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Finally finished!

I haven’t been knitting a lot lately since sewing is taking lots of my time! But I managed to finish 2 projects yesterday ūüôā

Wine and beads shawl

First, my scrumptious, gorgeous and beautiful Wine and beads shawl! Like the first one I did, I beaded it and I love the way and feel of it!

Wine and beads shawl

This one is mine, and all mine lol!

Wine and beads shawl

Yarn is Knitpicks Shimmer in the sherry colorway (and it’s a bit more dark than what the pictures show) Pattern is Gail aka nightsongs¬†by ¬†Mawelucky/Jane Araujo Designs, 4,5mm circular needles.

Wine and beads shawl

I did 7 repeats before doing the border chart (so 7 big holes in the middle) and was left with about 100 yards of lace yarn.

Still amazed on how blocking shawls make them turn from ducks into swans ūüôā

Second, some fingerless mitts I had started about 2 years ago that had only one thumb left to knit… I know, talk about loosing interest into something!

Fetching fingerless mitts from reclaimed yarn!

Yarn is reclaimed from a sweater (wool with just a bit of cotton), and pattern is the popular Fetching by Cheryl Niamath.

Fetching fingerless mitts from reclaimed yarn!

Just say I’m glad they are done!

Today is the cast on day for a cool Knit Along (KAL) with Luvinthemommyhood group on Ravelry!! you just need to start a project that reminds you of Downton Abbey! How cool is that??! And Shannon over at luvingthemommyhood (love her blog!)  will be giving nice prizes along with that! She even put up a pinterest board to get you inspire! You need to register for this KAL.

I was suppose to do another Gail shawl for my dear friend Kim but I asked her if I could change pattern since I wasn’t going to do another one just yet ūüėČ she gave me a bunch to choose from and I settled for the Ethereal¬†shawl! isn’t it beautiful?! I’ll use some knitpicks shadow (with…. beads! of course!) for it.

Love casting on!!

J’ai termin√© 2 projets de tricot hier! youpi! Premi√®rement le ch√Ęle que j’avais commenc√© ¬†cet √©t√©! Il est superbe! J’aime beaucoup l’effet avec les perles ūüôā et deuxi√®mement, des mitaines sans doigts qui √©taient en attente d’un pouce depuis 2 ans…

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Cardi to cardi refashion!

Believe it or not, but I found the perfect gem at the thrift store the other day!

just look it:

cardi to cardi refashion

Isn’t it just great looking!!?

My heart may have skipped a beat when i first saw it lol! Fushia! Black 80’s design! good quality and soft fabric…

In true 80′ style you have:

cardi to cardi refashion

Here’s the fit just out of the hanger, don’t mind the t-shirt I was wearing underneath.

cardi to cardi refashion

And here is what I did to it…

First,

cardi to cardi refashion

I removed all the linings and shoulder pads (I don’t know why, but I get a kick out of removing shoulder pads from garments…)

cardi to cardi refashion

Put a nicely fitting cardi on top, all aligned with the cardi to be refashion

cardi to cardi refashion

Cut all around, leaving about 1/4″ for seam allowance.

cardi to cardi refashion

Pinned everything into place so nothing would move on my way to the sewing machine. Sewed the side seams.

cardi to cardi refashion

And then sewed some more because it was kind of bunchy at the waist.

My now good fitting cardi:

cardi to cardi refashion

Isn’t it cool???! Just love it!

J’ai jou√© un petit tour √† une veste des ann√©es 80 que j’ai trouv√©e au centre b√©n√©vole… Le tissu est de bonne qualit√©, la couleur juste mon go√Ľt et qui n’aime pas les designs de ces super ann√©es-l√†?!

