I started to feel stressed in life and the result was a bunch of knit projects and stress-free upcycling. It was great to get these things taken care of!
#1: the success
Mission tank top with stretch lace binding. I widened the straps a bit by eyeing my pattern (I've done this lots of times but never put it to paper) and just zigzagged the lace on. The ribbing I used for this tank is really heavy, I think it's rayon, so I'm not sure it's going to last long before it stretches too much, but it's a perfect sized, comfy tank top. I'll keep an eye out for thin rib knits to make more of these, because this is something I often buy to wear under other layers. Because I'm nice, I sent it to a friend who also wanted some layering tank tops.
|that's dirty camera spots, not dirty shirt spots|
#2: The Mission dress upcycle:
This started out being a size XL Roxy surfergirl dress - with triangle top and an empire waist and it went on forever, because I guess Roxy surfergirls are all 6 feet tall...and I upcycled it into a Mission. I wasn't sure how things would go with the ruffles - in fact, I started to suspect quite early that it would be a total fail. I was curious if I could get the ruffle in the right place to add some volume to the skirt of the dress without it being right on my hips. And in the end I rather like it although I'm not sure I totally succeeded - I went into this project expecting nothing, which can sometimes be really freeing!
#3: selfless upcycle:
My cousin asked me to upcycle some old sweaters into Plantains. Here's the first one (the second will be for another Hawaii trip, I suppose...) It's a size 38, no modifications except to use the original cuffs and the neck binding is the original binding cut narrower. I cut the bottom to the plantain pattern, and then hemmed it with a zig zag which created the ruffle - and my cousin says she loves it! Here's to lucky design features!
#4: selfless tees x2.
These aren't too interesting as I cut them in Munich last April, so they are exactly the same as versions I made for the same two friends last year : ) I guess I'm on track to give my friends one shirt per year! The men's shirt is the Strathcona by Thread Theory, and the girl shirt is a Briar, size S, with the high-low hem made more subtle. In this interlock knit the Briar turned out super nice and I'm considering making me some!
|Yes these are mostly fold marks from being packed for nearly a year...|
#5: Desigual dress to skirt
I love this dress. Of course I forgot a before picture. Ebay has provided instead:
Lo and behold - it worked!!! I cut it across just above my hips and left the zip in place, thinking it would help to get it on (doesn't) and made a tube of my green merino, and just sewed it on with a lightning bolt stitch. I had to shorten the green initially cause my guess of the circumference was wrong, and I was mainly lucky that I can squeeze the dress over my hips - but I didn't want to cut lower and lose the pattern. Anyway this is a magical save as I love the skirt.