• Sewing

    FO Friday | Lark Tee.

    I am delighted that the unraveled story I shared here last week has a happy ending! It took a week for me to get up the courage to try again, but thanks to a walking foot, a lot of practice on test strips and a few YouTube videos, it’s finished.  I’m really proud of how it turned out. I ended up using a narrow zig-zag stitch with the walking foot for the topstitching and it worked great.  Even better – it fits! The pattern is Lark Tee by Grainline Studios and the fabric is Art Gallery’s Splendid Oath Ink, purchased at Topstitch, to go along with the Learn to Sew…

  • Knitting,  Sewing

    Three on Thursday | Making for Europe.

    Yesterday’s Soyokaze finish was the last “official make” I’d planned for our trip. Doesn’t it look great with the tote?of course you do have to imagine it on me … with no pin holding it in place. and for sure a top. and pants. The tote was a lot of fun to make (even the cutting wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be) and the lining fabric – a Rifle Paper Co print on canvas (purchased at my “local” fabric store – sadly, the shop is a 45 minute drive in good traffic, but still…) – makes me smile every time I see it. Thanks to those finishes, I…

  • Just Life

    Looking Back | August.

    Apparently, August 2018 will go down in my history as the month of feet – they show up a whoppin’ eight times! and along with a good amount of knitting, sewing and reading, a few cocktails, multiple visits with the little boys and two milestone birthday celebrations, I also have a multitude of happy memories. I realized there are also a couple of finished projects that never made their way here (it always amazes me how I can blog nearly every weekday and forget to share some things 🙂 ). Here you go! First, this year’s Through the Loops Mystery Shawl (now officially named Vine Pops):This was a group project…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Starboard Rock.

    The pattern – it’s called Starboard Rock – that I tested for Lori Versaci is now available on Ravelry. I can’t say enough good things about it! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to test … and to Katie for taking photographs last weekend. That neckline detail is what first attracted me to the pattern. Lori nailed it … and I love how it showcases pearls 🙂 The fit is relaxed, but still flattering. I love the length – just long enough …  but not too long. It’s fun to knit – the cuffs, hem and yoke feature an irregular rib … with plain stockinette in between. The construction is…

  • Sewing

    FO Friday | Willow Tank & Another Kiomi Top.

    I shared this selfie on Instagram Tuesday afternoon. My first Willow Tank turned out really well! I was definitely intimidated by the bias bindings and those 1/4″ seams. Turns out, I have a 1/4″ presser foot from my quilter-wanna-be days! Worked like a charm. I was a little unsure about the fit at first – maybe it was big?. All the lovely sewists who share their projects on Instagram don’t really show much at all about fit (and let’s not even talk about how unhelpful the “garment on a hanger” or “garment on the floor with a pretty flower” photos are!) and most of the woven garments in my closet…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Lilli Pilli.

    I had the best intentions of getting this post up a few hours ago … just like I’m sure Nadal and Djokovic figured they’d be done with their match by now 😉 I did take advantage of the break between matches to snap a few photos of my latest FO – Lilli Pilli. Yep, I finished a knitting project! I’m really pleased with how it turned out – especially after my false start. And a few boo-boo’s in that garter stitch ribbing when I was knitting in low light and couldn’t tell the difference between the two colors.The colors do look remarkably similar … except in good light. My favorite…

  • Sewing

    FO Friday | Kiomi Top.

    I’m wearing it as I type this … with a smile on my face. Marc’s playing golf this afternoon or I’d have a modeled shot to share. This is my third garment from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style. I have fabric/plans to make another top and a dress with this pattern (top in the gray printed linen and dress in the Liberty lawn – left and second to left respectively  – which I bought last month at Purl Soho). I’m glad I decided to tackle a top version, with linen I bought at JoAnns, first. This was my first time making/applying bias binding and my first time in many years sewing…

  • Sewing

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …provide the perfect opportunity to wear a new outfit! Yes! I finished the Esme Top to accompany the Owyn Shorts (both patterns from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style). The fabric is from last month’s visit to Purl Soho (1-1/2 yards of Watercolor Linen in Lilac Bark – $31.20). I think Marc smiled when I told him I’d used 30 dollars of fabric to make this. I couldn’t tell for sure though since my back was turned. My Monday afternoon knitting group includes a few seamstresses. It was especially nice to debut this first handmade outfit with ladies who “get it”. The pattern really does fit me well (I made the XS with…

  • Sewing

    Sewing Shorts!

    That’s right, y’all – I finished the shorts! and I’m officially launching the Sewing category on mere-et-filles! I’m going to wait until the top is finished to model them for you. But they fit – elastic is good that way 😉 – and I’m proud of how nice they look on the outside and the inside. I was also surprised how quickly the “actual sewing” was. I spent a few hours cutting the pieces, a few more hours researching seam finishing techniques*, half an hour practicing seams and the overlock stitch, and just a couple of hours sewing (even with having to rip and re-stitch the second hem twice). There…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | The Blanket’s Tale (the end).

    As I mentioned early last week, the blanket was finished, washed and packed in plenty of time to travel to New York in my suitcase. It looks perfectly at home on Sara’s sofa. She prefers the backside; I’ll admit it definitely shows the gradient to full advantage, but the knitter in me thinks the right side is pretty cool. I’m glad I’ll get to picture her, sitting right (t)here, snuggled, warm and wrapped in love. The project is on Ravelry, here. I don’t often think this about a project this big, but I’m hoping to knit another one (maybe with a worsted weight yarn so it goes a little faster?…