FO Friday: I actually have some FO’s!

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With this and that, I haven’t been as productive on the knitting front as usual. I have a real sense of achievement this week.

Not only have I broken the tech barrier, I managed to convert some of my favourite PDF books on my old Sony Ebook to Epub for my Kobo glo. this sounds small but it took me all day to figure it out. The computer geeks were no where to be found, so I did it myself.

The old Sony and the new Kobo glo. I use both, but they're different formats. No it didn't come in pink. DH & DS tried. They like their gifts to me to be pink. My camera is pink too

The old Sony and the new Kobo glo. I use both, but they’re different formats. No it didn’t come in pink. DH & DS tried. They like their gifts to me to be pink. My camera is pink too.

Second achievement, Bunnstible the Christmas present for DH is done and my Christmas ball is finished before the end of this months Kal.  I have also developed a new line for my Etsy shop! All in all a very productive week. During all this we celebrated DS’s 23rd Birthday!

My guy at 1yr old, hasn't changed much a bit taller, but still the same sunny disposition :0)

My guy at 1yr old, hasn’t changed much a bit taller, but still the same sunny disposition :0)

Well Mr Bunnstible is finished (he also has a little brother here)

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This Months Carry along forum Kal on Rav: 

Balls up! one done!

Gave up looking for the cheap Christmas ball I bought for making these last year and bought some 2 1/2" styro balls at the craft store.

Gave up looking for the cheap Christmas ball I bought for making these last year and bought some 2 1/2″ styro balls at the craft store.

New on my Etsy: Eye glass jewelry

Made with Czech Seedbeads and crystals

Made with Czech glass Seed beads and crystals

True and very funny story:

Harley the Geobike

Harley the Geobike

Ok so I was riding Harley home on Wednesday, after knit nite at Soper Creek Yarn. I have my headlights on and fuzzy gloves, fleece vest, stylish furry jacket in the leopard print and my helmet with earmuff thingy on. It gets a little chilly at speed. I’m toddling at what feels like a ripping pace, wind whistling in my ears. I look down to my right, and a brown rabbit with a white tail is gaining on me, I am serious! He pulls past me and heads across the street and into some ones yard, no hand signal or anything! What’s with that? lol

Current WIP List (8)

  1. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  2. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  3. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13  
  9. Mr Bunnstible  started Sept 17/13 – finished Sept 26/13
  10. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  11. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  12. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  13. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  14. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13
  15. Calimetry Started Sept 6/13 finished Sept 6/13

 FO’s 2013 = 90 + 2 = 92

WIPS 2013 = 9 – 1 = 8

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 77

Sewing FO’s = 4 

Books 2013 = 32

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday:0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket 

and on Ravelry.com

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

WIP Weds: Mr Bunnstible & Balls Up!

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When my guyz took me to the KW Knitters fair they each choose a pattern.

Mr Bunnstible was my DH’s choice

I have been told by DH that this bunny would be a great companion for Maurice

I have been told by DH that this bunny would be a great companion for Maurice

I just love the construction of this Bunny

Head: picked up stitches for ear.

Head: picked up stitches for ear.

Waste yarn is knit in then removed and the stitches are picked up for the ears.

Ears done, picked up neck stitches and working body. Cool how this is knit in one piece picking up stitches.

Ears done, picked up neck stitches and working body. Cool how this is knit in one piece picking up stitches.

Supper simple recommend this pattern to bunny makers.

This Months Kal  for the Carry along forum on Rav: 

Balls up! 

The Christmas balls I use to stuff these are missing in action. I think the guyz were helping me again.

The Christmas balls I use to stuff these are missing in action. I think the guyz were helping me again.

I put this on the list for the Kal, so I really should do it!

My Current Sock Project:

Foots first Socks 45% done started July/13  

Sweet DS patiently sporting the latest sock. He is still in a sling for a couple of more weeks.  But he is healing. (see previous posts for further info)

I carry the part of socks I am working on in a pencil case so I can stuff it in my purse and go.

If you missed it “Basic Bra Making Part 1 & Part 2” are now up!

