Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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The Margie Shirt

It is finished!

The Margie

I’m calling this shirt The Margie after my mother-in-law. She gave me the material with a turtle-neck dress pattern that she never started. I think the fabric worked perfectly for this project!

It really didn’t take that long to finish the shirt, but I didn’t get down to the sewing room for a few weeks and it’s taken more than a week to get this post up. So, what do you think?

I still had a little trouble with the neckband, but I figured it out after talking with my mom and grandma and looking at the pattern instructions again. It’s not perfect because there’s pinches of fabric here and there, but I really love how it turned out.

It’s still been cool enough to wear this shirt and it’s thin, so it’s perfect for a cool spring day. I’m so proud and happy when I’m wearing it!

Here’s the Kwik Sew pattern if you’re interested and you can find it here:

I don’t know why I waited so long to work with a knit! I’ve always heard that knits are super hard and you should get comfortable with woven material before tackling this type of project.

Phooey, I say! This was so easy. It did take awhile to figure out how to put on the neck band, but the rest of it was easy-peasy. I can’t wait to tackle my next knit!

And I am so happy I’ve discovered how to use the blind hem foot on my Singer. It’s so easy and quick! Though I don’t mind hand stitching a blind hem, I think my blind hem foot and I are going to be very close friends. πŸ™‚

Also, though it’s sacrilege, I also cut out this pattern instead of tracing. I usually insist on tracing patterns so that they will last longer, but I was impatient to get sewing.

I don’t know why I make a big deal to save the pattern papers whenever women’s styles change so much. If I limit the use of pins, it should help the patterns last just as long as it would otherwise, right?

I’d much rather spend what little time I have sewing, not tracing. So, I think my days of tracing maybe over. I’ll hold onto the tracing paper to make my own patterns and for drafting, if I ever progress to that level of seamstress.


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Washed out sewing room

Although I didn’t get time to sew last weekend (or pay taxes) it probably would have been hard to do given all the rain we had. Check out my sewing room!

Yes, that’s water. My sewing machine and serger are located in our unfinished basement, which gets little rivulets through it when it rains. This happens despite the fact Chris has worked hard to water seal our foundation.

And it rained yesterday and is again today. It’s days like this (or when it’s bitterly cold) that I wish I had a sewing room on the main floor of the house! Then I’d have more time and days to sew because my equipment would be in much more hospitable environs. Oh, well. It is what it is. πŸ™‚

I probably won’t tackle the knit shirt again this weekend because I have to work Sunday. But that means I’ll have a 3-day weekend next week! I may designate next Friday as Sewing Day. Yippee!

Until then, I’ll continue to work on Chris’ cardigan. And watch episodes of Battlestar GalacticaΒ on Netflix. πŸ™‚
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Amazon has the complete Battlestar Galactica series! We’re watching the 4th season and are pretty addicted to the show.



Grosgrain’s Embellish Knit Month

Just peaking peeking in quickly to say “hi.” I’ve been busy working on Christmas projects, a fall sweater (need to get that done a.s.a.p.!) and Christmas shopping.

While this as been going on, I’ve also been enjoying Embellish Knit Month over at Grosgrain. I love seeing how Kathleen alters various sweaters and cardigans she find at thrifts stores. It’s very interesting and inspiring.

I especially like Day 8’s cardigan. Kathleen added a flowerdy chiffon on the inside and a woven trim around the edge. Gorgeous! (Yes, I said flowerdy. I’m from the South, yo!)

Go check it out:

I’m also anxiously waiting for the new CraftSanity magazine that Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood has been working on for a bit. She gave a quick update today and I can’t wait to see the finished product!