Thursday, June 05, 2008

Woo! CBC Ottawa Morning Interview

Listen to Hallie Cotnam and Me talk about Lunch Apparel by visiting this link and click on "Fruit cover-ups"!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Lunch Apparel: Hand Knit in Ottawa

  • Hand knit sweaters to keep your apples, peaches, plums, & bananas from the sharp objects in your bag.
  • Encourages the eating of more fruit.
  • You know what they say: "An apple a day keeps you healthy"
  • Brighten up your fruit basket at home.
  • Yes, these sweaters will keep your fruit warm, too.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Sockem Socks

The first of a pair. And the first attempt at Waving Lace Socks, by Evelyn Clark. Pattern is found in Interweave's, Favorite Socks.
This yarn is Wolle Rödel Sport & Strumpfwolle Mini-Ringel, in gold tones. It is a wool and nylon blend, and not soft.
The needles I used are bamboo and 2.5mm.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Hustle Bustle Skirt End-Result

This is the beautiful Sophie H.
She modeled for me for a photo-shoot in early February.
I'll post some pictures of the shoot later-on.

Thanks for your comments.

Hustle Bustle Tutorial Part V

Here is the back of the skirt.

And the front of the skirt.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Hustle Bustle Tutorial Part IV

Gather Ruffle by matching Ruffle to Skirt notches. Pin occassionally at key areas.

Sew the two layers together, distributing the gathering equally along the skirt edge. Here I lifted the two pieces to show the gathering above and the clean straigt piece below.

Sew between the two rows of stitching for consistent gathering.

Finish the hem of the ruffle by folding the long edge 0.5 x 0.5cm and topstitch along the folded edge.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Hustle Bustle Tutorial Part III

Button holes!

From left sets of button holes to right sets of button holes, the tie will be drawn towards the back.

Clipping the edge of the tie with a loop turner, pull through.

Sew the edges of the ruffle together and baste two rows of stitching along the top edge.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Hustle Bustle Tutorial Part II

All the pieces cut. I made the ruffle piece deeper than the pattern.

Sewing the button holes to the skirt before assembly.


An invaluable tip: Before opening your button hole, pin the top part of it.
When cutting between the rows of zig-zag that created your button hole, the pin will stop you from pushing the ripper right past the hole and hence destroying your work. Invaluable.

The Magic Tie Turning Trick.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Hustle Bustle Tutorial Part I

Choosing a fabric. I've chosen a light weight fabric I picked up at a clothing/craft swap. The fabric reminds me of something found in African or Indonnesia. The colours are rich yet not bright, there is an undertone that makes the orange, yellow and indigo less intense than they could be. I've decided to make the ruffle a little longer than the pattern is. The stripes make it easy to align and count.

Laying out the Pattern. Following the stripes. Because the pattern is made up of 90 degree angles, it is easy to cut by following the lines of the stripes.

Marking the notches. Cutting 0.5cm deep and not any deeper.

Marking, with chalk and pins, the places to sew the button holes. Here, I'm doing all three.

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