I have decided to reorder my wip list so the oldest ones are first and list my monthly Kal and my Sock Project separately, I always have these two on the go. So I think this will make more sense.

Current WIP List (9)

  1. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  2. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  3. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13  
  9. Mr Bunnstible  started Sept 17/13
  10. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  11. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  12. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  13. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  14. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13
  15. Calimetry Started Sept 6/13 finished Sept 6/13

 FO’s 2013 = 90  

WIPS 2013 = 10 – 1 = 9

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 77

Sewing FO’s = 4 

Books 2013 = 30 + 2 = 32

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday:0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

Sewing: Part 2 of 2 – Basic Bra Making Tutorial

So here is Part 2 of 2 Bra Basics 

You have read Part 1 of Bra Basics, and all the references, and purchased everything on the list. You have drafted your pattern on tissue and carefully cut your bra fabric out!

We are now ready to proceed!  Some Assembly required :0)

Note: Were my instructions differ from your pattern, follow your pattern instructions.

Reality Check: All your pieces of fabric are cut out and ready to assemble. Don’t cut your elastic yet!

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or Stretch Tricots 75 sewing machine needles

or Stretch Tricots 75 sewing machine needles

Note: Basting pieces together using a straight stitch at the longest stitch setting. Don’t back stitch when basting this increases bulk. Cut long tails to smooth out any gathering. Make the seam allowance less than 1/4″. Use only a few pins, stitch slowly, stop and adjust often.

Basted - Upper cups with net lining

Basted – Upper cups with net lining

Sewing Tip #1: sew with the heavier fabric on the bottom for best results.

The great thing about stretch fabrics, they are very forgiving. A little stretch to even things out is allowed.

Sewing Tip #2: Stitch the lower cup to the upper cup, with the lower on the bottom. This makes it easier to work your way around the curve.

The curves go in opposite directions, lots of pins are necessary here.

The curves go in opposite directions, lots of pins are necessary here.

Then comes the ticklish part, the seam down the cup is Top Stitched down to the outside of the cup. You are going to have to feel your way down the back of the seam while sewing from the front. Go slowly, check constantly that everything is where it needs to be.

 Note: You may have noticed that I like to sew things on the side that will be visible. This means that you have to go slowly, check often and feel your way along.

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Look, I have been doing this for years and sometimes it doesn’t work. Oh well, move on to the next step :0)

When seams go wrong.

When top stitching goes wrong. About 2″ of topstitching only caught 1 layer, oh well…

This is where a little extra time and attention pays off. Watch closely to match up lace patterns to get as close to a mirror image as you can. When it works you can really see the difference lining things up and pin placement can make.

Don't ya love when a plan comes together.

Don’t ya love when a plan comes together.

Reality Check: Cups are together, there are no fabric pcs leftover ;0)

We are ready to do the shoulder straps and elastic.

Strap assembly: (Make 2) Cut 16″ of 1/2″ Plush strap tape. Taking the slider, fold 1″ through the middle of the slider, sew down backstitching 3 times. Take the matching ring, Cut (2), 2″ pcs of 1/2″ Plush strap tape fold shiny side out through ring.

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Elastic: (For my Bra) I cut (2) 14 1/2″ pcs of 1/4″ Plush picot edged elastic. I cut 28″ of 1/2″ Plush picot edged band elastic. for the upper edge

Top: (2) upper 1/4" Picot edged plush back elastic, Bottom: Picot 1/2" plush back Band elastic

Top: (2) upper 1/4″ Picot edged plush back elastic, Bottom: Picot 1/2″ plush back Band elastic

(Your elastic measurements will likely be different.)

Note: that the actual measurement for the Band is 32 1/2″ relaxed, we cut 28″

and the actual upper edge is, 17″, we cut 14 1/2″

Yes this will work with a minimum of fuss!

Elastic Application Part 1

Upper Edge

Fold the upper edge on the each side of the Bra, place (3) pins to indicate quarters. With the flat edge of the elastic against the upper bra edge right side facing and plush side up pin the elastic to the edge. Working from the centre back, pin half of the elastic flat and relaxed to the half way point on the fabric edge.

