Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wedding dress part I

Hello all,I had a loooong week at work, normally it is not that peacuful in a hospital ward, but the past week was. So I was quite energized after coming home and had time to start sewing my wedding dress and this posting is  about what I've learnt so far:

1) Choosing the pattern
  It can be tricky to find a pattern that matches your tastes. I went through my old sewing magzines and borrowed magazines from my friends. There were many good options or patterns that were usable for a wedding dresses like ball gowns/evening dresses/dancing gowns/party tops and shirts/skirts.
I had an idea what to do but  I changed the pattern midway thorugh, because I couldn't find a decents pattern for an illusion neckline and I saw the price tag for the prettiest laces. And I didn't want to use lace that costs 70 euros/meter, so I opted for a more ball gown type style.
Back
I got an suggestion to visit dress shops to see what kind of a dress style suits my body type, but guess who never had time to actually do that? And besides I always end up picking similar dress: a fitted bodice and a full skirt,  I just like that kind of dresse so why bother changing my style?

2) Getting an idea what to buy
 Go to the fabric store and ask all tricky questions you have concerning the materials there. Check out the fabrics they have and how those fabrics feel to your touch and imagine that you are spending an entire day in that fabric. And it is a good thing to know your charcter, I know that I wouldn't have the patience to use elastic fabric or a very thin fabric. That is the main reason why I am choosing something like satin or taffeta.
The personnel is there for you to help to pick the right fabric and get what you need. And at least in Finland I got good recommendations from one the women in the fabric store about where to find the rest of my shopping list that they didn't have. They are experts on what kind of needles and thread to choose.

3) First prototype
Front
I made my first attempt at the bodice model this week just see if the pattern fits or is it a total disaster on me. I used an old curtain fabric I had in my storage, I just made the pattern according to all instruncitons and didn't do any alternations. I cut the fabric with the corrcet seam allowances and didn't do any finishing touches yet. The result isn't that pretty I guess but it gives me the idea of how the bodice will look and what tricks I need to do the pattern before making a second prototype.
Use cheap or old fabric for prototypes, I've had old fabrics around as long as I can remember and old curtains are just good. I used cotton fabric for mine because the final dress will be fitted and I wanted to use a fabric that doesn't stretch. If I had ended up using lace or some more elastic fabric I would've picked propaplya more elastic fabric for a prototype.
Good thing about using cotton is that I could draw all seam allowances on fabric along with other cuts. It made the sewing so much easier. I know that I can't use normal pen on satin or taffeta, but who cares about the prototypes?

Seam allowances drawn on fabric
Extra1: Buy a good sewing handbook, you are going to need it. I found mine on sale for 10 euros and it is worth every cent now.
Extra2: It is a good thing to have a good relationship with your old handicrafts teacher back in school, my old teacher was very happy to offer advice on how to do a fitted bodice.

Have a blessed week!
- Minttusuklaa, who is having trouble not to turn this into a wedding blog

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wedding preparations II

Hello all readers,

I just love summer! It is the most best season during the year, at least this summer has been amazing. I've notived that I've really started to stress about my wedding, but that is quite normal isn't it?
This past week, we have finalized the menu and planned most of the whole reception. In Finland we traditionally have outdoor weddings and self-written wedding vows. But we're gonna have those. So I'm totally planning to do an untraditional Finnish wedding.

This week my work hasn't been so intense, but designing decorations and planning the schedule for wedding has taken quite a lot of time.
Well at least I have a design for my flower girls' dresses. They're going to look absolutely cute. I'm happy that I don't need to sew their dresses. The dresses are goinf to be pure white, with navyblue sash/belt and roses on the hem. And if the girls want, their mom can add a layer of organza to the waist.


 As for decorations and placing cards I found that you can make very nice looking decorations out of pine cones. So I asked my youngest little brother to pick up 400 pine cones from my grandparents place and I just received them today. Then next thing to do is to paint them with silver, navy blue and white/vanilla. And the best place to buy paints is a shop specialized in selling car stuff according to my brother.

Oh and I was buying clothes from sale today and went of course to a diy shop and found cute rose petals that are going to be turned into roses and hair decorations with my veil. The glasse are also for table decorations and hopefully I can find more good looking glasses, probably gonna search tthorugh second hand shops for that.

So all in all, my wedding preparations are going pretty well

- Soon to be MRS



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Wedding preparations I

Hi all,

Sorry for not posting anything in June. My June was just so hectic with making wedding invitations, planning THE dress, moving back to my parents place and doing an internship with a surgical department. I just didn't have the energy to pick up ctochet hooks or knitting needles at all.

But all in all everything is going fine, we bought bridemaids dresses today (from summer sales of course) and I even went out to try shoes (pity that the pretties shoes were blue...). I've done a few sketches about how my dress should look like and this is the best version:
For the fabric I'm going to use either satin or taffeta, I don't know which one yet, but probably the cheaper one. I plan to use a zipper and sew blue buttons to the back just to look nice and add some blue pearls or sequins to the front. And straps? I haven't decided yet.
My friends have promised to make the veil and now I just need to figure out a pretty hairdo, that won't be too hard, right?
And I still need to design dresses for flower girls. That is going to be so much fun 👗. They are probably going to need nice flower crowns with crocheted flowers and cute pearl.

