What I'm Listening To: The Alpaca's Band

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Hello readers! If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you'll know that I am a fan of eclectic music, knitting, and all things cute! Recently I discovered The Alpaca's band on YouTube which features an adorable band of knitted alpacas. The group is created by Mario Torres, a Peruvian living and making music in Japan, and the music features an interesting blend of rock, pop, and pan-flutes, which I love! Enjoy!



Styling the Weekender

Friday, April 19, 2019
If you have an Instagram account you may have seen that Caitlin Hunter (aka Boyland Knitworks) and Andrea Mowry (aka dreareneeknits) started the hatch tags #TODAYSKNITOUTFIT and #TODAYSKNITOUTFITSPREAD to help inspire knitters with styling ideas on how to wear their knits and encourage knitters to wear their knitwear more often. 

I'm currently knitting on Andrea Mowry's Weekender Sweater Pattern in a blue and gray marled yarn. As have been knitting it, I've been thinking about the different ways that I hope to style the sweater when it's finished, which has helped motivate me to keep on knitting even while on Sleeve Island, and I thought I would share my ideas with you.


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Get the Look

Work: Theory High-Waisted Pants
Casual: Banana Republic Mid-Rise Straight Leg Jean
Weekend:  Zella Live-in Leggings

Sew Your Kibbe

Monday, March 18, 2019
Spring is nearly here which means spring cleaning season is upon us! Lately, I've been sewing and knitting a lot more, but I still find that I still feel like I have nothing to wear and I've been trying to figure out a way to create clothing that feels more 'me'. Then, I recently found the hashtag #sewyourkibbe on Instagram and thought this might help me with my makes.

The Sew Your Kibbe Challenge is a self-analysis wardrobe challenge created by Doctor T Designs. The concept of the challenge is to analyze yourself by taking the Kibbe quiz, which is based on David Kibbe's 13 Body Types Theory from his book "Metamorphosis", in order to create a wardrobe that's best suited to you. This theory takes into consideration the shape and size of your body, hands, and face to suggest what style of dress will best suit you. If you've ever analyzed yourself into the standardized body shapes (hourglass, pear, apple, rectangle, inverted triangle), then this will appear very similar, but taken up a notch.

#sewyourkibbe
In past figure analysis I've identified as a pear shape verging on an hourglass shape, but according to the Kibbe quiz, I fall into the Soft Gamine/ Theatrical Romantic categories. To put it another way, I'm somewhere between cute and bombshell.

According to the Kibbe quiz, I fall somewhere between Soft Gamine (represented by Jenna Coleman) and Theatrical Romantic (represented by Salma Hayek)
Kibbe's clothing recommendations for both Soft Gamines & Theatrical Romantics recommend curved, rounded shaped clothing with waist emphasis using soft drapey fabrics, and avoiding symmetrical/ geometric shapes and stiff fabrics. Soft Gamines are recommended to add bold color or quirky patterns to their clothes, whereas Theatrical Romantics are recommended to add small details such as ruffles to their clothes for added softness. 


After reading about the recommended clothing suggestions, I realized that I already have a few clothing items in my wardrobe that follow these recommendations. I had always thought of my personal style as kind of bold, edgy, and quirky with a little bit of a retro vibe and I am drawn to all kinds of prints. I felt hesitant to start adding a lot of ruffles to my wardrobe, and I'm not sure if I'm sold on the idea of wearing tulip shaped skirts.

Next, I decided to take a look at my pattern stash and wish list, to see if I could find some patterns that meet the Kibbe recommendations:

Coats & Jackets
According to Kibbe, jackets that are short, shapely and nipped in at the waist are best suited to my body type.

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Ninot Jacket by Pauline Alice- cropped

Dresses
Dresses should be shaped at the waist with added gathers, shirring, sparkles, applique, etc. Look for sharp shoulder definition and asymmetrical hemlines. Short skirts should be tapered and long skirts should be flared.
By Hand London Elizalex dress
Skirts
Look for short skirts tapered at the knee and asymmetrical hemlines.



Pants
Pants should be soft, shaped, and drapey. Cropped styles are excellent.
Winslow Culotte's by Helen's Closet
Hudson Pants by True Bias

Blouses
Blouses should be soft, drapey and silky but fitted at the neck and cuff with bodice detail.

