Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Test bra!

I had a bra from Victoria's Secret that I bought in 2004, from the Glamour Collection, I.E. makes you look normal collection. It was a Demi cup with a single vertical seam, lace with a thin tricot mesh lining. Unfortunately it was falling apart and I really liked the fit of it so I took it apart stitch by stitch and turned a size 32D into a 30DD. I made two bras from it, 1 successfully. The first one I didn't ease the cup into the band so I lost some of the cup material thinking I had cut it too big, so it came out like a push-up without the padding (less of a curve in the bottom of the cup is what gives this effect. The second one I made came out perfect, but it was quite crude looking. It was blue with a dark blue lace. That part looked fine. I didn't have any darker colored notions on hand so the wire casing, hook and eye closure and half of the straps were either black or white. And then I grew out of the cups.

I thought I threw the pattern away, but I found it the day before yesterday when I was going through my patterns. I adjusted the cup to make it a size bigger and accomodate this size change in the band as well. Since I wasn't using a stretchy fabric the band stayed pretty much the same (I did cut it on the bias for some ease). And it wasn't exactly a size 30 before. The fit is more of a size 26 and it fits a lot better, but almost a little too tight. Its a lot more supportive, compared to my 28's.

The cup is 2 layers of fabric and some quilt batting! It's thin enough (1/8" at most) that it conceals...kind of...but it doesn't add to size. Plus it's a lot more flexible than foam, especially since it's been sewn into the cup. I don't know why batting isn't used more often in bras. I remember when I was younger I had a bra with this in it and it was my most comfortable one.

Sorry, no action shots. There are still a few little fit issues that I need to fix so this doesn't look absolutely perfect on me, but it's close enough! Also, the inside is not finished to my liking. I didn't have long enough wire casings so I actually made some out of felt, but they probably wouldn't hold up as long since they're not backed with fabric. I can already feel the wires trying to poke through on the tops. And I was going to put some plastic boning on the side wings, where that seam is under the arm going towards the back (this would have covered up that raw seam allowance too). But I'll just save that for future ones.

Finished size: 26G (UK)with a 9.25" cup depth.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Look #6909

=D I feel like a hot 1940's lady in this, lol (I.E. I usually don't wear very revealing clothes)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Baby Sophisticate (with patterns)

Available on my Ravelry, but I'll post it here too. The sweater is my take on "Baby Sophisticate" by Linden Down, using a sport weight yarn and much smaller needles (Sizes 2 and 4 - hat and socks use the same sizes as well). The hat and socks I could not find a pattern for. I guess for some reason when someone thinks baby items they also think gaudy, bulky and full of design. So these are a bit more simple, the socks are made from the toe up. I do not like the gusset look, so I made them to look like a pair of regular socks, though sport weight is a bit heavy for socks to begin with.

Pattern for the Sweater, Hat and Socks as follows:

Baby Sophisticate sweater
With larger needles, CO 40 sts
Row 1: k3, PM, k5, PM, k24, PM, k5, PM, k3
Row 2 (and all WS rows): p all sts
Row 3 (and every 4th RS row): k1, m1l, *k to 1 st before marker, inc 1, k1, sl m, k1, inc 1, rep from * to last st, m1r, k1
Row 5 (and all non 4th RS rows): *k to 1 st before marker, inc 1, k1,slip m, k1, inc 1, repeat from * to end
Continue raglan shaping, ending on a WS row - 32 rows have been worked, piece measures 4" from neck edge - 176 sts

Split Sleeves:
Row 33: (RS) k to m, place next 35 sts on holder, k to next m, place next 35 sts on holder, k to end - 106 sts for body
Row 34: purl
Continue in ST st, slipping first st of each row, until piece measures 5.5" from underarm, ending with a RS row - 39 rows from underarm

Change to smaller needles- Next 10 rows: (starting on a WS row) knit across. BO sts.

