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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


Working on free sewing patterns

SewingJean ChungComment

Free patterns are great. As a maker, it's a great resource to experiment with a project in mind, and manipulate without worrying about ruining an expensive pattern. As a designer, making free patterns may be counterintuitive but it helps putting your name out there, drive traffic to your blog or designer page, etc. It's also a great way to practice making patterns to sell later.

I have never sold a sewing pattern before. I draft sewing patterns and use it for baby's clothes or accessories but I am still learning about grading for different sizes on sewing (especially with woven fabric) so I don't feel quite ready to publish sewing patterns yet.

But I wanted to share some of my creations with other makers. So I'm experimenting with making some accessories patterns to be shared as free patterns later. For example, I drafted this bib pattern for Logan. We are doing baby-led weaning with him, which mean MESS MESS and more MESS. I got some plastic bibs for him but he hates the texture and just gets distracted and starts chewing on the bib instead of focusing on the food. His other bibs are more of drool bibs, so they soak up stains super easily and not quite big enough to cover his body. So I decided to make some with busy pattern to hide the stains but soft enough for him. I hope these work because he LOVES blueberries, and yogurt. And it is PAIN to remove stain. 

I will keep you posted!


a nekkid one for now.

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment

On Wednesday, I finished the baby doll project, the pattern from the Itty-Bitty Toys book by Susan B. Anderson. A fantastic pattern, and I followed it well up until attaching the legs and foot. The instruction wasn't that clear as to what angle or position the feet and legs should be so I kind of winged it. The pattern DOES say that I should consult the photos as a guide. 

I didn't make a nose or belly button, I think that would make the nekkid baby too... real? I just made Body, Head, Arms/hands, Legs/feet, and Ears. It went by pretty quickly! I am definitely ready for another toy project. Maybe a Baby Bear?  

This is really the peak knitting season for me. Ideas flow, and projects in the Ravelry Queue get DONE.  

By the way, Ravelry Queue is made for people like me, who LOVE making lists. I find myself laying in bed late at night revising my queue all the time. At one point, the queue got to something like 9 pages! I had to really edit it and put some patterns in "Favorites" instead of in my queue if I'm not THAT serious about making it. 

So now I'm down to 4 pages and noticed that I have a lot of baby things in the top priority. I think I would still like to knit some selfish projects, so I put some quick hat project for me and a sweater project right after Baby one so that we can maybe do something matchy-matchy. 

So will the Nekkid one have some clothes? I don't know. I put the safety eyes on but I still don't trust the baby alone with this one since everything goes into his mouth these days. I think I'll wait and see if I want to dress him up a bit. For now, it's a nekkid one.

FO: Oink Stripes Cardigan

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Pattern: Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos | Yarn: Oink Pigment Sport | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

Pattern: Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos | Yarn: Oink Pigment Sport | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

I turned on my Netflix, and just cheerfully put the grosgrain ribbon on for the button band and worked on the buttons while I watched Person of Interest.  So there, Logan's Oink Stripes Cardigan aka Playful Stripes Cardigan is done.

Grosgrain ribbon inside the button band to stabilize the buttons. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

Grosgrain ribbon inside the button band to stabilize the buttons. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

I first heard about grosgrain ribbon tip from Knitmore Girls Podcast years ago but this is the first time I actually tried it. I kind of love it! This is why it's helpful to be well versed in many different crafts. In sewing knits, you often use a stabilizer (elastic tape) so stabilize the shoulder seams or anywhere that sees a lot of stress. Since knitting yarns are thicker, a ribbon works perfectly. 

Oink Stripes Cardigan. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

Oink Stripes Cardigan. | Handmade by Candy & Bagel

I made a generous size for Logan so that he can wear this for at least next 6 months. I love how it turned out! But then it's really hard not to love something so small. :)