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Seamwork Akita in Donna Wilson Fabric

Seamwork Akita in Donna Wilson
Seamwork Akita in Donna Wilson
Seamwork Akita in Donna Wilson

Sewing post! I made this ages and ages ago when the weather was still nice and then saved it for taking the pictures (I weirdly always do this, take pictures on the first wear), when it wasn’t really the weather any more, hence cardie. Also the windiest day and a reluctant photographer, so no back and side views.

Pattern: Seamwork Akita

Fabric: 1.5 metres Donna Wilson cotton with little oranges! This is one of those really weird fabrics that have got a massive white border (like about 15cms wide) on one side. So this was actually quite a good match for the long narrow shape of this pattern. I definitely didn’t have another top’s worth of this left (like I did with my first Akita), I used the scraps for bunting and that was it all used up, so didn’t feel so wasteful.

Size: Almost the same as my first attempt, size 8 shoulders, FBA, size 12/14 hips. Only change I made from first one is that I added on an extra 2cms at the hips to the front pattern piece.

Adjustments: FBA, grading between sizes

Good bits: All of it except the darts.

Bad bits: I got a bubble on one of my darts! This has NEVER happened to me before, and I have sewn a lot of darts. it’s funny, because I was on GOMI Craft and people were talking about the poor fitting and finishing on Colette samples and how there was a visible dart bubble on one of the samples shown on their blog, and several people were going ‘I’m a beginner and this doesn’t happen to me’, and I guess I thought the same. Then of course I get one on this! I had already finished the edges with bias binding by the time I realised though, so decided to just leave it rather than unpick. It’s one of those things only sewers would even notice anyway, and it’s not going to put me off wearing it.

Worn: Only for the photos so far, but that was only on Saturday. I wear the red one all the time so I think I will this too. I like the long length!

Will you make this again? I think I’m done with this pattern for the moment, as there are so many other things I want to make.

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Project 52: 39/52

39/52 Ellis
39/52 Milo

Last weekend was Doors Open weekend, and we went to the Museum of Fire. This was the second year we went (looks like I didn’t blog it last year), both boys were loving getting in the fire engines. The museum is threatened with closure apparently, which is sad because it has so much potential. I didn’t even know it was open outwith the doors open days though, and googling shows me it was only open 10-3 Monday to Friday anyway and you should phone beforehand, so maybe not that surprising.

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Ellis weeks 49-55

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Last ones of Ellis’ weekly chair pictures! I kept going for a little bit longer than 52 weeks, because I kept taking the pictures but not editing them so had completely lost track of what week it was.

Now we just need to get them printed out and a frame made like we did with Milo’s.

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Stockholm pt.1

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I never really know what the best way of sharing holiday photos is. I guess the best thing would be to group all the Stockholm photos somehow, for example I’ve got loads of similar waterfront ones from other days, but since all I’ve managed to edit so far is from our first full day there, you are getting them chronologically. On this day, that covers the walk to Djurgården, the old town and the Parkleken. All mixed up for a bit of variety

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Postapocalyptic moles at the playground

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Look at the wee look of concentration on his face

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Yarnbombing

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Zzzzzzzz

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This is Dave’s Facebook picture

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German church. inscription of its time, I assume

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My favourite bit of streetart. So simple but so effective

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Project 52: 38/52

38/52 Milo

38/52 Ellis

We went to Almond Valley farm/play park this weekend

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Nick Brandt: Inherit the dust

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These pictures are from one of the exhibitions we saw in the photography museum in Stockholm, they are so amazing. The animal images (unused from previous series) are printed on giant screens which are placed in the landscape, there’s no photoshopping or anything. All images via here, there’s more of them there too. ‘Behind the picture’ stories here.

wasteland-with-cheetahs-and-children

construction-site-with-giraffes

railway-line-with-lioness

electric-pylons-with-elephant

factory-with-chimpanzee

factory-with-giraffe

street-with-lioness-and-cub

road-junction-with-qumquat-and-family

underpass-with-rhino-and-egret

wasteland-with-lion

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Seamwork Mesa

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So I will say from the off this is not my finest work, and that’s in the context of lots of other not very fine work. But you know, I’m beginner enough that the excitement of I MADE A THING! is still enough to make me be proud of it, no matter how rubbish.

I thought I might try to do this as a series of questions the way people used to do a lot.

Pattern: Seamwork Mesa

Fabric: Scuba jersey from Mandors, pretty cheap. 1.5m I think? I really like this, it’s nicely weighty and structured, which is the only way I could wear this pattern, a thinner fabric would reveal my stomach situation too much. However, I wonder if the fabric is partly to blame for the awfulness of the neckline. Which we’ll get to below.

Size: I made the straight size L based on my measurements, though this was clearly a mistake!

Adjustments: Narrowed the neckband slightly in my second attempt

Good bits: The hemming is pretty tidy by my standards. I didn’t use a double needle (confession: because I haven’t got round to working out how to thread it), but the lines are parallel, which for me is some kind of miracle. I also like the little slits at the side of the dress, which you can’t really see in these pictures

Bad bits: That neckline. What you see is my second attempt, the first one was even worse if that is possible. I originally thought that it was just that the neckband was too long, so I unpicked and remeasured and recut. I had intended to shorten it after my first attempt, but I measured and the pattern piece is actually 85% of the neckline on the bodice, so I decided not to. I did narrow it by a cm, which helped very slightly. The neckband still sticks out, but because it’s narrower it’s not quite as bad. The other thing that may have caused all of this is that the fabric is obviously quite heavy and not *that* stretchy (though there’s a tester and it stretches further than it needs to for that). The main issue though isn’t actually with the neckband as such, it’s that the entire top is just too big, the neckline practically goes over my shoulders. I gather an excessively big neckline is a common problem with colette patterns

Worn: twice so far, for the photos then once more. I think I will wear it occasionally because I do really like the fabric, though ideally I’ll work out a way of covering up all the messiness while still showing the dress.

Will you make this again? I’d like to. I have some wool mix jersey that would be great, though m stomach isn’t really in a position to make it in a proper stretchy fabric, so we’ll see. If I do, i will cut a M for the shoulders and an XS for the neckline.

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Berwick Upon Tweed and Project 52: 37/52

37/52 Ellis
37/52 Milo

We went down to Berwick Upon Tweed yesterday on the ‘super really fast’ train to meet Dave’s mum and grandad who are on holiday in Northumberland.

I took the camera for the project 52, so those photos are above, but I might as well show you some of the other ones

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Stockholm Streetart

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