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January, 2016

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.

Holiday Round Up: Spikey

And then there was one! And that one was Spikey.

Spikey the Stegosaurus

Spikey the Stegosaurus

I whipped this little guy up for my baby nephew Wyatt who is majorly into dinos right now. In fact he gives everyone dino kisses, which means he bangs his forehead into your forehead really hard. Dino kiss! Of course it is!

SO CUTE!

SO CUTE!

Wyatt got a major kick out of Spikey and hugged the crap out of him for a long time after he opened him! He’s pretty hug-able!

Perfect Little Dino!

Perfect Little Dino!

As usual when I need a toy pattern I go to Stacey Trock at Fresh Stitches! Spikey the Stegosaurus is a perfect little pattern, like every Fresh Stitches pattern I’ve crocheted up.

Spikey Loves You!

Spikey Loves You!

And with Spikey I’ve shared all the Christmas presents I made this year! WHEW! Until next year, Holiday Round up!

Pattern: Spikey the Stegosaurus by Fresh Stitches

Yarn: Leftover balls of Knit Picks Stroll in Green Tea Heather and WotA Worsted Pampus Heather

Hook: Size G

Ravelry Project Page

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Try Something New Every Month: Bra Making!

I’ve got a lot of things planned for 2016. A trip to Iceland in April! (yay!!!) I made a pledge to not purchase anything made in a sweatshop this year (more on that later). AND I’m joining Stephanie of Swoodson Says to try something new every month.

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Every month I’ll be trying something new following the prompts Stephanie has set up!

… well. Mostly.

Watson Bra

Watson Bra

This month’s prompt is quilting, and I’ve done a very very tiny amount of quilting and would love to try more projects, and I will be coming back to the quilting prompt at a later date. Right now though I’m OBSESSED with the idea of making myself a Watson Bra.

Bra Kit!

Bra Kit!

I ordered myself a kit from Tailor Made Shop and yeah it took me FOREVER to finally decide on a color! I went with pale pink and mint, which it looks like is no longer an option in the shop so I’m glad I pulled the trigger!

So I’ll be trying something new this weekend and making myself a bra. Am I scared? Thanks for asking YES I’m scared! I’ll be following the Watson Bra designer Amy’s sew along that seems extremely thorough so I’m just going for it!

Wish me luck! I’ll have (hopefully awesome) results next week!

Holiday Round Up: Shane’s Tie

It’s still pretty weird for me to be a) married and b) married to a guy who wears ties to work, but here we are! We decided not to go big with our Christmas presents to each other this year but with my new sewing thing I’m doing lately I thought I’d try my hand at Purl Bee’s Father’s Day Tie.

Purl Bee Father's Day Tie

Purl Bee Father’s Day Tie

The thing they don’t tell you about making a tie is that it’s basically all hand stitching! I guess I should have thought of that? But I certainly didn’t. I got my sewing machine all set! Threaded it with my special matching thread and everything! All I did was sew 2 seams and the rest I had to do by hand.

Shiny and Pretty!

Shiny and Pretty!

I went to the fabric store in my neighborhood because I had a lot of questions about the pattern. I didn’t understand the different types of interfacing, and ended up deciding I didn’t need the heavy stuff. I’m SO glad I nixed it – totally unnecessary! The best fabric they had, and by best I mean something I thought Shane would actually wear, was this pretty blue. That actually is silk charmeuse! And if I’ve learned anything from Project Runway it’s that if you pick silk charmeuse for your project and you’ve never used it before your going to get kicked off.

HAND SEWING OMG

HAND SEWING OMG

So, I didn’t get kicked off, but it certainly was a huge challenge. Cutting it was impossible and as you can see the points of both ends of the tie are a little off. A VERY little off.

Pretty Good Though!

Pretty Good Though!

I added 1″ to the length of the tie because the pattern noted that it’s 1″ shorter than a normal tie and Shane is pretty tall. Shane also had me add a keeper loop to the back of the front piece of the tie to keep the back end of the tie secure and in line. That should be part of the pattern I think!

All in all, I’ll be making more of these because Shane really liked it and ties are freaking expensive! Just in regular fabric and not freaking silk charmeuse.

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