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Pattern
Simplicity Sewing Pattern S8882 Misses' Top by Patterns by Gertie
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Burda Style Ruffled Pullover 12/2017 #111


Sweaters
Should be fitted at the waist or cuff, have a soft neckline and/or be made of fluffy materials with intricate details (like beads)
McCall's 6844- Peplum style
Sewaholic Fraser shirt

Have you analysed your style with the Kibbe quiz? Do you have any pattern recommendations that you think might suit my style? Let me know in the comments below.

My 2019 Make Nine

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
I've been participating in the Make Nine Challenge, hosted by Rochell of Home Row Fiber Co, since 2017. What I like about the challenge is that it allows me to come up with a crafty strategy for the year, and later on I can reflect on how my priorities have changed from year to year. 

I haven't actually completed my whole Make Nine Challenge list since I began. In both 2017 and 2018, I only completed 4 out of 9 of my plans. What I've learned is that I am easily distracted by shiny new patterns and I'm more likely to complete less specific plans that allow for more variability.   

Here is my #2019MakeNine list:



1. The Fulton Sweater by Alina Sewing/ Design Co. is a pattern I fell in love with as soon as it was released. It looks modern, stylish and practical and it's the kind of garment that I can wear to work and on my days off. I'd like to sew up one in every color of the rainbow, but I'll be happy if I can make one this year.

2. An Andi Satterlund Pattern.
I've been a fan of Andi Satterlund's pattern's since I started knitting and I especially enjoy participating in the knitting/ sewing make-a-long she hosts each year with Lladybird. I definitely plan to add more of her patterns into my wardrobe.

3. An Andrea Mowry Pattern. I've been a fan of Andrea Mowry's patterns for ages and in 2018 I jumped in on Andrea Mowry's #FlouritegivingKAL over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and realized that THAT was my one and only pattern I've knit by her. Luckily, my husband got me an Andrea Mowry pattern/ yarn kit for Christmas, so I aim to have more of her patterns knit up this year. 

4. A Caitlyn Hunter Pattern
I knit up 2 patterns by fellow Oregonian, Caitlyn Hunter aka boylandknitworks, and they were my favorite and most worn sweaters of 2018. There are plenty more of her patterns in my queue ready to cast-on.

5. A Joji Locatelli Pattern.
I haven't knit a pattern my Joji Locatelli pattern yet, but when her Spector pullover pattern came out in late 2018, I immediately added it to my library. I plan on casting it on soon.

6. Jeans.
I bought the Closet Case Ginger Jeans pattern, fabric, and accessories in 2018 with the intention of sewing them up over the summer, but I chickened out. So this year I signed up to take a Ginger Jeans sewing class taught by Lladybird, so this is definitely happening.

7. A Stephen West Pattern.
I participated in Kristy Glass Knits #doodlerkal in 2018 and had so much fun making that shawl! I'm hoping to try another to my collection.

8. A Poison Girls Pattern.
I haven't made a Poison Girls, aka Amy Appel, pattern yet, but a lot of my favorite makers on YouTube, Instagram, & Ravelry have. These patterns offer a modern take on 1950s styles which I enjoy. Plus the Betty & Judy Lodge Christmas sweater is amazing!   

9. High Waisted Pants.
I pretty much wear some variation of pants and a shirt every day and would love to have several pairs of high waisted me-made pants in my wardrobe. I have seen some amazing Persephone pants by Anna Allen patterns, I have plans to make more True Bias Lander pants, and have some high waisted Big Four pants patterns in my stash as well. 

Are you creating a #2019MakeNine this year? Have you made any of the patterns on my list? Let me know in the comments below.

My First Make of 2019: Blackwood Cardigan

Friday, January 18, 2019
I've had my eye on making a Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet since the pattern was released and thought this sweater knit leopard print fabric that I've had in my stash for ages (since the dawn of my attempts at sewing) would be perfect; however I had hesitated after having a few nasty experiences with some stretch knits being fiddly and eaten by my machine. But after some recent sewing successes and with the start of the new year, I felt inspired to take on the challenge.


Fabric: Probably Fabric.com from 2009

I stitched up View A in a size Large based on my bust measurement with no alterations. I followed along with the pattern instructions and the Blackwood Sewalong from the Helen's Closet blog and it was a breeze! There may be several more Blackwood cardigans in my future.

