And another look at my giveaway winners, with a special shout out to Wednesday’s winner, Vanessa Nichole, who needs to send a private message to curlsnskirls on facebook with her mailing address! This is such an international group ~ can’t tell you how pleased I was to see all these different countries!
blanket hat #1, McCall’s #4116, can be folded & fiddled to look different
red fleece, folkwear #269, garnished with thin pieces cut from that blanket fleece & pulled so the edges curl
blanket hat #2, McCall’s #4116, can be scrunched a bit for a different look
As mentioned at the beginning of the month, some of my latest projects have been winter hats for friends… using some of that bright fleece originally used as a blanket at the start of this fierce winter.
Am slowly cutting strips off the bottom of the blanket – hehe! Although sadly it’s still needed as an extra blanket, when Spring comes (if?) it might be down to shawl size.
Trying to be smart, I put the side pattern piece along the least stretchy portion of the fleece. Not the best idea, I discovered after making 2 hats and then trying one on. That stretch is very much necessary. Will find smaller heads for these 2 hats, and try again.
The red hat’s pieces are placed differently on the fabric, and it turned out well. The fleece is I used is light-weight Polartec® fleece, purchased several years ago & used as a wrap. But it’s not really my sort of red, being cool rather than warm (blue rather than orangey). My faithful pattern for this was Folkwear’s #269, of course!
That’s what I’ve been up to lately… which means those trousers for The Monthly Stitch got put on hold. Might have to skip this month, as pants are just not my thing right now. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time I made something just before deadline. Know what I mean? 🙂
Those are the projects I’ve been working on this month. How about you?
Several months ago I discovered The Vintage Traveler, a blog by Lizzie Bramlett all about vintage clothing, manufacturers, designers, and more interesting “stuff” than I’d imagined possible. I spent hours reading old posts just because they were so interesting.
Author Lizzie is a former “teacher and long-time collector and lover of vintage clothing” and her blog fills lots of gaps in my knowledge of vintage (and current) fashion.
Plus she lives in what must be vintage shop heaven, Asheville, North Carolina, and teases readers when she uses photos of her finds as illustrations!
Did you know that… “Tweeds are distant cousins of clan tartans – each identify a group of people, but a tartan would represent members of the same family whereas tweed signifies a group of people who live and work in the same area.” Charles Inness, Owner, Hunter’s Tweeds. (As listed on Lizzie’s blog, but originally from an interview on the Grey Fox blog.
For Lizzie’s post with the above links, click here.
HUGE thank you’s for all the interesting things you post, Lizzie!
Puh-lease take a sec and make a quick reply to yesterday’s post any time before Monday, 22 Feb… and you’ll have a head start on my Sew Grateful giveaways (below). Have 5 things to dispatch anywhere in the world.
The first giveaway, will be Monday24 February. Comments to yesterday’s post ~ any time before I wake up Monday & randomly pick a number ~ are eligible!
As I don’t pay attention to anniversaries & such, this is when I can show my appreciation to you all for reading.
Your comments and questions make my sewing so much more enjoyable. Now’s my time to say, “Thank you!”
Huh? That’s correct, Dear Readers. You get to tell me which pattern to make for March. And automatically become eligible in Monday’s Sew Grateful Week Giveaway.
The Monthly Stitch has decided to make the March challenge a bit more involved: We’re supposed to choose 3 patterns we haven’t made and ask all our Dear Readers to choose which one we should make.
Are you up for it?? I hope so!
Below are your choices. Click any photo to go to full views of each pattern and read my comments. Do make your own comments as well!
#1 – might make the top or the complete dress ~ will depend on our finicky weather!
#2 – definitely thinking summery rayon for this one, only open sleeves as they’re cooler for me in heat & humidity, if that ever arrives
#3 shorter version ~ liked this one in case we get as ferocious a summer as we’ve had winter
I’ve plenty of fabric, and frankly need to reserve those decisions until March arrives, and we can see what the weather’s going to be. It might be fleece – it might be rayon. Who knows?!
Puh-lease take a sec and make a quick reply below any time before Monday, and you’ll automatically be entered in the monday sew grateful week giveaway. Details for my 5 giveaways will be posted later this week – but this is one of them. Will mail internationally!