Sneak Peaks

I’ve been working on quite a few new designs during the fall. Now, some of them are ready for sneak peaks!

A you may know, I like to create knit and crochet items along with sewn garments. Knitting and crocheting takes a longer time than sewing, so a lot of patience is needed when making patterns. Even a fast knitter takes more than a week to knit up a set of hat and wristlets, and a knit cardigan may take even longer to finish. Rewards are wonderful, though, and I’ve found that knitting and crocheting is a great way to unwind and relax.

A year ago, I finished a cardigan made with two light yarns, both upcycled. The cardigan quickly grew to be my favourite one, and as the nights grew dark again, I decided to turn it into a pattern. The blue cardigan was crocheted using a 5mm hook.

filet crochet cardigan made with two light yarns

The shape and feel of the cardigan appealed to me. As I’d chosen two yarns, it turned out decadently heavy.

For a fresh version to be written out as a pattern, I chose an upcycled cotton yarn, and a size 4mm hook. The cardigan is quick to make, but I lost interest in it five times in the process. As photoshoot-day crept closer, I decided to push the cardigan out. I finished it just three hours before it was time to take pictures! Trying it on for the first time after fully finishing it was nerve-wrecking, but the black cardigan proved pretty much perfect.

black filet crochet cardigan made with upcycled cotton yarn

Last for today, is a versatile set of hat and fingerless gloves. The hat and mitts are both knit with a glittery yarn, and feature seed stitch and cables. They both can be worn in two ways. Though I finished the set more than a year ago, it’s taken long to finish the process. I’m happy to let you know that the NightSky Set will be published just as soon as I put some finishing touches into the pattern.

I hope you’ll enjoy these upcoming designs!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Set of hat and fingerless gloves featuring seed stitch and cables

Hooded Shrug

Gothic girls love both shrugs and hoods. I combined both elements in a lace-trimmed Hooded Shrug. A touch of fairytale followed, at least in my mind, since the hood is large enough to hide under.

This shrug is best made with elastic fabrics. It comes in sizes S-L, and can be made with printed or patternless materials. Choose thick cotton for everyday wear, and make the shrug party-appropriate by using velvet or stretchy satin. Lace works well with this style, too, and not only for trimming. Lace fabric will turn this shrug extraordinary.

Hooded Shrug with lace trim

Shrugs are easy to wear, and to mix and match. They can be paired with skirts and tops along with dresses, and work exceptionally well with corsets. A longer blazer or cardigan is warmer, but when wearing corsets, you will want to show them off. A shrug brings both warmth and extra-coverage to shoulders and back while leaving the waist exposed.

My Hooded Shrug is snug-fitting. It has long, widening sleeves, and curved front pieces. The shrug closes at the neck with a single button, and is trimmed with lace all around. Sewing one is quite easy. Basic understanding on garment construction is a great help, but all in all this is a project suitable for beginners as well as for those with more experience.  Making one is a quick process: creating the model shrug only took three hours!

The pattern, like all our sewing patterns, comes with a fully illustrated sewing tutorial. It will guide you through the process of cutting and sewing the Hooded Shrug, and even help you with the lace trimming. Sewing is meant to be fun, and I wish creating this shrug will let you have lots of it.

I hope you’ll enjoy the Hooded Shrug sewing pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Hooded Shrug with lace trim

BackLacing Blazer

I had a small piece of patterned wool. The fabric was nice and warm, and soft to the touch. I planned to turn it into a kilt-like skirt, but the fabric refused. It wanted to be a backlacing blazer with Gothic-inspired details.

It took quite a bit of planning to get every pattern piece cut from the tiny amount of fabric, but the blazer came to be.

The BackLacing Blazer is available as a sewing pattern in sizes 32-40.

BackLacing Blazer, front view

The snug little blazer is short of hem and tight of sleeve. It has a large, low-cut collar, and is best worn during late spring and early autumn. It works with high-waisted skirts and trousers along with both short and long dresses. Scarves add warmth to the revealing jacket, and help create unique looks.

The eye-cather to this blazer is on the back. Made with two separate pieces, this style is laced closed, and can be modified in size. The lacing is supported with rigilene-tape, and comes without a modesty flap for easy wear.

BackLacing Blazer, back view

The blazer is fully lined, and made with puff-sleeves. This makes the garment even more comfortable to wear: with more room at the shoulders, the jacket won’t feel constricting. Puff-sleeves help in making the shoulders look a bit wider, so this style works best on slender ladies.

The model blazer is made with patterned wool and a contrasting lining. For a more subdued look, try patternless fabric, and matching lining. For a bit more drama, choose black wool, and pair it with a blazing red lining and laces to match.

I hope you’ll enjoy the BackLacing Blazer sewing pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

BackLacing Blazer paired with Hi-Lo Velvet Skirt