A challenge to myself for Winter Break this year was to take a shot at bra making. I didn't want to mess around with cups and wires and all that business, so the simpler the better. After seeing Madalynne's post I decided to try the Bambi pattern from Ohhh Lulu.
This pattern was great! After doing a mock up in some old fabric, the only modifications I made were to add about half an inch to both the top and bottom of the cup pieces.
It bothers me how the fabric doesn't match up with the bra back, so I'll have to edit the pattern for next time.
I just used some quilting cotton, lace, and a package of picot edge lingerie elastic from JoAnn's.
The straps were cut off of an old camisole.
Overall I am very pleased with the result! A quick and satisfying sew, especially when you're stuck inside from all the snow!
This is my final project for my woven textiles class. I chose to do a technique called collapse weave, where you use two fibers, in this case a wool and a cotton. Basically, one that shrinks a lot and one that barely shrinks at all. Then, when washed, the wool felts and the cotton doesn't. The cotton is then forced to crinkle to accommodate the wool's shrinkage, giving a really unique texture to the piece.
The warp (vertical yarns) is done in a modified Fibonacci sequence. I choose to do a total of 20 purple stripes, since I would be turning 20 soon. So, the striping pattern is 1, 1, 1, 2 ,3 ,5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 34, 21, 13, 8, 5, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1 with 9 blue threads in between each purple stripe. Since I am a math and design double major, this piece was very representative of how I seek to combine both disciplines.
On the loom
The horizontal (weft) stripes are woven in blocks of one, two, three, five, or eight inches in random order out of the wool, cotton, and another navy blue cotton. This way, the Fibonacci sequence is again represented in the weft. I added navy blue in as well for added visual interest.
Off the loom, it was about 22" wide, and 5 yards long.
Next up was felting the piece. It took me three attempts to get the felting right. After hand washing in the tub and washing by itself in the machine, I still didn't get the "collapsed" look that I wanted. So I threw it in the washer with two large towels on high heat for extra agitation.
After washing, the piece is about 15" wide and 4.5 yards long.
The finished product! I am so incredibly proud of this piece and all that it represents. I feel lucky to have had such a fantastic instructor, Suzanne Halvorson.
I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet! My original plan was some sort of garment, but I'm afraid to cut into it and ruin it (only one shot--I can't go to the store and buy more!).
This is the skirt I made for my 20th birthday! After spending the day with family, I went out to dinner and ice skating with my friends. I love having my birthday near Christmas because there's no school!
The skirt is a self drafted pattern, based off this Burda Style skirt. Instead of spending the money, it was a pretty easy pattern to draft. Just a drop waist pleated skirt.
The waist/yoke section is just like an a-line skirt, only it stops at the hips. The pleats are 3" wide and 3" deep all the way around the bottom. So each pleat takes 9", so the calculation for how long to cut the panel is pretty simple.
Just measure the bottom of the yoke portion, and divide by 3 (this is how many pleats) and multiply by 9 (how much fabric each pleat takes) then add seam allowance. The length of the panel is 10".
I used Patons Classic Wool Roving in Natural and Low Tide, and Sensations Beautiful in Off White.
To start, cast on 36 stitches in Low Tide. (Each set of twelve will be knit separately, in a stitch of your choice.)
Knit 6 rows in stockinette.
Then knit the first 12 stitches off onto another set of needles.
Knit in garter stitch for 34". Once braided, the scarf will be about 24 inches long.
At 34", place the stitches on a stitch holder to come back to later.
Now choose your second yarn and knit the second twelve stitches to 34". I chose to do a drop stitch.
Leave the tail long, to weave in later.
Once you have knitted each set of 12 stitches, braid the sections together, and put all stitches back on the needle.
Knit 6 more stitches in stockinette, and cast off loosely, leaving a long tail.
Sew ends together to create an infinity loop.
I made this gift for my incredible and inspiring mentor, Courtney. I thought that a normal scarf wasn't good enough, and this felt a little more special :)
This has got to be one of my most favorite creations ever. As I was putting it together (and simultaneously freaking out) my roommate was seriously concerned for my sanity.
In my weaving class this semester, our most recent assignment was to do pattern weaving (close up of the pattern at the bottom), so I decided to turn my piece of woven material into a cardigan.
The woven piece was about 2 yards long by 15 inches wide. I drafted the pattern for the cardigan myself. It has raglan sleeves, which is what gives the front panels drape. I sewed the woven panels onto the sleeve opening and side edge as if it were straight, so when worn it folds down. I truly believe that this was a serendipitous project: I drafted and sewed the cardigan without regards to the length of my woven panel, then I cut the woven piece in half and hemmed the edges. When I sewed the woven panel to the sweater pieces, it fit absolutely perfectly, without any planning! Pure serendipity.
I ordered this sweater knit from fabric.com for the cardigan.
Here you can get a little idea of how it was constructed.
This shows some detail of the raglan sleeves. In addition to the raglan sleeves, I added cuffs/bands on the neck, sleeve edges, and bottom edge to retain shape.
A close up of the weaving.
I am going to be so sad when I don't have my weaving class next semester!