Upper: Plush back picot edge elastic, plush side up flat edge to selvage edge of Bra. Note placement of tab with ring.

Upper: Plush back picot edge elastic, plush side up flat edge to selvage edge of Bra. Note placement of tab with ring.

Fold the remaining elastic in half and pin the to the remaining quarter pin and top edge on the bra. This little bit of gathering will help with the shaping of your cup.

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At this point look to your pattern for the strap locations on the back upper part of your Bra. Pin the tabs with the rings in place with just a little showing above the edge. (these are going to need some backstitching as you go over them. We’re going to Zigzag the elastic onto your project, select narrow zigzag stitch and medium length stitch. Zigzag backstitching at the beginning and end of the row. Place the edge of the zigzag close to the picot edge of the elastic.

Zigzag close to picot edge

Zigzag close to picot edge

Bottom Band

Place pins at the quarter points along the edge of the bottom edge of your bra. Do the same with your band elastic. As before, flat edge of the elastic against the bottom edge of the bra edge right side facing and plush side up pin the elastic to the edge at these quarter points. Zigzag backstitching at the beginning and end of the row. Place the edge of the zigzag close to the picot edge of the elastic.

Elastic Part 1 done!

Elastic Part 1 done!

Reality check: Your Bra is all together except the straps.

Elastic Application Part 2

To reduce the bulk under the elastic carefully trim off fabric under the elastic close to the Zigzag. Be really careful, you nip the elastic and the show is over!

Be careful doing this

Be careful doing this

Now fold the elastic to the inside and pin in place.

Note: You may have noticed that I like to sew things on the side that will be visible. This is the exception! You will be sewing the elastic Bra band to the inside of the Bra along the flat edge of your Bra. Set your sewing machine to 3-step zigzag (in my case stitch width 5.5) Test out on your own machine to see what stitch width suits your project.

Folded and sewed down using 3 step Zigzag. If you don't have this stitch on your machine, use a long plain zigzag stitch.

Folded and sewed down using 3 step Zigzag. If you don’t have this stitch on your machine, use a long plain zigzag stitch.

Thread your straps through the rings, the plush side down (what will be next to the skin) thread through sliders. If you miss this step you will be in big trouble at the end of this step!

Then fold and pin as you did the band. Use the regular setting for 3-step zigzag on this narrower elastic. I have to admit I’m a belt and suspenders kinda girl. Before I start to sew down the Upper elastic, I tact down the straps at the top of the cup and the band. 

Fold the strap under the edge elastic. This will make a smooth transition and create stability and better support.

Fold the strap under the edge elastic. This will make a smooth transition and create stability and better support.

Nothing more embarrassing than to have something let go when your dancing up a storm ;0)

Final step: Hook and Eyes

lip folded back after the straight stitch was done

lip folded back after the straight stitch was done

Cut your tape to size, open the lips of the H&E tape and sew with a straight stitch, on the eye side, lip on the bottom, front side up. Stretch the body of the Bra or compress slightly to fit the tape.

Then zigzag the top lip down. The hook side of the tape always presents a little more of a challenge. With the Hook side down (ready to fold back) Stretch the body of the Bra wrong side up on top and compress slightly to fit the tape.

To make the hooks sit in the right position you will have to trim off some of the excess close to the fold. Then zigzag the other lip down.

I used strip Hook and Eye tape, so I need to zigzag the top and bottom of the Hook and Eye tape.

DONE!

Unfortunately Judy and I are not quite the same, and the turtleneck she is wearing is stretching things a bit. I am really pleased with the results. Been ages since I made a white one.

Unfortunately Judy and I are not quite the same, and the turtleneck she is wearing is stretching things a bit. I am really pleased with the results. Been ages since I made a white one.

Not that hard really once you know the steps :0)

My Modifications to this pattern: Fully lined, Soft netting under lace portion of cups, Full shoulder straps, 1/2″ band elastic rather than 3/8″

Here is a rather good on line Bra Video Tutorial by Jalie Sewing patterns

 FO’s 2013 = 90  

WIPS 2013 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 77

Sewing FO’s = 3 + 1 = 4 

Books 2013 = 30

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week :0)

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I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

WIP Weds: The KW Knitters Fair Adventure

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First things first, if you missed it on Friday Basic Bra Making Part 1 is up, part 2 will be up on Friday.