My Sew My Style 2018 Makes

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
At the beginning of 2018, I declared that I wanted to get back into sewing and to motivate that effort I decided to take the #sewmystyle2018 challenge which I talked about in an earlier post

While I didn't end up making all of the Sew My Style patterns each month, I totally upped my sewing game and make 7 out of the 12 patterns (including 3 versions of one of the featured patterns) and I learned a LOT. 


Estelle Cardigan by Style Arc
February 2018
Fate: worn & loved
I was hesitant about the Sew My Style January selection, so I didn't get started until February when I was happy to see a beginner friendly cardigan pattern. I found the perfect reversible ponte roma fabric from Stylemaker Fabrics and sewed this thing up in a few hours. It gave me the confidence I needed to go on and it's one of my most worn and most loved makes.

Kalle Shirtdress by Closet Case Patterns
May 2018
Fate: worn a few times
I saw Heather Lou post a photo of herself in a Kalle Shirtdress and decided that I had to have one despite the fact that I rarely wear dresses. I used a jade colored Tencel Twill from Stylemaker Fabrics and graded my sizing from an 8 at the top to a 12 on the bottom. I've worn this out a few times and gotten compliments.

Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Patterns
April 2018
Fate: worn
I typically wear a lot of button-up shirts to work, so I decided to stitch up this floral version using Telio rayon poplin from Fabric.com to wear in the spring. It's not perfect, but I like it.

Kalle (banana) Shirt by Closet Case Patterns
September 2018
Fate: worn
I loved my floral Kalle so much that I wanted to try a cotton version in a bolder print. This time I used Telio cotton fabric from Fabric.com. I first wore this out to a WWE Smackdown tournament with my husband and it was perfect!

Marigold Trousers by Tilly and the Buttons
June 2018
Fate: worn around the house
I originally thought I would try the Marigold jumpsuit pattern, but thought the trousers would get more wear. I'm not sure if the print is too much or if the Telio poplin rayon fabric is just too light, but I've mostly just worn these around the house.

Suki Kimono by Helen's Closet
June 2018
Fate: rarely worn
I didn't really need a robe in my wardrobe, so I followed the cropped Suki jacket hack on the Helen's Closet blog. Even though it came out okay, I've rarely worn it. Maybe it'll fit in better with my spring outfits.

Lander Shorts by True Bias
July 2018
Fate: worn a few times
I was pretty intimidated to sew up my own pants, but when Lladybird & Untangling Knots featured the Lander Shorts in their annual summer make along in the same month that it was featured as the Sew My Style pattern, I had to make them and it was easier than it looked. Unfortunately, the summer was pretty mild so I didn't get to wear these as much as I wanted. I'm eager to make some Lander Pants in 2019.

Fringe Dress by Chalk and Notch
October 2018
Fate: not worn
The Fringe Dress seems to be one of those patterns that look good on a wide variety of body shapes. It's not perfect, but I'm pleased with how it came together. I'm hoping I'll wear it out more when the weather warms up.

Portsmith Tote by Klum House
November 2018
Fate: well used
I wasn't sure that I needed another tote bag, but Klum House happens to be housed in my hometown, and when I saw that they were offering a Portsmith Tote 1-day workshop I signed myself up. I used burgundy and black waxed canvas with black leather straps and hardware furnished by Klum House. It looks super profesh!

Did you participate in the #2018SewMyStyle challenge? Will you be participating in 2019? Let me know in the comments below.

My Last Make of 2018: The Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven

Friday, January 11, 2019
The cool, wet dreary days at the end of 2018 had me craving a simple warm and cozy make that was classy enough to wear to work but snugly enough that I'd want to wear it on my days off. 

I had seen a lot of great versions of the Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven and was recently able to snag just the right amount of a black and white sweater knit boucle fabric remnant from Style Maker fabrics to make this sweater. The instructions were easy to follow and I stitched up a size Large with an added 2 inches of length to the front and back body pieces.

I'm not sure if this is the most flattering sweater for my pear/ hourglass shaped figure, but it is definitely a cozy make! I feel as snug as a bug in a rug!

Thanks for reading!

My 2018 Make Nine Review

Thursday, January 10, 2019
I had big plans for my 2018 Make Nine to try new techniques and new garments, and while I made a lot of things in 2018, I only made 4 out of 9 items from my Make Nine List.


