When I think about my sewing friends Ines is always on top of my list. We live quite near and we have met many times already. Not only is she as nice and warm as her smile, she is also a huge inspiration. And I know I am not alone in this… That’s why a bunch of bloggers got together today to celebrate: INESPIRATION!
PATTERN 1: Sleeveless Top from the Japanese Book Knitwear for Kids. I was already a JSB fan when I meet Ines but I was afraid of getting the original books in Japanese – as I thought I would not understand the instructions - and only got the English translations. Ines was the one opening the doors of the “wonderful world of real Japanese sewing books”. And what a world it is! The instructions are not that hard to follow and there is a myriad of amazing designs waiting to been sewn. The pattern for this top comes from a book that covers all basic knits patterns for kids. I really loved this specific design as it gives a girly twist to a basic sleeveless top. I made no alterations to the original pattern and the fit is perfect. (Thanks Andreia for borrowing me this book! We need to get together so I can return it.)
FABRIC 1: Pyry Jersey in Maple Sugar/Black and Rib Knit in Black both from Nosh. Whenever I think of Ines I think of sewing with knits, I think of sewing with organic knits, I think of sewing with good quality organic knits and finally I think of sewing with Nosh! My kids need to thank Ines for making me sew clothes using these amazing fabrics as they say they make the most comfortable clothes ever. They also need to thank Ines for making me try to change my style and trying to make (slightly) edgier clothes for them…
PATTERN 2: Waterfall Raglan by Chalk and Notch. I know Ines is a great fan of Gabriela’s patterns and so am I. As usual everything in this pattern is simply perfect. For the first time I went to the copy shop to print the pattern and I got totally addicted. So easy. So fast. Not that expensive. And, lucky me, the copy shop is across de street from Teresa´s new school. The pattern was design for jersey knits and I used not as stretchy sweatshirt knit but it still worked really nicely as I sewn one size up to be sure Teresa could move freely. I think next time I will will rise the neckline just a little bit as this one works beautifully for a shirt but is kind of low for a sweatshirt (you can see the tank top rib popping...) Asked by Teresa - yes, she knows what she wants when is come to her clothing - I changed a couple of things to the original design: I added very narrow sleeve cuffs made from the same rib as the neckband and I cut the hem ruffle cross grain. Teresa loved the final result and Ines has already asked me to sew a Waterfall for her too.
FABRIC 2: Loopback Sweatshirting in Black/Vanilla and Rib Knit in Maple Sugar both by Nosh. Teresa picked this striped fabric long time ago but I only got to sew it now… When my kids were younger I though black was not a color children would wear. Ines has proven I was totally wrong and now they wear black a lot and I love it! Actually Teresa wardrobe is mostly black/white/light pink so this sweater fits the bill perfectly. I was thinking about using black rib for the neckband but then I spotted the light pink rib and asked Teresa if she would prefer it. She said yes so light pink it was. I am really happy with the final result and so is Teresa!
Thank you so much Ines for all the inspiration and friendship! I hope we can meet again very soon!
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