Monday, December 30, 2013

Twinkle Twinkle Little Skirt

This is the skirt I made for my 20th birthday! After spending the day with family, I went out to dinner and ice skating with my friends. I love having my birthday near Christmas because there's no school!
The skirt is a self drafted pattern, based off this Burda Style skirt. Instead of spending the money, it was a pretty easy pattern to draft. Just a drop waist pleated skirt.
The waist/yoke section is just like an a-line skirt, only it stops at the hips. The pleats are 3" wide and 3" deep all the way around the bottom. So each pleat takes 9", so the calculation for how long to cut the panel is pretty simple.

Just measure the bottom of the yoke portion, and divide by 3 (this is how many pleats) and multiply by 9 (how much fabric each pleat takes) then add seam allowance. The length of the panel is 10".

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Knifty Gifting

~Gifts post part one!~
First up, a braided infinity scarf!

I used Patons Classic Wool Roving in Natural and Low Tide, and Sensations Beautiful in Off White.

To start, cast on 36 stitches in Low Tide. (Each set of twelve will be knit separately, in a stitch of your choice.)
Knit 6 rows in stockinette.
Then knit the first 12 stitches off onto another set of needles.

Knit in garter stitch for 34". Once braided, the scarf will be about 24 inches long.
At 34", place the stitches on a stitch holder to come back to later.

 Now choose your second yarn and knit the second twelve stitches to 34". I chose to do a drop stitch.
Leave the tail long, to weave in later.
Once you have knitted each set of 12 stitches, braid the sections together, and put all stitches back on the needle.
Knit 6 more stitches in stockinette, and cast off loosely, leaving a long tail.
Sew ends together to create an infinity loop.

I made this gift for my incredible and inspiring mentor, Courtney. I thought that a normal scarf wasn't good enough, and this felt a little more special :)

Friday, November 29, 2013


This has got to be one of my most favorite creations ever. As I was putting it together (and simultaneously freaking out) my roommate was seriously concerned for my sanity.

In my weaving class this semester, our most recent assignment was to do pattern weaving (close up of the pattern at the bottom), so I decided to turn my piece of woven material into a cardigan.

The woven piece was about 2 yards long by 15 inches wide. I drafted the pattern for the cardigan myself. It has raglan sleeves, which is what gives the front panels drape. I sewed the woven panels onto the sleeve opening and side edge as if it were straight, so when worn it folds down. I truly believe that this was a serendipitous project: I drafted and sewed the cardigan without regards to the length of my woven panel, then I cut the woven piece in half and hemmed the edges. When I sewed the woven panel to the sweater pieces, it fit absolutely perfectly, without any planning! Pure serendipity.

I ordered this sweater knit from for the cardigan.

 Here you can get a little idea of how it was constructed.

This shows some detail of the raglan sleeves. In addition to the raglan sleeves, I added cuffs/bands on the neck, sleeve edges, and bottom edge to retain shape.

A close up of the weaving.

I am going to be so sad when I don't have my weaving class next semester!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Knit Knack

Knitting knitting bo bitting fee fi fo fitting, KNITTING! 

It has been an insanely long time since I've knitted. I usually prefer sewing since the gratification is more instant. When we were up north this summer though, we went to this tiny yarn shop near Torch Lake and I found this absolutely glorious yarn. The lime green and purple got me hook line and sinker (geddit, because it was near a lake...and fishing...).

However, in true Dana fashion, I neglected to check my gauge on this yarn and wound up with a scarf twice as long as intended and half as wide!

I knitted it in seed stitch on circular needles (I heart circular needles). Loving how the striping worked out!
And around...
And around and around [everybody's movin', everybody's groovin' baby]!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Wowzer Trousers

Ta da! I've had these wide leg trousers done for a while now, but finally got around to posting them. Two things I have observed from wearing them to class:

1. They are by far the most comfortable pants ever.
2. They are way cooler than any of my classmates's pants ;)

I used this pattern from BurdaStyle, and this fabric from The fabric is a cotton rayon blend. Originally, I was looking for something a little more silky, but I'm glad I ended up with this since they can be worn more casually. Buying fabric online is tricky...I wasn't entirely sure what I would be getting, but am happy with the flowy weight of this cut!

 How beautiful are these fall colors? (Although I must say, Michigan has still got Indiana beat in this area.)

Pockets, front pleats, and a side zip! How cool is it that the pattern matched up across the front?

Thanks again to my roommate for the pics :)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Weaves Are Changing

Hellloooooo blogosphere! I AM alive!
School has been incredibly busy this year, but I am loving it! I still have time to sew...but no time to take pictures. There's like 6 six things that I've made but not documented...wah wah.

This scarf is a project for a Woven Textiles class that I am taking this semester. This class is seriously the BOMB. We just weave things. It is great. I've never woven before so it's a really cool experience! It's good to have a class like this as a break from all the math.

For this project, we were learning about ikat dyeing. We wound 5 warps each of two inches, and then used plastic to tie off sections of the yarn to resist dye. The white spots are where the plastic was. I chose to dye mine yellow, because yellow = happiness, duh. I wove it with a white weft. Then I added all the different colored tassels to spice it up a bit! I think it has a little bit of a South American flair, which was totally unintentional but I love it! In total there are 60 tassels in 10 different colors.

Many thanks to my amazing roommate for taking these photos :)

p.s. I cut my hair! Nine inches off that I donated.

Happy Fall! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bean Bag Swag

So basically we have the Room of all Rooms at college this year. Starting with these spectacular bean bag chairs!

These are from a pattern I created myself.

You'll need:
1 yd. contrast fabric
2 yds main fabric (more for 45" wide fabric)
An old sheet or two
Bean bag filling (if making bean bags the same size as mine, use 1.5 bags of fill per chair)
22 in zipper (optional

Top: Cut 1 - 25" x 25" of contrast
Sides: Cut 4 - 25" x 18" of main
Bottom: Cut 2 - 25" x 16" of main
Pocket: Cut 1 - 13" x 10" of contrast
Handle: Cut 1 - 10" x 4"
(Cut same except for pocket and handle out of an old sheet for the lining bag.)

These measurements can all be adjusted depending on the size of bean bag you want.

1. Hem upper edge of pocket, press in pocket edges, center pocket on one side panel.

2. Fold handle piece in half, right sides together, sew and turn inside out. Turn ends in, pin to center of side panel. Box stitch ends.

3. For envelope opening bottom: hem one long edge of each bottom piece, and overlap pieces by about 4". Stitch, reinforcing at opening.

4. For zipper bottom: center zipper between two bottom halves.

5.  Stitch fabric together above and below zipper (such that there is an opening the length of the zipper).
6. Stitch zipper in to opening.

8. Repeat similar process, cutting same pieces for a lining bag from old sheet/old fabric. This way, the filling can be sewn shut inside a separate bag, and the cover can be taken off to wash.

9. Fill lining bag about 1/3 of way, then stuff inside of cover. (This is a two person job.)
10. Finish filling the lining bag while it is inside the bean bag cover, then sew lining bag shut. This is difficult to do with the bag full, so you may lose some beans in the process. 

Here's what they look like!

Envelope closure

Zipper closure
 Good for foot rests and lounging!

Now that I'm back at school, my blogging will be sporadic at best. I do have a pile of projects to work on though, so I'll definitely post when they're finished.