Musings and Motion

Thoughts on knitting, sewing, and fitness…

Myrna by Andi Sutterland of Untangling Knots

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Even though I am not quite done with my Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, I could not help myself from casting on the Myrna by Andi Sutterland of Untangling Knots. The blame for this lies completely on Jessyka of the CJaneMake Podcast. She hosts a vintage inspired knitting and sewing podcast that I really enjoy.  She is currently knitting the Myrna and it looks so cute that I was inspired to cast one on for myself.

This cardigan is cropped with short sleeves and a deep V-neck.  In other words, a quick knit with a relatively small yardage of worsted weight yarn. I am using a deep red color of Cascade Venezia Worsted. I should be done with this in time to wear it during our cooler fall days this year.

The motivation to finish this knit quickly is high because Jessyka hosted a pattern give-away through her podcast and I WON!!! So, Andi Sutterland’s Vianne pattern is currently sitting quietly in my Ravelry queue, waiting her turn. I will finish my Featherweight before I cast on Vianne. Probably.

Akita Blouse from Seamwork Magazine

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I have been an off and on subscriber to Seamwork Magazine since it began.  I seesaw between wanting more patterns and needing to concentrate on the patterns that I already have so that each of my garments can be as well-made as possible.

This LOUD blouse came about as the perfect cross between some vintage cottage that my husband’s grandmother gave to me from her sewing stash and the simple, once piece Akita blouse from the September issue of Seamwork.

The pattern is easy to cut and sew, with simple finishing details. It was a one day project, and I am not a swift seamstress. If I were to make it again, I would lower the arm-scythe and add some hip shaping to the hem. The bust darts seem to hit me just about right, although it is hard to tell from my poor posture in this photo. (Note to self, take blog pic in the morning, not after work!)

Right now I am on the concentrate on the patterns I have end of the spectrum, so there is sure to be something that I really want to make in the October Seamwork issue. Oh, and have you seen the Vancouver collection from Sewaholic? Those patterns were created to jump the line in my sewing queue!

Kingston Thong by Orange Lingerie

Well, you knew it was coming… There have to be bottoms to go with the bras I have been making. This is the Kingston Thong by Orange Lingerie. thong 009

All materials used were from my two Blackbird Fabrics Bra Kits. You really get your money’s worth from these kits. I have made 3 bras and 2 pair of panties from two of these kits (plus foam and fold-over elastic).

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This thong is lovely and very comfortable. I made the large size based on my hip measurement and the fit is good. The only thing I would change in future makes would be to add about an inch to the back extension. I have a round bum so I need a bit of extra length there for comfort.

That’s about all I have to say about that… I will sew this pattern again, but as of right now I am out of elastics for lingerie projects.  My next big project will be the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files. Stay tuned… 

Scarlett Bra by Ohhh Lulu! View A

bra 004Isn’t it pretty? This is the lace option from Ohhh Lulu’s Scarlett Bra. This is the best bra I have made so far.

I lined the cups with some bra foam that I got from Joy The Seamstress on Etsy. I think that she is shutting down her shop, but there are lots of other places to buy foam for bras online. The black lace and power mesh are both from my lace bra kit from Blackbird Fabrics (Sale on until Sept. 29, ya’ll!) and the blue stretch lace and wide plush back elastic came from Arte Crafts on Etsy. The black fold over elastic is just the reverse of the golden arrow FOE from my last bra. This was purchased from Red Velvet Treasures on Etsy.

bra 003As mentioned in my previous post, I cut the cups down a size, and ended up shortening the straps by about an inch. I usually have to shorten straps for everything by about an inch, so I must be shorter than average from my shoulders to my bust apex.

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This is my nod to modesty, shooting the bra through my hundred year old sleep shirt. The best part about this bra is that there are no rings, sliders, or closures. It takes NO hardware! The fit is good and it comfortably goes on and off. The foam lining and wider bottom band give it more support and structure than my take on View B, but not as much as an under-wire.  I am not hugely endowed, so I don’t necessarily need an under-wire. However, I do wear RTW under-wire bras.  But, I like having options and this bra is definitely wearable. In fact, it has been worn twice since I made it last week.

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It will be so cute under tanks in the summer or under an open back top! I need more of these in my life.

Scarlett Racerback Bra by Ohhh Lulu!

I loved my Cloth Habit Watson Bra set so much that decided to try the Scarlett Racer back Bra by Ohhh Lulu.  This bra has two views, one with straps and one with a back made of stretch lace. Imagine wearing it under an open back T-shirt for date night.


First, I made view B with fabric left over from my Watson Bra Kit from Blackbird Fabrics. I also ordered a lace bra kit from Blackbird, which is where the black stretch lace and strapping and hardware on this bra came from. I ordered the black and gold arrow fold over elastic from Red Velvet Treasures on Etsy.


This is a soft cup bra, but is supportive enough for me. I cut a size medium, but the cups ended up being a little too floppy on the sides, so I cut them down a size for my next version. The band was also a little too loose, so I cut that down for future makes as well. I wore this bra to work on Friday and it was very comfortable all day long. I was worried that it would be hard to pull on, as it has no closures, but while I was imagining sports-bra style wrestling matches, it actually goes on very easily and stays put.


As my main fabric was lace, I treated both layers as one so that the seams from the lining fabric would not show through the lace. The directions have you sandwich the layers together for a clean finish from front and back. This is a technique I will use when I make this bra again with an opaque main fabric. In my next post, I will show you the lace back version, which is really a stunner!

