First sewing resolution project of 2010 is a needle roll for my double pointed knitting needles. I was spurred on by my friend Sarah who suggested this as a co-crafting project for our social evenings / afternoons in the studio. She’s made one too, but more subtle and not quite as complicated!
This took considerably longer than the purple zebra dress, and I designed it from scratch, so I really ought to be as proud of this as I would be of a garment, but it doesn’t feel terribly ambitious.
Having said that, I LOVE it. Making it was a pain, designing and adjusting and unpicking all the way until I finally reached a satisfactory (although not ideal) solution.
I fully intend to write this up as a proper project, once I have ironed out my flaws. It is a perfect project for using up much-loved scraps. I used the last scrappy remnants
of the zebra dress
to make the internal pockets, pieced together with some yellow print and some plain green. The upper part is some hoarded Rowan / Martha Negley aubergine print. (I believe it is out of print now.)
For the outside I used another Martha Negley print with vegetables in lilac and blue – a scrap of the lining I used for my friend’s wedding jacket
4 years ago! You would never know that jacket was lined with a print of turnips, cabbages and beans, would you? She’s a gardener. I’ve also got a skirt
made out of the same print in a different colourway, which I bought at the same time as the jacket lining. Could not resist.
And those beautiful birdies on their wire is a scrap from my friends Massey and Rogers. This is the same fabric range that the bag in Popular Patchwork is made from, by the way. Birdies galore!
Project two (also started in 2009, just) is almost done. Tailored Tweed Trousers.
I’ve got the outer waistband on, and the fly zip in, after the obligatory cursing and unpicking when I got it wrong (not made trousers for ages). So all that remains is to finish the waistband, make and insert the lining and a bit of hand finishing – which is of course what takes the time…
And then choosing buttons and hand overcasting all the seam edges because I was in too much of a rush to sew them up and forgot to machine them. Oh well. Quiet tv-watching activity…
And project 3 will be a new dress to wear for my birthday, which is – gulp – a couple of weeks away.
To come (probably tomorrow) the full behind-the-scenes story of teaching Mark Watson to sew buttons on!