 Kitchener Waterloo Knitters fair (sorry tried to put logo here, but no go :0(

There is only one event in the knitters year that my DH & DS are happy to take me to.  The Kitchener Waterloo Knitters fair. We got up bright and early, well I did, and after some poking and prodding were on our way. A bunch of local knitting friends carpooled, we bumped into them at the Tim Hortons coffee shop on our way. Kitchener, Ontario Canada, is about 2 hours from where we live. The drive across the north part of Toronto on Hwy 401 was uneventful. Like a guided missile the little echo found it’s way without the usual detours my guys are so fond of. They knew I meant business.

Just one of the aisles of fun! Lots and lots of venders, and bunches of good stuff!

Just one of the aisles of fun! Lots and lots of venders, and bunches of good stuff!

Unfortunately the only way I can do these events is in my wheelchair, with my two motors (DH & DS). We toured the rows and rows of venders.  My guys disappear to pick up a Christmas present or two for me, they stuff them in the wheelchair backpack and think I don’t know ;0)

I caught glimpses of friends among the amazing array of knitting stuff, I saw several old friends who brought me up to date on other old friends. Some good news and some sadly not so good news.

This picture is fuzzy because of yarn fumes!

This picture is fuzzy because of yarn fumes!

My DH bought me this button and gave it to me with a wink.

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I am proud to say I did absolutely no stash enhancement. Most of what they had I can get at my Soper Creek Yarns, my LYS has just about everything. They do mail order if you are interested…

Treasures!

Treasures!

Can you have to many needle gauges and stitch markers?

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And these are just what I need for my circs

I bought Patterns (linked the ones that are on Ravelry)

Lavender Fields shawl by Natalie Servant and Mieka sweater by Perl Grey (which is far nicer than in the pattern pic)

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Hooded Scarf with Pockets by Cathy Payson (DS got all excited when he saw this, He says “Any man that wears this fears no one! Please make this for me” what could I say?

Think I'll make this out of vintage.

Think I’ll make this out of vintage.

Opal Sock Bunny – I love stuffed Bunnies! and Sea Silk Wrap by Glenys Little

I have been told by DH that this bunny would be a great companion for Maurice

I have been told by DH that this bunny would be a great companion for Maurice

Bought this at Soper Creek yarns on Tuesday, thinking Brown Bunny for DH.

More shades of brown than shown in photo.

More shades of brown than shown in photo.

I wasn’t supposed to know about this purchase at the fair. I am a big fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman. The book has since disappeared. ????????????????

I wanted this book but hadn’t got around to buying it.

So we finished up getting high on fibre fumes.  The real reason that the guys like to go to this event… A&W for lunch afterward. We got on the road and headed home. The traffic was beyond bad, bumper, to bumper for almost 2 hours (which made it a 4 hour trip), with 3 very tired people. We finally got to home to B-ville. Pulled up at Walmart for some supper supplies. I headed for the washroom on autopilot, I walked into it and suddenly stopped thinking I had walked into it not sure where I was. I must have given the woman at the sink a funny look, because the smiled and said “Yes, you are in the Ladies room” and smiled. Hahaha!

Then I thought caffeine might help, so I headed for the coffee place. I must have looked so dazed, the lady in front of me in line bought me a coffee.

All in all a delightful day!

Well between recovering from the weekend, working on The Basic Bra Tutorial and The Plan, things remain busy around here.

FYI Update on Titanium clavicle:  DS took a follow-up trip back to the fracture clinic. He is officially out of a sling! He’s healing nicely. The Surgeon recommends no professional football for 6 weeks till be gets the all clear. Being a specialist book worm and computer geek, no problem. He has declared that the scares are the result of fighting with ninjas, he winks, says it’ll impress the girlz. Great news, he can ride “Harley” again. He’s one very happy camper!

FO’s 2013 = 90  

WIPS 2013 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 77

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 28 + 21 = 30

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

Some new items in my Etsy shop this week.

