Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY - MK sweater with sheer mesh panels

 a mix of knit & sheer mesh fabric

finally I'm done with this sweater which I posted on my instagram the other day!

the teaser on my instagram


The inspiration comes from a large selection of knits on this pinterest board.




sweater with mesh panels chart / pattern:


these are the finish measurement of the sweater

I used a cotton yarn that I purchased about two years ago for a project that never happened.
I thought I would hand-knit the yarn, so I had it already doubled... So I had to figure out a work-around to be able to machine knit with it.
I separated a small amount of the yarn in two strands.
The 1 ply yarn has been used for the 1:1 ribbing and for the lighter stripes across the sweater.
I casted on the stitches in 1:1 ribbing and used the transferring tool to place the ribber stitch onto the next main bed stitch to use the thick and thin yarn every other needle at tension 9 on my brother KH881 machine.
The mesh fabric is Nylon Spandex Sheer Stretch Mesh Fabric Aquamarine - which luckily matches almost perfectly the color of my yarn, I purchased a yard of it, and used it double.


All the knitted parts were left with some rows of waste yarn at the end,
so I could hand-sew the open stitches with a back stitch.

Front / Back :

the front and back of the sweater are the same except that I knitted a longer 1:1 rib hem for the back.

I cut two stripes of double mesh and sewn a french seam on the top at the shoulder line.
this is how the shoulder line looks: my favorite french seam tutorial: HERE
Sleeves:

after the 1:1 ribbed part was done, I put on hold position all the needles except for the 8 needles on the side of the carriage, which I knitted for few rows with waste yarn - then I did the same on the other side.

The sleeves are knitted just like regular sleeves, with increases at the sides, but sewn on the sweater backward, so that the increases are on the top part of the sleeve, sewn onto the mesh panel.



Mesh: leave enough seams allowance - no need to zig-zag or overlock the mesh fabric because it won't fray.


this is how the sweater looks once is flat

This is an extremely easy construction ... except for the fact that my sewing machine didn't want anything to do with the thick knit and the mesh fabric... so I ended up hand-sewing everything... which took me awhile. 




xox, d.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY - knot your scarves: apps and roundups

There's an app for almost anything, 

for knotting your scarves (and ties), too!


Most of the "knotting cards" are now into a very practical, useful app:
download it here if you have an iPhone, or here for Android, cool, uh?

...But, just in case... save the Knotting Cards - Hermes pdf file on your computer, because you never know when it's going to disappear.

On Scarves.net you can find the Knot Master List, or... get an app: Scarf Fashion Designer (iPhone) - or the iScarf - or  Tie A Scarf and Shawl (Android)



And, beside a "selfie"... now you can shot yourself a "scarfie" with the Emilio Pucci Scarfie app (you don't even need a scarf, it's all in the app....!!!)
Clearly, guys have a How to Tie a Tie app, too! (here and here)




And let's not forget the clever scarf-video!





And here have fun with more tutorials and roundups:
scarves to dress your home, the DIY way
DIY: how to turn a scarf into a piece of clothing
DIY: scarves into shirts - no sew tutorials





For more DIY scarves tutorials and how-tos: go to the most reliable source of DIYs: TrueBlueMeAndYou

And for more Hermes-related pdfs file, and DIY tutorials and ideas, go (again) to TrueBlueMeAndYou - here

And for a good scarf-related-laugh? ... go here !


xox, d.



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

DIY vintage buttons bracelets

bracelets and some crochet, for a change!

I started to make these bracelets long time ago, and then they ended up in my PHD (AKA projects half done) pile... 
Finally finished, already wore one last night and received tons of compliments!



It all started when a friend posted a picture of a window's store on Facebook displaying some crocheted bracelets embellished with vintage Les Copains buttons.
The chat on FB immediately warmed up on the base of the "We can do that!!"


Turned out, that another blogger (check her out HERE, and BTW, her name is also Donatella!!) made something similar using pearls. (very pretty, have to try that as well!!!)

Emanuela (she is the faster knitter/crocheter ever known to humanity) made some very pretty ones using sherbet colors. You can see hers HERE. Love that she used chains as well. Oh, the possibilities!

If you follow my instagram, you might remember awhile back I posted a picture with my "collection" of vintage metal buttons...



DIY vintage buttons bracelets : supplies

cotton crochet thread #8 in your color choice (I used leftovers from my last knitted sweaters)
crochet hook size 2mm  (but check your gauge, make sure that the crocheted pieces are sturdy)
* my vintage buttons, in case you don't have any, these HERE are affordable and a good selection

DIY vintage buttons bracelets: the tutorial


All the bracelets are made using the basic single crochet stitch.
in the round: start with enough chain stitches that can easily slip on your hand,
and single crochet until you have about 2-1/2" (+/- 7cm)
straight: chain 26 stitches and crochet enough rows to go around your wrist.

I love the different textures!
Select and arrange the buttons

Sew the buttons evenly spaced in place
Once all the buttons are sewn in place, flip the bracelet inside out and sew the two sides together.

Wear and have fun!!!



xox, d.

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