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Sewing for Everyday: More Yoshiko Tsukiori + A Knit Dress

Here I go again. I am  still sewing from Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Japanese sewing books. There are so many patterns! This is my go-to source for simple everyday clothes.

I made another Jersey Bolero from Sew Chic.

Simple instructions with diagrams. Jacket has only 3 patterns pieces
Simple instructions with diagrams. Jacket has only 3 patterns pieces
Simplcity 1630 dress with Sew Chic Jersey Style Bolero
Simplicity 1630 dress with Sew Chic Jersey Style Bolero

This time I used denim with white top stitching and added a lining. I need to make a pencil skirt for this. Loving the silhouette.

Sew Chic: N Bolero-style Jacket in  Denim
Sew Chic: N Bolero-style Jacket in Denim
Sew Chic: N Bolero-style Jacket in  Denim
Sew Chic: N Bolero-style Jacket in Denim
Sew Chic Jean Bolero inside
Inside of Sew Chic: “N” Jersey Bolero Style Jacket in Denim.

The next garment is from Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom. Tunic Q.

Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom Q Tunic
Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom Q Tunic

Stylishdressbook WWFQ (3)Instead of knit jersey I used a linen/rayon blend. The tuck detail at the neckline tames the fullness at top which I like.

The Q tunic has tucks and a square neckline
The Q tunic has tucks and a square neckline
Stylishdressbook WWFQ (2)
Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom Q Tunic

Aside from neckline, it is super roomy and comfortable to wear. The perfect Thanksgiving top. I bet I could stuff two turkeys in this blouse.Stylishdressbook WWFQ (5)

Finally, I decided to conquer my fear of sewing knits on my sewing machine. After several false starts, I did a Google search and found that I needed to use a “walking foot” and ball point needle on my machine. That did the trick. I sewed McCalls 6612.

McCalls 6612
McCalls 6612

Love this pattern, the cowl neckline is my favorite. My only issue is that I tend not to wear straight cut, form fitting clothing because I am pear shaped. I am an A-line kind of girl. I have gotten all kinds of advice on how to make this style work on me. Get some Spanx, wear a belt and jacket, add ruching at the waist, drink tea, sigh. I think I will add more ease to the side seams to make more of an A-line dress. Either way, I will be using this pattern again. It has lots of versatility.

McCall's 6612
McCall’s 6612
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2014 Cotton Finale

It’s been a long growing season (February to November). My 2014 northern Indiana cotton crop is finally in.  This year I tried a few different things in hopes of increasing my yield, like well, planting twice as many plants and fertilizing. It didn’t work. I did not get as much as last year . This probably should not be called a crop (false advertisement right?). The huge yield I had last year amounted to less than 4 ounces 🙂 All the same I enjoyed watching it grow. However small the amount it is still useful. Next year I will most likely need to replace the soil on the side of the house where I grow it and plant less. I think poor spacing and depleted soil caused me to get less yield.

I ended up picking the cotton at the end of October, earlier than usual (mid November) because it kept raining and I didn’t want the cotton to rot. I already had a few casualties at this point.

Too much rain. This cotton boll rotted
Too much rain. This cotton boll rotted

The cool thing is even if you pick the bolls early while they’re still green, they still open up just fine on their own as they dry. It takes about two weeks but they will open. It’s actually kind of cool to watch.

I like the cool, finger-like leaves that cover the bolls
I like the cool, finger-like leaves that cover the bolls
My little nephew Waymel was glad to help.
My little nephew Waymel was glad to help  with the bucket

 

Cotton Bolls picked early
Cotton Bolls picked early
This boll is starting to split
This boll is starting to split

 

I potted two plants and brought them inside. I'm curious to see what they look like next year. Cotton tree maybe?
I potted two plants and brought them inside curious to see what they will look like next year. Cotton tree maybe?

This is it. I haven’t seeded the cotton yet. Right now I’m enjoying the fluffy, cuteness in a bowl on my mantel.

My tiny little cotton crop
My tiny little 2014 cotton crop