Thursday, 25 August 2005

Don't try this at home

Last night I decided I would try to get my Lacewing Bolero seamed before we went on holiday.
I started seaming away merrily, doing the side seam first. Hmm, not so easy to sew the sleeve in. Never mind. Then I had to stretch the sleeve seams to fit the armholes - strange, I thought, but carried on regardless.
One side done, all ends darned in neatly, time to try it on. Hmm, seems weird - the armhole is a little tight and the neckline seems very wide - almost to my shoulders, and there seems to be an odd straight bit at the neckline before the v-neck starts.
So I took it off and had a good look at it. The cogs in my brain slowly whirred into life. What a plonker. I've sewed in the sleeves as if they were raglan when in fact they are set-in. That wide neckline and odd straight neck shaping is actually the shoulder seams that I've forgotten to seam together! No wonder the sleeves wouldn't fit properly - the sleeve cast-off is supposed to be joined to the armhole edges. Duh! Needless to say it won't now be finished before we go on holiday.
Moral of this merry tale - think about what you're doing and seam your shoulders first!

On a happier note, here's my progress so far with the Luxury Tweed Textured Cardigan. It's very slow - about 7 minutes for each pattern row (2 in every 4), but the result is very rewarding. I contemplated ditching it as it's going to take ages, but I do love the finished look and feel - firm yet soft. Guess I'll just have to be patient with this one!

Yesterday I received my September issue of Sandra magazine. The usual mix of "Oooh!"s and "Aarrgghh!"s. I adore the main cover design, but I can't seem to find the specified yarn in the colour used yet, so I may have to substitute.

I also love this design - I seem to be strangely drawn to boleros at the moment. At least this one has a warmer look to it.

And finally I do like this one - a funky aran knit.

I think my wishlist has overdosed!


Daisy said...

I can't see any pics and the text seems to imply that there should be some! It may be my browser playing games, but I'd love to see the textured cardigan!

Tracy said...

I got mine yesterday and quite a few in there. That's the only troble though, finding a substitute. Still, means you can have fun buying and trying..hehe!

Tracy said...

I think I missed a word out somewhere along that first sentence. What I meant was, I love quite a few in there. Ok time to go get some caffeine in before trying to type what my brain cannot deal with!

Anonymous said...

OK, it was my mistake - I can post comment. Hooray!

Last parcel has arrived in a week, I hope this time, too!

Your SP!

scarletprincess said...

Start paying attention! That's totally something that I would do sewing up! The look of the bolero in Sandra is lovely and your new project will be sooo worth it :)

Emily said...

Oh my, I've been trying to get my hands on one of these for ages (well, since the beginning of the week) but I don't seem to find a Dutch copy! I saw the French one and simply love some of the designs inside, but i would prefer a Dutch copy. Hopefully they'll release it soon!