Sweet Betty Blue Kimono – Part 2

Good morning!! Well, okay, maybe it’s not morning. But that’s not the point.

The Betty Blue Kimono

I actually did it! I made progress on the kimono! I’m so proud of myself. As I suspected, the body of the kimono went together very quickly. However, as you can see from what I’m trying to make vs. a kimono I happen to have on hand, there are some differences in the construction. The main one is that the red kimono has open sleeves, that do not close up under the arm.

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The kimono… okay, from now on I’m going to call it a negligee, since that’s what it’s referred to in the book, and since I really strayed away from a traditional kimono pattern to get it the way I wanted it… the negligee doesn’t have open sleeves.

Drafting out new sleeve shape

Drafting out new sleeve shape

So I directed myself to my trusty pattern drafting book, and looked up how to make “western kimono sleeves”, and continued on from there.

So nice and warm.

So nice and warm.

 

Oh. Am I in your way? I thought I was just holding the fabric for you!

Oh. Am I in your way? I thought I was just holding the fabric for you!

 

Let me move out of your way and be as cute a possible!

Let me move out of your way and be as cute a possible!

Pickles helped me with the drafting process, making sure my fabric didn’t move

Look what I made for you!

Look what I made for you!

And then she inspected it once I had cut. She thinks she did all the work- I was just in the way!!

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Before the front was cut open. It's finally taking shape!

Before the front was cut open. It’s finally taking shape!

The front opening of the negligee follows the same style as the kimono, where the fabric is slashed open, and then the raw edges are either turned under in the lining (I haven’t gotten there yet, but I have some nice light blue satin that I think will do just fine), or in the collar band (which I also haven’t done, since I’m having trouble deciding if I want to keep the red from the image, or make the robe all light blue.

What do you think? Keep the red, or ditch it?

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Knitting Thursday: The Red Velvet Cupcake Clutch

Ahh, how I love apocalyptic storms! For the past week, every single day, there seems to have been a disaster warning: Floods, tornadoes, twisters, hail, lightning storm, the Four Horsemen- you name it, and there’s been a warning for it. So the weather has been horrible, and since I run amok using SEPTA, I’ve pretty much been hiding out in the house. As if the weather and sudden lack of mobility weren’t bad enough, yesterday I snapped my only pair of glasses in half. I hot glued them back together, since with out them, I can only see three inches past my nose… But it’s only a temporary solution. SO this week, the stress has been high, the flood waters have been high, and Murphy’s Law has reigned supreme.

But enough about me! How many of you guys tried on the crochet pattern? ::waits patiently::

Hiawatha crocheted clutch

Well, that’s okay, because I tried it out, multiple times, with different yarn weights. I had trouble getting it to look like the picture, mostly because I had never crocheted before, but considering that I learned to crochet on this project, it’s not too terribly difficult, and it comes together faster than I thought.

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This was the first one I made- I chose yarns that would match a dress sample I planned on shooting to put in my store. I knitted the entire thing with double strands, using medium weight 1.75 oz. yarn. SO I ended up with a REALLY chunky purse, that reminded me a whole lot of the red velvet cupcakes my boyfriend makes me on my birthday. Because it was so big and bulky and floppy, it doesn’t really hold it’s shape very well. So I’m going to line it with stabilized fabric, so it doesn’t stretch out when I use it. It only took about five hours… and two of those hours I spent cursing the skies because my yarn kept getting snarled and tangled.

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This was the second one I made, using a fairly thick crochet yarn. It took a lot longer, since the yarn was finer, and I had some trouble with my ability to use a measuring tape, so it ended up being two inches short of how wide it was supposed to be. But I like how it ended up. There wasn’t any instructions for a wrist strap, but it wasn’t really that difficult to figure out. I just lined it with some scrap fabric from the dress, and am going to sew a little zipper to the top.

The great thing about this pattern is that it can be used effectively with many different yarn weights and yarn types to make different sized bags, without having to change the directions. Assume that a larger yarn will give you a larger bag and proceed from there!

For new readers, here is the link for the pattern: http://www.flickr.com/photos/96766844@N02/8905422138/

If you have any trouble viewing or copying it, just email me and I can email you a copy of it!

Happy crocheting! 🙂

Knitting Thursday : Hiawatha Clutch No. 633 Pattern

I have MANY, many little archives that I take care of in my house. I recently was gifted a CIBA Review archive from my uncle, which was THE COOLEST thing. But I also have a vintage/antique clothing archive that boasts four 1950’s hats, a few 1940’s dresses and a 1890’s silk velvet coat with fur trim (which, yes, I did eventually stop wearing, when I recieved a lecture from my History of Costume professor…), and a small collection of vintage knitting magazines that span the 1920’s all the way to the mid 1950’s.

Now, I love knitting and crocheting… but I’m not particularly good at it. I think it’s the time involved. Anyway, I’ve spent the past three years knitting (and unknitting, and then re-knitting again…) a 1950’s sundress. THREE years.

And the worst part is that I keep looking at even more complicated patterns, and think to myself “You know, I could totally make that in two weeks.”

Anyway, I’ve seen people selling PDFs of vintage patterns on different sites. Which at first I thought was a genius idea. Until I REALLY thought about it. These patterns aren’t available to everyone, anymore. Time has destroyed or lost countless copies. They should be shared with people! For FREE!

Hiawatha crocheted clutch

SO that’s exactly what I’m doing! I’m sharing a vintage pattern for this adorable little clutch, from Hiawatha (now out of business). I would say that to get it right, your best bet would be to take the pattern to a knitting store and ask if they could suggest alternative yarns to use. I plan on running out later today to pick up some supplies to try out this pattern myself! (I will probably be conned into spending half of my savings by the nice sales person… they LOVE it when I wander in cluelessly…)

I’d love to see any photos of finished projects from this pattern. What I would love even more is if people could post any feedback or suggestions for this pattern!

SUPPLIES (as listed in the pattern):

HIAWATHA Metallic Corde Art 64, 3 tubes  (Or suitable yard for a sz O hook)HIAWATHA 3-Ply Lamee Yarn Art 74, 4 tubes (Or suitable yard for a sz O hook)
Sz O crochet hook
Bag Lining N0. 5749   (I suggest just purchasing a third of a yard of fabric and make your own lining)

And here is the link to the pattern instructions: http://www.flickr.com/photos/96766844@N02/8905422138/

Happy crocheting!