Sewing: Basic Bra Making Tutorial Part 1 of 2

This is my first Blog Tutorial, I hope you like it. I look forward to your comments, input and questions.

A few years ago I took a Bra and Corsetry making course with a friend.

Few of my friends know I make a good many of my own undergarments, things wear out and I needed to make some replacements. It has been suggested that this would make an interesting post. Normally I can make a pretty fancy Bra in a few hours.  I usually make a couple at a time. Truthfully, it’s not rocket science. If you can sew, you can do it too. Parts can be ordered on-line, purchased at your local fabric store or hardware can be scavenged off old bras. 

   However I have discovered, it takes a lot longer when you are trying to explain what you are doing and photographing the process at the same time… I hadn’t anticipated that.

So here we go 

  Basic Bra Making Part 1

Yes it is a good idea to start with basic sewing skills before you take this on.

Having said this, really it’s not difficult. Most general fabric stores carry the patterns and supplies you will need. You can also order fabric and notions from a supply house like Bra-makers supply.

What you will need to make your own Bra.

1) Measurements!  Most people get this terribly wrong.

Read this Article: Bra fitting: Finding your perfect size

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not entirely the cup and straps that stabilize your bust. The band below your bust and the back structure are integral in the support system. The cups reduce bounce and the straps should be carrying a minimum load. Kind of like a bridge, if the foundation cannot support the structure things go horribly wrong.

I sold foundation garments in a specialty store years ago. The difference between a Bra that fits and one that barely fits is night and day!

2) A Pattern: There are lots of patterns out there. However like the off the shelf bra, they don’t all fit the same. Decision time, Wire or no Wire?

I suggest that we start with a simple pattern and compare it to a bra you wear and fits your measurements. You may need a sacrificial victim.

Eventually with practice you will be able to draft, make adjustments and produce your own pattern, once you get the general idea.

 We are going to start with a simple wireless bra.

Not sure this one is still available, it was in my pattern stash.

Not sure this one is still available, it was in my pattern stash.

Kwik Sew 2375 I have used this one before. It’s simple and works up fast.

If you are buying a pattern, look for one with your size, and simple construction with simple lines, to start.

 I always redraft the pattern in tissue. The pattern pieces are small and edges of the small pieces can become even smaller after cutting, so the size on the pattern changes. A trick I learned when I started making for myself.

I reuse good patterns, so I'm more careful with them.

I reuse good patterns, so I’m more careful with them.

There are actually only small amounts of fabric involved in making a bra.

3) Supplies: You could go out a purchase all the hardware to make your first Bra, or take and old worn our bra and selvage the bits and pieces you will need. This is your first effort…

I needed: Thread, back bra hook and eye fastener, (2) rings, (2) Sliders, shoulder strapping , 4.5 yds-3/8″ wide plush lingerie elastic, I buy a 1/3rd of a yard of fabric,  you can get a couple of bras out of it. You will also want a ballpoint sewing needle for your machine. (Use your own pattern for your list, This was the list for my pattern)

4) Fabric and Elastic: This is important! Use a firm knit material, look closely at your pattern. There will be several types of elastic required to make your bra. If you get the wrong stuff your bra will not fit properly and be uncomfortable.

Fabrics: Fabrics made for Bra making are not the only ones you can use. Tricot, lace, stretch satin, cotton/Lycra, and all-cotton knits and wovens. When making bras, you have the freedom to choose bright colors, jacquards, or plaids, if you like. It’s good to start with a stretch fabric like two-way stretch nylon/Lycra satin, which makes fitting easier and is more forgiving. Use your best judgement and suggestions on your pattern to guide you.

Note on stretch fabrics: DOGS = Direction of greatest stretch. When testing for bra fabric stretch a 10″ length of fabric along a ruler till it resists.

10″ stretched to 13″ = 30% stretch / 10″ to 14″ = 40%

Don’t use more than 40% stretch – less stretch firmer bra cups, better for larger sizes. I prefer 30% stretch for more support.

However I have used Chinese silk brocade in peacock colours, tricky but awesome!Looked something like this, required some bias cutting, a little more advanced sewing.

