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Mojo rising

2011 September 20
by elizabeth_admin

So I spent much of yesterday fantasizing about which skirt pattern to use for my oh so special Mood remnant of cashmere corduroy in burnt orange.  Oh how I love this fabric. 

cashmere corduroy - Mood Fabric


Karen also loves it and tried to steal it or manipulate me into giving it to her all day on Saturday.  She’s not getting it.  I told her I was going to sew it up right away so there would be no chance of her stealing it.  I didn’t have time to rummage through my patterns last night, but I did have some ideas about what kind of details I wanted to have in my skirt:

  • Must have waistband
  • Must be lined
  • Must be pegged
  • Must be form-fitting (no pouffing under the belly)

My heretofore TNT pattern for pencil skirts has been Simplicity 2452.


But this skirt has no waistband, is not lined, and has undesired pouffiness under the belly of which I have not been able to rid myself.  I was perusing the skirts on the big 3, Simplicity and New Look and found one that I think will be just perfect for my cashmere corduroy, Simplicity 5259.


This skirt has a thin waistband, is easy to insert a lining into and has that very sexy front slit.  LOVE. IT.  It’s not pegged, but I can do that on my own.  It looks pretty form-fitting too.  I’m pretty excited.  Wouldn’t my beautiful corduroy shine in this skirt pattern?

I better buy the pattern quick before Karen breaks into my apartment!

In other fiber news, I finished Jack’s winter hat last night and I am just loving it. 


I used this free Ravelry download, the R&B pattern, but with a lot of modifications.  I added nine rows to make it long enough to fit Jack’s head and cover his ears and I changed the amount of rows per color so it looked more uniform throughout.  I think I done good!  It took three sessions of frogging to get the sizing and look right though, but it was well worth it.  Jack looks so cute in this sporty and manly hat.


That’s my sweetie pie!  I love him so.  🙂  

Next up is Jack’s winter scarf which will be striped as well.  Speaking of the stripes, someone commented a few posts back that I could use a Russian join for the changing colors in my pattern.  I took a look at that but couldn’t work out how I would do that and have the color change exactly when I needed it to, so I just used the float method.  I ended up only having to weave in four ends that way.  So, it was all good.  I am going to use this pattern  by Liesl of Disdressed and Oliver and S fame again for his scarf.  Super easy and super fast and I love how it stays on and keeps him warm.

May your sewing mojo be constant and Karen’s hands be kept off your fabrics!

10 Responses leave one →
  1. September 20, 2011

    Never mind Karen, I want your scrap of Orange cashmere! It’s gorgeous. Good luck with the skirt. Jack looks thrilled to bits with his hat.

  2. Karen Mulkey permalink
    September 20, 2011

    Your burnt orange cashmere corduroy will be perfect in S5259. It’s an easy, peasy pattern. Have you made up the jacket (view with bias band) on S2452? I’ve been thinking about making that one.

    Jack looks adorable!

  3. September 20, 2011

    Cute hat! Cuter wee boy!

    Hurry up and sew the skirt!

  4. annie permalink
    September 20, 2011

    Advice about Karen noted! She might want that beautiful corduroy for a vest for Mario’s new shirt….

  5. September 20, 2011

    That corduroy is not safe until it’s been cut, and even then, it may not be. I could always add a burnt orange corduroy skirt to my wardrobe, especially such a flattering pattern.

    You have my shipping address.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      September 21, 2011

      No amount of arm twisting will make me give up my beautiful cashmere corduroy. I am on to you Karen!

  6. September 20, 2011

    I love that cashmere corduroy! I can just imagine how soft it must be to the touch! ~ Peggy

  7. September 21, 2011

    That is indeed superior orange cord. Lucky you!

    Jack’s hat (and Jack btw) is adorable, you could knit a scarf crossways and the yarn ends could be fringe? Otherwise I suspect you’re stuck with end weaving.

  8. September 22, 2011

    Eager to see how the skirt turns out! I too am looking for the holy grail of a non-belly-poofy straight skirt with a thin waistband. All I know so far is that double front darts do not work for me.

    Love the hat (and the wearer!).

  9. September 23, 2011

    I recommend Simplicity 2475. It has a hip band rather than a waist band but is a perfect pattern.

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