Work in Progress Wednesday – Gertie’s Pencil Skirt and Twigs and Willows

I am a Gertie fangirl, I must admit.  Recently, I found the PBS show It’s Sew Easy and I started recording it. Well, I think I squealed when Gertie came on to talk about hairline hems for sheers! This week I am sewing the Pencil Skirt out of her book Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. The fit is great and I love the wide waistband. The only thing that scares me is making a button hole.  I don’t think I have ever done that before, so I will be getting the sewing machine manual out again and doing some practice runs.

Lovely wide waistband.
Lovely wide waistband.

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My main knitting project this week has been the first sleeve for the Twigs and Willows cardigan by Alana Dakos. I finished the first sleeve and have completed the cuff of the second sleeve.  I also bought some silver buttons for this sweater today. Hopefully, it will be finished before we get cooler weather this fall.



The Week In Motion

Last week I was able to execute my training plan for a total of 17 miles of running and two strength training sessions.  My favorite mile of the week was the one my son ran with me. We are looking forward to doing some 5K races together in the fall. Of course, that means stopping for walk breaks for him, but that is fine by me.  Here is the plan for this week:

Monday (today) – 4 miles with a friend

Tuesday – strength training

Wednesday – 6 x 400 meters at 5K pace

Thursday – 3 miles easy and strength training

Friday – Rest/ Yoga

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – 5K for time (This will be done at home as I am watching my sister do her first open water triathlon!)

Have a happy week in motion!


Sewing Saturday – Day to Night Drape Top by Maria Denmark

Happy Saturday! It has been a busy week here, full of motion. Today I am beginning to sew the Day to Night Drape Top by Maria Denmark. I bought this cute bird knit from Girl Charlee and thought it would be cute under a cardigan or jacket. I am still learning how to use some of the more advanced features of my sewing machine, like the overlock stitch and the blind hem, so there will be lots of swatches before the needle goes into my birds. As this is a drapey top in a stretchy fabric, I am not going to make a muslin. I have read so many great things about the fit of Maria’s patterns that I am sewing on faith. Maybe I will have to done by Friday…

I'll be tweeting all day!
I’ll be tweeting all day!

Finished Friday – Colette Laurel

Well, my first full Laurel is finished, but not without fitting issues. Even though I used the book How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns by Lee Hollahan to lower the arms scythe and adjust the sleeves accordingly, they arms are still too tight. It seems to me that the shoulders are too wide (the arm seam is falling off my shoulders) which restricts movement. It is also VERY short and I can’t wear it to work like that. I am very disappointed in this pattern, or at least in my skills for using this pattern. I would really like to make a successful, well fitting Laurel, but I’m going to make a few things that will hopefully fit me better before I give it another go.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Thankful Thursday – Family that cares

Today I am thankful for my talented cousin, Kim. Her etsy shop BlissfulThinking09 is her way of raising funds for mission and relief work.  She is a very talented silver jewelry maker with a heart of gold. Every time I wear the branch necklace that she made, I get lots of compliments and I have just ordered the tea pot necklace. If you are in need of jewelry that does some good, please have a look at her shop. Then she can be thankful, too!

Work in Progress Wednesday – Traveling Woman and Simplicity 1717

While on a family vacation, I wore my Traveling Woman Shawl that I made in March 2013. spring 13 015

My mother in law fell in love with it and said, “I want one.” As I had been wanting to knit

something for her for awhile, this was a great clue. We found a yarn store and got busy

shopping! The top part of her shawl is Malabrigo Sock in Zarzamora. She also want beads

on the bottom, lacy part of the shawl, so we got some silver lined, clear beads. I am

almost ready to ball up the World Class Stash Whistle yarn in grey for the lower portion

of the shawl.


Traveling Woman in Progress
Traveling Woman in Progress

I am giving Simplicity 1717 a second try this summer. My first experience with this pattern was not a success.  The skirt portion fit well, but the yoke was a mess.  I am hoping to be able to figure it out this time.  I read on Pattern Review that others had trouble with the yoke or had to grade it down a size or two.  My husband’s grandmother gave me some fabric that had been in her stash so long that she didn’t remember where she got it. She doesn’t sew any more and I was happy to use it.  I can’t wait to show her the completed skirt. Isn’t it the coolest (authentic) retro print?

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The Week in Motion

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Wishing you a great week in motion!

As my EdTec class is over this week, Tech Tuesday will be replaced by The Week in Motion where I will blog about my training plan for the week and how well it came to fruition. My next A race is a local 15K in October.  I am working on getting my endurance base built back up while increasing my speed. (Speed is relative here, I am totally comfortable with 11 minutes miles…)  Here is the plan for this week:

Monday – 3 mile run with a friend (check)

Tuesday – 3 miles easy + strength training

Wednesday – 30 minute tempo run

Thursday – Yoga + strength training

Friday – REST

Saturday – 3 mile run 5K pace

Sunday – 6 mile run

This plan would give me a total of 18 miles for the week. I may throw some biking in when I can, work is cranking up again so my time will be more limited.

Sewing Saturday – Laurel by Colette Patterns

This is the first full version of the Laurel dress by Colette patterns that I am attempting. I say attempting because I had so many issues during the muslin stage.  I lowered the arm holes and adjusted the sleeves accordingly, but I am still not sure about how the finished product will look. It really doesn’t need a back zipper to go on and off, but I need practice installing an invisible zip so I’m keeping it in. I hope to finish it before school starts so that it can go into my work wardrobe.

Navy Swiss dot with navy lining. Handmade bias trim.
Navy Swiss dot with navy lining. Handmade bias trim.

Finished Friday – Ice Storm Cowl

Ice in July, how fitting. The Ice Storm Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham is off the needles, blocked, and wrapped in tissue paper awaiting my sister’s birthday in September. I only had one gorgeous skein of Selku from String Theory Yarn, so I took out some of the middle of the chart, but made sure that the zig zag pattern would be kept consistent. I ended up not taking out enough rows so the pattern is not perfectly symmetrical, but it is really hard to tell. I was nervous about the bind off, but I made it with about 5 yards of yarn to spare.


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