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Palisade Shorts

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It wasn’t warm at home today but I wanted to document the second muslin of my Papercut Palisade Pants which I finished off recently.

I used up some more of a blue linen that I’ve made a dress from since there were enough scraps to make these. I did use the shorts line for this pair but instead of folding under the hem, I added a binding so that they wouldn’t be as short.

The front waistband isn’t interfaced which is causing the fabric to pull in at the top where the elastic is attached. I could buy some webbing that is the right thickness and attach it along the front to strengthen it. I also omitted the faux fly.

The pockets are a bit bunchy this time. I attached all the pockets together (closer to the construction directions) whereas last time, I let each pocket hang freely. Perhaps sewing them individually would be better, but the other pair might also be less bulky because I used a thinner lining fabric and pieced the pockets (instead of sewing them out of the fashion fabric as the directions suggest).

Now I have to decide if I should make any more adjustments before cutting out my next pair as full pants. What do you think?

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February 18, 2019 at 12:50 pm

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Rusty Sweater

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Yesterday I sewed on a button band and buttons (hand made from avocados) and I’m happy to be done this sweater.
It’s made with Istex Plutolopi – my friend brought back 6 skeins from Iceland years ago. I purchased an additional skein for the yoke design and used a pattern found online, Ryðrauð.

I paused making the sweater during the summer, when I found that the neckline wasn’t where I wanted it. I want my sweaters to come up around my neck in a circle, not stretched into an oblong (that shows more shoulder) which they tend to do unless they have additional room in the back. I felt trying on the sweater would make me too hot so I didn’t figure out what to do with it for a while. I added short rows after the design repeat which in retrospect, I think would have been better to do under the yoke. I still didn’t feel like it came up far enough so I added more short rows over the shoulders – this has made it look pouchy over the shoulders and I haven’t been able to block them down but for now, I’m going to wear it like this.

Because the yarn is so light, this sweater is extremely light (about 210g). It’s very warm (though I do find it a little scratchy). It will be a great addition to my non-synthetic wardrobe.

See more photos on instagram.

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February 15, 2019 at 3:28 pm

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Slow Ski

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1/160s, f8, 200ISO, autoWB, 30mm.

I didn’t feel like going out today but T went for a ski around the field (he said it was too slippery though). I did defrost the freezer, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, so I can say that I got things done today.

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February 14, 2019 at 2:42 pm

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Skiing on the Green Trail

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1/80s, f9, 800ISO, autoWB, 18mm.

It’s starting to warm up but there was some fresh snow yesterday so we went to Northumberland Forest again to go skiing while it lasts.
There were a few people who wanted to walk on the Beagle Club trails and I tried to be nice while I told them that this was not the place to walk (but there are designated places not far away).
We skied the green B trail in its entirety and since there had been many visitors before us and the temperatures were high, it didn’t take long.
I should have had my ski model wear brighter colours for a more exciting photo.

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February 2, 2019 at 3:22 pm

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Sunny Snowshoe

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1/1250s, f5.6, 400ISO, autoWB, 32mm.

I decided to ski today and T regretted snowshoeing – the drifts on the east side were high. More photos from today on instagram.

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January 31, 2019 at 1:41 pm

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Natural Ice

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1/160s, f5.6, 200ISO, autoWB, 18mm.

I noticed a huge sheet of ice in the field so we went out for a (breezy) skate this afternoon. Too bad some silly snowmobilers decided to cross it before it froze as it was an otherwise beautiful sheet. It was great to be the only two skaters on this huge area of ice. More photos on instagram.

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January 26, 2019 at 5:06 pm

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Palisade Shorts

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If you’re wondering why I’m wearing shorts in the winter (but note, not outside), read on to find out more about my muslin of the Palisade Pants pattern from Papercut.

I recently bought this pattern; I liked the pockets and that it was designed for wovens but has elastic waist (=comfort). I searched through my fabric for something to use to make a muslin out of and found an abandoned pair of pants that was started by my sister. It’s a light weave and has no stretch.
Based on my dislike of high-rise pants, I reduced the height of the pattern pieces by 2″.

I cut the pants as long as I could (much longer than the shorts line of the pattern) – because there are six main leg pieces, the result is long shorts. I used some light fabric for some of the pocket linings because I didn’t have enough if I were to cut them out of self fabric. This required a bit more thought (regarding which pieces faced inside). I did not follow the interfacing directions (as in, I did not use interfacing).

I should have not topstitched the seams, as I did want this to be a muslin, but I did. When it came to attach the waistband, it was too short and I was pretty annoyed (and let it sit a week unfixed). Perhaps I sewed the seams with slightly slimmer seam allowances than I should have; I was 5/8″ short. I eventually realized I could reduce the amount of unpicking by sewing in a matching piece of fabric (the waistband already had to be pieced due to the limited amount of fabric and I used the lining for the inner waistband also).

The pants look really roomy, in comparison to those I’ve seen made and in the product photos. I made size medium, based on my 39″ hips. When I squat down in these shorts, my thighs do fill up the leg. I was hoping to use this pattern to make some work pants so I think this size is appropriate for that – though I should raise the back waist height somewhat for that. For a dressier pair of pants though, I should probably size down to small as I feel like they are pretty bulky.
I didn’t cut off and sew down the elastic yet, as I might see if they fit my mother. Or perhaps they’ll shrink a bit – since I just reused the fabric, it may not have been pre-washed.
More photos on instagram.

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January 17, 2019 at 12:09 pm

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