Coco Chanel Jacket

Its a strange coincidence that a lot of my favourite patterns of late have been named Coco ( see the Coco dress, and now this).
This beautiful crocheted jacket pattern can be found in Simply Crochet magazine Issue 16, right on the cover in fact. Its simplicity and classic design has made me fall so in love with it.

I have been told by several people that It looks as if I bought it. A couple pluses to hand making clothes: save money like crazy, make it to fit your own body perfectly, and use vintage buttons. And bragging rights.

I could only give one little piece of advice for making this sweater. Make it longer. I probably added 10+ rows to the body and the sleeves, and it is still slightly short ( good for high waisted skirts though).

I used Berroco Vintage DK for this little beaut, and it was so nice to work with. The wool/acrylic/nylon blend is warm, and easy to clean! That means I have been wearing it at every possible opportunity.

Ok, enough bragging. Can't let my head get too big. 
Is it okay to brag about your homemade clothes? Do you do that too, just a little? It's ok to be honest. :) 

Happy Summer Folks!


The Lately List

Welcome to the second edition of The Lately List! This is just a collection of a few things that I have been up to. To remind me that of those little things in life that I love, and to keep being inspired by the things around me.

In Progress: Loooook! Its almost finished (it may even be finished by the time you read this)! I talked about this sweater in a post last week and my crazy (for me) finishing goal. And I think it should all work out.... check in soon!

Life: I am not a gardener. But I like plants. These days I have been loving succulents (like the rest of the Pinterest population).

Online: I have been loving looking making clothes for myself recently. Sewing and crocheting. I have two more projects lined up to crochet, but then I think it may be time to retry my hand at knitting. So, I turned to Ravelry, and searched "sweater" and checked off knit, free pattern, and easy. And this is what the magic of Ravelry came up with. I think/ hope I will be able to do this, its just stockinette stitch after all. It would be amazingly cozy for fall. Especially with some merino wool? Maybe I am just dreaming. You can get the pattern here!

Movie: Sleepless in Seattle constantly makes me cringe and melt at the same time. The girl is ridiculous and obsessive the whole time. But Tom Hanks is the sweetest... so maybe I get where the girl is coming from...? Anyway I really like this movie.

Quote: Job 8:21. There are so so many bible verses that talk about not worrying about the future, but this has stuck with me most. Don't worry, you'll be joyful soon, no matter how bad or hard it is now.

Have a great week! I know the rest of my week will be awesome :)


DIY Midi Skirt

Is there anything more wonderfully feminine than a great, comfortable, flowing skirt?
Ok, well, maybe a few things (Kate Middleton's wedding dress comes to mind), but they are definitely things outside my current budget.
But for a casual and adorable way keep your wardrobe fresh, a ten-dollar-half hour, skirt is the way to do it.

So on this skirt, because a) I was in a lazy mood and b) the fabric was super flowing, I skipped the part of my skirt tutorial ( look here! ) where you add pockets. Which means, this skirt is essentially 2 straight sewn lines and an elastic. And because it is knit, you really don't even need to hem it -- it won't fray.
I think that is something we can all deal with. Especially the flattering, comfortable and pretty part.

Sunny walks in the park, here I come.


(Murphy, as always, trying to use my time in the backyard as play time) 

Nine Days to Go

Hello Hello!

I have some crazy goals for finishing projects, but I think that if I remain motivated ( and tell everyone possible about these goals), I think I can make it.

If you remember (if not, go here to refresh), last week I started a little series called The Lately List.  And in that post I showed you what I was working on at the time. My WIP. 

Sadly, my lovely lavender sweater-to-be has been put into hibernation mode. I had been working on this pattern from Interweave Crochet Magazine. But as I was working on it, things seemed to make little, if any, sense. The pattern was published with so many mistakes, that I think I need to take everything apart (I have the front and back panels finished) and start over. Or choose a different pattern. So unfortunately that project has been put on hold. But, I had promised my sister that when I see her again in a week and a half, I would have a finished sweater (I am notoriously bad for starting and stopping and never restarting projects).

So, as a birthday gift, I got to go to my favourite local yarn store, Wolseley Wool. If you are ever in Winnipeg, seriously, check it out. Its the best place in the city. Who need tourist attractions like museums and parks and beaches anyway?

But back to my story, I was there for my birthday, and picked some yarn for my next project, a gorgeous cardigan/ button-down sweater from Simply Crochet Magazine. I had originally planned on working on near the end of summer, but now that I won't be able to finish that first sweater in time, I figure, I have a week and a half... maybe I could finish this one in time? On your marks... Get set...

Enough Blogging. Must crochet.