Crafting Chavs

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I attended a Christmas in July workshop at Pacific Fabrics and picked up the apron kit.  It consisted of a pattern plus strips of fabric printed with vegetables.  Someone mentioned the Seattle fabric and I put those together, using the Seattle fabric as the lining.  The two models show how the colors look different in the two styles.

For my apron, I added the rooster button (pictured) to the pocket.  For my daughters' version, I chose a heart-shaped frosted cookie (not pictured).

The pattern had a mistake in it, I was told at the workshop.  I went ahead and cut the strips according to the pattern, only to find out that was the mistake; the strip length was too short.  I compensated by buying more Seattle fabric and sewing that below the short strips on the front.  The entire apron is lined with the Seattle fabric, as well, making it reversible (although the Seattle fabric side doesn't have a pocket).

All this from one kit!  I have some leftover, with directions on how to make potholders.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Striped Skirt and a Shrug

 Skirt: New Look 6872
Fabric: Pendleton

Shrug: From Classic Knits by Erika Knight
Yarn: Vanna's Glamour in Topaz

I fully intended to finish this skirt in time for my visit to Seattle, which just shows how slowly sewing is going for me these days. Actually, I made this skirt twice. I tried a pleated version, but it wasn't sitting right. I came across some inspiration on What I Wore (i.e. I copied it) and I think it turned out ok.

 I think I need to work on my timed photo face.

Anyway, just this morning, I FINALLY finished this bitty shrug.

I'm not sure when I started it, but I do remember buying the yarn in January. 2012. It's kind of embarrassing that I spent over a year just making an acrylic shrug, but it's SPARKLY!

  Thanks, Vanna.

 Up next: I cut some shorts out in January for some reason, and now that it's getting warmer, I feel a little more motivated to work on them. Also motivating me: a four-hour layover on my way to Indy in a couple of weeks. I have my eye on a sweater and I haven't been to any knitting shops in LA. But, at the rate my knitting goes, perhaps I should work on something simpler.