Ok to be fair being the first item on my list for KCW actually had been started last week, they just needed the bindings sewn on and to be hemmed. I thought it best to finish what I started first though. I did not get a chance to finish them over the weekend as The Boy was doing some electrical work in our dining area which means the cords for my machines are not longer a trip hazard. Hurrah!
I made these Winter essentials in merino (naturally) using a free Ottobre Design pattern that is tried and true over the past three winters for me. I have subscribed to the magazine again this year. While it isn’t cheap the number of patterns and sizes you get in a magazine is good value for money and being European the designs offer something different than the standard fare.
I made two for the Captain and three for the Princess. The Captain will also be getting some blue long-sleeve merino tops to wear under his polo shirt for school as their uniform only offers short-sleeves with a sweatshirt. He was really excited to try this on, promptly declared it perfect and wore it the rest of the afternoon.
This grey merino though was a Trade Me (E-Bay) bargain I got last year, a big box of designers samples from Workshop, Stolen Girlfriends Club and more, the cost of the box was worth it alone for the 5m of this soft light fabric. I intend to make a top or two for myself from it too.
I prefer merino for it’s ability to wick moisture away from the body, it’s wearability, washability and general comfort level for the wearer. It is a wonderfully strong natural fibre produced right here in NZ and I am lucky enough to live reasonably close to a great mill outlet store for Designer Textiles called The Fabric Shop Factory Outlet.
I am also doing some pattern testing for a local designer. It is super cute and I can’t wait to share once I am allowed.