The long Summer days are beginning to get shorter here but a more detectable hint of the end of Summer is a slight chill in the air. I’m sure the actual temperatures have not changed much, but it feels like the balmy warm breezes have acquired a bit of a sharp crisp to it… I haven’t been in Finland long enough to grow tired of the seasons and I hope I never will!
I’ve finally bought buttons for the double gauze dress but it took more than a week to sew them on!
3 little buttons! I was looking for small and round golden ones but this was the closest I could find here.
I’m tempted to top-stitch around the neck so the facing will stay in place! Have you noticed the interlocked/serged edge to the facing? HH had graciously given me her serger a couple of months ago! It took a while before I could find an opportunity to get it out for a spin, but after a bit of a rocky start, I’m convinced this will come in very handy indeed! The serger and I got quite well acquainted in the process of sewing this dress.
I have put pockets in the side seams of this dress. But because I did not have enough of the double gauze, I sneaked in some of the leftover fleece from sewing my robe, which also happens to be grey! (Yes, I tend to like the boring colours like beige and grey…)
The invisible zip was actually added as an afterthought. When I first made the dress and tried it on, I realised that I had to take in the waist quite significantly for it to fit well. So I did just that. Then realised that it meant I had to really wriggle (actually, contort will be a closer description!) to get in/out of the dress! An amateur mistake, but I’m happy with the lessons learnt. This is also the first time I managed to sew an invisible zip in invisibly!
One of my favourite part of this dress is the lace trim I’ve added to the hem. It isn’t terribly noticeable but I like the cottage style it brought to the dress. I had arranged the layout so that the selvedge edge of the fabric ends up at the hem of the dress but I might got back and re-sew it because I’m not too fond of the way it is puckering now. I’ve washed the fabric before cutting and sewing, but it seems to have changed/shrank when I put the sewn dress through the wash again!
And this is it. I’ve learnt quite a lot in the making of this dress (I forgot to mention before, but I did not follow any pattern for this dress)… I hope to put it to use a few times before putting it away for the Winter.
I’ve not been very diligent in updating about my FOs… For example, this hat:
I finished this many weeks ago but never found the opportunity to take proper pics of it. And even when I did, L was running around my legs. I suppose it must look quite funny to see mummy standing so still in a corner, running back and forth and such! Anyway, back to this hat.. I crocheted it out of Bergere’s Coton Fifty. I modified a lace doily pattern for this and winged the brim.
It may not seem obvious, but this is a soft hat! Which is probably why it took so long to get about taking pics of it… I have to put it on it for it to look like anything, or else it is just a floppy flat pile of threads! I have considered starching it so it will have a crisper shape, but now the Summer season is almost over, I’m thinking maybe next year instead. The brim stays up because I’ve worked a rubber-coated gardening wire into the last round of the brim. It works well and is mould-able, which is always a plus, but the join is fiddly and I’m considering changing it out for a plastic millinery wire. Well, we shall see!
Have you noticed the knitted vest I wore in the picture above? It is the latest FO! I took pics of it but the pics didn’t turn out clear (plus it was, and still is, unblocked) so I will talk more about it when I have better pics! I have another FO under my wing too, but that one will have to wait a bit longer because I’m trying to write the pattern out for it. It is difficult because the only time I actually get to myself is when L sleeps, which isn’t much at all! But at least I can knit a bit these days even when he is awake. I’m currently knitting a birthday vest for M and it is about a third done. It has cables and while I like how it looks, I’m not a fan of knitting cables (blasphemy, I know!). M picked the design and approved the yarn/colour but doesn’t know it is for his birthday… I want to make sure at least he will use (and enjoy using) it after the work I put into knitting it!
We recently brought L on his first boat trip ever. We visited this little island nearby (if you remember, a historic building on it caught fire the last time we attempted to visit the island!) and spent a nice hour grilling sausages and looking around. L kept trying to step into the water, even when we were in the boat! Hopefully next time we go on a boat, he will be more used to the idea that one does not just walk on water.😄
Hope everyone had a nice weekend!