motorharp: line drawing of kid with glasses intently reading (bookworm)
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I can't tell you how glad I am this is done.  I love it!  I've been working on it pretty steadily even though I: 1) hate cables and 2) had many other things to do.  And of course, just as I finished, the weather got warmer.

The pattern I used was a previous cardigan I picked up at a thrift store, debating all the while because it was "expensive" for a thrift store sweater, which I then wore out because I loved it so much.  It was originally Banana Republic that someone had felted a little bit, and I added the front button band and neckline bow from the Tri-Stitch Cable Sweater in "A Stitch In Time" by Susan Crawford.

You can see a teensy bit of the skirt I recently made (and love, too!) in the pic, too.
motorharp: line drawing of kid with glasses intently reading (bookworm)
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Ruby shorts from Burda patterns
After going on vacation this summer and realizing I had basically one pair of shorts that worked, I put "shorts" in my list of things to sew.  These are made from old grey with white pinstripe wool pants that simply would not fit me no matter what I did. The pattern is #6005 from Burda called Ruby.  They are underlined with the original silk lining, in which I found the remnants of a cocoon which may be the source for whatever ate all my other wool pants1.

I used vintage shell buttons, and a couple buttons from some Land's End article of clothing I must have had at some point. I cannot imagine what that might have been.

The instructions were as bad as everyone says - I think the translator got confused between "right and wrong" and "right and left" when referring to the sides as well as "beginning" and "front". They came together just fine, though.  Except for the front welt pocket.  No matter which instructions I use, I can never get them perfectly rectangular or smooth.  Plus, it being so close to the waistband pulled it a bit out of shape.

Next up, since I had a couple shirts have minor failures and with that subtraction from my wardrobe finding I had nothing to wear, I'm going ahead and making two more ... pairs of pants, of course. I'm going to try making the pants from the Ruby shorts because other people have successfully made these into pants and I love buttons2.


1 My other wool pants don't fit me, either, which is probably why they were undisturbed enough to get consumed.
2 Apparently.  I looked at my ravelry page the other day and it's heavy on the designs featuring buttons. One might say lavish.

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