Fabric requirements: 1-2/3 yards 60-in. wide for 3/4 length sleeve
1-1/2 for short sleeve
1st top = hot pink = Made Size 16. Shaped to 18 at hips. Added 4-1/4 in. in length (because I'm TALL). Turned out way too big!!! Back to the drawing table. Neckline was too low - revealing my bra when bending over. Gap in back neckline, wrinkly back and too loose under armholes. Wadder! (This knit is a rib knit with not much recovery - bad choice!)
|Way too loose in the back - gaping neck, excess under arms|
|Too long, too big, way too low in front especially if I bend over|
|Still too big in back|
|This fabric was horrible to work with - a cheap knit rib. Never again!|
3rd top = orange multi 3/4-length top: Ok, this is a success! (cotton blend knit)
- In addition to raising the neckline about one inch (from before), I altered the neckline again because felt the neck opening was too wide.
- Took in 1/4 inch width from armholes.
- Pinched a tuck in the back neckline about 1/4 inch to solve the gaping neck problem.
- Reduced the added length from 4-1/4 to 3-1/4 in.. Previous adjustment was too long.
- Added 3/8- in. width to neckline binding piece.
- Decreased length of binding piece by total of 2 inches.
One exciting thing about the home is the unfinished basement. It will be divided in half: sewing room for me on one side and workroom for the boys on the other. I'm thrilled. I'll post more on that later.
I just found out about these file boxes and wanted to pass along: Staples has document file boxes on sale for $5 each (picture below). They are check size, but I will be using them for other purposes.
One will be for homeschooling (to help me organize lapbook projects). I will store each week's items into a section. The other one will used to hold my circular knitting needles - 1 section per needle size.
The dividers go all the way to the bottom of the box (unlike others that are open), so you won't lose anything between the divider sections.
I wanted to take a knitting project for the San Francisco choir tour, so I selected a pattern that would be very easy to do in case of interruptions (with 60 students, this was a given). This pattern was great - very easy. My favorite was the yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Cove colorway. YUMMY! It feels good to have needles in my hands once again. It blocked beautifully. I made a few revisions by adding eyelet around the edge. You can find my notes on Ravelry with my user name: homejewel.
Still around, still working on the house, putting excess into boxes!
That's what I feel like lately. I realized lately that there is not one room in our home that is "finished". We've had lots of remodeling going on, windows replaced, carpeting, flooring, trimming, drywall, granite countertops, you name it, and now I begin to paint so we can get our house on the market. It's a bit of a challenge doing the single mom thing during the week, but we're doing okay. The unemployment is still 10.6% in our area so I am thankful that my husband has a job.
As if our life were dull, Pearly is busy occupying herself with more volleyball. She has grown and is now 6'3-1/4". Yes, every 1/4-in counts! She is thrilled. She is on two teams. One is a club and the other is the private league that she has played on for years. The club is a special treat. The coach has really taken her under his wings and wants to develop her. He's had one-on-one training with her and videotaped the session so she could see the details in slow motion and fine tune her skills.
Aside from volleyball, Orange Boy and Brown Eyes are also on local rec leagues playing basketball. They both love that.
In the meantime, I take special pleasure in seeing sights like this - Caboose decided he wanted to sleep in the closet of the newly carpeted room. Can you believe this is my baby? He's almost FIVE. No way!
If I can get the boys' room painted, I will be rewarding myself with some sewing time!