Summer Festival Dress + Sandals

Last October, shortly before I jumped on a plane for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, I quickly sewed up my second Alder dress.  I modified the neckline to remove the collar and add a V.  The fabric is hand dyed and printed cotton from Merchant and Mills.  The fabric is so light and breezy and the longer length in the back makes it perfect for sitting in the grass and listening to music.

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And if you notice the sandals, they are my second pair of handmade leather sandals.  I used the same outline for the sole as my first pair and drafted the pattern for the uppers myself.  I used Birkenstock rubber rubber for the soles and coincidentally found two Birkenstock buckles from a local cobbler.  I treated the leather with olive oil and they darkened up quite nicely, and are even darker now after wearing them for a week in the sun.  Here are some photos…

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Handmade Leather Sandals

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending one of Rachel Corry’s  leather sandal making workshops at Moonrise Creative here in Victoria.  Moonrise Creative is a beautiful space in Fernwood, one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Victoria.  And I can’t say enough about the workshop itself.  Look below, in one day I came home with a pair of these and this skills to make more.  I foresee many more to come, today I am wearing my second pair and am working on a third.

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My first pair of leather sandals.

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Here I am working on them.  There are many steps, including drafting the pattern for the uppers and the soles, cutting, glueing, skiving, scratching, nailing and more glueing.

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And, here are all the wonderful creations made by students and Rachel.

 

It’s Been a Long Winter

It’s been a long winter… well, not on the west coast.  Winter was over before it even began here in the Pacific Northwest.  I finished knitting this Rosemont Cardigan at the beginning of November, right before a short trip to Tofino.

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Here I am on Chesterman’s Beach enjoying a warm sunny afternoon in Tofino.  I’ve wrapped myself up in the sweater all winter and its starting to show some wear, but I love it more and more.  I had some issues following the pattern at the beginning, but I believe it has since been re-released with some improved instructions.  I used Knit Picks Full Circle worsted yarn that I had in my stash.  It is incredibly soft, but if you are adverse to pilling, you might want to choose another yarn.

I spent my creative time this winter more with my knitting needles than at my sewing machine.  Man am I a slow knitter.  I am just now finishing up the second sleeve on my next sweater.  Hope to have more to show you soon.