax-regular-bar