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Other Obsessions: {Sewing} Colette Patterns Sorbetto

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Sorbetto Top

Pattern: Sorbetto Top, a free pattern by Colette Patterns

Size: Sz 4

Fabric: Poly Georgette from Fabric.com (1 yd)

 

This free pattern by Colette Patterns is extremely popular among the home sewists. I am not surprised. For one, it has been designed by one of the most beloved designers in the indie sewing pattern industry. And, it's free! And it's super simple, you can put it together in one afternoon, and customize it however you want it.

 

For the projects I do before Logan's arrival, I wanted to keep everything simple. Plus, I was a bit overwhelmed by the slippery quality of the georgette fabric. I love the drape and feel of slippery fabrics and I tend to binge shop for the kind of fabrics, but when it comes to actually working with them, I'm not very good.

 

So I decided to keep the design as is, and just let this experience be just that. Getting experience working with slippery fabric. I didn't love it, it wasn't as enjoyable as working with crispy fabrics, but it wasn't horrible either. I just wish I knew how to make the pleat look sharper.

 

I went to JoAnn to find double-fold bias tape that would match the fabric, but couldn't find the perfect shade of coral. So I instead chose the metallic gold tape. I kind of love it.

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Other Obsessions: {Sewing} Simplicity 1253 Sleeveless Top

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Pattern: Simplicity 1253 (D5); View C – Sleeveless top

Size: Sz 12 – (34/26.5/36)

Fabric: Cotton Lawn 100% Cotton, Garden Grey/Blue from Fabric.com

I just bought this pattern on sale at Joann not too long ago. I loved how simple and timeless the top looked, and the number of variations given in the pattern.

 

I used a very lightweight cotton lawn I bought from Fabric.com a couple of years ago, but I think it would look very professional and polished in wool crepe fabric as well, especially in View D with ¾ length sleeves. 

I think cotton lawn has become my new favorite fabric to sew with. It's the perfect balance between crispness and flowiness, making the fabric suitable for flowy skirts and casual shirts. In California, I could even wear this to work, depending on the print. 

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I skipped the loop, and decided to just use a hook and an eye for the neck closure. The instructions and the diagrams were surprisingly easy to understand. I usually work with indie designer patterns, so I thought this would be a nightmare. The only thing I had trouble with was how the armbands seemed to be too big for the armhole. It all worked out in the end and I love the result.

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Belated SPAKAL (knitmoregirls) challenge

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SPAKAL, stands for Spin & Knit-a-long. So with my newfound obsession with spinning on my Ashford Kiwi, I decided that it's time to do a small challenge for myself. In the beginning of this year, knitmoregirls, my favorite podcasters, did a SPAKAL challenge. Basically they invited the listeners to spin enough fiber for a sweater and knit one. It's been a while since their announcement, so I'm assuming that the "deadline" is over, although the knitmoregirls challenges are rarely strict with the dates...  Well, it's still December and I might be able to knit something by the end of this month. Since this will be my first spinning challenge, I'll maybe do socks.

Brown Sheep Mill Ends

 

I'm thinking about using this Brown Sheep Mill Ends I got from my LYS. Can you believe, now this LYS is the only place I can get spinning fiber from in Orange County? Sad, very sad. Another LYS that had spinning fiber is going out of business. I'm lucky this LYS is only 15 minute drive away.

I think this will make an excellent pair of socks. Very classic colors--a blend of black, brown, and white.

Or, I could do this purple/dark blue superwash merino top I got from Purlescence Yarns during my holiday stay in nor cal.

I'm excited! I'll do a 3-ply fingering weight. Now, I probably want to knit something from my Ravelry queue...