Mimi G Style Pencil Skirt

This was my first Mimi G Style Simplicity pattern, and my experience ensures that it won’t be my last.  The best thing about this pattern are the videos that go along with it. I didn’t even read the pattern directions, I just watched the video and sewed away.  The skirt fit right out the envelope with no adjustments, too. BONUS!

Simplicity Pattern 1283U5 16-18-20-2-Misses Sportswear

I used a dark teal Ponte knit from local big box fabric store, but the quality was good and it was lovely to work with.  I lined it with a nude, knit lining fabric from Girl Charlee. I decided to keep the whole skirt teal so that I would not be as limited with what I could wear it with.  I have some faux leather that I can use as contrast in a future version. I feel great in this skirt and will get a lot of wear out of it this fall.

I had been wearing this all morning when my sister took these pics, those are sitting wrinkles!
I had been wearing this all morning when my sister took these pics, those are sitting wrinkles!
I know, flats are not good for this skirt. I need a heel!
I know, flats are not good for this skirt. I need a heel!


Knit Your Love by Martina Behm

009I already miss knitting this pattern. I guess that means I have to make another soon.  The garter stitch is very soothing, but the little hearts on the end keep it from being boring. The recipient seemed to like it and I hope it brings her comfort.


When blocking, all the little hearts are pinned out so that they don’t fold and the yarn overs are visible between the hearts and the body of the shawl.




After blocking  they are so sweet! The yarn is Madeline Tosh Merino Light in the Tart colorway. I have two more skeins of this in my stash in other colors and one may grow up to be another Knit Your Love.

Finished Object – Striped Socks

A few years ago I found one 50 gram ball of black Regia sock yarn in the sale bin at my LYS and I used it to sew watermelon seeds onto a Watermelon Sweater by Alana Dakos that I made for my cousin’s little girl. This used up about 10 yards of yarn, so I had plenty left, but not enough for two socks.  socks 061

When I saw the Plain Jane colorway of Vice Paradigm Sock yarn at my LYS about a month ago, I bought it without having any idea what I wanted to do with it. I don’t advise such irresponsible yarn shopping, but this time it worked out. The black Regia was the perfect foil to the psychedelic colors of the Plain Jane, so striped socks seemed like a good plan.  I learned how to do a jogless join about a third of the way into my second sock, so I count this project as a new technique opportunity as well. socks 062

I didn’t really use a pattern, I just knit 2×2 ribbing for about an inch and a half, then knit in stockinette for about 6 inches. I put in a rip cord for an afterthought heel, the knit the foot until it was 2.5 inches shorter than my foot, then began the toe.  Since my toes are not pointed, I don’t care for the usual  “decrease on both sides equally” toe.   I decrease on one side only each row until I have about twelve stitches left on each needle, then Kitchener it up for right and left toes that fit my foot shape. socks 065

Torching Ten Update – Week 4

This week I didn’t really torch, it was more of a smolder.  I lost 0.2 pounds, but it’s progress so I will take it.  My running mileage grew to 17 for the week with my eye on 20 for next week. The temperatures should start coming out of the triple digits around here soon, so that will be great for my running Mojo.

Now for the sciencey bit: a very small but cool study published in the journal Cell Metabolism and found on Science Daily pits low carb diets vs. low fat diets. In the study, researchers tested a mathematical model which predicted that low carb diets would promote more fat burning, but low fat diets would produce more fat loss. Nineteen participants lived in a controlled environment for two weeks while eating a low fat diet that included the same number of carbs that participants were used to eating. In other words, the only variable that changed was fat level in the diet.  This protocol was repeated for another two weeks with a low carb diet in which fat was kept at the participants normal levels.

The results indicated that the models were correct in predicting that low fat diets promote more fat loss than low carb diets even though low carb diets promote more fat burning.

BUT WAIT! Before you tear open those Snackwell’s Fat Free cookies, read a quote from the study’s author: “There is one set of beliefs that says all calories are exactly equal when it comes to body fat loss and there’s another that says carbohydrate calories are particularly fattening, so cutting those should lead to more fat loss,” Hall says. “Our results showed that, actually, not all calories are created equal when it comes to body fat loss, but over the long term, it’s pretty close.”

This means that even though these 19 participants lost more weight over two weeks on a low fat diet compared to a low carb diet, we don’t know what would happen if the study lengths were extended. It is not ethical to keep volunteers shut up in a research facility for 9 – 12 months, so we will still have to keep conducting our own n=1 experiments in our own research facilities; our homes.

Photo by Matthias Ripp. Used under Creative Commons licence.
Photo by Matthias Ripp. Used under Creative Commons licence.

Beginning Bra Sewing

When I first learned how to sew in Home Economics class in high school, I dreamed of sewing my own lingerie. However, with only my allowance money (!) and the local big box store as resources, that did not happen. Fast forward to the present where I have a real job and a whole world of resources at my keystroke and call via the internet, and I can make my own lingerie.


I started with the Watson Bra and Panty set by Cloth Habit as it looked beginner friendly and had great reviews with other sewing bloggers. This pattern was very easy to follow and had detailed instructions on stitch width and length at each step of construction. I tested it with some $2/ yard fabric and the cups were a little small, so when I made my real version with the fabric from my kit from Blackbird Fabrics I went up a cup size. I also shortened the height of the cradle and band as I am very short-waisted. I really like the finished bra. It is comfortable and gives a good shape under clothes. The only problem I had was that my sewing machine balked at every fabric combination I put under it this whole project. I will need to spend some quality time with the manual before I sew more lingerie, which I will be doing very soon!


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