Clothing & Accessories
Last summer I underwent major surgery on my torso which resulted in a prolonged period of the inability to lift my arms. This, combined with the warm weather, made wardrobe prep very important! I was told I needed button-down shirts or things I didn't need to lift my arms up to put on. Alas, I found availability in stores for anything remotely cute and season concious lacking.. This led me to create a simple design which converted second hand men's button-down dress shirts into cute tanktops that could be worn in more than one way. I kept it simple in the hopes that someone going through any type of surgery on their torso or mid-section who knew sewing basics would be able to use this tutorial to create their own version :) Or someone who wants to make something sustainable and girly!
Spring is here on our calendars, but it sure doesn't feel like it here in New York! Everyone is still walking around bundled up in... you guessed it, cowls! They were the word on the street this winter when we brought you the Big Herringbone Cowl , and as we move into spring, cowls are here to stay, now in cool cottons and spring colors. It's really no wonder we love the cowl: no questions of wrapping or tying, no loose ends dragging through mud puddles and no getting caught in subway doors! I'm sold! And so for spring, I decided to make a cuddly soft cotton cowl because April is no picnic!
Lace cuff With smaller needles if you have them, cast on 120  stitches using the long tail method. Divide the stitches as you prefer, and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist. Picot round: [K1, yo, ssk, k1, picot stitch, k2tog, yo] to end. 64  stitches
Here's a fun tote bag project I thunk up (yes, thunk) the other day. Of course there are tons of ways to make a tote bag, but I thought this one was fun and gives you a lot of options no less! | The Library Tote Tutorial |
Here's what you will need:
My 13-year-old daughter is huge into owls right now, so I thought I would make her an owl purse for Christmas. Ssshhh! Being the thrifty-green sort, I found a wool tweed suit jacket that had seen better days. The moth holes on the collar and ripped up lining made it undesireable... not to mention the ginormous elbow patches and the leather braid buttons.
Skirts & Dresses
So...this is my first challenge...and i was probably too ambitious...here's the story of my inspiration...I was looking at the challenge for this month...and I wasn't paying attention while eating ramen noodles...long story short...I spilled food on my shirt, grabbed the first clean shirt i saw (which happened to be my twister shirt...) and...that is where i got my inspiration... I found my old twister mat...then got to work on that saturday...The pattern i drafted in about an hour...minus the sleeves and hood...(I just made that pattern up as I went...) sorry i don't have any in-process pics