Friday, September 27, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
April Rhodes asked for some pattern testers for newest pattern and I jumped at the chance! Her first pattern, the Staple Dress was so fun to make and so easy! I never posted about them, but did have a couple instagram photos of the two dresses I made. Here is her latest pattern, The Date Night Dress:
It features fluttery sleeves and a box pleat at the back. You can either cinch in the waist with a belt, some shirring, or leave it loose. I chose to use a belt. The photo where I have my hands awkwardly to the side is sans belt so you can see the shaping of the dress. Since I have almost no waist and a weirdly long torso, I think the dress is more attractive on me with the belt.
The side view shows a better view of the fun parts of the dress. The sleeves are extra fluttery, and shows how deep the arm hole goes. You can see a peek of the slip I made to go with this dress. April was so nice to include it as part of the pattern! It really is a simple slip. Really quick and easy to make with just one pattern piece! I used Robert Kauffman Gold Radiance, a silk/cotton blend, and I love it. The slip is especially appreciated since this kind of dress really needs a drapey fabric, and my favorite cotton voiles are sometimes a little sheer. The side view also shows that the front of the dress is a little higher than the back which I think it cute. I was a little unsure of the trend and this hi-lo is extremely mild. A good way to try it out!
The pattern itself is a PDF pattern and goes together really easily. April's instructions walk you through the steps, including finishing all seams (french seams on the inside)! The only bad part about having the inside look as good as the outside is that I have trouble telling if the dress is inside out or not!
Lets see, technical details. I cut a size small for both the slip and the dress, but if I were to do it again I would cut a medium in the slip. It's a little tight in the chest for me. I used Robert Kauffman Gold Radiance for the slip, and Anna Maria Horner's Turn of Events in Indigo voile for the dress. LOVE voile.
In summary, it's a great pattern while still being easy enough for beginners. This dress isn't my normal style, but after wearing it for photos it's growing on me. Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve, April!
Posted by Lynn Chouw at 6:04 PM
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Quick post with iphone photos. I finished a sweater for Maren! Just in time for her 2nd birthday. It's very cute and hopefully it will fit when it starts to get cold again. The sweater is from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitter's Almanac and it's the February Baby Sweater on Two Needles.
I used a circular needle instead and made my way through the armpits so there was minimal seaming. It's not perfect but it works. Also, obviously from the photo, I am not good at spacing out buttons.
The buttons are very special. They come from my Popo (grandma). I think they match the sweater well!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
After a 3 + year break these blocks are calling to me again! Lots has happened since my last block, the biggest is that I got married! This block was one I finished in 2009, but did not cut down to size until 2013. Simple applique.
I did not look up the meaning of "Jonquil" until I finished the block, and then learned that it means a daffodil. I probably should have chosen yellow fabric. This green fabric does make me happy though. Not sure where it came from!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Wow this week I procrastinated on my project for the Ruby Star Wrap Along.
Good thing I decided to make the 5 Minute Party Pouch!
I followed the example here and made it out of one big rectangle. Even with having to search for a needle for my sewing machine, this took less than 5 minutes.
It was really quick and easy. I can see myself whipping these up for baked goods in the future instead of going to the store and buying cellophane bags. It's Lucy's birthday soon, so she's checking out presents :)
Posted by Lynn Chouw at 6:33 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2012
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