- Soon-to-be-Mrs-


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Warm weather and warm feelings

Hello all,
 
My summer vacation is halfway thorugh and then I'm starting my practice. I went to my grandparents summer cottage and because it is so far away from my home and I had to time crochet during the drive. 
I know that not everyone can knit or read while driving, but for me I'm happy that I can use that time well and do something. When I was a kid I just felt sick in car but in high school I had to go by bus and I didn't like sitting in a bus for a long time so I started reading and knitting and somehow I manged to survive through those boring bus rides to school.

But this is what I made this week: a flowerfield dress for someone aroun 2 years. The pattern was from an old magazine I got from great-great-aunt years ago. I had stored purple yarn but I used all the yarn for my laptop case, but these yarns are way much cuter. I had decided to make this dress already when I first received the crochet magazine. 
First I thought that it was too hard to make, but in the end the chart was well written and even flower pattern was well made so the dress took probably just two days to make.
 I haven't done any crocheted clothes before because in my opinion knitting just looks better, but maybe I'll do something similar to this in the future. My little sister suggested that I should make another with hearts on it. I made the hem from my old dress' fabric that I haI just hope to find a little girl that can wear this dress 👸

- Happy end of May for everyone
 



Monday, May 22, 2017

*Lynx* free pattern



I like wildcats, though I've only seen them in zoos. My grandma did see one at grandparents summer cottage few years ago though, but I guess our family is too noisy when we visit that place and we scare away every animal there is...
I had an idea to make a Eurasian lynx and this is what I came up with: 
My sister says that he is too skinny and she is quite good critic, so maybe you should add one increase and decrease row if you want to


Lynx
 
You need:
DK yarn about 70grams (yellowish yarn), I used Drops Muskat
Little bit of brown, black and white yarn
3mm hook
Safety eyes
Stuffing
Tapestry needle
Pattern in US terms

Body (make 1), with yellow yarn:

Ch2, 6sc to 2nd ch from the hook. 
 1)      2sc in each sc
2)      [2sc, 1sc] repeat to end
3)      [2sc, 1sc x2] repeat to end
4)      [2sc, 1sc x3] repeat to end.
5)       [2sc, 1sc x4] repeat to end
6)      [2sc, 1sc x5] repeat to end
7)      – 16 ) sc-around
17) [sc-dec, 1sc x5] repeat around
18-19) sc around
20) [sc-dec, 1sc x4] repeat around
21) sc around
22) [sc-dec, 1sc x3] repeat around
23) [sc-dec, 1sc x2] repeat around
24) [sc-dec, 1sc] repeat around


Head (make 1 with yellow yarn)

Ch2, 6sc to 2nd ch from the hook.
1)      2sc in each sc
2)      [2sc, 1sc] repeat to end
3)      [2sc, 1sc x2] repeat to end
4)      [2sc, 1sc x3] repeat to end.
5)       [2sc, 1sc x4] repeat to end
6)      [2sc, 1sc x5] repeat to end
7)      [2sc, 1sc x6] repeat to end.
8)      – 11) sc around
12) 2sc, 1sc x 2, 2sc, 1scx2, 2sc, sc to end
13) 2sc, 1sc x 5 , 2sc, sc to end
14) 1sc, sc-dec, 1sc x5, sc-dec, sc to end
15) sc-dec, 1sc, sc-dec, 1sc, sc-dec, sc to end
16) [sc-dec, 1sc x6] repeat around
17) [sc-dec, 1sc x5] repeat around
18) [sc-dec, 1sc x4] repeat around
19) [sc-dec, 1sc x3] repeat around
20) [sc-dec, 1sc x2] repeat around
21) [sc-dec, 1sc] repeat around

Legs (make 2)
With brown yarn: Ch 5, sc to 2nd ch from the hook. Sc to every ch. Turn, sc to every ch. (8sc in total)

1)      2sc, 1 sc x 2, 2sc x2, 1scx2, 2sc
Change to yellow yarn
2)      2sc x2, 1sc x2, 2scx4, 1s x2, 2sc x2
3)      2sc x1, 1scx6, 2sc x6, 1sc x6, 2scx1
Sc around for 3 rows
7) 1scx8, sc-dec x 6, 1sc x8
8) 1sc x6, sc-dec x5, 1sc x6
9) 1sc x5, sc-dec x4, 1scx4
10) sc-decx1, sc to ends
Sc around for 13 row

Arms (make 2)
With white yarn: Ch 2, 6sc to 2nd ch from the hook.
1)      2sc in each sc
2)      [2sc, 1sc] repeat to end
Change to yellow yarn
3-5) sc around
6) Sc-dec around
Sc-around for 10 rows.


