Monday, January 19, 2015

Dreiecke Hat

Ever since the beginning of fall, I've been seeing girls that look cute with their beanies on and I knew that I needed one! Seeing as I know how to knit, I refused to buy one (that and I didn't see any that I really liked.) So last week I decided to pull the ole knitting needles out. I am so excited about this project finish! I feel like knitting is getting a little easier for me. This is the second beanie that I've made (first one was for my husband). And this is the first knitted item I've actually completed for myself.

A couple of months ago I saw some other people's creations of Very Shannon's Dreiecke Hat on Instagram and I knew this is the one that I wanted to make. It has a slight slouch to it, and it has my love for triangles in it :) It actually was a fairly simple pattern to follow. If you know how to cast on in the round, knit, purl, and knit two together/purl two together, you are set!

Here is a link to the pattern:

And, seeing as I am a Buckeyes fan and knitted part of this during the game (and the fact that they are the CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!) it only seemed fitting that I wore my Buckeye apparel while modeling this project :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

April Rhode's Staple Dress Pattern Video Tutorials

Hello! I have three new videos uploaded to my YouTube channel (Sew Illuminated). My desire for these videos was to put together a series of tutorials for people wanting to get into garment sewing. I thought that April Rhode's Staple Dress pattern was a great starting point for anyone wanting to make a cute dress that was versatile for any weather or occasion. I hope these tutorials give you the confidence that you need to started. As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop me a line!

And THANK YOU SO MUCH April for allowing me to use your design!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year :)

Current Quilting WIP: Memory block using Leah Duncan's Tule fabric and Michael Miller Fairy Frost as background fabric

Hello my fellow creators! It's hard to believe another year has come and gone and now I am inspired to share my dreams for this new one. I am not going to call them resolutions because that sounds too wearisome-sewing isn't anything like dieting or vowing to stay organized/keep up with the housework. These are things that I would like to work towards, they can of course change over time, and I'm not going to consider myself a failure if not they are not accomplished. Life has a way of changing your path and growth can reveal deeper and different desires, so I am open to what 2015 wants to bring my way :)

With that being said, here are some things I am interested in working towards this year (in the way of sewing):

1) Keep making video tutorials. I have made two so far since beginning this past month. Not very much, but it is a start! My passion is sewing and I LOVE sharing it with other people. It has been a very different experience just doing the two that we have made so far (my husband handles the technical side of it all). I think it will become easier with time and practice. Some of my ideas for tutorials that I would like to make are:
               * My current work in progress is a three part series on techniques you need to make April                       Rhode's Staple Dress pattern. I have one of the tutorials up on my YouTube channel (Sew                   Illuminated) and I hope that since the holiday festivities will be done by this week we will                   be settled enough to make the last two soon.
               * I would also like to do a series on basic quilt making techniques- the skills needed to                           complete a beginner's level quilt from start to finish.

2) I have downloaded a couple of Craftsy classes on basic pattern drafting. I have been sewing garments since I was 10, and I think it's time to challenge myself more in that area. My idea is sort of start from the ground up and to really refine my skills.

3) Lots of quilting therapy for 2015! My challenge in this area is to make up my own designs for any of the quilts that I start in 2015 and maybe turn them into patterns for other people to use as well.
Some of the fabric collections that I'm thinking about adding to my fabric stash this year are:

4) Sew some more garments out of knit material. I'm still in love with the techniques I learned from Colette's Guide to Sewing Knits. Knits are so comfy and low maintenance and there are so many cute designs, how can I resist? Flowy tops, drapey dresses, t-shirts, yoga pants, need I say more?

5) Make my bathing suit for our vacation at the beach this year. I hate shopping for bathing suits, so I've decided on making my own so I can work on the fit and know it's something I will be comfortable with. I am thinking maybe this pattern (because I love Gertie's designs and her mad sewing skills!):

6) Learn more about the technical side of blogging/photographing/video editing (because without my husband, I would have no website presence what-so-ever! lol).

7)Accumulate more content on my blog and start to get it organized for things such as a section on completed projects and a page listing my completed tutorials with links.

What are your crafty goals?