For our purposes I am using A (40%) stretch floral Jacquard a small amount of net, a stretch lace about 6″ wide and a (30%) stable tricot.

The tricot came from Fabricland, the foral jacquard was from Bra makers supply. Both were in my stash.

The tricot came from Fabricland, the foral jacquard was from Bra makers supply. Both were in my stash.

The lace was leftover from a project, made as a bridal gift.

I am applying soft netting behind this stretch lace to reduce the amount of stretch.

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Sewing Tip #1: When I am using a new pattern, I do a dry run of one cup in the intended fabric. Both breasts are not the same, you will need to try both sides flipping the cup inside out for one side. Mark any alterations that maybe necessary to get a good fit on this sample cup.

Pattern layout:  Ok, stretch fabrics tend to stretch more one way than the other. So getting the pieces in the right directions is key here. Pins must be sharp for satins, dull for knits and they will not go in easily cross grain or against the grain. Test pins to see if they leave holes in the fabric. I usually pin along the 1/4″ selvage edge.

Warning: things are going to slide around. If this is a problem cut the pieces separately, one at a time. This is not like dressmaking, pieces are small and fiddly. Be careful to match fabric pattern in mirror image exactly. The tissue allows you to draw outlines of detail points to match pieces for both halves.

Cutting: These are small fiddly pieces, that slide around. I use a rotary cutter and a mat. For satins, I sandwich between tissue paper and cut one piece at a time, with pins in the selvages. I often line my cups with soft knit cotton for more comfort. With stretch fabrics, special care is needed to have the fabric totally relaxed when cutting.

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Ok I’m going to stop here, so you can catch up. A simple pattern some fabric and fixins, and we will meet here next friday and sew this baby together!

If you order your stuff from Bra-makers supply you can have it midweek and be ready for Friday. They do a bundle with fabrics, elastic, Hook/eye tape, sliders and shoulder strap in a variety of colours for $28.00 Cdn. (pattern not included) I highly recommend this as this option gives you the right materials so you know what to look for when shopping for supplies elsewhere.  Patterns are also available from your local fabric store just look for something with only a few pieces for your first bra.

I am really looking forward to posting pictures of your lovely creations! 

Some great on-line advice about Bra Making.

Bra Making Basics PDF (fantastic advice!)

How to sew Bras that fit (You need to read this)

Sewing Lingerie fabrics

Free Soft comfort fit pattern for small sizes

Free Satin Bra pattern in 3 sizes

Sewing support.com

Threads: The Bra Dilemma solved

Kwik Sew Bra patterns

Butterick #B5662 Corset/Busk 

The reference book I use – Making Beautiful Bras by Lee-Ann Burgess you can get it through Bra Makers Supply.

FO’s 2013 = 90  

WIPS 2013 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 77

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 28 + 1 = 29

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

WIP Weds: Tutorial Underconstruction

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This week is turning into craziness,

  • Sunday – was the Fair
  • Monday – started work on a treat (more on this further down the post)
  • Tuesday – Physio, & Dr.
  • Wednesday – Church Craft Group, & Knittin Nite
  • Thursday – finish post for Friday
  • Friday – Physio
  • Saturday Kitchener Waterloo knitters fair

Since I have retired the 2 scrap blankets till more leftovers develop, I have added two of the three Kal projects that my group is working on this month

Sept Kal Projects: Calimetry & Balls up!

Friday: Calimetry 

Oh I recommend this one. Fast, easy, good for ponytail and hair clip wearers.

Oh I recommend this one. Fast, easy, good for ponytail and hair clip wearers.

 Sunday: Demonstrating Hand spinning at the Fair. Every year a couple of us get together and Demonstrate Handspinning at the local fair.

Three Happy Handspinners go to the Fair.

Three Happy Handspinners go to the Fair.

It was a little cool, but we were all dressed for it. Lots of people, all ages. Great time was had by all.

 Well, I have been working on a special project for you gals.

A Bra Making Tutorial.

