How many does this make?

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More tunic fabric arrived in the mail, and was quickly attacked with pins and scissors.  I think that this makes numbers 6 & 7 from the pattern for Dress no. 2.  You can see some of the others here and here.

I made a few different adjustments this time.  As usual, I shortened the pattern to tunic length and left off the patch pockets.  I also tried out a v-neck instead of the scoop,  and narrowed the back a bit to replace the darts that I’d added to the others.  For the butterfly version, I added a tie in the back.  So, you know, totally different than the last five.  🙂

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There was one major screw-up.  I cut both front and back at the same time, and I forgot to remove the back piece when I cut the v-neck out on the butterfly version, making a v-neckline in the back as well as the front.  I mulled adding a contrast color insert to fill it back in, as you can see in the pic below, but ended up just getting another length of the fabric to recut with a higher neckline.

Oops.

My work wardrobe continues to expand, filling up with these oh-so-comfortable and colorful tunics.  They don’t look terribly flattering on the hanger, but I like the length and the roominess and it is fun finding the next fabric to use.

The fabric for #8 is on deck – plaid flannel next, for the cooler weather coming in.

Dress No. 2, #3

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I got the neck facing and hemming done on my third tunic made with the Dress No. 2 pattern and have already worn it to work at the library, where I ran around making everyone admire the book checkout card fabric.  We all agreed that finding such a specific fabric was a sign – though a sign of what is still a little iffy.  Maybe that it is OK that I’m going to keep making the same pattern over and over?

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I made all the same modifications, but I think I didn’t take it in quite enough with the tucks – it feels roomier than the other two, to an excess.  Easily solved with a few minutes at the sewing machine.

I did get another pattern in the mail this week, so there may be some variation in the clothes sewing in the near future.

Another tunic-to-be, so not a huge change, but a slightly more complex pattern.

Although I still have two more Dress No. 2s already in the works that just need the finishing details, so I’m not moving on yet.

Napkins

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A very quick sewing project during a spare moment.  I’ve been wanting some cloth napkins, so I found a couple of blue fabrics and sewed four two-sided napkins.

It is a quilting cotton, so not the heaviest, but doubling it up gives it a nice weight.  They were cut at 18″ square, which let me get four squares from each yard of fabric with a bit left over.

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It was about the quickest project possible.  Just a matter of sewing around the edges, turning them right side out, and then top stitching to keep the hems flat and close the hole.

I’ve already picked out some more fabrics to make more.

Update – 3/29 – Here is the next batch, folded to show the two fabric choices.

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Blue Planet 2

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I distinctly remember the first time I watched high definition television at home.  My husband, as a reward for a new job, got a horrifically large (to me) TV and signed up for an HDTV cable package.  Nothing about seeing news anchors’ pores that clearly seemed worth the money to me, and I don’t watch televised sports that aren’t the Olympics, so that didn’t do it either.

And then Planet Earth from the BBC came on.  And I never looked back or complained about ridiculously large electronics again.

It was so beautiful, so big and clear.  I watched every episode and related show repeatedly.  Then Blue Planet came along.  I’ve watched it almost every year since.  Giant screens and HD and BBC nature shows were meant to be together.

This week, at long last, Blue Planet 2 finally started broadcasting on BBC America.  I missed it on Saturday – because apparently I should spend time with my family on the weekends instead of the TV because I love them – but the wonders of on-demand cable meant I could watch the first episode on Tuesday.

And then I watched it again with on Wednesday with my kids.

This is not knitting television.  I could not work on even the simple garter lace shawl I normally would have had in my hands because I didn’t want to miss a minute of the visuals.

I actually twice rewound the section with a turquoise wave in slow motion, just to see it again because it was so beautiful.  And that was before the surfing dolphins showed up.  I want to BE a surfing dolphin.

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I do not want to be this bird.  Be warned, things are not going to go well for this bird.

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Who knew that fish could be so clever?

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And then there is this fish, with a life cycle far out of the ordinary, and a face I’m not sure even a mother could love.

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I can’t wait for the next episode, knit-blocking as it may be.  I may have to watch the first episode again to tide me over until episode 2 is available.  The kids can find their own dinners, right?  I need to find out the fate of the mama walrus!

 

Flannel pants and rug progress

I’m trying hard to complete long languishing projects to clear out some space in my craft storage.

I had two lengths of flannel, bought on sale for something minimal like $2 a yard, that I prewashed and folded away and forgot about.  Time for lounging pants!

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These are about the world’s simplest sewing project.  I spread out  a pair of knit pants I wear to the gym and cut around one leg, adding in a half inch seam allowance and a little extra fabric because the flannel doesn’t have the stretch of the knit pants.  I cut the front down a little lower as fronts don’t need as much fabric as backsides.

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Then it is just a matter of sewing up the legs, attaching them to each other, and adding an elastic waist band.

I do my waist elastic a little differently than most patterns would call for.  It drives me crazy when elastic twists or rolls or folds, and it always seems to.  So I sew the elastic band together in my waist size, stretch it out and pin it around the flannel waist and sew the elastic down in a rollercoaster of curves to keep it in place.  Then I fold under the raw edge at the top of the pants a quarter inch and fold the whole thing over and top stitch the edge down.  The extra elastic stitching is hidden inside the pants – it is a little messy but hey, these are $5 homemade pants to sit on the couch in.  No one is going to be judging my inside waist band.  And the elastic doesn’t roll!

I’m not going to hem them until they’ve been washed a couple times, in case they shrink a bit more.  If my new gym membership pays off, I may add a drawstring later as well.  All in all, each pair took about 20 minutes to sew, and the fabric is gone from the stash, so I’m pleased.  Plus they are comfy!

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My rug knitting project is also progressing rapidly.  Ten big skeins almost gone from the stash!  I have about ten inches to go, which won’t take long on these size 15 needles.  The steek where the tube will be cut open is really obvious now.  And the true joy of steeks is that the color changes happen there, so no ends have to be sewn in.

I’m wondering now why I didn’t put a checkerboard on the ends as well.  Though I suppose most of it will be cut away anyway.

It really is using up this yarn.  Here’s all that was left of one color at the end of the last color change.52A12280-F921-4995-B7F8-8DE74C08F8EA