Lady Mademoiselle Dandelion

Pattern: Lady Mademoiselle Dandelion by Along avec Anna (Ravelry link here)
Yarn: Bergère de France; coton fitfy, col ficelle (almost 8 balls, 400g)
3mm needles (3,5mm to cast on)

fitted version, V neck, different raglan line (because I didn't have the pattern with me when I started the raglan decreases and I couldn't face undoing it!)

It's a fantastic basic pattern for a fingering ranglan cardi. Very easy to customize by changing the neckline, stitch pattern, length and fit. 
I'm not keen on bottom up constructions but it was necessary with the dandelion stitch. 
I've already got another version on the needles... it should be finished soon!

a few detail shots:

Totoro Baby Gift Set

My friend Jess introduced me to Totoro a few years ago. She's a big fan AND she's a knitter. Let me tell you I really enjoyed putting this together for her and her future baby!

First up, a little cardi:
Pattern: Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekerk, free on Ravelry here
I sized it up a bit
Yarn: merino cotton DK by Drops

I was planning to do a very ambitious Totoro border in stranded knitting but it didn't quite work out (several hours to do a few rows on a swatch... no thanks!). So duplicate stitch it was.

Here is the chart for Totoro:

Next we have a simple drawstring bag that can be used as a laundry bag to put the cardi in the washing machine or as a project bag. I used some scrap fabric for the leaves, Bondaweb then narrow zigzag all around.

And finally, let me tell you about those stitch markers...
I have always been arts and craftsy (with more or less natural talent...) so I had some polymer clay in my stash already. Fancy stitch markers and clay charms are big at the moment so I thought I'd have a go... How hard can it be? (ha ha, insert crying emoji face)
After several hours feeling like i have sausages instead of fingers, I have a decent set of stitch markers.
I used a video tutorial from TheLittleMew to help me out (youtube video here)

Lucky (me) - Really

Pattern : Lucky (me) by Solenn Couix-Loarer (Ravelry link here)
Yarn: Drops Lima  (wool-alpaca mix) shade 701 Petrol (the colour is so difficult to photograph properly...)    x10 balls

I LOOOOVE thit pattern. The fit is amazing (waist shaping and slightly wider hips: dream come true for a pear shape body!).

Mods: a bit shorter, more fitted sleeves, K2P2 ribbing on the neckband (I did try the rolled edge but I didn't like the result so BO in pattern on the wrong side for a neat finish)

A few extra pics


Mardi Gras Costume - Arlequin

This is what happens when your students tell you you can't wear your Pierrot costume again...

Based very loosely on Simplicity 9800 (that I used for the previously mentioned Pierrot costume... ) but I could have drawn around pajama pants and have better results. Anyway, Big hit with the kids! I might have to wear black for a few days though... :p

Drawstring Bag

This is a really nice way to personalise a baby present. Monogram, cute bear, washing line... possibilities are endless and bonus points for using up cotton scraps or FQs! I used some bondaweb to fix the M to the green fabric, then zigzagged all the way around (slowwwly...). The bag itself is pretty easy to make. There are a lot of tutorials on youtube or blogs.

I'm really pleased that I have overcome my worries about picking up the sewing machine after so long. I've only done project bags so far but I could could thread the machine (and serger! woop!) without the manual, so that's a good start :p

More Winter Than Primavera

Pattern: Primavera by Sarah Cooke (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering, Castor Grey, 200g
Needles: 3mm (ribbing) and 3.5mm
Mods: jumped between sizes for fit, no pockets and slightly shorter sleeves.

I will definitely do this pattern again (maybe a different lace motif on the sleeves?). Fit from the bust down is spot on but I could get a better fit on the yoke. It was my first garment with fingering weight, I thought it would take forever and be soooo boring but it was great to catch up on podcasts and binge-watch Netflix. I was also quite anxious to handwash it (I didn't swatch... shhh, don't tell the knitting police!) but it was fine. I hope the wool wears well...
I can't wait to wear it to work!

Detail pics:

Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 2 - A Wardrobe that Works

If you'd like to know what all of this is about, here is the link to the first post in the series.

Recap from part one , I ended up with:
what to wear / what not to wear advice (with measurements)
ideal lengths according to my vertical proportions (with measurements)
colour palette (based on colour theory)

This is all very well but now I need to make it mine: my lifestyle and my personal preferences will help me create an overview of my dream wardrobe (and hopefully realistic...).

If body-shapes and colour theory aren't your cup of tea but you would still like to plan your handmade wardrobe, you can have a look at what you currently own:
- what you wear often
- what you don't wear


There are plenty of ways to work out what you should have in your wardrobe: from having keywords that dictate what you wear to 4x4 wardrobes and other capsule formulas (is it sad I googled to check the plural of formula? Haha). There are many style gurus out there who give fantastic advice for free on Youtube or blogs etc. It's important to find the system that works for you! I personally don't want a capsule and I don't like the "3 words that would best describe your style" kind of approach. I like lists and tick/cross on scrap paper... 

The best one for me was the super famous Colette's Wardrobe Architect. It comes in a series of posts with worksheets and makes it very easy to pick and mix if you don't want to do the whole thing.

I read through them all but I focused on:
I ended up with a table will all my favourite necklines, sleeves, skirt shapes etc.
I used my current wardrobe alongside my "what to wear/not to wear" from the last section to base my answers and it all slotted into place. Magic!

My wardrobe is slowly taking shape... well, outlines at that stage! For example, I like fitted top with A-line to flared skirt. I could have several garments that would give me that silhouette: a dress, cardi/dress, jacket/dress, top/skirt, top/cardi/skirt, top/jacket/skirt. There again, I had a look at what I already own and my list from section one. 
I drew the outlines the best I could and list what combination of garments I would like for each. (I might be brave and take a picture...)

That was soooooo helpful yet it only took a few minutes! It's made fabric buying so much easier... 
I added my favourite prints to the colour palette from section one. I also noted colours I like that were not in my palette: ok, I might not look fabulous in a mustard boxy turtleneck but as part of a print or as a skirt, I will take my chances, thank you very much! :p

I chose not to go any further as I don't want a capsule wardrobe or a specific colour scheme.


Here is what I have so far:
a table of my favourite necklines, sleeves, skirts etc
drawings of my silhouettes with possible garments
colour palette with notes on prints and other colours I like 
sketch of my vertical proportions that I am going to keep as quick reference to alter patterns

I didn't keep the list of what to wear/not to wear (I've used the information I needed).

What next? I'm dreading it... Sorting fabrics, patterns and yarn I've been stashing for 15 years...


Thank you for reading and I hope that you find this series helpful! (or that my attempt makes you smile... whichever :p )
ps: I'd love to know how you work out what to make! I guess not many people take the silly regimented approach I do... ;o)

Posts in this series:

Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 1 - Flattering Shapes and Colours
Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 2 - A wardrobe that works
Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 3 - Organise that stash
Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 4 - Seasonal Schedule