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More Bra Making!

If you’re here for the boobs you’re going to be disappointed! But if you’re here to see how addicted I am to bra making, you’re in the right place!

Another kit! Yay!

Another kit! Yay!

I made TWO Watson Bras this weekend – we had a sewing day at the studio and we were all plugging away at bras. I’ve started an epidemic!

Pretty Cups!

Pretty Cups!

Why did I pull out the old dress form instead of modeling the bras like last week? These are SUPER sheer! It’s nipple city, so I decided to spare you. This hasn’t stopped me from showing everyone I come across IRL, though, so if you see me on the street get ready to get an eye full!

So just like the first bra I made, I ordered a complete kit from Tailor Made Shoppe for this sage bra. Since the cups of my last bra were a tiny bit too small I sized up to a 34E for this one.

Larger Cups

Larger Cups

The cups fit great! The band is a little tight. I think the lace had less stretch in this kit so it REALLY holds in my ribs. I think I’m going to try to snip it a little to let the elastic out just a bit to see if I can loosen it a little that way.

Pretty Lace Lined Up!

Pretty Lace Lined Up!

I also lined up the decoration on my lace, which went against the direction of the stretch, and I’m sure that didn’t help. But! I wore it all day and I would just prefer it to be a little looser, it’s not like it’s uncomfortable. With a bra every like 1/8″ counts! I’m learning so much from making them with the different materials.

Pretty Black Bra!

Pretty Black Bra!

Then I made this one! I pieced it together – I wanted to try to make a bra that wasn’t all lace, so it would lay smoother under thinner tees and tanks. I bought some black mesh and a little lace from Tailor Made and winged it!

Looking Good!

Looking Good!

It’s so crazy how much differently this one fits than the sage one fits – same pattern, different materials, different bras. The cups of this one are a little big! So I think in the future I’ll make a 34D when making a lace-less cup and go up to a 34E with the lace + mesh cup.

Love the Lace!

Love the Lace!

Got to hand it to myself – love how I lined up the lace along the band like this! Such a pretty detail.

Back Fudging

Back Fudging

I accidentally bought hook and eye closures with only 2 hooks instead of 3 – with the long form bra you need a 3 hook because it’s more fabric. So I just kind of graded down the back fabric to feed into the 2 hook closure. You can see there is a little sagging in the fabric because I bunched it in there but once it is on that goes away and it’s really smooth and comfortable. I like the look of the 2 hook closure better, but I like the feel and fit of the 3 hook closure. It’s nice to have been forced into having a variety! ha

Overall I’m SUPER happy with these bras! I’m learning so much about the fit and difference between the materials. They are both super wearable, and I think with a tiny amount of tweaking that sage bra is going to be even more wearable. And yeah! I totally ordered more supplies. Can’t stop won’t stop!

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Giant Harry Potter Cross Stitch is BACK!

MIA since July, a couple weeks ago I knocked enough off my plate to dig out my giant Harry Potter cross stitch!

Harry Potter Progress!

Harry Potter Progress!

When we last checked in with Harry I had just barely started on the platform 9 3/4 sign. Before I put it down last summer for it’s extended leave I finished the sign but left it there. So over the past couple weeks I stitch some feathers, an owl, the sorting hat, a couple squiggles, the snitch, a couple spells, and some quidditch players who I’m assuming are HP hotties Oliver Wood and Cedric Diggory, then a random Slytherin and Ravenclaw, who is almost done down at the right.

New Stuff!

New Stuff!

From what I can tell looking at the whole big picture of this thing, once I finish this little section I’ll be about 25% finished. Pretty awesome!

How I Work

How I Work

I wanted to show off how I’ve been managing all this fabric. I’ve still got the bottom half of it tied up with thread, but I’ve also been using binder clips to keep the finished sections of it contained. I’ve been noticing a little pain in the backs of my hands lately which I can probably attribute to managing all this fabric. I’m SO excited about working on it right now that I haven’t been working on too much else, but I’m pretty sure this motivation will wane and I’ll go back to getting some much needed hand rest. In the mean time though, back to Harry!

Have a great, craft filled weekend everyone!

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Knitting! Imagine That! WIPs and FOs

2016 has started busy, but not in my knitting world. I’m pretty underemployed right now design wise – lots of submission rejections. I’m going to have to write another book just to get a design published around here!

But I have been knitting!

Caldwell Pullover WIP

Caldwell Pullover WIP

I’ve been teaching quite a few classes at Knit 1 here in Chicago, which has just been SO much fun! One of those classes is Sweater Club, where everyone picks a sweater and I help them get through it. There are 14 women in the class and it’s bonkers but so super fun.

Great Detail!

Great Detail!

The sweater that I picked to knit along with everyone is Courtney Spainhower’s Caldwell Pullover, one of my favorites from 2015.

Beautiful Drape-y Fabric!

Beautiful Drape-y Fabric!

I’m knitting it up in Cascade Eco Cloud and it’s BEAUTIFUL! Super drape-y and lovely. I can’t wait to wear this sweater! And it’s knitting up so quickly I know it won’t be long until I finish it. I’m very excited to block the body and get rid of that uniboob action the details of the sweater are creating in the center of it! I’m not worried about it but I’d be happy to have it gone!

Toe Up 2 at a Time Socks!

Toe Up 2 at a Time Socks!

I also taught a sock bootcamp last month and knit toe up 2 at a time socks! Sock knitting is not really my thing, but this was fun.