An Andi Satterlund Pattern: Salal
April 2018
Fate: worn
I originally intended to make the cardigan as part of an Andi Satterlund pattern knit along, but life and my day job got in the way and I ended up finishing it on my own time. I'm pleased with how it turned out and I've worn it several times.

Colorwork Mittens: Unmade but yarn acquired
In the winter of 2017 it seemed like everyone was making colorwork mittens. But when everyone else moved on to shiny new patterns, I did too.

An Andrea Mowry pattern: Fluorite socks 
November 2018
Fate: worn once
When I originally made my Make Nine I had grand ideas to make a What the Fade or Find yoru Fade Shawl. But over the Thanksgiving holiday Andrea Mowry hosted the FlouritgivingKAL and I just so happened to have the perfect yarn and the pattern already in my stash. It was meant to be.

A Stephen West Pattern: The Doodler
July 2018
Fate: made
I have long been a fan of Stephen West more vibrant patterns, but had not yet tackled one. At the beginning of 2018 Kristy Glass Knits hosted a DoodlerKAL and it was just the motivation I needed to give it a go.

Socks: multiple made
Fate: some worn, some stored
In the spring of 2018 I decided to try to knit some socks. I knit a pair of socks for my husband that are just a touch too slouchy, and some oversize Jaywalker socks which are fun to wear around the house before I perfected my sock recipe. I will definitely be knitting more socks in 2019.

Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Clothing
Unmade but fabric acquired

Coco by Tilly & the Buttons
Unmade but fabric on the way

Something Brioche
Unmade- still too afraid

A Christmas Sweater: Julgran by Andi Satterlund in progress
After knitting up all of my Christmas gift knits, I started working on my Julgran sweater at the beginning of December. I nearly finished this thing in time for Christmas, but I ran out of yarn before I could finish the second sleeve. Watch this space.

Things to consider for my 2019 Make Nine
I seemed to complete the makes that I wasn't as specific on, which gave me a bit more wiggle room to deviate some from my original ideas. I also want to be more considerate of how my makes will fit in with the garments that I already have in my closet.

Did you create a 2018 Make Nine List? If so, how many did you make on your list?

Slow Fashion October Week 1

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Slow Fashion October or Slowtober is a yearly social media conversation piloted by Karen Templer, creator of the Fringe Field Bags that are ever so popular in the knitting world, in 2015. The idea was to open up a dialogue about how fast fashion has been contributing harm to our environment, and for use crafty folks (knitters, crocheters and sewists alike) to be more considerate of where our clothes (and fabrics) come from (see the Fringe Association blog here). 

For Slowtober 2018 Templer created a series of Action Items and Discussion Prompts to move the conversation along. Some of the questions are loosely based on Seamwork/ Colette pattern's Sew My Style series, but put it's own spin on it.


Since the temperatures have begun to feel more fall-like and I've started to switch out my warm weather clothes for heavier fabrics, I thought I'd take a look at the action items and prompts to help me evaluate what stays and what goes. 

First I gave my Personal Style Pinterest moodboard an overhaul. Most of my personal style pins are primarily neutral in color (black, white, beige, or gray) with a pop of bright color. I also appear to be a fan of prints such as animal print and polka dots. 


Colors I wear

When I'm looking for wardrobe inspiration I frequently turn to Instagram, Pinterest, and what's trending on the High Street. I often find that I want to immediately make anything that Kate of The Fold Line, Heather Lou of Closet Case Patterns or Rachel from the Stitch Sisters makes, and I love edgy style that UK television presenter, Emma Willis has.
 

When I imagine my future wardrobe, I want it to be professional with a bit of quirky edge (somewhere between a Wes Anderson film star and a rock star). At the moment I typically wear separates- pants and a shirt, and I rarely wear dresses, skirts, shorts or heels. I know that my favorite clothes are those that look professional enough to wear to work, but are comfy enough to lounge around the house and run errands in without getting embarrassed (I know. I want it all!)

Check back to see if I can move closer to my ideal wardrobe as my Slowtober progresses.

What I'm Listening To: Twice- Likey

Monday, July 23, 2018
How have I not shared this song before!? This week I'm listening to "Likey" by the Kpop girl group, Twice, and this song is pure pop fluff. 


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