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Knitted Wool Vest – Splitstone Vest Pattern

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I recently finished knitting this brown wool vest.  The pattern, called Splitstone by designer Alicia Plummer. is available on Ravelry.   I used Rowan’s pure worsted wool made in England that I purchased at Fibre Space – a Yarn Universe in Alexandria, Virginia.  If you haven’t been to this wonderful indie store yet, you need to make a trip.  It is just a short Metro trip from Washington DC or any of the surrounding area if you are visiting. If you are a knitter, you will find yourself in paradise at Fibre Space!

This vest is knit bottom-to-top in the round.  I used US 6, 29″ needles for the ribbing and US 7, 29″ needles for the body, to obtain the 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches gauge.   The torso is shaped starting where the bottom ribbing ends.

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After I was finished knitting, I washed and blocked my vest.  I purchased these blocking mats and pins at Fibre Space.

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What I love about this vest is that it is a fitted pattern, knit to fit my curves and it extends to my hips.  It fits me so well, it adds just the right amount of warmth for a cool autumn day or evening.  The deep chocolate brown goes with so many pieces in my fall wardrobe.  It matches my favorite food, chocolate, perfectly.  So I do not have to worry about staining my new vest.  Of course, if any food gets on my wool vest, I wash it immediately with Soak wash.  This is the best rinse-free laundry soap for delicate items, like woolens and lingerie.  I buy Soak at Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia.

I wore this vest often as an extra layer during windy days in Provence.  I love it over the bodysuits I’ve been sewing using Madalynne’s bodysuit, Simplicity 8435.  More about these in an upcoming post.  Here I am in Saint-Remy-de-Provence in my natural habitat, which is…you guessed it, eating and drinking chocolate in a tea salon.

20171109_091923582_ios-e1512563817593.jpgAnd now it is lunchtime in Saint-Remy-de-Provence.  If it wasn’t for my husband, you would find me at a patisserie or boulangerie indulging in another round of sweets, but instead we are eating pates au saumon fume, which I also love.  Apparently, per my husband, the four food groups are not cake, candy, ice cream and cookies.

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20171109_113211553_iOSThe courtyard of the stone house, Les Deux Cypres, in Sanilhac, near Uzes.

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P1000841As always, thank you for visiting my blog!  Merci et au revoir!

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Two Bralette and Panty Sets from Simplicity 8228

I recently made two bralette and panty sets using Simplicity 8228.  This fabulous pattern was designed by Madalynne “Maddie” Flanigan.   I also have her other pattern, Simplicity 8229, which is an underwire bra and panty.  I am really looking forward to making these. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to make intimate apparel using Maddie’s patterns, you really should give these a go.  Maddie has tons of information on her website Madalynne.  On her site, you’ll find video tutorials, helpful information on lingerie making, including in-person classes, and lots of beautiful lace and kits for bra and panty-making, plus loads inspiration.  She has three  patterns releasing soon, also with Simplicity.  I can’t wait!

I purchased the material and galloon lace for these sets from the the Fabric Outlet on Mission Street in San Francisco.  This is one of the first fabric stores I visited when I moved to the Bay Area and I love it!  On top of having lots of fabulous fabrics and lace at great prices, and sometimes on sale, they have really nice folks to help you, too.

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The pink mesh is a bit more transparent than this picture shows.  The stretch black galloon lace that I used is 6″ in width.  The pattern calls for 8″ width, but for the bralette size that I made, which was a 36C, I was able to use this smaller width galloon.  I suggest that you lay out all of your pattern pieces prior to cutting to confirm you have enough lace. 

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The lining used for the bralette, above, and for the main part of the panty, is white with dots.  This stretch galloon lace is 7″ wide.

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This is the pattern I used for both sets and I highly recommend this pattern.  The pattern pieces and construction are well-designed and the instructions are clear.  The bralette and panties come together very quickly.  

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I did not use the spray adhesive that the designer, Maddie, recommends; instead I cut out the lace and basted it onto an uncut piece of lining.  Once attached, I confirmed that the pieces all fit together correctly and then I trimmed down the lining to match the lace.  This was all very easy. 

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Before trimming the lining, I made sure that the pieces lined up correctly.  

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I used standard 1/4″ black elastic on the inside edges of this bralette.

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There are no straps on this halter-style bralette, resulting in fewer pieces and an easier sew than sewing a standard bra. I used standard 1/4″ black elastic on the inside edges of this bralette.  Before sewing on the elastic, make sure that the hooks and eyes pieces are the same size as the area where they will attach on the bra straps.  If not, you will need to alter (cut) the straps.  

White Bralette and Panty Set BackI really like the design of the panties, and how the lace meets in the back.

The best part about these intimate sets is that they are so comfortable to wear, especially during the hot summer.  It’s also fun to have the lace visible at the back of the neck.   I love this pattern and I’m sure I’ll be making it again many times!

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The Life Changing Magic of Sewing Your Own Bras!

I am an electrical engineer and I love to sew, bake and knit.  I teach sewing and I do custom sewing for clients.  I recently discovered the magic of making bras and lingerie and it has completely changed my life!  I also love France and all things French, all kinds of lace and the color pink.  Jolirose is a combination of French words, “joli” is pretty and “rose” is pink, which together describe what I like to make.  Thank you for visiting my site!