Monday, June 29, 2009

UnFinished Objects

There are 2 outfits I noticed while I was on my run today. The first was a plain black pencil skirt with a side slit...but wait! When she walked I noticed the lining was leopard print. How sassy! I like this use of contrasting lining.

The second was not a good thing. A grown woman in her 20s was wearing a t-shirt with a sewn on vest. You're an adult, you can wear a real vest now. Sewn on vests is what 5 year olds wear.

Below is my list of UFOs. I am happy to say I crossed off the first one earlier this weekend. The first is Ladylike Lace. The pattern was easy enough until I came to the attached i-cord. I must have read this part at least 5 times still not understanding it. It wasn't until I actually started that I was able to understand what needed to be done. I really like the attached i-cord and hope to use it in another project now that I know how to do it.

I also worked on my second UFO this weekend, a yellow vintage pattern sweater. I have now finished knitting the cuffs and sewn it all together. The only 2 things I need to do to finish is sew on buttons and crochet a border around the neckline. Seeing that July is around the corner....this may stay on the back burner.

My third UFO should have been done my December 25th 2008. My brother has been very patiently waiting for his Christmas present. I have finished the back and just need to reknit the start of the neckline, sew together, knit the sleeve and neck borders and I'm finished. And my brother is moving from the Twin Cities to San Deigo. Ah well, he's still gotta come back to Chicago where he'll need sweater vests.

This 4th project has sat idol for way to long. I brought this crochet project with me on my flight to September of 2007. Yup, I've had this project waiting to be completed for almost 2 years. And what is left? I need to sew one side of the shirt, and the sleeves. That's it! What is taking me so long to finish this? Well no knitter likes sewing their pieces together but somehow I like it 10 times better when compared to sewing a crocheted piece together. Crochet just doesn't sew up as nicely as a knit object does.

This was supposed to be my Easter Skirt. Totally cute retro print made into a full skirt. No pattern, instead I used directions from Sew What Skirts! I hope this skirt turns out cause I totally love the look of a full skirt, its so retro 50s. I also need to find the manual to my sewing machine.

This lace project may not wait till last. I have found a new love of knitting lace after starting this. I also bought some beautiful black lace yarn at I'd rather be Knitting in Love Grove. I have to finish this project so I can start knitting a new lace project. I also have to decide a pretty color to dye this lace scarf. This may turn into a Christmas present for someone.

That's it for now. I know I have more projects on needles, but these are projects that I will probably frog. They may yet show up here. We'll see how many other projects I start cause if you can't tell, I totally have crafting ADD.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sew Cute!

I was fooling around etsy today and found a super cute shop...

I only hope my dresses are so cute when I am finished!

I am going to resist the purchace though, as I have also bought patterns on etsy thanks to She had some unique patterns and I was so excited I went out to buy some fabric after work.

I was hoping to see some Halloween fabric out but I am still a little early. The fabric I did find was super cute asian floral pattern that was on sale! I will post pics of it once I start that project. Before that I will be posting all of the UFOs and listing them in the order I need to get them finished. Once that list is complete I can start working on new projects.

Monday, June 22, 2009


My Goal for this experiment will be to go for 6 months while making my own clothes. The only exceptions will be underwear, jeans, work-out clothes and shoes. I've been thinking that I will also allow myself to buy clothes that are also hand made. I know I will be visiting a lot for both patterns and hand made clothes.

My favorite shop has to be Zombie Kitten Originals. She makes all her own skirts. I own 2 and they are super hot! Check it out...

Even though I am allowing myself this exception I think I will still be motivated to make most of my own. Buying something hand made on Etsy or at a craft fair is going to be a lot more expensive.

I already have 2 vintage patterns to work on after by UFOs.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A New Goal

Lately I have been inspired to start making my own clothes. I already love knitting and have started to sew so why not make a goal to make all of my clothes? Not to mention having a truely unique wardrobe.

My inspiration for my current wardrobe is a mix of punk and reto 40s and 50s. I already own knitting patterns (including vintage patterns) and sewing patterns to get me started.

To start off, I will actually be finishing. Finishing all of my projects already on needles. This includes the skirt I wanted to make for Easter, 2 sweaters, and my brothers Christmas present.