11 March 2015

Cardi Pics

I'm a little late getting this up on the blog.  I wore the cardi to work on Monday and took pictures then.  It's growing on me, though I'm still not completely satisfied.  

No head shot this time.  I had a mean mug on after work and wasn't feeling any of the photos!

The cardi looks way better on the dress form than on me because I'm chunkier than I was when I first padded this out in 2012.  Um...I suppose I should fix that.

Ugh!  Same camera, different lighting.  Maybe I should take pictures where the dress form is.  Hmm.


You can really see my broad back and poor posture in this photo.  The fit isn't tight, but I am not thrilled about the look.   

The back was too long in the muslin, so I hacked off two inches.  Bad idea.  Now the back rides up if the shoulder seam shifts too much.  Oops.  Seems like I didn't avoid the shrunken look as Sharon suggested.  

I don't know if this style of cardigan is for me.  Like others have said, I need to find a style that works and stick with it.  They're so cute on everyone else though! I love how it looks on the dress form, but meh.

Anyway.  On to the next project.

I am almost finished with my umpteenth pair of jeans.  (Wow...spell check did not auto-correct "umpteenth."  Is that a really a word?)  Squirrel!

Okay.  What was I saying?  Oh yeah, jeans are almost finished.  I just need to attach the belt loops, sew the buttonhole, and hem.  These joints are tight - but not uncomfortable.


I have to take pictures of the first completed steps of my Starting from Scratch journey.  While I'm still motivated to keep going with the plan, I want to sew some spring-summer stuff.  I don't wear enough dresses and want to incorporate more of them in my wardrobe.

I also started another jacket, S2284.  This has been on my list for a while and I finally decided to get to it.  So far, it's okay.  The muslin fit reasonably well; we'll see how it sews up.



Hah.  This is as far as I've gotten.  One seam at a time.

In other randomness, I bought four new Jalie patterns.  I loved Kyle's work out skorts and wanted some for summer biking.  The other three patterns are Kyle's fault too because...well...who else am I going to blame?  Me for having no self control?  Pfft.  




I bought a gravity feed iron last June and finally started using it in September when my second digital Black & Decker cooked itself.  I got tired of using self-heating-potential-fire-starters, and decided to invest in the GF iron.  


I'll never go back to a basic iron again for sewing.  This thing is heavy and generates a ton of steam. I have a $10 Target iron that I use for ironing clothes for dressing.  Even this little iron gets really hot and creates a lot of steady steam.  I've even burned my fingers (and thread) a few times with it.

Anyone else have a GF iron?  How do you like it?

I think that's enough randomness for today.  

L
  



21 comments:

  1. That Kyle! She is really convincing! I have a few patterns thanks to her great makes. Congratulations on your iron. How exciting! You will probably enjoy using it for a really long time.

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    1. LOL. Yes, she is! I love this iron!

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  2. I love waterfall cardis and have them in most colors. They've been around forever, but I have no plans to give them up. Hope u find a style for yourself that you'll love as much as I love the waterfall cardi.

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    1. Me too; I think this is the style for me. We shall see!

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  3. I think its the raglan sleeve design that's throwing you off. The length and fit through the torso looks good though. What about a a standard cardigan with set in sleeves. Congrats on your new iron. I've thought about getting a gravity feed iron, but keep putting it off. Hopefully one day.

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    1. I think you're right. Even though the curve is beautiful, it makes my upper back look really wide - well wider than perhaps it is. I have NL 6735 and will try that.

      Get that GF iron! You won't be disappointed. Wawak has *the* best customer service.

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  4. I've been using a gravity fed iron for 30 years and I could never go back. I like the cardigan and think it looks good on you.

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    1. Oh man, this iron is the best. Instant steam and no leaks.

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  5. hahaha! Poor Kyle as the fallout queen :)

    I don't like the cardigan on you :/ I can't articulate it though. Maybe it just isn't "you"?? Your jeans are looking amazing and you're sewing up a storm! go! go! GO!! Can't wait to see that jacket!

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    1. Tee-hee @ fallout queen =)

      That's the thing, I can't articulate clearly what it is I don't like about it either. The best I could come up with is linebacker look. I don't like it either.

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  6. I like the cardi but it needs a tiny bit more length and a bit more ease. And maybe take in the seam a smidge along the outer edge of the sleeves at the shoulder point.

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    1. I agree, it's way too short. I did a swayback adjustment, but it wasn't sufficient and lopping shit off at the end made it too short.

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  7. Sheila is right, try a cardigan with set in sleeves as I feel this reduces the look of the back shoulder width (for me at least). I really like it on you and the fit gives you a bit of shape and pity about the length but only the person behind you sees that :)

    Your jeans are looking great and that iron looks amazing, I haven't seen one like that here.

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    1. I will for sure. I like raglan sleeves, but with broad shoulders I don't think the style is doing me any favors. =)

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  8. Who, me??? Bwah ha ha ha ha!
    I think the cardi looks fine!!
    Hee for your "mean mug" after work!

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    1. Yes, you! As soon as I saw your post about the skorts, I put that pattern on my wishlist. They're so cute!

      Man I was so tired after work; my smiles were totally forced!

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  9. Love your new iron.

    About the cardigan - it isn't working because the raglan is broadening and rounding your shoulders and bustline. . Use a set in sleeve that will reduce your visual width across this area. And maybe a front band to take the eye plumb through the middle to reduce the torso width. I like it, but not for you. Wear it when you are sewing ! I've done the same thing with trying to change styles - doesn't work. Sometime being set in style ways just means you know what works. Love the Jalie shirt.

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    1. And it works enough, so don't fret too much!

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    2. I agree! I have a side-view picture and it's HORRIBLE! I didn't post it because...again...it was just awful. =) I will try the set in sleeve style and a more fluid knit.

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  10. I think the shape is flattering at the waist. I won't wear raglan sleeves as I think they don't suit my round shoulders. Funny though, I don't mind sleeves like the ones on my creative cate tops. Are they Dolman? Not quite sure. I think the raglan have those seams on the front and back of the shoulders and I think that is my problem. But that is just on me. I like your cardi.

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    1. I made a Butterick top a couple of years ago that has raglan sleeves and it doesn't fit nearly like this cardi. I think the style could work for us if the fabric has more drape. Since this knit was rather structured, it clung to my shoulders in a way that made them look very broad.

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