Thursday, March 27, 2014

Floral Skater Dress

This dress is the first "sewing for fun" thing I've made in almost a year since starting fashion school. My sewing mojo was MIA for a while, but my burning desire for another winter dress motivated me to overcome my emotional sewing issues.  I used a cotton jersey I bought online from Girl Charlee.  I'm always on the hunt for the perfect floral fabric.  When I found this one I knew I had to buy it.  I love the colors and the scale of the print.  (I swear my shoes match the coral perfectly in real life - they are not as pink as they look in the photos.)


I used an ivory Jet-Set knit from Jo-Ann Fabrics to line the skirt.  It is lightweight and has a similar stretch as the floral jersey.  But if it stretches too much it starts to run, sort of like pantyhose.  So I used an interlock knit from Jo-Ann Fabrics for the neckline bias tape.  I didn't want to do a visible binding with the floral fabric because I just wasn't feeling it.  And when I pinned a narrow hem around the neckline it pulled the dress too tight.  And I will take any excuse to use bias tape because I love it.


Total Cost: $16.12
  • Fabric: $11
  • Skirt Lining: $4.49
  • Neckline Bias Tape: 63 cents


I bought a long sleeve t-shirt from Old Navy (for like $2 - I love Old Navy) because their t-shirts fit me the best.  I took it apart and used it as the basis for the bodice of this dress.  The skirt took some more work.  I made many a muslin.  Half circle skirts cut on different grainlines, full circle skirts, three-quarter circle skirts...But they didn't look right.  So I traced the skirt off of a dress I got from Express and used that.  Pretty sure it's just an A-line skirt and I was over thinking the whole thing.


I'm very happy with this dress.  It fits great and will be a colorful addition to my winter wardrobe. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

New Domain Name + Knit Mint Aiken Sweater

So I finally bought myself a real domain name - no more of this blogspot.com nonsense. I think going to alisonweare.blogspot.com will still bring you to my blog, but if anyone wants to update their blog readers, my new domain name is www.alisonesther.com. Very exciting! (I contacted Bloglovin to move my followers for me, so if you use Bloglovin don't do anything.)

I plan to go through and re-take some of my older project photos; the MacBook Photobooth pictures  just don't cut it. I don't know why I used my laptop to take my blog photos for so long when my dad had a real camera in the house the whole time...Anyway, I plan to step it up a notch with the blogging, and getting a legit domain name seemed like the first step.

In other news, I have yet another knitted project to post. I am sorry to everyone who DGAFs about my knitted stuff, but I SWEAR my next two posts will be sewing projects. I was planning to post a sewing project before this sweater and I was going to take photos yesterday after I got home from work - I took a shower and everything - but then it kind of started raining and then I felt lazy and then it just didn't happen.




The pattern is Aiken by Andi Satterlund.












I used Knit Picks Brava worsted weight yarn in Mint.

Total Cost: $10.46


I was desperate for a warm wintertime sweater to go with my black and white skirts, and this sweater is exactly what I needed. It's cropped, the proportions are perfect, and I am obsessed with mint and it looks great with black and white. This sweater knitted up very quickly - it only took me four days. Andi Satterlund designs the cutest patterns.


The details are on my Ravelry Project Page.


And here is Soxy sitting on my sweater:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Some More Winter Accessories

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been busy crafting, but I have been terrible about blogging.  My boyfriend left for Navy bootcamp last week, so I was spending a lot of time with him.

I knitted and crocheted some more accessories over my winter break between semesters.


I crocheted this earflap hat for my boyfriend for Christmas using one strand of black yarn and one strand of gray yarn.  When I first learned how to crochet at snowboard school ten years ago (my God, I'm old) my friends taught me how to make basic beanies using two strands of yarn.  There is no official pattern or anything, although I am considering writing one up.

Doesn't he look cute?
I also made another hat for myself using yarn left over from my Mint Slouch Hat.  The pattern is available for free on Ravelry.


Total Cost: $11.98
  • 1 skein of mint: $5.99
  • 1 skein of white: $5.99


This hat took less than an hour to knit up and I think it's wicked cute.  Details on my Ravelry Project Page.


And finally, I knitted myself a cowl.  I make myself one scarf/cowl each year.  I should really make more because I wear them every day in the winter, but I just love making hats.


I used Plymouth Encore Chunky yarn in Natural - also the same yarn I used in my ribbed hat and my slouch hat.  The pattern originally called for worsted weight yarn, but I figured I wanted a warm cozy cowl so I went with bulky weight yarn and made some adjustments to the pattern.  This cowl was a quick knit and I enjoyed making it.

Total Cost: $11.98


This pattern is also available for free on Ravelry.  And here is the link to my Ravelry Project Page.

I should be posting more regularly now, and I have quite a few knitted, crocheted, and sewn garments to post about.