Saturday, July 16, 2016

Scenes from the Crochet Convention

I have been in Charleston, SC for the last few days at the National Crochet Guild  convention. Crochet has come a long way from the dowdy image it had formerly, and I hope these pics of some of the wonderful designs I saw will attest to that.

I love crochet for warm weather wearables. It usually has lots of holes for coolness and lends itself to natural yarns such as cotton, linen, silk, bamboo and rayon...all good fibers for the summer. The above top is made with a rayon/nylon yarn which gives it a bit of shine. The other items I crocheted to  wear at the convention are at the end of this post.....a dress and a top that is knitted on the front and crocheted on the back (you can probably guess which side was more popular here!)

The theme of the convention was the pineapple, which is also a symbol of welcome in S Carolina. There is a crochet motif called the pineapple which you can see in the purple shawl and one of the emcees at the fashion show had actually crocheted herself a "pineapple dress"!

I hope to be back next month with scenes from a KNITTING needles are already flying to have some special things to wear to that!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Knitting took over!

I have been absent from the blogging world since my flurry of sewing last summer. Thanks to you that have asked what happened!
Well, I joined a group on (THE website for knitters and crocheters) that took the challenge to make 12 new sweaters this year. I met my goal just today when I finished my 12th item--
This first picture which is a sweater dress I planned to wear to a New Year's dinner tonight.

Here are all 12 of this year's projects, mostly knitted with some crochet and other techniques. In most cases I did sew the outfits to go with each new sweater. This was such a fun yearlong project that I plan to take the same challenge in 2016, maybe even going to the next level of completing 16 projects. I Will be starting my first project after midnight! Happy New Year and hope to be showing you my knitting this year (and probably some sewing too)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I chose this new pattern designed by Marcy Tilton for this week's new dress.
Marcy has written a very helpful post on her blog on different aspects of this pattern, including how to add sleeves, which I will probably do on my next version.Marcy's blog

 The big change I made when cutting out the pattern was to add 4 inches in the body length. I did this by taping all the upper bodice pattern pieces together and then cutting a horizontal line through the whole front and back in the usual manner of lengthening. This meant that both the front and back would be cut all in one piece, which was okay with me as I knew there would be lots of contrast on the bottom

I ended up piecing some of the bottom pieces as I didn't have enough fabric other wise. I really like the contrast and complexity this caused on the bottom owf the dress.
This is one of my favorite dresses that I have made and I definitely plan on making it usual, WELL DONE MARCY!

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Continuing  with my "skirted items for summer series" I decided I needed a basic denim-colored skirt to go with the many red, white and blue tops I have in my closet. Even "basic" items for me need to be somewhat different and preferably asymmetric so I chose this Marcy Tilton pattern..
It has 3 unusually shaped pieces and makes up very quickly. I added a little length and didn't make the contrasting waistband since I planned to wear one of my rectangular poncho-type overtops.
The skirt can be worn with any area as the front. I had fun turning it to different angles and found that each view was slightly different.

Even though the pattern says this skirt should be made from moderate stretch fabric I believe a soft woven would be fine and I am looking forward to making it again when I need a "basic skirt"

I have just a few more things to make in the red, white and blue color scheme and am meanwhile knitting on a summer linen shawl type scarf designed by Maggi Jackson that will actually have strips of  fabric woven through it.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Katherine Tilton's new top

I am taking a break this week from my "summer skirts and dresses" series to show the new top by Katherine Tilton for Butterick. It just came out and I wanted it so much I didn't even wait for it to be on sale. I just love all the designs by Katherine and her sister Marcy who designs for Vogue.

This pattern has so much potential for different looks. I went with coordinating stripes I had in my collection and made version A. I cut out my usual XL size with the only changes being making it 3 inches longer. It went together quickly and I love the look and feel.

The pants are Vogue 9114 which I showed the skirt for in my last post...really love these too....loose without looking "baggish". Next week I will be getting back to "skirted items"!