Give me some glitter

I was in a glitter crave…. I mean, everything I am doing each week is house stuff, kids stuff and studying my a$$ off… There is such a amount of chemistry labs and reports one can handle before doing the crazy dance… and I even dream almost every night that I’m doing chemistry reports and prelabs, wish I was kidding! I haven’t touch my sewing machine for the last 5 weeks (weaning is hard here people!) and the only thing I did with a needle and thread was hand sewing scouts badges and knee patches.

glitter needs

So enter this nice looking shirt that I love to wear. But if you could peek at my winter shirts drawer, you’d be amazed by the monochromatic grey, black and white stripes shirts ¬†that are in there.

And I really wanted glitter somewhere. You know as a healer… Like the chicken noodle thing soup.

glitter needs

I spent an hour hand sewing sequins on this shirt. And that was about all my brains could handle anyway ūüėČ

Sequins are kind of glitter ¬†don’t you think??

Made me feel better….

cutting into the stash…

I’ve been hoarding that baby corduroy ¬†fabric for about 4 years (maybe 5…) and just forgot about it. It was supposed to become a maxi skirt so I’ve bought 3.2 meters of it… but I found out meanwhile, that maxi skirts aren’t nice looking on that wide hips woman.

sew serendipity skirt #2

Took my now go to pattern from the sew serendipity book and had a go at it! (you can find my first skirt from that pattern here).

sew serendipity skirt #2

I wanted something that was screaming¬† saying handmade… as I told my hubby, if I wanted something that looked store bought I would not go into that much trouble and go buy one at the store ūüôā

sew serendipity skirt #2

Hence the birdie ūüôā and I love piping, so piping it got.

I made the same size as the last one, and this one came out perfect! i think the first one was a bit large because the denim was stretchy.

sew serendipity skirt #2

My second invisible zipper, and it’s perfect!

sew serendipity skirt #2

And you are in luck today as I’m posting a picture of myself lol! (I’m sure I’m not the only one that hate seeing herself in pictures…) And just resisted the urge of cutting my face off… just don’t pay attention to it lol!

sew serendipity skirt #2

Hubby wanted to take pictures of mom and Camille…

mom and camille

 

Une autre jupe fait de corduroy qui √©tait rang√© depuis au moins 4 ans! La grandeur est parfaite ainsi que mon 2i√®me zipper¬†invisible ūüėČ ¬†

My second entry….

I’ll be participating in the Purse Week event!

Hold by the talented a lemon squeeze home!

And I’ve choose my second entry (out of 2) for this contest…

My heart skipped a beat when I saw this colorful item hanging from a rack at the thrift. Out of this piece of clothing…

eco-friendly 241 colorful and funky tote

I made that….

eco-friendly 241 colorful and funky tote

Isn’t a colorful and funky bag?! I love it!

eco-friendly 241 colorful and funky tote

So I used the pant in question, some green velvet (previously a shirt), teal and pink with black polka dots fabric remnants, bed sheet and interfacing as interlining, a wooden curtain ring and yellow piping! It closes with a magnetic snap and the strap is adjustable.

eco-friendly 241 colorful and funky tote

It has 4 outside pockets (2 are from the pants!) and one patch pocket inside (inside fabric is fushia with black polka dots)

This is the back view ūüôā

eco-friendly 241 colorful and funky tote

Pattern from Noodle-head.

Un nouveau sac fait d’un pantalon super color√©!!! 4 poches ext√©rieures et une √† l’int√©rieure! Ce sera ma seconde entr√©e pour le concours!¬†

Instantly slim tut!

It all started by me following a pin on Pinterest

Source: graspingforobjectivity.com via Denise on Pinterest

This is the same woman. See how the cut and the fit are related to make her look biggish or slimmer??

If you click to go on her blog, you’ll see how back pockets, top stitching, the cut of the pants, how all that affect the way you look. It’s kind of interesting to look at so many jeans on the same woman and see the effects ūüôā

I know, it’s a no brainer, but I never took time to think about it. So I took a closer look at my jeans and pants… tried them on… and went all excited to see I could make them fit better! You see, I’m kind of tall and I can’t find lots of jeans the length I need (at a price I’m willing to pay!). I buy my pants at Reitmans. They’ve got jeans for tall women, nice price, comfortable… but it’s mom jeans… and are not that flattering for my wide hips self.

