Friday, February 25, 2011


We're going to the mountains for a week, so it'll be silent around here. I have almost finished my green muslin. Just need to finish the sleeve cuffs, attach the sleeves, and then do the buttons. I'll do a post after it's finished. Here are some photos of the work in progress:

Doing the sleeve placket was horrible! Have a great week everybody!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Progress on Colette Spring Challenge

After more thought, I changed one of my pattern choices for the Colette Spring Challenge. I substituted McCall's M5522 instead of Simplicity 2501.

I want to make a long-sleeved blouse and I wasn't sure to have enough fabric for the Simplicity pattern. It calls for 2 1/8 yards and I only have 2 yards. I don't want to cut into my nice fabric and found I've come up short!

Along those same lines of thinking, I've decided to do a muslin for the first time. I've found that blouses often end up just a little too short on me and I'd like to add some length to rectify that.

But again, I don't want to ruin my nice cotton voile, so I'm doing a run-through with some cheap quilting cotton that I don't find too inspiring. I should've traced out the pattern pieces and then made the alterations, but I don't have any tracing paper (OK, I do have freezer paper though) and I didn't want to wait. I cut a size 12 and that's the largest size on this multi-sized pattern, so I'm not losing any information. I tell myself that I can always trace the pieces later if they suffer from too much wear and tear.

I've decided to lengthen the bodice by an inch. I thought at first to do two inches, and measured it out as so, but I saw that was ridiculous. I picked an easy pattern to try out my first alterations on, ha! I had to lengthen five separate bodice pieces.

Luckily I already have the tracing curves I need to redraw the pattern lines.

I bought these while I was living in Chicago and I took an introductory draping class. I've hung on to them all this time and now I'm finally getting some use out of them!

In other news for the Colette Spring Challenge, I've decided to include this knitting project:

The yarn I've chosen for it matches the rusty plum color in my palette. It's knitting up very quickly. I've done these pieces and am currently working on a sleeve:

Finally, I pledge myself to wearing one article of clothing (including accessories) 'made by me' during the month of March. This can be a knit or a sewn item. I'm excited to join the "Me-Made-March" Challenge - and I need to get crackin' on that wardrobe! So here's my statement: 'I, Donna from Nid de Tissus, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-March '11. I endeavour to wear
one item each day for the duration of March 2011.'

Check out this blog for information and to see the other participants' progress:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Finished Objects

Another spoiler alert for the dotted shirt! I finally finished the sash and the buttons today, but not without casualties. I made one sash and it turned out awwwwful - not at all what I wanted!

I had forgotten that in making the sash, you fold it in half lengthwise. I didn't have enough of the spotted fabric left to cover one length...I could've patched something together, but I didn't want multiple seams in the sash.

Here's the ridiculous first sash in action:

Here I am modeling the sash on the first dotted shirt (i.e. mine). Looks silly, right?

Sorry for the poor quality photograph. Flash. And apparently our mirror needs cleaning.

Of course I didn't figure out that the sash was going to look ridiculous until it was nearly finished! That's how it goes :) So I decided to go with a solid-color contrast sash.

But now this project is done, yippee!

And another project was finished this week: the blue sweater.

Check out that zipper:

I am really happy with the result. There's some rough spots, but I think I did a good job seaming it up. That part took forever. T. is also pleased with the result; he wore it straight away the next day.

He's even requested two others: one green, one brown. But I told him I'd prefer to do a different pattern. I find it rather boring to do the same pattern more than once. I also told him that I want to finish a sweater for me first! He's gotten two and I have only one that I made in 2008. I think it's my turn.

I do have some future projects planned for him though. I want to do the Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood. I even have the yarn already.

I'm happy with my work this week and glad that I got everything done before leaving for a ski holiday in the Pyrenees. Not that I'll be skiing, of course.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Day After

I didn't do a Valentine's Day post, but here's one for the day after, because most days are like that: days after or days before. T. spoiled me; he gave me my favorite flowers yesterday:

We spent the weekend in Jebsheim to attend a baptism. We spent Saturday afternoon working at the farmhouse some more. A new floor has been installed in the attic; it's beautiful! I don't have any pictures of it though. It was a work day, not a photo day. They started ripping out the ceilings and the floor be replaced later. The enormous stone kitchen sink was taken down. The electricity's been turned off so that they can rewire. Things are moving along!

