Monday, February 17, 2014

My double-toe-loop sit-spin disaster...

On Wednesday, I got up from sitting cross-legged in the garden, planting pretty little sedums - and only my top half got up. My feet stayed crossed and I sat back down on them, hard! hmmm. No broken bones, but my left foot is not pretty and has developed cellulitis. I'm hobbling around, off the crutches now, onto a cane, but no modeling for me. Made it up to the loft to take some photos this morning, Emile is kindly filling in.

My February Vogue 8819 cardigan is ABB - all but buttons! I decided to add them to give this cardi a little jazz, it's kind of plain in a solid fabric. In the next photo, the white threads mark the area that will have 3 buttons.

The back is so pretty (the colors are a little weird in these photos - my walls really are a goldfinch yellow, so the light gets funky, no matter what I do).

I've also been working on a muslin of Kwik Sew 3782, a simple bow tie blouse. It really is a 'quick sew' - the bias collar and ties are all one piece and are slipped through a casing at center front. It has a front, a back, and a sleeve or not. The pattern doesn't have a lot of finish - no facings, plain seams, a fumbly attachment of the casing. Good reasons for a muslin. 

I'm using a very inexpensive percale for the muslin. It's very soft and drapey, much like a rayon challis, which is my target fabric for the final version.

The biggest change I'm making is to the center front - I want to have buttons (again with the buttons!). This was so easy, because the area behind the casing is about 4" wide.  I just cut the blouse straight up the center, giving me 2" on each center front. Then I added interfacing to the front and folded it back  to form the plackets.

I really like this bow. Just about perfect. I cut it a couple inches longer than the pattern, thinking it would be easier to shorten than lengthen if needed. But I like it as it turned out.

Here's the reason I got off track and started working on this blouse - it looks so pretty under the cardigan!

And since I'm sitting around so much, I've been thinking it might be fun to adapt this bow tie and neckline to Katherine Tilton's layered dress, Butterick 5881, in knit fabrics with long skinny sleeves...

I'm not totally worthless. I'm glued to the Olympics (curling is my very favorite winter sport, followed by snowboarding), I've knitted scarves for my niece and nephew, in colors matching their winter coats, and I'm really enjoying reading 'The Plantagenets' by Dan Jones.

Bye for now! Coco


  1. So sorry you hurt yourself! But it doesn't seem as if it slowed you down much. Pretty cardigan/blouse combo, it looks like it will be a staple in your wardrobe.

  2. Ouch. Glad you are doing better though. Love the cardigan and bow top.

  3. So sorry about your foot! For someone who has been laid up, you've gotten a lot done though -- I love those scarfs:)

  4. ouch! hope your foot heals up quick.
    love the cardigan and the blouse, both
    :-) Chris

  5. That's a bummer Coco! I hope you mend quickly!!! Your blouse is beautiful...I like the bow and the way it looks with your cardigan.

  6. You've certainly been busy in spite of the aches and pains! Just as well it wasn't your hands or your good taste!! Get well soon

  7. Poor Coco! I love your projects in process...the cardi looks wonderful so far and the blouse is such a nice touch.

  8. Hope you get "back on your feet' soon.The blouse looks great with the cardigan.

  9. Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry to hear about the cellulitis! It seems as though you have been pretty productive despite the injury and cellulitis. I hope you are feeling better soon. The bow blouse and cardi will make a nice combo.


I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco