See? I still make stuff…

October 8, 2007 at 7:56 am 6 comments

Yes, I know. I’ve been away for a little while, not my intentions but that’s what happens sometimes. The good news is I have a few new projects that I’ve finished as I enter week #2 of my Wardrobe Refashion. I am happy to report that I have not purchased any new clothing, however, I did break down and buy some new fabric….oh well.  On to my projects!

I made a simply short jacket with kimono style sleeves from this pattern, view A:


I thought I would really love it, made up in some steel blue corderoy fabric.


I have not finished  it yet, I still need to hem the edges and add a button at the collar. It didn’t take me very long, although the directions could be a bit more explicit. I don’t love the way it looks on me; it is just super baggy (that’s the style, Erica…) so I may play around with it a little more.

short_jacket2.jpg and one more…. short_jacket3.jpg

Secondly, I made a dress from this pattern:


Yes, of course I know that isn’t a dress pattern, per se, but I just did a few simple changes and voila! A new dress:


Details on the changes: Very simply, you extend the hem line from the bodice to any length you desire. I added 9 inches to mine and it hits me right at the knee.


Make sure you cut both your front and back pieces to the same length. Then you can finish the pattern with the normal instructions. I love this pattern! I am not so crazy about this particular fabric pairing with this dress, but it fits well. I would love to create a knit dress with a different fabric for the collar and sleeves. This pattern is really adaptable and is a great purchase. I can’t wait to make something else from it.


Close-up of bodice

One last thing! I knit a handbag from a Knitting Daily pattern (if you haven’t signed up already, what are you waiting for?). I chose Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Rose. It was only around $5 for two skeins and I didn’t even use all of it! The bag knit up rather quickly, seaming and lining took about 2 hours. Although the pattern called for knitting needles instead of binding off, I decided to do the latter and attach a vintage button for closure.


Things I would change? I would make the handles shorter, make the bag wider and shorten this as well. It is really roomy, though! I can’t wait to use it…

To line a knitted bag, I just measured some fabric (you will only use about 1/4 of a yard) with my knitted bag piece comme ca,


And then press down the top edge to conceal any raw edges:


And then handstitch it into your bag. Tres simple.

I know this post is just overflowing with photos, but here is one more. My new fabric purchase, Amy Butler Nigella. This print is HUGE and I have 1 1/2 yards from a 64″ bolt, plenty to do a number of things, but what should I make?


On a last note, I need a new digital camera. xo.


Entry filed under: Blogroll, Knitting, Sewing.

Wardrobe Refashion Life always gets in the way…

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jessecoug  |  October 10, 2007 at 4:30 am

    I am in love with that jacket! I aspire to be able to sew like that! Also, the dress is really cute as well. But that jacket is amazing. I am pretty jealous!

  • 3. jessecoug  |  October 10, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    I would absolutely be willing to buy it! 🙂 I will leave this comment on your blog as well in case you don’t see this.

    My email is humanerecipe/yahoo

  • 4. Rachel  |  October 14, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    You are so productive! I’m jealous of your time and energy. :c) Everything is beautiful, great job. That Amy Butler print is yummy, too. I can picture at cute sundress out of it.
    I’ve been lurking at Wardrobe Refashion, and it’s very inspiring.

  • 5. Sam  |  October 25, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Your dress from S3838 looks great! I made a summer tunic which I love, and now I’m considering a dress. Did you have to take out any of the fullness from the bottom piece though? I found it to be really full, so I cut it down.

    I love the Amy Butler print – it’s delish! My problem with those fabrics is I can never decide what I would like to make from it – I just covet and stash!

  • 6. ericamakesstuff  |  October 26, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for all your comments! I did not need to cut down on the fullness of the skirt, I thought it had a perfect amount of fullness. Adapting this pattern to make a dress is so easy, give it a try!


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