Most of my friends know I make my own, and I need one or two new ones. Someone suggested it would make an interesting post. Normally I can make one in a few hours. Truthfully, it’s not rocket science. If you can sew, you can do it too. Parts can be ordered on-line. There is nothing magical about it. However I have discovered, it takes a lot longer when you are trying to explain what you are doing and photographing the process… I hadn’t anticipated that.

I hope to have Part 1 of Bra Basics ready for Friday.

Current WIP List (10)

  1. Balls up! Started not yet
  2. Foots first Socks – my design  45% done started July/13
  3. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  4. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  5. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  6. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  8. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  9. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  10.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  11. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  12. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  13. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  14. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  15. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13
  16. Calimetry Started Sept 6/13 finished Sept 6/13

These two are on a time out till I do a few more fingering projects and get some more leftovers.

Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  ( 28 squares) started Jan 23/13

Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67 + 3 = 70 hexes) started Nov 21/11

FO’s 2013 = 89 +1 = 90

  97 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11 – 1 = 10

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 76 + 1 = 77

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 27 + 1 = 28

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

FO Friday: Fair Results… 2013

 

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Orono Ontario Agricultural Fair this weekend!

This will make 22 years that I have competed in the  Cultural Expressions class (Knitting, Sewing, etc) I was a bit surprised when DH pointed this out to me. I have won a few ribbons over this time. I have been thinking of sewing them into a blanket. Maybe enter it in #81 – Something new and useful from something old… Maybe not ;0)

What I have learned over the years participating in the fair.

– People can be trusted with your precious handmade stuff. I have never lost anything.

– The best item doesn’t always win. Occasionally something splendid is not understood or appreciated by the Judges.

– Judges don’t do nuance, If an item needs explanation to truly appreciate it e.g. special fibre or technique, don’t enter it!

– Colour rules, not texture, and rarely complexity

– If an item is 3 dimensional i.e. a tea cosy, put a teapot in it. (I have won so many ribbons following this dictum). Note the Barbie in the Barbie Dress, simple I know, but you would be amazed how many people don’t…

– Before handing anything in double check for loose threads, and undarned ends.

– Take your own coiless safety pins, and a hole punch. The volunteer pinning the tag on the alpaca/silk lace weight shawl that you spent all summer knitting, is probably not at knitter and has no concept how much damage that straight pin and heavy tag can do in a weekend.

– Once you have handed in your entries, go home put up your feet and relax.

I can tell you after all these years I have stage fright every time. I stress out, and can’t sleep and I make DH & DS go look to see how I did.

Why, do it you ask? Well my Grandmother, my Mother, my Aunt, and a long line of women before them in my family have entered local country fairs in the past and I am carrying on the tradition. Handmade / Handcrafted needs to continue, people need to see it as a part of our heritage and a fair without baking, quilts and handmade stuff just isn’t a fair anymore. That’s why I do it!

Here is the Box and the Bag.

Packed and ready to go.

Packed and ready to go.

Handed in Thursday morning, went in for results in the evening.

The Competition was really stiff this year!  17 Entries – 9 winners

(5) 1st, (2) 2nd, (0) 3rd, (2) 4th,  (1) show special

Total Prizes $ 31.50

Last year

We are Demonstrating Hand spinning, Knitting, and other fibre crafts at the fair on Sunday. We’re in the Ag barn, come see us. More pics and story on Wednesday.

Next week I plan to knock something off the WIP list.

Current WIP List (11)

  1. Foots first Socks – my design  45% done started July/13
  2. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  ( 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  5. Beryl Blanket – Long term project (67 + 3 = 70 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  6. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  7. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  10. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  11.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  12. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  14. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  15. Easy Peasy Shawl – Done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13
  16. All about love shawlette   Done Started Aug 3/13 – finished August 17/13

FO’s 2013 =   88 + 1 =  89

  97 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 11

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 74 + 2 = 76

Sewing FO’s = 3

Books 2013 = 26 + 1 = 27

Thanks again for visiting,

cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me on Ravelry.com and also my Etsy shop

Oh and FYI I have 50% off Back to School Sale at my Ravelry Shop, now we all have so much time with the kids in school. Sale lasts to the end of the month. 3 months till Christmas people!

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