Nice Looking Heel!

Nice Looking Heel!

It was really fun to just knit some socks and then be done with it, instead of knitting a sock, then having to knit another sock.

Looking Good!

Looking Good!

I used Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering for these socks and they knit up SO pretty – isn’t that patterning in the kettle dyed yarn beautiful? So so fun. Check out more details about these socks on my ravelry project page.

Stranded Colorwork Mitts!

Stranded Colorwork Mitts!

In March I’m teaching a mini bootcamp class for stranded colorwork and designed these easy little mitts for the class. Cute right? More on these later.

HAT!

HAT!

I also designed a fun hat that will be part of a collection I’m putting together with Teresa Gregorio – more on that soon, too!

So! Knitting! I’m a little all over the place but hopefully some of these projects will start to actually be something soon.

Try Something New Every Month: Bra Making DONE!

In the interest of science, there are a lot of pictures of my boobs on the blog today! If that’s not your thing, just know that bra making went REALLY well and I’m super happy, and have a nice day!

Finished Watson Bra!

Finished Watson Bra!

Last week I shared that I was going to be trying something new every month, and January was bra making. So on Saturday I sat down with my Watson Bra pattern, my bra kit, and a lot of confusion.

SO PRETTY!

SO PRETTY!

I didn’t know what all the parts of my kit were! So it was a lot of figuring out what the hardware was, what the different elastics are, what is the right side and wrong side. What to do with the lace! Since the pattern isn’t a lace pattern it took me a while to figure out I should baste my lace to my power mesh before getting started sewing because the pattern didn’t say anything about lace. But! I figured it out. Clearly! Look at my bra!

So, there aren’t too many pictures of someone actually wearing the Watson Bra out in the wild. Having been a full supportive cup, underwire bra wearing girl my whole bra wearing life – 21 years at this point! – I was not sold on the idea that a soft, underwireless, long form bra like this would work for me, or that I would like it. It really helped to see Miss Heather of Closet Case Files wearing her bra. She’s got boobs and she had a pretty glowing review! Hopefully these posts of me in my bra help you, new to bra sewing in need of support boobs lady. And I mean, they’re just boobs in a bra! Who cares.

Amazing fit and coverage!

Amazing fit and coverage!

I measured myself as illustrated in the pattern. My ribcage is 31 1/2″, my fullest bust measurement, leaning over and letting them hang all over crazy was 40 1/2″, and my upper bust is 36″, giving me a 4 1/2″ difference. I ended up making a 34D because 4″ difference was a D cup and 5 was an E. I sized down!

Love the Length!

Love the Length!

You can’t really try it on as you go, so I just sewed it up once I figured out how all the parts worked and threw it on. I was FLOORED! It’s SO pretty, SO comfortable, my boobs feel really supported. And I really love how my boobs are just ME now – I just didn’t know I could get the boob support without having a molded cup bra.

LOVE IT!

LOVE IT!

You can see that the cups fit right under my boobs, but there is a little bit of space between where the cups meet in the center of my chest and my ribcage, and that’s probably because I sized down. For my next bra I’ll make a 34E and see if that fixes it. You can also see that my right cup elastic is a little flippy – that’s just because I sewed it poorly! I wanted the lace to line up like it is on my bustline, and I executed that well on my left cup and badly on my left cup! I’ll fix it if I ever take the bra off.

Sits Nice and Low!

Sits Nice and Low!

One of the best parts of this bra is how low it sits on my back. I hate how some bras, that are the wrong size!, sit so high on your back. This one is made for me, so it fits really well, and the long form body helps it stay in place across my back. It’s lovely! And I really like the long form bra. It’s so comfortable! I thought it would be irritating to have stretch across my lower ribcage, but not at all. It’s great.

Watson Bra Win!

Watson Bra Win!

Long story short: I can’t stop wearing it! Yesterday I ordered supplies to make 3 more. I’m fully converted and will probably never buy myself a bra again. Thanks internet!

New Patterns! Not Your Granny’s Kitchen Set + 6 Dishcloths!

I’ve been designing a lot of little home projects for Knit Picks lately and wanted to take a minute to show them off!

Not Your Granny's Kitchen Set

Not Your Granny’s Kitchen Set

How cute is this little set? (If I do say so myself!) This free ebook uses crocheted granny triangles to create a hanging dish towel and dishcloth, and with your leftovers you can make a little mug cozy.

Hanging Dish Towel

Hanging Dish Towel

Mug Cozy

Mug Cozy

Dishcloth!

Dishcloth!

I used three colors of Knit Picks Dishie, 1 ball each. I’m sure you could get at least 2 whole sets with 3 balls! They’re pretty quick projects. And if you’ve never tried granny triangles the pattern walks you through them. Download the free ebook today!

6 Dishcloths!

6 Dishcloths!

I released 6 dishcloth patterns in 2015 as part of the Knit Picks 52 free dishcloths project. Aren’t the cute all together like this?

Top left to right: Beloeil, Vadstena, and Angkor Wat. Bottom left to right: Muiderslot, Bung Gudneau, and Caerphilly.

So what’s with those names? They’ve all got applied icord edging and little hangers, kind of like moats around decorative fabric. They’re all named for seriously beautiful moated castles around the world. Google away! And be inspired to knit up some dishies.

Find all my home designs on ravelry in my For the Home bundle.