|[Photo courtesy of landsend.com]|
They were my teaching uniform, and thanks to a belly band I bought at Target, I prolonged their use. The problem was that the belly band made my pockets inaccessible, and it would slip and slide throughout the day. I constantly needed to hike it up or down--not really a classroom-friendly endeavor. I needed a permanent solution.
I went on a pilgrimage to Joann's with PB right before Thanksgiving, where I found the necessary wide elastic and cotton/lycra fabric. Bonus: it's ribbed just like the corduroy! Then out came the seam ripper and off came the waistband. Because I only have a basic sewing machine, I had to read up on how to sew knits without a serger. The zigzag stitch seemed to do just fine. Plus, the tutorial mentions how to reinforce the new stretchy waistband if you want it to be extra strong.
Now to do it all over again with a pair of my french walnut boot cut corduroys...
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Modest Maven's Converted Maternity Pants Tutorial, I am now the proud owner of some stylish, comfortable, LONG ENOUGH maternity corduroy trousers! I began with some dark mahogany Lands' End slim leg cords. I love them so much that I own several pairs.
Monday, November 28, 2011
I just finished off the dotty little penguin blanket with red binding, thanks to my sister Anna's advice. She told me babies respond best to high contrast things because it helps their little eyes develop. Take that, sickly pink and powder blue! This color combination is so classic that it'll work for both boys and girls.
And yet I love it so much that I just might keep it for myself...
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The new Twist Collective came out! While this issue is full of gorgeous knitting patterns, as always, I fell in love with the dramatic, luminous, jewel-toned skirts featured in the first few pages.
Just when I thought they couldn't get more gorgeous, this photo reveals the brilliant tulle beneath. It's so...juicy.
[All photos were stolen shamelessly from the winter 2011 issue of Twist Collective. They were all taken by Jane Heller and can be found in the original here.]
Friday, November 18, 2011
I've been spinning up the 4 oz. of lovely deep blue merino roving I bought at A Verb for Keeping Warm on our trip to California. The colorway is called "Baltic."
I knit it right off the drop spindle, which I'm pretty sure is a no-no.
Help me decide! And then I can spin up that bump of pink and make the opposite.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
This weekend I attended two wonderful lectures by Fr. Irenei Steenberg during the OISM (Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement) conference at Holy Trinity Seminary. Obviously, I knit the whole time. As a result, I've finished a pilot cap in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for Juliana of A Stamp a Day's new baby girl.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
My sister Emily loaned me tons of awesome clothes to get me through the freezing winter here. I fell in love with the beautiful detail on this shirt, but I'm afraid it might not work without a little layering.scrap bag from the Alabama Studio Store. (If you have any vintage handkerchieves lying around, I bet they'd do the trick...) Sure enough, there was a bit of winter white that was just the right size.
I folded it in half,
slipped it in,
tucking it into my bra,
which held it in place better than I expected,
and then promptly bragged about it to Pete.
He was duly impressed.