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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: sock attack - lots of images! PATTERN LINK ADDED on: March 12, 2008 04:38:10 AM
Great Sock pattern! Thanks for posting it. I have it book marked and will try it out on my next pair.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yohji Yamamoto Jacket - free pattern on: March 10, 2008 08:20:08 PM
I fell in love with this design almost immediately specifically because of it's ingenuity, creativity, and simplicity. This design is definitely Japanese! It reminds me of a kimono because it folds up almost into a perfect rectangle, and it reminds me of origami because it only takes a few simple folds to bring it all together. To anyone who thinks it doesn't make sense I say try cutting out the instruction diagram to see how simple it really is.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yohji Yamamoto Jacket - free pattern on: March 10, 2008 07:29:14 PM
The pattern is found at: http://www.showstudio.com/projects/ddl_yamamoto/download.html

I taped the pattern together on Wednesday 3/8/08. I cut out the pattern and fabric on Thursday, sewed a bit on Friday night, all day Saturday (it rained ALL DAY), and I finished on Sunday (yesterday! 3/9/08) around 4pm and staged a fast photo shoot in the dying light. I am wearing it today and I cant believe I bought the fabric last Thursday.

Construction Notes:
- I bought 2.5 yards of grey heavy double knit wool (60 wide) for $18/ yard at Mood, NYC. I discovered that the pattern actually uses about 1.25 yards. Oh well.
- I lined this jacket, mostly because I had the silk satin already and I dont have a serger so a lining is a nicer finish.
- If I had a serger, I wouldnt have lined this jacket since the double knit looks the same on both sides. (My vintage Sears Kenmore has great stretch stitch functions, so I dont have problems sewing knits.) If I had known for sure that I was going to line this, I might have picked a lighter weight single knit just sayin.
- Lining the jacket renders the smaller striped area on the back pattern pointless it serves as a facing/hem for an unlined version. I have no idea what the striped areas on the short ends of the front piece are for since they are completely enclosed.
- I definitely recommend stay stitching the corners of the back piece that become the armpit and the middle flap (noted on the patterns by the stars) on both shell fabric and lining since they need to be clipped for optimum mobility. (By middle flap I refer to the striped section opposite the dart.)
- I did not cut/sew a dart in the lining... I did it as an inverted box pleat.
- I cut off the sleeve hems of the lining, and seamed them to the knit sleeve hems. This keeps the lining shorter and thus inside the sleeve.
- Since I lined the jacket, I did not sandwich the back in between the folded edges of the front. Rather, I seamed one edge of the front piece to the Back (pressed seam OPEN), and then seamed the other edge of the front to the back lining piece (press seam CLOSED).
- I trimmed all seam allowances aggressively to combat the bulkiness, and I zig-zag stitched the remaining seam allowances together to hold it all in place (not the sleeve SAs).
- I was extremely disciplined about steam pressing every seam as I was working.
- At this point the jacket was all constructed (inside out) except for the middle flap, which I used to turn the jacket right side out. I slip stitched the middle flap closed and added the metal snap.
And that is basically it. Even though I was figuring it out as I did it, it was pretty simple.
It does help to have some intermediate experience with sewing and constructing, but nothing out of the ordinary.
I had some helpful tips from squirrellypoo.

A note on size: I am 510 with a 39.5 chest. I find this jacket to be a bit snug. Do-able, but the snap likes to pop open. Now that I have made it once, I think it would be very easy to adjust this pattern to be larger. For anyone my size wanting to try this, I would recommend making a mock up in a cheap fabric to check the size. Then, its simply a matter of deciding how much and where. Just slash & spread horizontally and/or vertically on the pattern pieces, being careful to do make the same changes for the corresponding seams on both front & back.

To see more finished pics and construction details check out my flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wzrdreams/sets/72157604089867284/
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Grey Yohji Yamamoto jacket/shrug from free pattern! on: March 05, 2008 06:23:12 PM
I love this pattern! I just found it a few days ago and I have downloaded it, taped it and purchased a lovely grey double knit wool for this project. I am chomping at the bit to start it, but I have a question... did you sew the sleeve and body hems before seaming, or after? I think I can hem the sleeves after with no problem, but I am not so sure about the body since they tuck in at various angles... Did you stay stitch at the stars? I'm not having much luck with traditional sewing reference materials (vogue sewing) since this is anything but a traditional style garment. Any help or info is MUCH appreciated. You did a great job on yours!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Raspberry beret, the kind you find in a second hand store. on: October 11, 2007 03:10:40 PM
My sister TOTALLY asked me to make her a "Raspberry Beret" and I TOTALLY have that EXACT SAME YARN for the EXACT SAME PURPOSE!!!  Grin
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Silk Coachella on: August 12, 2007 12:10:19 PM
OK..... half way done and I have a question....

If doing the bust shaping - should I NOT count that as part of the 12 rows of stockinette? I've never done short rows and I'm a wee confused.... I think the shaping is in addition to the stockinette. Can someone confirm that for me?
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Ferragamo Knit Bag-along? on: August 02, 2007 05:46:00 PM
I LOVE your bag and I'd love to email you for the pattern HOWEVER the BlogSpot link forces Mail to open, which I do not use since I don't have .MAC account. I can't find any other way of getting in touch with you..... I would REALLY like a PDF of that pattern. HELP??
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Silk Coachella on: August 01, 2007 09:09:03 AM
Fabulous job!
This has been on  my list for a while now... I think it's high time I cast on.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bright! Red! Knee-high! Socks! on: July 15, 2007 07:48:06 AM
These are great! Please provide the pattern info.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: shopping tunic in different yarn on: July 14, 2007 11:57:28 AM
Wow! I'm very impressed by your interpretation. I think it's great that you were able to maintian the integrity of the design while changing the yarn & guage and knitting it inside out and upside down! Bravo!
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