Ok, so the title of the post is more hopeful than anything else. The weather here in our corner of Germany is still far from summery nevermind even springlike, but we’ll get there…
Deer & Doe patterns are just so lovely. A perfect blend of feminine pieces that aren’t too fussy and are easily dressed up or down. I’m pretty late to the Sureau party and you can find so many beautiful interpretations on the Addicts blog (in French) or in the Flickr group.
Since I’m in Germany, I ordered my pattern directly from the Deer & Doe site, and within a day or two this beautiful envelope winged its way from Eléonore’s studio in Paris.
I couldn’t find a zip with a good colour match so I went with mint for contrast. Zips still remain my nemesis, but yesterday I read (somewhere…) about this free class on Craftsy on zippers. Must watch before my next attempt!
The buttons were originally self-covered, but I nabbed them for my Peter Pan Blouse after I couldn’t find anything suitable for that. I would have preferred if the buttons and zip were closer in colour, but I’m still pleased with the outcome.
My original plan was to make the dress with short sleeves, but when I tried it on during construction, I quite liked how it looked sleeveless. The fabric is very light too and I realised it was really going to be a ‘very warm day’ (fingers crossed and thumbs pressed…) dress, and so sleeveless was best.
Just like my Sleeveless Floral Shirt, I chose to face the armholes rather than make binding. Since the decision to go sleeveless happened after constructing the main body of the dress, I now have multiple facings to attach… Next time, if I goes sleeveless again, I’ll face the entire bodice at once.
When I made up the muslin to check the fit, the skirt was a bit too full and puffy for my hips, so I reduced it by pinching 2″ out of the centre of the skirt pieces. It still retains some of the original lines with the gathers whilst being a little more streamlined.
The fabric is a very light woven viscose, from an unknown manufacturer, that I bought in my local Karstadt department store. I reinforced the seams with iron-on seam interfacing.
I like how it looks with this mustardy belt, but it’s obviously too loose for the (sucks in tummy…) *just fits* natural waist . Also, if I look like a crazy person in the photo below, it’s because I am – I was, um ‘interacting’ with the cat… Thanks for reading! Do please visit Deer & Doe for more gorgeous patterns.
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On my recent trip home to Ireland, I paid a visit to the Avoca Handweavers Mill in Avoca, Co. Wicklow. I have vague memories of visiting it as a child and was keen to visit again.
These days, the Avoca name is better known as a lifestyle brand, with a very popular chain of shops and restaurants. It’s origins however are as a weaving mill, Ireland’s oldest in fact, as proudly proclaimed in the photo above!
Most of the weaving today is done on power looms and there are only two remaining handweavers employed. You can read a little more about the history of the mill and the company on their website.
The weaving rooms are open to the public and you are free to explore to your heart’s content. There are information signs to guide you and explain the various processes.
At entrance there’s a small museum type space with memorabilia and a few antiques along with a short video documentary running on a loop.
The memory that stayed with me from childhood was the smell, and it’s still there. That lovely sheepy, wooly smell of lanolin and spinning oil!
We chatted briefly to the two handweavers who told us that demand for the blankets is still high in both the traditional Irish loving markets of Germany and the US along with the emerging Japanese market. The Japanese love their aran jumpers!
I have to confess that I was so busy snapping away, that I neglected to read all the info signs! However, as far as I know, these lovely, stringy, complex contraptions are used to line up and wind the wool onto the giant spools for the weft threads.
If you’re ever in that neck of the woods, do pop in. I’m going to leave the rest of the post to the pretty pics and you can find even more in my Flickr album. Enjoy!
I finished this cardigan back in January but partly due to the miserable extended Winter, I only got around to taking the photos recently. My mum was behind the camera on this occasion, and the lovely backdrop is the weathered wood of her studio.
The pattern is ‘Louise’ by Deb Hoss and is knitted in Lang Yarns Merino 120. I made the sleeves full length instead of 3/4 as in the pattern, by just knitting two extra repeats of the diamond lace pattern before beginning the increasing. I suppose I could have made the cuffs a little narrower to compensate, but they worked out fine .
It’s the size M (40″) and is probably a bit big for me (37″ bust), despite the apparent gaping on the button band. The neckline is wide and loose and with my gauge / this yarn it’s a bit stretchy causing the shoulders to fall a bit. Looking at the pics, I could have probably adjusted the positioning of the buttons to help the band overlap better – they are sewn centrally. The pattern includes short rows in the garter buttonband to compensate for differences in gauge between it and the lace. However, with my gauge, this appears to have made the band too long and caused some puckering.
I have worn it pretty much constantly from finishing it until when Spring finally broke a couple of weeks ago! It’s a fun, well written knit and the lace is simple enough to memorise and keeps things interesting. Deb has lots more similar lovelies on her site, Deb Hoss Knits.
For my second project as part of the Spring Top Sewalong over at Made by Rae, I finally made a top that’s been on my mind for some time. Last Summer I fell in love with this Liberty print blouse from Sessùn (no longer available). A ‘smidge’ outside my budget, I set off on a hunt for a similar pattern so that I could make my own. There are a few lovely Peter Pan collared patterns available from independent designers (Violet by Colette, Banksia by Megan Nielsan), but none had quite the fit I wanted or specifically, the scoop neck.
In the end, I went for a pattern from New Look (6104) and decided to have a go at drafting the collar myself. I chose the body from view A and sleeves from D.
Using the directions from Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear by Winifred Aldrich, drafting a collar was surprisingly simple!
I then used the neckline binding from the pattern to bind the inside of the collar / body seam (just visible in the photo below).
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the result, although I think it could be a teeny bit larger on the bust. The fit it pretty good though and I’ll definately use the pattern again, but I may do a muslin of the next size up first.
The fabric is Echino Chelsea by Etsuko Furuya in Deer Forest Purple which I’ve had for maybe 3 years now, waiting for the ‘perfect’ project. Once I get the sizing right, I may treat myself to some Liberty fabric, to more closely recreate the original inspiration top!
It’s my mum’s (Catherine Ryan) birthday this month, so I thought I’d share some of her work with you. She’s an artist, and currently specialises in printing. You can see more of her work on her website and purchase some original prints in her Etsy shop.