Sewing: Prepping for real Vogue 9298

Sewing: Prepping for real Vogue 9298

Bobbin winding is my favorite part of prepping for a sewing project! Easy and relaxing.

Cut out my real fabric for Vogue 9298! Stretch silk charmeuse for the top and jersey for the bottom, purchased from Emma One Sock.

I modified the pattern a bit by increasing the bottom part by one inch since I have a long torso.

 

 

Sewing: Vogue 9298 Finished

Sewing: Vogue 9298 Finished

Muslin for Vogue 9298 done! Really basic pattern, but a twist on construction for the bottom.

Two types of stretch knits are used, a moderate stretch for the top and a 4 way stretch knit for the bottom. No instructions for finishing the raw edges on the top, so I did a mix of pinked edges and French seams.

For the bottom, even more interesting – you use paper backed fusible webbing for the facing which you then trim away the seam allowance. That’s right. No sewing, just trimming!

And… it actually looks really nice and durable! I’m surprised as I am used to finishing with foldover elastic or the usual turnover and zig zag stitch for “underwear” patterns.I skipped the snaps for now because it’s late and I really wanted to see how it fit. And I love it! The perfect tucked in look without worrying about the top blousing out. A fun sew! Now I feel ready and confident to cut into my white silk

Sewing: Muslin for Vogue 9298

Sewing: Muslin for Vogue 9298

I’m making Vogue 9298 for my wedding dress. And I am not touching my white silk stretch charmeuse until I’ve made a Muslim. Initially I was going to muslin it with this brown knit, but it was way too slinky and stretchy so I set it aside and switched fabrics.

I switched to a polyester charmeuse, and already it is much easier to work with. I decided to practice thread tacks since I don’t want to mark my final fabric in any way just in case it doesn’t wash out.

Thread tacks are non permanent but mark the spots you need exactly.

Snip snip to separate the layers. This allows me to mark two pieces of fabric while ensuring the marks are in the exact same spots for both pieces.

And done with marking!

The muslin is coming along nicely. Can’t wait to see it out together and try it on for fit!

Hiking: Casper Wilderness Park

Hiking: Casper Wilderness Park

Before Orange County got a rain dump, I managed to squeeze in a short hike with a friend! I decided on Caspers Wilderness Park because I’d never been, and they had a few moderate hikes.

The cactus were all in bloom!

We started at the Live Oak Grove campground and began with the East Ridge Trail, cut across on Oso Trail, turned onto Bell Canyon Trail, and finished the loop by taking Quail run to East Flats Trail.

Golden poppies were in full bloom everywhere! Lucky us.

So rare to see Orange County this green.

Keep on mind this park closes if there has been any rain, so always check ocparks.com before you commit to the drive out here! I was actually turned away a year ago due to recent rainfall, so I knew this time to check before heading out.

Sewing: Fabric Shopping in Tokyo, Japan

Sewing: Fabric Shopping in Tokyo, Japan

I wasn’t supposed to end up with this big and heavy bag of fabric, I promise.

It was supposed to be a simple walk through Nippori, the fabric district of Tokyo. Looking is free, right?

And then I walked into Tomato, which had several floors of fabric. Nope, not tempted at all by the silks, knits, lace, etc.!

Then I saw this. Sweater knit.

And then this. Matching ribbing. Game changer.

It is incredibly hard to find matching sweatshirt knit and ribbing! Near impossible in the USA! Most time you can find some sweatshirt knit, but ribbing is rarer, and then matching colors? Forget it. I’ve been wanting to remake my Lola dress from Victory Patterns, and now I found the perfect fabric. If you look at many of the dresses made online, you’ll note a lot of them have the ribbing eliminated or a contrast color used. It just isn’t easy to find.

So thank you Tokyo and Tomato fabrics for this rare find!

Knitting: Lollipop Yarn Hot Mess

Knitting: Lollipop Yarn Hot Mess

This happened. Instagram advertising works, you guys! I started following Lollipop Yarns on Instagram, and when she put up a preview of some self striping sock yarn, I noted in my calendar the date and time I’d need to make a purchase. Without social media, I might not be aware of this yarn company. And my bank account would be a bit fuller, but oh well.

So for when I feel like making socks again, I’ll have the perfect yarn ready to go! Just need to split it evenly into 2 skeins for 2 at a time knitting.

Knitting: Chart A, B finished Lunette Shawl

Knitting: Chart A, B finished Lunette Shawl

It’s coming along! I’ve completed chart A, which is the outer border, and chart B, which starts the butterfly rows. At first I freaked out a little bit because I thought my stitch markers were causing giant gaps, but it turns out to be part of the pattern.. whew! Currently I’m on my first round of chart C and D, and the project is moving along nicely! I’m a bit of a daredevil and pushing my luck by not using a lifeline since about row 10… but I’m so meticulous with counting my stitches and double checking it every 16 stitches, so I know I haven’t made any mistakes. Everything matches up and the numbers prove it! To be safe, I think I will add in a lifeline at the end of round 1 for chart C and D because it doesn’t hurt to have it in the end. But it hurts a lot if you need it and don’t have it.