The pattern is super customizable - I've included instructions to knit the Cedar Glenn Mitts in both DK and Fingering weight yarn, and you can knit them in one or two colors!
These mitts are such a portable little project - I even took them backpacking! I knit up one of the samples while camping at Cedar Glen campsite in Angeles National Forest, hence the name.
The pattern is $4 on Holla Knits, or you can enter to win a giveaway of the pattern and yarn to make a Fingering weight version of your own, just like this sample:
To enter the giveaway, go check out the other Accessories 2014 patterns and come back and leave a comment, telling me which is your favorite pattern (second to the Cedar Glenn Mitts, obviously.) Remember to leave your name and a way to contact you (email or Google), and you will be entered to win the Cedar Glenn Mitts pattern, and the gold and grey yarn to knit them up!
I'll announce the winner next week, but before then, be sure to check in with the rest of the blog tour:
I am totally in love with Cape Vertigo by Leah Coccari-Swift. How gorgeous would this be in a monochromatic color scheme like two greys or two browns? I have a feeling it could double as a winter coat here in LA.
What about Axial by Kirsten Singer? It's an oversized boyfriend-like sweater with a unique construction. Look at that back panel! Gorgeous!
And Velma by Allyson Dkyhuizen. What a textured, classic beauty! The perfect Fall sweater (and I love that garter stitch neckline).
There's a lot more textured, sweater-y goodness in the Fall 2014 collection, so hop over to Holla Knits to check it out. Then come back and leave me a comment for your chance to win the pattern of your choice! I'll randomly draw a winner on Wednesday, October 1st.
Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for giveaway fun:
I love love love this pattern. I love love love the way this dress turned out. I hate hate hated sewing this fabric.
I knew when I picked this slippery rayon, I'd have troubles. But the drape! So soft! I just kept imagining the dress it could be, and I decided to go ahead with it anyway. And it's definitely a wearable dress, but it was a bitch to work with.
(look at my road rash! it's so healed!)
The way the yolk is hanging, the mis-matchy ikat on the front, the slightly rumpled button band - these are all symptoms of working with this fabric. But it hangs nicely on the body so I can ignore most of those problems, and it's light and breezy. I already wore it to work this week and it is the perfect work uniform.
I would definitely categorize this under "wearable muslin." As you can see below - I skipped doing the full bust adjustment and that was a mistake. I cut a size 16, and I should have cut a 14 and done the FBA. I'll never wear this without a tank top underneath, so it's not a huge deal, but I'll go for a better fit with my next Alder.
I also skipped my planned side seam pockets because the drape-y fabric would not have held up well. I cut the chest pockets, and then ended up skipping them as well because the ikat fabric was already so busy. Like I need to give people another reason to examine my chest...
I did shorten this by about 2" (and I'm 5'8"), because if I am going to wear what looks like a large shirt, it better show off those legs! This makes it the perfect length for wearing with boots and feeling sassy, but it did, however, make it a bit too short to belt. Meh, I guess one cannot show off both legs and waist.
All in all, I love it and I can't wait to make more. And check out Allyson's version and Laura's version - both turned out so rad!
Having a blog is fun when companies want to send you stuff to try out, right? Well, eShakti contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted to try out one of their garments, so I chose this chambray skirt:
It's actually no longer available on the site, but is very similar to this belted poplin skirt.
The fun thing about eShakti is that you can modify any of their products to specifically fit your body. Originally, this skirt was supposed to be just-below-the-knee, and I requested it be lengthened. I first heard of eShakti when I was looking for bridesmaids dresses for weddings - how fun would it be to have bridesmaids in slightly altered versions of the same dress?
So they sent me this pretty skirt, and I love it. I've been wanting a longer, light skirt like this, and it pairs perfectly with this crop top I bought on a whim. Trends!
The fit is great - I should have gone down a size, because of the elastic waist on the back, but the belt helps cinch it. I love that you can customize down to the exact waist measurement. The fabric is thin, but that's not a bad thing in LA, right?
If you want to try outeShakti for yourself, you can use the code "redumbrella" to get 10% off your order (until 9/16/14) and check them out on Facebook and Pinterest!
Our little Alder Shirtdress Sew-along is going strong! Allyson and Laura both posted fun pictures of their WIP dresses last week. They're a bit ahead of me, since my bike accident held me back from starting this as soon as I laid eyes on the pattern.
This past weekend I was finally able to cut into my fabric. It's a slippery rayon, so I had some trouble cutting it perfectly on the grain. I've been straightening it up as I sew, though, and thus far that's worked out.
Do you like my cutting table? Yeah... it's the floor.
How about my scenic sewing room:
I moved into a tiny, 420 sq ft studio last January, so this "sewing room" is also the kitchen, and the dining room, and sometimes bike storage. It's a challenge to fit everything into such a tiny space, but now that I have all my sewing stuff out of the closet, I'll be knocking out a few projects in one go. You can see my pile on the ottoman in the corner!
Ok, check with Allyson on Wednesday for her finished Alder, and Laura on Friday!