Hello! I’ve finished making a few new things, both from deep deep stash. I can’t stress enough how happy it makes me feel to be methodically using up ye olde stash! I feel so virtuous. Particularly since such a lot of it was not even bought by me in the first place, but foisted upon me – and I must say here that I truly do appreciate everything that has been given to me, many many pieces have proved to be very lovely and beautiful quality, and very useful too when it comes to testing patterns and new designs! It is also true though that I am at a stage in my life when I want to whittle it down, for good. I have dreams of a more minimalist future, and I’m determined to see it through.
Firstly; a new dress for me, using a pattern that has become a favourite; the Deer and Doe Myosotis dress pattern. Such a pretty and feminine design; I think I might have to always have one hanging in my wardrobe. My blue and white gingham Myosotis is currently being worn by Cassie as a maternity dress, and quite successfully too! quite telling as to how comfortable it is.
The fabric is a quite nice, soft-pumpkin silk crepe, very lightweight and floaty, almost translucent. I’m definitely going to be wearing this with a slip, I think.
I honestly cannot remember where I bought this fabric, or even if I did buy it; and if not, who gave it to me? Honestly a complete mystery! Which makes me think it was most likely part of a stash that I inherited at some point. No matter! I do really like it and I think the colour suits me very well.
Item 2! a little knitted jacket and beanie set for Cassie’s new baby… the last time I went down to stay with my parents I bought this little pattern pamphlet from a yarn and quilting shop in Bridgetown; Naturally Yarns K679. I wanted to get something for the baby, and also to support a local business, but honestly felt very conflicted about buying a finished something when I SHOULD be using up my own supplies…. anyway I did achieve kind of both.
This set is the 6-9 month size. All yarns are from the very large yarn stash that I’ve inherited over time – and no; I am NOT accepting new submissions! I really think I could have a lifetime of knitting ahead of me, no purchase necessary… It was pretty fun though, to try to make the scraps that I had into some sort of design idea, and I’m very pleased with the outcome! I literally used up the entirety of ALL these yarns, with the exception of a small amount of the lime green yarn used for the beanie and collar. It’s the most thrilling thing to successfully use up yarn, and use it up even semi-aesthetically. I know, right?!! SO proud!!
Finally, item 3; and this is sadly not from my own stash, but from Cassie’s. I volunteered to make up one of the fabrics she had bought for her summer/autumn breast-feeding friendly wardrobe. What else to make but one of our own Yallingup designs?! We both believe in this design so thoroughly and it’s a little sad that it has not been as popular as we were hoping. I wonder if it’s not clear that the regular, and the breast-feeding friendly version are actually separate designs, even though they look the same from the outside?
Anyway, we both love it! and Cassie has made up quite a few more of the breast-feeding friendly versions herself for her time with this new baby. And this is one that I made for her.
The fabric is a Nano Iro Air Time design in colour way B.. it’s so beautiful it would make literally anything look absolutely amazing. Hey, I still believe that our Yallingup is independently beautiful too though! I could not fit the pattern pieces onto the small piece of fabric in the traditional way, so the front and back are top to toe, and the wrap piece is cut on the cross, with the tail ends of the tie cut and pieced from the scraps.
I had to cut the facing from a separate piece of plain white cotton, through lack of fabric. She’s modelling it here, 8+ months pregnant, sure it’s a little short but it’s not too bad for a non-maternity design! It’s going to be even better once she’s out of the pregnant stage, and into the breast-feeding stage which is what it’s designed for.
That’s it for now! I still have a few, unphotographed and yet to be blogged things up my sleeve! Until then…
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