I rescued some more items while I was there. This canister set I found in the bathroom:

There are three little canisters and one big one. Originally there were two big ones, but I broke one on accident. Whoops! They are now livening up our bathroom.

And I also rescued these two tins, which are destined to hold my knitting needles:

Here's a tin that I previous rescued, but I forgot to photograph the goodies that it contains. So here you go:

Put this is the real jewel that came home with us:

A spinning wheel!! It's not a great photo; I'll take one from another angle. But here's a close-up on the ribbon:

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Last Curve

Spoiler alert: do not read any further if you don't want to see a certain nearly completed dotted shirt with sash!

I'm at the agonizing point of having nearly finished my two projects. For the sweater, I need to sew on one more sleeve, seam up the sides, and weave in all the loose ends.

I sewed on the zipper yesterday. I wanted to use my brand new knitpicker to attach the zipper, but I can't find it! I spent at least half an hour looking for it. I know it's here, somewhere!! And the sewing machine wasn't really liking me yesterday, so I only sewed on one half of the zipper and the other half I finished up by hand. This pretty much sums up my sewing day yesterday:

Because of all this lost time spent searching for things and cleaning up spilled pins, I didn't have time to sew on these buttons to the shirt. But here's what it should look like soon enough:

See, it's all done, almost! The buttonholes are done; I just need to sew on the buttons and then sew the sash. Yeah, there's still that to do. But it should be done quick enough, provided that my sewing machine doesn't hate me. It's my fault if she hates me, I know. (I've decided it's a she; c'est une machine...). I need to replace the needle and give her a good cleaning. But look at this collar:

I still find the instructions for the collar to be rather incomplete, but I managed better this time than the first time. Just don't look inside. I had to finish up some bits by hand.

And here's a close-up on the buttons:

I was hoping to have these done by this week, but it looks like that won't be happening. Tomorrow (Friday) we're going to Alsace for the weekend to attend a baptism. I could maybe work a bit on the sweater seaming while we're there, but that requires a lot of concentration from me, so I'm not overly optimistic. So hopefully my next post will show you these two finished projects. And then I can start something for my Colette Spring Challenge. :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Colette Spring Palette Challenge

I couldn't help but be inspired when I browsed through the Colette thread for spring sewing: So I decided to join the challenge. You can see the little button at the lower left side of the page. (I still can't make the d*mn widget work though...not giving up!) As the 'challenge' is still in its planning stage, I feel that I can join in, in good conscience. I will not do any cutting or sewing on said projects until I finish the polka-dot shirt! Speaking of which, my very last bound seam was the best by far. Practice, practice, practice.

Here are the colors that represent my spring palette:

I made these colors using this fun website:

The colors are found in fabrics already in my stash. I do need to buy some cream colored (or off-white) twill (or something similar) for the Beignet skirt, as well as a coordinating peachy-orange voile for another project. And, of course, I'll have to buy the notions: thread and whatnot. And, oh yes, I need to buy the Colette pattern for the Sencha shirt, which I'm planning on using with the big blue and white floral fabric. But aside from that, I'll be working from my stash. :)

Here's a little photo collage that I made of the fabrics and patterns:

This is the first time I've made a collage using the Picasa editing tools. I thought it was pretty fun. I've been learning how to do more stuff with Picasa because of the 365 project. I just have a point and shoot camera, so sometimes it's helpful to be able to crop things, etc. I haven't yet changed the brightness or coloring of an image, but Picasa has those options. If you're interested in the 365 project, here's the link:
I tried to link my project page there with this blog, but that didn't work either. I'm positive I'll resolve these little bugs in the future though!

Anyhow, here's some close-up photos of the stash fabric I plan on using:

I was so productive yesterday that I had time today to do a blog entry, yay! Yesterday morning I even made banana bread. I had to leave it an extra 1/2 hour in the oven for it to cook all the way through. That seems to be a thing with this oven. So that explains why it's a bit dark on the outside:

I hope everyone's having a good week: here's to my sister, whose birthday was a couple days ago! And to my friends Chels and Eric, whose birthdays are this week. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK!

P.S. Now I'm having trouble putting live links on the blog, so you may have to copy, paste the address into a new tab to see the websites I mentioned. Sorry, another thing to work on!