Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Halloween Sewing Saga Continues

I might very well be the only person in the world who can cut out a sewing pattern correctly and sew it wrong. I got the next part of my Halloween costume done so far, but just barely.

So yeah, I'm trying to make a Jedi costume. The dickey is done and the robe is finished, but that was where I was running into problems. Somehow, the back and front pieces were not the same lengths. I wish I had used some kind of linen for the costume so far. Instead, I bought Royalty Broadcloth (in tan) because I wanted something cheaper, in case it didn't look so good. But I am trying. I even put shoulder pads into it to give it some shape.

The robe pattern called for Velcro to keep the robe closed but I was running into so many problems with the length, that I used snaps and some creative tucking to hopefully keep it all looking the same length. I'm hoping the (brown) belt (also Royalty Broadcloth) will disguise some of the weirdness of it. I'm going to cut that part out tonight and sew it tomorrow.

I still also have to make the pants, gather pouches for the belt, and make the outer robe too. I really want this stuff to look good. 

Wish me luck on that!

Another Christmas Gift Done!

Last night, I finished up another Christmas gift: a crocheted baby kimono, or as I'm calling it, a baby's wrap sweater. This is going to my sister's baby.

The link goes to the original pattern, but I was able to make it larger so I'm putting my notes here. The original sizing would have made the wrap fit a 1 1/2 old baby but my niece is that age now. By the time Christmas comes, it might not fit her anymore, so I figured out the sizing sequences and made it larger. If the original poster's calculations are correct, this version that I made should fit a kid that's 32 months old.

Materials
  • I sized needle
  • yarn needle
  • 2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver in Baby Pink (#0724)  
  • 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Country Rose (#0374)
  • 1/2 skein of a similar weight of black yarn
These three yarns were leftovers from my stash, obviously from all the yarn I had for the Edith hats. I knew I wouldn't have enough of the Baby Pink for the entire sweater, which is why I worked in the Country Rose at the bottom. (No picture of my finished project...I have to keep some things secret for Christmas!)

Notes
- hdc-inc = 3 hdc in 1 stitch
- hdc-dec = decreasing 1 hdc over next 2 stitches as follows: [yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw lp through] twice, yo, draw through all 5 lps on hook.

The Body
1. With the Baby Pink, start with chain row consisting off 49 stitches.
2. Ch 2 more,  turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc-inc in next stitch, 1 hdc in each of the next 12 stitches, hdc-inc, 1 hdc in each of the next 19 stitches, hdc-inc, 1 hdc in each of the next 12 stitches, hdc-inc, 2 hdc in last stitch.
3. Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch, with hdc-inc in the middle of each hdc-inc of the previous row. End with 2 hdc in last stitch.
Repeat 3--do this 10 times. The length between the second and third hdc-inc (measured from the middle hdc of the hdc-inc to the other middle hdc) will be 37.5 cm.
4. In this row the armhole will be closed. Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch until the next hdc-inc, then * hdc in the first 2 stitches of the hdc-inc of the previous row. Skip the next length of hdc's and hdc directly into the middle hdc of the hdc-inc of the previous row *. Hdc across until next hdc-inc, then repeat from * to *. Hdc across till end of row and end with 2 hdc in last stitch.
5. Ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across, end with 2 hdc in last stitch.
Repeat 5, until the diagonal parts of the left and right front panel are each only 2 stitches away from being the same width as the back panel of the kimono wrap. This is the breakdown for my color changes in the middle of the sweater:
--Baby Pink: 7 rows
--Black: 1 row
--Country Rose: 7 rows
6. Working now with the Country Rose, ch 2, turn, 2 hdc in first stitch, hdc in each stitch across until the left front panel is reached. Then hdc in next stitch, ch 1, skip 1 stitch and continue with hdc across , end with 2 hdc in last stitch.
7. Ch 2, turn, hdc across.
Repeat 7. till the kimono wrap measures approx. 36.5 cm from shoulder till bottom hem. This is the breakdown for my color changes at the bottom of the sweater:

--Country Rose: 3 rows
--Black: 1 row

Edging
With right side facing, attach the black and ch 1, sc up front opening until you reach the lower corner of the diagonal. Without ending off, make a chain about 40 cm long and SC back along the chain (tie made).Then continue to sc around neckline and down other front opening until you reach the lower corner of the diagonal, make tie with the same amount of chains used before. Then continue with sc around, 3 sc in corner stitch, sc around hemline, 3 sc in other corner stitch and join with a slip stitch. Fasten off.Also make 2 separate ties and sew these firmly on the sides (where the side seam would be if there was one) on the same length as the other 2 ties.

Sleeves
1. With right side facing, attach yarn at bottom of armhole, ch 2. Hdc around and join with a slip stitch in the top of the ch 2. Do not turn the sleeve to work in other direction. Keep working the same way around with each sleeve.
2. Ch 2, hdc around and join with a slip stitch in the top of the ch 2.
3. Ch 2, hdc-dec, hdc around until last 2 stitches, hdc-dec and join with a slip stitch in the top of the ch 2.
Repeat 2. and 3. until the width of the sleeve measures approx. 13 cm. Then repeat 2. until the sleeve measures 24 cm in length. This is the breakdown for my color changes at the end of the sleeves:
--Baby Pink: 15 rows
--Black: 1 row
--Country Rose: 1 row
--Black: 1 row
When doing an edging in contrasting yarn, finish off. Join yarn in new color with right side facing, ch 1 and sc around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the ch 1. Finish of and weave in ends.
Repeat with other sleeve.