I have managed to get a bit mo……..

I have been missing in action recently so this post was started on 23rd March and it is now 21st April.  That is almost a month away from doing blog posts. The post I was going to do was about a cardigan I was knitting for my granddaughter. I mentioned this cardigan in a previous post.I have managed to get a bit more knitting done while the Cricket Test has been on in India. (The Test finished quite some time ago. )

I have completed the body of the cardigan and I am now onto the sleeves.(That has also progressed. )

Since starting this post the cardigan is now completed and my granddaughter has been wearing it.  Onto the next project.


A little bit more Marimekko using free bag pattern

Remember when i said I was going to see what I could produce with a metre of Marimekko fabric?  Well I have just made something else.

I found a pattern on the website of A Very Purple Person and decided I could use up some of my left over scraps.

The bag is reversible, the next picture shows the inside which can be used as the outside too.

I still have a couple of small scraps left so there is probably one more project left.

Tah dah! Finished at last

This is matching the yoke to the tissue pattern, lining up the sleeve seams and centre backs before sewing on the bias neckband.

I have finally finished the smocked dress.

I had issues with the buttons.  I always seem to have a problem when it comes to buttons, this time it was covered buttons.

I bought a covered button kit from Spotlight so I could make the buttons to finish off the dress as specified in the Vogue pattern.  Covered buttons have changed since I last bought any, you no longer are required to sew around the circle to gather the fabric. (In hindsight maybe I just bought the wrong sort of cover buttons but they were the only ones available at Spotlight.) The instructions with the buttons said to use a double layer of fabric if the fabric was fine so I did just that but the back wouldn’t stay on the button.  I then tried with interfacing on the back of the fabric and that didn’t work either.  Anyway I persevered and eventually managed to get the backing to stay on the button, at least I thought I had.  I sewed four of the six buttons onto the dress and was just about to sew on the fifth button when I noticed that one of the covers had come off.  I then tried to undo the other buttons and they also fell off the backing.  I was so annoyed.  I have since written to Birch Creative to let them know of the issues I had.  I hope I hear something back from them.

I went back to the sewing room to see if I had any buttons that might work ok with the dress and came up with some that I think look fine.