With larger needles, pick up and knit 35 sleeve sts, join for round, working 8 rounds in ST st
Dec Rnd: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1
Work 7 rnds in ST st
Rep last 8 rnds twice more
Rep dec rnd once more - 27 sts rem
Work 3 rnds in ST st
Switch to smaller needles and work Garter st for 10 rnds, starting with a purled row. BO sts

Collar and button band:
With RS facing, PU and knit 53 sts along right front, 38 sts along tops of sleeve and back neck, 53 along left front - 144 sts
Knit 4 rows, placing two markers on each front 32 sts up from edges
Next row: k2, (BO4, k8) twice, BO4, Knit to 1 st before second m, w&t on st before m
Next row: Knit to 1 st before next m, w&t on st before m
Next row: Knit to 4 sts before last w&t, w&t next st
Rep last row 3 times more (you will have wrapped and turned 3 times on each side of the collar)Next row: Knit to wrapped st, working wrap together with st, knit next st and turn
Next row: sl first st, knit to next wrap and knit, working wrap together with st, knit next st and turn
Rep last row 3 times more
Next row: Knit to last wrap, working wrap together with st *Do not turn*, (CO4, k9) twice, CO4, k2
Knit 4 more rows in garter st
BO sts
Note: there will be 2 extra rows on the left front button band than on the right due to the short row shaping. For a boys sweater this is not a problem since it closes left over right. For a girls sweater start the short row shaping on a RS row (Knit 3 rows in the beginning instead of 4).

CO 80 sts, join for round
With smaller needles, work 8 rows in 2x2 ribknit
Switch to larger needles and work 20 rows in ST st

Rnd 29: (k8, k2tog) across
30 and all even numbered rnds: knit
31: (k7, k2tog) across
33: (k6, k2tog) across
35: (k5, k2tog) across
37: (k4, k2tog) across
39: (k3, k2tog) across
40: (k2, k2tog) across
41: (k1, k2tog) across
43 & 45: (k2tog) across - pull yarn through rem 4 sts and secure
Pompom optional but it's made on a circle 1.75" in diameter

Finished measurements:
Circumference: 13"
Length: 5.5"

(Made with shortrow shaping at toe and heel)
Using crochet cast-on, CO 14 sts
Row 1 [WS]: P all sts.
Row 2 [RS]: K to last st, W&T.
Row 3 [WS]: P to last st, W&T.
Row 4 [RS]: K to st before last wrapped st, W&T.
Row 5 [WS]: P to st before last wrapped st, W&T.
Repeat Rows 4 and 5 until 4 sts remain unwrapped between wrapped sts on either side of work. You will be ready to start a RS row.
Row 6 [RS]: K to first wrapped st, k wrapped st, W&T.
Row 7 [WS]: Sl 1, p to first wrapped st, p wrapped st, W&T.
Row 8 [RS]: Sl 1, k to first double-wrapped st, k double-wrapped st, W&T.
Row 9 [WS]: Sl 1, p to first double-wrapped st, p double-wrapped st, W&T.
Repeat Rows 8 and 9 until one double-wrapped stitch remains at each end of work.
Row 10 [RS]: Sl 1, k to double-wrapped st, k double-wrapped st. Do not turn work.* (Work wraps of remaining double-wrapped st together with st when working first round of foot.)Carefully remove crochet chain from CO edge of work, and place the 14 live sts on two double-point needles, or one circular needle. There should now be 28 sts on the needles.

Work 13 rounds in ST st, then repeat short row shaping as indicated above, for the heel.

Ankle: Work 2 rounds in ST st
Cuff: switch to smaller needles and work 16 rounds in 2x2 ribknit. BO sts loosely

Finished measurements:
Foot length: 3.75"
Total length: 6.75"
Circumference at cuff: 5" slightly stretched - At foot: 4"

The blanket is "Cable Blanket" by Debbie Bliss, published in Simply Baby. I cast on for 9 cable repeats, a total of 156 stitches. It's an 8-stitch wide cable, repeated every 12 rows (if I'm remembering correctly. The edges of garter stitch as well as the ribknit panels are 4 stitches wide, and there are 2 purl stitches on either edge of each cable. - At least that was my interpretation of it. I couldn't get ahold of the book or pattern, so it may be a little different than that.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Cozy Alpaca V-neck!