Are you in the same boat?! I thought of you and made a

Instantly slim tut

Really, I just took in the legs at the bottom to have a slimmer cut, but if you don’t know how to do it here’s some pictures for you to follow!

First, put your first pair of pants inside out. Put them on. Pin one leg  on the outside  until you have a fit you like ( keeping the hem even, so you are substracting the same amount of fabric from the back and front) (sorry I was so excited I forgot to take pictures for this step!) The inside  side of the leg has  top stitchings so It is difficult to do a nice and good looking job if you pin there.

Go, to your sewing machine and sew a straight line following your pins.

Instantly slim tut

Next, put the just sewed leg onto the one to be done, keeping the hem and crotch seam even.

Instantly slim tut

With a bit of soap, or pencil just draw your line following your new seam.

Instantly slim tut

Instantly slim tut

Sew this one and you are almost done! just cut the extra fabric, zigzag stitch and Wear your new nice looking, nice fitting jeans!!

Before:

Instantly slim tut

After:

Instantly slim tut

Donc un p’tit tuto pour vous faire une cure d’amaigrissement instantan√©e! S√©rieusement, avez-vous vu sur la premi√®re photo? C’est la m√™me fille, 2 paires de jeans diff√©rents! Et toute une diff√©rence! Comme quoi la position des poches, la coupe et les surpiq√Ľres peuvent faire un gros effet! J’ai donc voulu avoir des pantalons plus “avantageux” sans avoir √† changer ma garde-robe. J’ai pris un de mes pantalon, l’ai tourn√© envers dehors et √©pingl√© le surplus de tissu du c√īt√© ext√©rieur de la jambe (en prenant soin d’en enlever autant de tissu √† l’avant et √† l’arri√®re). J’ai ensuite cousu en suivant mes √©pingles. Pour faire l’autre jambe (ou un autre pantalon!) on met la jambe √©gale √† l’autres (en alignant l’entre-jambe et le bord) et on fait une ligne √©gale √† la premi√®re couture. On enl√®ve les surplus de tissu, une petite finition au point zigzag et T√Ä-D√Ä! de “nouveaux” pantalons!

Best. Shoes. Ever.

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I first saw them on Pinterest… ¬†Come on. Josef ¬†Seibel. Coral. Flat. Leather. How could one say no??!¬†And I was Hoooing over them.

my gorgeous new shoes...

I so wished they were mine. But I never ever buy shoes online.

my gorgeous new shoes...

And then, I saw them today.

I’m sold to Josef Seibel shoes. These are my second pair and as the first one they are soooo comfortable!

my gorgeous new shoes...

First pair were red, flat too but they are well worn and are still loved.

These new shoes will become my new favorite I can feel it ūüôā Guess what I’ll be wearing to go to Boston?!

my gorgeous new shoes...

 

(just wanna say, yesterday was my 100th post!!! still can’t believe I went this far! and still wanna do it ūüėČ )

 

Je les avais vu sur Pinterest. Josef Seibel. Corail. Semelle plate. En cuir. ¬†J’ai vraiment souhait√© les avoir. Mais je n’ach√®te jamais de souliers en ligne… Jusqu’√† ce que je “tombe” dessus aujourd’hui!!! Un coup de foudre! Et tellement confortable! J’ai une autre pair (rouge) de cette marque que j’ai beaucoup port√© et que j’aime encore beaucoup, mais je crois que ceux-l√† seront mes nouveaux favoris… Devinez ce que je vais porter √† Boston??! ūüėČ

(je voulais juste vous dire qu’hier c’√©tait mon 100 i√®me post!!! je n’arrive pas √† croire que je me sois rendue si loin!)