Eye patches with white yarn
(I have to confess that I used aran yarn here, but if you use DK yarn, you can change to hook 3.5mm/4mm)
Ch4, 2sc to 2nd ch from the hook, 1sc x2, turn and to other side of chs: 1scx2, 2sc x1 and slip stitch to join rows.

Nose:
with white yarn
Ch 5, 2sc to 2nd ch from the hook. 
1sc, 2sc x1, 1sc, turn and to other side of chs: 1scx4, 2sc x1 and slip stitch to join rows.

Tail
With black yarn: Ch 2, 5sc to 2nd ch from the hook.
1)      2sc in each sc
2-4) sc around. Change to yellow yarn and sc around 7 rows.

Ears (make 2 with yellow yarn)
Ch 2, 5sc to 2nd ch from the hook.
1)      2sc in each sc
2)      Sc around
3)      [2sc, 1sc] repeat to end
4)      Sc around
5)      Sc around

Finishing

Attach eye pieces to head just above the nose increases and decreases. Attach safety eyes to eyepieces and head, secure firmly. Stuff head and body. Sew nose piece also in place. Sew head and body together. Sew ears in place, I didn’t put any stuffing to in ears. Stuff legs and arms. Sew legs to the bottom and arms to body just below the neck (See pictures).
I made the finishing touches for ears as following: I cut black yarn into 3inch/7cm pieces (I had to cut the shorter), six for each ear. Then with the crochet hook I pulled the yarn pieces one by one halfway through the ear and then I made about three knots and secured those yans in their place.

I used black yarn for spots, and just embroidered them: First I made a X-looking stiches and the one vertical stitch in the middle. I used embroidery to hide showing stuffing in legs…

And your cat is done!

- Minttusuklaa

p.s. the pattern isn't tested so please tell me if you find any errors

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Getting things done

Hello,

Weather is getting better and spring flowers are already blooming here. I love the smell and sound of sunny spring days when grass starts to grow and birds are having their early morning concerts. This week has been my 2nd to last week in school and I've been standing almost everyday for almost 6 hours straight, you can imagine how I've felt in the evenings.

Yesterday and today I stared cutting my sewing projects from the fabrics I mentioned last week, I still have a few more to make.Somehow I ended up making kid's clothes. My mom told me that when I was a small kid my godmother had done my clothes from the same fabrics, so these fabrics have been in my closet for quite some time.

I started planning my next amigurumi project. I've never seen a Eurasian lynx in the wild, so I'm planning to make one for me. I'm not sure how to do it yet, but its going to fun to figure out during my summer break. I bought Drops Muskat and those new safety few months ago and I want to do something out of instead of my #uglyarns...

As you can see I'm not the best artist when it comes to drawing (that is why I blurred the pictue a bit), but I think I'll manage with this rough draft. Hopefully I have something finished to show you next time. When I get a new amigurumi-idea I need quite quickly to write it down and normally a make sketch as a reminder about what I've been thinking. Sometimes I even draw the pieces separately just to get the hang of the shape of different pieces. I always think that the head is the hardest piece to make (well not always, when I was knitting my yellow monkey's feet, that was a hard thing to figure out).

And by the way: Blessed Mother's day for every mom!

- Minttusuklaa

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Few weeks until summer

Hello all,

I got my last examens done past week and now I have a couple of weeks some extra courses to study. This weekend I went through my fabric stash that is even bigger than my yarn stash, believe me. My boyfriend kindly said to me that after the wedding he doesn't want that all my fabrics fill the closets. He thinks that I have a problem with giving away my fabrcis, which is probably true :) So I did some oraginizing and found out that I also have a need for uglyfabricstashbusting -project so that what I've been planning this weekend and my list includes: few overalls and kid's dresses/shirts/leggings should be enough.
I also have nice fabrics from old dress projects that are going to be turned into decorations for the wedding. My youngest sister and I made few prototypes of the flowers we're gonna use. My poor fox from my last posting had to stay as a model with roses.
I spent last week going though dozens of different fabric flowerpatterns and how-tos (I didn't study as well as I ought to have). This pattern was from a sewing handbook I bough last year. It is basically a wide fabric piece folded in half and sewn together. Super easy and quick to make.
I haven't forgottenmy #uglyarn projects neither. I began knitting this sweater about two weeks ago, but I've just had too much to do. Well I'm having my summer holiday in couple weeks and then I'm gonna finish this one. This sweater is made from fingering yarn that I really hate. The yarn is sooo slow to knit. The color is not so bad and many people like the yarn, but I made first ever baby sweater from this yarn when I was probably 13 and I hated knitting it.
I still have the sweater hidden in my closet, no one has ever used it, probably because it is so small.


 Today I had a long phone call with my friend and I can do multitasking so I started crocheting a friend for my fox.
He is supposingly a horse 🐎, but I guess he looks a bit like a porcupine, the nose is a bit off, next time I need to make a bit longer.
Next I'm probably going to crochet a rabbit 🐇 or a bear, or maybe a squirrel would be cute, I've once tried but it turned out quite odd.

Happy may for everyone 😄