One that caught my eye this morning was in a Craftsy advertisement. While their focus was on the yarn, mine went right to that metal container with the oh-so-doily edging around the top. Of course, I had to find out where I could get one... and a search lead me right to IKEA! Check these out- aren't they lovely?
When you've got a passion for something, it always seems you spot that thing all over the place. One of my passions is thread crochet, and even if these items aren't made with thread, they sure do resemble the lovely motifs often found in doilies and make my heart glad to look at them!
Of course, while searching, I came across more... this is a metal plate also from IKEA which a handcrafty sort put her own unique touches on.
That then led to this stunning work of art, cut out of paper with a unique metal die from Prima.
In a previous blog post I shared this picture of me and my siblings in our Thanksgiving outfits. My mother made those peasant dresses for us three girls and I just loved mine. Being the youngest meant that I got to grow into my older sisters' dresses so I got to wear them for longer- yay!
I had actually started a dress project months ago thinking I could just wing it, and after making several mistakes and correction it still wasn't looking right so I stuffed it back on the shelf. Sharing that picture got me to thinking about it again, so I set off to find a pattern.
I struck paydirt with this pattern from Janel Was Here.
Janel writes about creating this pattern:
"I had to make up my own because none of the others were quite right. I wanted a smaller, more modest neckline instead of a huge gaping one like all the commercial patterns seem to have nowadays. I wanted it to have plenty of fabric and a long, generous skirt. "
That was exactly what I wanted too!
I quickly printed off the pattern pieces and taped them together so I could compare to the project I had given up on and discovered that it was really only the sleeves which were having an issue. Fortunately I had enough fabric left that I could just cut off the offending wrong pieces and replace with correct ones.
My version is cut in only two identical pieces for the front and back, straight from the armhole to the hem, but Janel's pattern with a flaring skirt and ruffle looks so nice I will be giving it a go next time. And I eliminated the elastic on the sleeves and at the waist... every once in a while I try elastic and it just drives me crazy! Loose, flowing, simple, and oh so comfortable- those were the goals and they've all been met quite nicely.
I'm Cara Louise