The arms look extremely long but because of the RK they shrink up a lot. They're long enough to cover the first inch of my hand (and I have short arms).

=D Finally! It took me 3 months to finish, slow for me, but I had so much going on. It's the Cozy V-neck from Fitted Knits, a few modifications. It was exactly how I wanted it to look. I still have 2 more sweaters in the process. A tanktop from Knitty and the other is a Victoria's Secret knockoff I'm writing the pattern for and hopefully I'll have enough time to submit it to Knitty or a magazine for a Winter issue...hopefully! But probably not =/ Isn't the deadline for those sometime in mid September?

Also a baby sweater. That's going pretty well, the body is complete up to the underarms and I just cast on for the first sleeve this morning. It's going slow considering the size because I have no idea what the measurements are for a 6 month size, and most of the patterns I've come across are incomplete when it comes to the schematics (stupid designers!), but I've got it pretty much figured out. I've been watching Hell's Kitchen while working on that. (I want to put a knife through the screen and stab Elise over and over, then burn her remains! ...Yes I'm a few episodes behind.)

Monday, August 1, 2011


Luke and I spent the weekend in NH with his dad and step-mom. It was nice, we went swimming and kayaking while pretty much everyone we know back here at home went to a Luau Saturday night. Why is it whenever we make a huge invite hardly anyone responds or if they do they don't want to go or do whatever it is we're planning, yet other people make something and 50 people are there? Is it us? Do we smell or look funny? I'm getting really sick of people in MA (not so much in our hall, they're cool....eh, except for a few people I think don't like us and I don't know why). I want to move where no one knows us. And move every year, or every other.

At the least, if you have a problem with us...grow a pair and admit it instead of just being vague!! >=/

I've been commissioned to make 5 skirts for a friend, so I'll be working on that all this week, along with a repair and the knitted baby items. I'm going to start saving all my money for a vacation...since we've never actually taken one by ourselves. We had our honeymoon...for like 2 days on the Cape but it was kind of lame. We're thinking Bermuda, but that would require around $3,000 if we went by plane. I just remember when we were saving for a newer car it took us 3 years to save that much for the downpayment! That's a long time compared to a lot of people around here. It took a lot of months of eating nothing but super cheap hotdogs for dinner and popcorn for a snack. Along with no phone, haha! I think our only entertainment was $10/month Netflix, and that was a luxury for us. So if anyone knows of a cheaper way to get to Bermuda and stay for 5-7 days (and not a cruise...I'm not a fan of the Noro Virus) let me know.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Yesterday Luke and I went down to my grandmothers and then went to visit Hamilton. It was so nice seeing him! He was real surprised to see me. He hasn't had a visitor since about a year ago and that was his soon-to-be ex-wife who is loose, unsupportive and working with the cops (She's lied about things right to my grandmothers face! Then gives her a hug. What nerve! She disgusts me.) They told him he had visitors but he didn't know I would be one of them. So I'm hoping that helped lift his spirits a bit. I felt so much better after seeing his face. He was behind glass so I didn't get to give him a hug, but I prefer it that way because otherwise I would have burst into tears. Despite him being so pale since he hasn't been outside in over a year, he looked really good! He put on a little bit of weight, that's probably because his soon-ex of ill repute never cooked unless she felt like it, lol. But he looked very healthy. He hasn't smoked cigarettes in over a year, his skin was all cleared up and he didn't look over tired. I'm always worried about him in there because it's not like you can go up and get food or drink whenever you want, and he has kidney problems. I was scared when he first went in that his kidneys would fail from dehydration, but I'm sure him drinking far less coffee now is better for him.

