FREEZING cold here, 4 degrees this morning.
I'm tucked in, a sick puppy since Thanksgiving. Since I'm 'never' sick, it took some gentle and then not so gentle nudging from my amazing staff to finally call the doc.
When I phoned, Dr. Kathy answered the phone herself (love this small community where I live), and my friend Jude drove me to the doctor.
Turns out to be pneumonia, treatable with antibiotics, chicken soup, hot baths, naps and a bit of sewing.
I leave for Australia in a week, so am doing all of the above to be well for travel.
First, I'll have a couple of days in LA to buy fabric.
I'm going to visit old friends who live near Cairns (we spent a year driving across Africa together, so we have a history of adventures together).
They have arranged a boating trip in the Whitsunday Islands…read last night that these are reputed to be some of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Travel always means a bit of sewing……am
whipping together some thin, lightweight things which seems at odds with how cold it is here.
Warm Winter Accessories
The holidays are closing in fast. My new accessories pattern, Vogue 8966 is full of gift ideas that are not only chic, but fast and fun to make. Take a look at the line drawing below, then see process photos and sewing hints. Each item is fast and fun to make.
|This version and the one shown below are polar fleece , but you could also use felted wool, stretch wool (needs just a bit of stretch going around), sweater knits or ponte.|
|Secure the top bit by wrapping the tips by hand. I used 4 threads, waxed, then pressed with a hot iron. This keeps things from tangling, much easier to work with.|
|When finished, will look something like this.|
I call this the 'Chrysler Building' hat:
it is a series of strips that are sewn together
|In this version, I used (bottom to top), felted wool, velours knit, polar fleece and at the very top, a scrap of silk brocade. The layers that fit around the head should be knit or a woven with some stretch, but the top bits could easily be wovens.|
|This version uses (bottom to top), ponte, polar fleece, ponte, wool knit and the same wool knit reversed at the top.|
|The very bottom layer….note that the seam is trimmed to 1/4". This piece determines the size of the hat, so be sure to try it on or measure it so the hat fits.|
|The next layer is lapped, and this marking shows where the edge of the next layer comes.|
|The next layer has darts stitched to the outside.|
|Use an edge stitch foot to get a nice straight line. Hats are close to the face, so you want your stitching to be clean and precise.|
|Darts and stitching lines are marked with Clo-chalk, a GREAT product which allows you to mark on the right side, and the marking disappears when pressed or over time…..but always test first.|
These little gems are super fast to sew and everyone loves them.
|Start by pressing under the lower edge|
|Then press under the top edge.|
|You can leave the edge plain or add a trim….but be sure the trim will stretch enough so the hands will fit in the gloves.|
|I used a stretchy velvet rick rack. I collect ribbons and trims to have on hand 'just in case', for projects like this one.|
|Clip at the top and bottom hem edges and stitch the seam.|
|Thumb openings are left open, backstitching at each one, and then trim the seam to 1/4".|
Press open and then topstitch around each thumb opening.
Polar Fleece Version
shown in the photo at the very top of the page
One seam hat
|This version uses a stable ponte or stretch woven or even a non stretch woven wool . If you use a non-stretch woven wool, cut it on the cross grain so there is a bit of 'give' so the hat can slip on/off easily.|
|This version uses a woven wool cut on the cross grain, using the selvedge at the top edge and a turned under edge at the rim.|
Shown below, the ponte version
|When there is only one seam and it is a focal point, you want it to be right. |
This is a lapped seam, the marking is where the edge of the seam will hit and is drawn in using a ruler and Clo-chalk.
|Lapped seam pinned and ready to stitch.|
(You could also do hand stitching here instead).
|Shows ending the stitching away from the edge, backstitch just a bit, then trim threads close.|
|Detail of edge.|
|Top tucks are marked with pins.|
|Stitching the little top tuck #1|
|Tuck #1 stitched|
|Tuck #2 stitched|
|Add a bit of ribbon or trim|
|Single seam hat in polar fleece.|
Scarf in poly pleated fabric with velvet ties.
This could not be simpler.
A lightly padded rectangle with strategically placed ties…
easy to sew and wear, looks like a graceful collar at the neck,
and is cozy and warm too.
|For clean straight edges, press seam allowances open all around before turning.|
On this scarf I used a lofty fusible interfacing as a padding.
|For clean square corners, press the seam allowances open right up to the corner.|
|Don't trim the corners, keep them and press like this which fills in the corner.|
|Tease out the square corner with a thread pulled through that catches ONLY the stitching thread in the corner and gently tug into shape.|
|Hat and gloves in felted wool blend, scarf in silk.|
I had such a good time making the samples for this pattern that I had to force myself to stop. These small treasures don't take much fabric, I used scraps from my stash and begged bits and pieces from Beth for the blue velours. Hope you are inspired to try some or all of these for yourself or holiday gifts.
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