Couture And The Red Linen Dress V8022 – OOP Part 2

Hello Everyone,

This has been a busy two weeks. I ended up working a weekend and family dropped in unannounced on top of day to day stuff.   However, it was good spending time with my family. I hadn’t seen everyone in years.  But surprisingly, I was able to managed some sewing and knitting.

My red linen dress is at the lining stage.  I had to make a few tweaks on the shoulders and neckline. The neckline is a bateau, but it’s a bit long on me.  So, I took in about 3/8 inches in the center seam. The armhole area was gaping. I slant the shoulder seam a little more to remove the gap.  I will detail my fitting adjustments in my final blog on this dress. Overall, I’m pleased with the fit.  Now, I’m ready to cut and sew the lining.  I cut my lining after I’m satisfied with the fit of my sewn garment.

In my last post, I was hoping to catch on my knitting for my sweater class. Well due to work, I had to miss my class.  But, I was fine with it for a couple of reasons.  First, I was not caught up. However, I did managed to get one sleeve and 9″ of the body complete. Second, I’ve read the pattern and I’m comfortable that I can follow the steps.  Plus if I hit a snag, I can get help at the store.

So, that left me rethinking my WIP’s.  I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned, but I’m pretty much a monogamous knitter. (socks doesn’t count)  This summer, I’ve experimented with having multiple WIP’s.  Honestly, it has me overwhelmed.  I have two shawls, a sweater and socks on my needles.  Well, I finished my socks over the weekend.  Their on my Instagram feed.  But no more cast on until I get the Rune Shawl , Brookstone Sweater completed.  The Villa Wrap will take some time, a lot of rows to knit. I hope to have it complete by the end of September.

Well, that is all the happenings for me.  Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time……….have a crafty week!!!




What’s On My Needles- Finished Hat/Scarf

My knitting mojo has been just as strong as my sewing mojo of late. I have recently become a podcast viewer.  I’ve subscribed to a handful of sewing, knitting and quilting podcast’s.  I must say the knitting podcasts have really inspired me to hit the needles  and get some WIP’s off my needles. So here are my finished items.


Bray Cap by Jared Flood 

Column of Leaves Scarf by Brooke Nelson

I loved how this set turned out.  This was a fairly easy knit. The directions for both patterns are well written.  I was able to wear the hat a couple of times.  But the scarf will be for the upcoming Fall/ Winter season.

For this set, I used 2 skiens of Phydeaux Designs worsted merino/cashmere blend in blackberry purchased from my LYS.  I must confess, I didn’t knit a gauge swatch. I used a size 7 US needle as suggested in both patterns. I’m happy with outcome.

I normally do not participate in sew-alongs or knit-alongs.  But I decided to throw caution to the wind.  I added/joined this set to the grocerygirls BBF-KAL on Raverly.


Well, until next time ……………keep sewing and knitting!!