I made a post on FB last night about getting to visit my brother. One of my cousins responded and says right out in the open "is he still in jail?" Really? Thanks! I did not need other people to see that. So I turned the conversation around and said "I wish more family supported him and were on his side". I don't need people getting the wrong idea about my family. Luke's dad already does and I hate him for it. When mentioning Jason he always says, "oh the disfellowshipped one". >=( I could strangle him for saying that! He has a name, he's not a status!!! And he would be back in the religion if it weren't for arrogant people like that!

We had a nice visit anyways. My grandmother always spoils me whenever I visit =) There was food and cheesecake and other little desserts, then she took us out for pizza. I got a huge bag full of clothes too from some other relatives (now I just need to find room for them! haha). Before we got to her house I attempted to take Luke to Ocean Beach Park in New London. Unsuccessful! Lol, we get there and the parking is $18. If we were there the whole day and had a carful of people it'd be worth it, but not for two people and an hour. So we drove around the neighborhood and a nice lady said we could park in front of her house. We did that, then walked to the front gates only to find out it's $5 per person to get in if you're just walking in. Luke only had $4 on him and I wouldn't have paid that price anyways if I had the cash on me. When I was little it was $1, and if you were a New London resident you got in for free! So we left there, then I saw signs for Niantic and Rocky Neck, another beach that we camped at as a family when I was younger. But it was getting close to 2:00 so we just headed to my grandmothers instead. I should have just directed him towards Misquamicut. $5 parking and walk in for free! But it was a little out of the way.

Btw to any of you who have ever checked out thinandcurvy.com ... I strongly advise you to not even waste your time! I just responded to a conversation on there. Two women were bashing me, being extremely disrespectful and rude and insulting me beyond belief! I'm trying to explain to them it takes an experienced seamstress to make a bra properly, not some sweatshop in Sri Lanka! Boy was that a mistake. Basically they told me I have no experience and I'm a crappy seamstress! And without any proof! I can tell you from what I've done for other people I'm an excellent seamstress, my work is continually getting praised. This is from people who know what I'm capable of. And I can't even believe Brittany (the girl who makes the thin and curvy blog) would allow such rude and hateful comments on her site! She even makes a statement above where you comment that such comments are not acceptable. So how were they able to post? I sent her an email and said I no longer wish to recieve help because of the sour attitudes from her other readers, and I think she's more associated with them, so I just want nothing to do with any of it anymore. It's nice when I have hormonal women bubbling forth with so much hate towards someone they don't even know telling me I'm lacking experience and knowledge when it comes to sewing. And I can't stand the fact that I constantly have to explain to people that I know how to sew, I've made corsets and bra before. I sometimes make my own patterns if I have the time and materials. I make clothes and do mostly A LOT of alterations for other people. You don't just give your clothes to some Joe Schmoe down the street who owns a needle and thread! God, I really hate people so much! Why don't I just walk into ever home based business and tell everyone there off saying they have no experience and don't know what they're doing simply because they are not a big company?!? That is exactly what these women are acting like and it's just simply pathetic!!!

Oh well...lesson learned = don't complain to some fat lard with a hormone problem who wants to get their own way that you have skills.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Luke and I like Long Island Iced-Teas (aka LIT's)...we like to consider ourselves LIT connoisseurs - Bwahahaha! No, really we do. There's this really good restaurant near us called The Weathervane Tavern and they make the best LIT's, so we're always trying to recreate them, but never come quite close. I just made one that's almost like theirs.

1 TBS of each of the following: (half an ounce if you don't have measuring spoons)
Dark Rum
Light Rum
Triple Sec

Half the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon (about 2 TBS)
1.5 TBS simple syrup
1/4 Cup Coca Cola

I'm not going to include the steps for this, I figure it's a given. And if you're not sure how then you're probably too young to be drinking. It's supposed to have Gin in it, but we ran out. It would probably taste even better with some, and it would also be 1 TBS. Next time...