Catching Up

Posted on | September 5, 2013 | 4 Comments

Screen shot 2013-09-09 at 9.24.29 PMOver Labor Day weekend, I finally had some time to catch up and relax a little bit. Surprisingly, it included very little knitting. I seem to have caught the sewing bug again and am working on Rooibos from Colette Patterns. So far, I’ve constructed my muslin test garment and made a few adjustments to the paper pattern. Basically, making a muslin is the sewing equivalent of a gauge swatch. Without a muslin, you can never be quite sure if your garment will really fit or not. While you can always pinch out a little extra room once you’ve cut the final fabric (if you’re lucky and you didn’t cut the pattern too small!), for the best fit, a muslin is the way to go.

It’s funny how much I am enjoying the pattern fitting process. When I first began sewing way back in middle school, the only objective was to finish my project as quickly as I could in one night so I could wear it to school the next day. When I was studying at FIT, I learned the value of doing things at a slower pace. However I never learned much in the way of fitting techniques and I absolutely hated flat pattern class.

I’ve taken a few sewing classes on Craftsy.com recently. One of the classes I’ve taken specifically deals with fitting a garment and how to handle adjustments to the pattern. Its been so much fun going through the lessons to learn what is really going on with the fit of my garment and how to easily correct any trouble areas. I wish craftsy would have existed while I was still in college! It would have made the fitting process for our fashion show a bit less painful!

Anywho, all of my sewing exploits aside, I just came back from a really fun book signing in Bethlehem, PA at The Knitters Edge. It’s a great shop in a cute town. If you’re ever in the area, I highly suggest checking it out! My next signing will be September 19th at my LYS in New York, Knitty City. I’m really excited to have the chance to share my work with fellow New York knitters and see what they have to say! Maybe I’ll even have a new dress by then to wear for the occasion!

 

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4 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. Ashley
    September 11th, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    I love that pattern! I think it will look really great on you–can’t wait to see the final product :)

  2. Shirley Hurt
    October 16th, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    I am looking, looking,looking, for your Wallis Cardigan featured in Interweave Summer 2008 and hAVE not BEEN SUCCESSFUL. I love the sweater and also have 11 skeins of Tussah Silk I would like to knit up. Thank you.

  3. neoknits
    October 16th, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Hi Shirley, try this link. You can purchase a PDF version from the Interweave Store.

  4. Shannon S.
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 9:28 am

    Hi there!
    I’m a knitter and knitting teacher, but I have the sewing bug lately, too. I was thinking about taking some Craftsy sewing classes to advance my skills set. Which ones did you take that you could recommend? Can I be convinced to make a muslin?!? I’d never knit a garment without a gauge swatch, so I know it makes sense…. ;-)
    Thanks!!
    I love your knitting patterns!
    x
    Shannon

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