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Many of you may remember my PMB by PMC website at www.flyingember.com/sewing/sewing.html. I designed it to share my challenges and successes using Boutique, Curves, Wild Stitches and Knits.
Well, it came to a halt last year when my grandson was born. Not only have I been spending a lot of free time with him, but my "webmaster" is his daddy. So I've had in my mind to switch to a blog, and it's finally working well enough to show! Now I can post more independently and more often!!!
So far I've added an entry showing two tops I made using the one-shoulder top from PM Knits. I'm really happy with the tops I designed to have coverage where it's needed using some thin jersey knits. Check out www.flyingember.com/stitching. Also, you will get to "see" "our" baby since I also did a post with some of his outfits.
Edited by PCMomwad 2011-12-07 12:16 AM
|Hi Phyllis |
Thank you for sharing your blog. Great design for the use of sheer fabrics for your tops.
DGS is adorable as are the clothes you made.
I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
|Cute babywear, cute baby!|
Nice tops as well
|The baby wear is great and I'm betting there is not one uncomfortable seam. Baby looks so content and adorable. |
I like your tops and the way you coped with the thin fabric. The mint green is my favorite. Your work inspires me to do more sewing for myself.
Edited by Grandma C 2011-12-08 1:14 PM
|Phyllis, I love what you did with the knits. That was a clever way to handle a border print. I do have a question. How did you treat the back of the sheer one?|
Hi Margie--the back of both tops looks the same as the front. I did tack the overlaps together so I can tell which is front and back. Basically I drafted the one shoulder top, discarded some pieces, then cut two each of the back and front.
(Crossover semisheer top 4-11 back lor res.jpg)
Crossover semisheer top 4-11 back lor res.jpg (73KB - 12 downloads)
|That is a very good solution to a sheer back. Thank you, Phyllis, for your generous sharing.|
|You are welcome! I am rather pleased with the design of this, rather than doing the same old top over a camisole style.|
|Nice work on all. My favorite is the black and white top, great use of a dramatic print. Nice.|
Location: British Columbia, Canada
|Phyllis, I just revisited your PMB creations website (the first link) and am once again amazed at your creatvity and talent.|
Makes me wonder what I've been doing with my time :-D.
You've given me fresh inspiation to start the new year.
Now I'm off to our local fabric store for their big New Year day sale.
Happy New Year!
So happy to be of help! My new goal is to catch up on posting my latest sewing. I slowed down due to the holidays and making my next DIL's wedding dress. (pictures later, like in June after the wedding.) I also have a couple of years of photos to put in albums hanging over my head, including a few thousand (not kidding) of the first grandson's first year. Sure wish I could work part time instead of full time!
Location: Fort Branch, Indiana
I have been admiring your work for several years now. I have a question----do you ever sleep Everything I have ever seen that you make inspires me. I am an avid knitter and the top with the hand-knit yoke made me say to myself, "Why didn't I ever do that?" You inspire, inspire, and inspire more. Maybe when I move back to our farm in Nebraska (25 miles NW of Lincoln) I can meet up with you (it's about 3 hours to KC) and go on those sewing jaunts to fabric stores. (I am inviting myself here---sorry.) We have so few fabric stores here in SW Indiana. I just learned of a store that opened last week handling heirloom fabrics. I hope there is more. Since Baer Fabrics in Louisville, KY (2-hour drive) closed, we have nothing worthwhile. Closest place is St. Louis (3 1/20hour drive) but getting to the stores is a chore. Lots and lots of traffic. Anyway, keep posting so we can be insprired. I am ashamed to say I have never posted anything I have made---shame on me but I just never think of it.
Enjoy your grandson. I envy you having a babe to sew for. It is fun!
Sure I sleep. Just not as much as most people. I also don't watch TV (any, ever!) and have a fab husband who does his share (or more) of the housework. The other thing is that I'm wired to create, and get cranky if I don't do a "project" once in awhile. I also don't "sit and do nothing" very well, so the knitting is an excellent solution for that as I don't have to pay much attention to most of it.
If and when you can come to Kansas City, let me know! I can help you find what good fabric shopping we have left, either in person or via directions.
Do post your projects. You never know (and may never know unless someone replies) who you might inspire or help solve a problem. One thing I enjoy the Internet is the sharing on the forum and chat list, as my sewing guild has pooped out and few around me sew. PMC
Edited by PCMomwad 2012-01-07 2:47 PM
It's always a joy to visit your site,and I always leave meaning to copy--yes I said copy-- everything I see. Well of course I don't but--I truely believe that the knitted yoke is the prettiest thing I have seen in a long while! And I knit and know that a good deal of time went into the planning of it. Girl your a whiz!
Thanks, Coopie and others who have admired the color-blended knit yoke top. Actually, that design just sort of "happened".
1. My son showed his photography at an art show where I ran into a friend from the past and bought one of her kits to knit a scarf of periwinkle (a favorite color) to white dip-dyed yarn.
2. Knit a triangular scarf. Loved the color transition but didn't care for the shape and how it draped, and didn't think I would wear it.
3. Decided to knit a circular yoke. Measured my dress form to determine how many inches to cast on and how many to end up with. Decided 12 yarn over increases every other row would give me the right shape.
4. Checked my personal resource center. (Stash) Found a length of Sophia stretch double knit in the perfect color!
5. Knit the yoke, checking the fit frequently on the dress form. Knit until I was nearly out of yarn. Finished with a crocheted edge. The nice thing about knits is that they stretch to fit what's underneath.
6. Drafted and sewed a princess line top. I actually cut the neckline as a jewel, sewed the top, then put it on my dress form. Once I placed the yoke over the top and pinned it into place to my satisfaction, I machine-stitched along the bottom edge with two rows, then cut away the excess fabric from behind the knitted yoke. To stabilize the top neckline edge, I hand stitched some clear elastic on the back side.
So with these directions, I encourage anyone to try knitting a yoke then overlaying it on a dress or top! The knitting is fast and doesn't take much yarn.
Photos and more description at www.flyingember.com/sewing/sewing.html
Edited by PCMomwad 2012-01-12 11:58 PM
(Periwinkle top with hand knit yoke close up lo res.jpg)
Periwinkle top with hand knit yoke close up lo res.jpg (57KB - 11 downloads)
Location: Queensland, Australia
|Absolutely spectacular Phyllis and thanks for sharing!! Thanks also for the challenge to anyone interested to try something like this!!|
Location: Edgewood, WA
|Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. |
Location: Santa Cruz, Ca
|Wow, I'm so happy you started blogging again! Beautiful top! |
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