The Pinkie Pie Experiment

Last week, my husband and I were watching the “Suited for Success” episode of My Little Pony and then I had a moment of inspiration and fell asleep thinking of how to execute my plan. Thus, The Pinkie Pie Experiment.

Pinkie Pie  is thus far, my favorite pony from the show. She is my muse for the outfit that I plan to make. It’s two parts: a bubblegum pink cardigan (I ordered a swatch from Mood) with Pinkie Pie’s cutie mark embroidered on it near the shoulder; and a skirt, also inspired of Pinkie Pie’s colors, with an applique of her near the hem. I toyed with the idea of creating her entirely in embroidery, but that’s a lot of stitching, so I decided against it.

Pinkie Pie applique

Pinkie Pie applique

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Knit Maxi Skirt

Tobin, the cat, photobombs my picture

Tobin, the cat, photobombs my picture (sweater knitted by mom)

A few weeks ago, one of my girl friends asked if we could make maxi skirts. Being the engineer I am, I wanted to work off a pattern, so I found McCall’s 6608.  Same night I picked it up from Hancock Fabrics, I bought the interlock knit in navy (it’s medium weight) and went with 1 1/4″ wide elastic since they didn’t have any 1 1/2″ wide available.

I love long skirts, but I’m still trying to figure out this maxi skirt thing without tripping over it. :) It’s definitely a nice, warm skirt for winter!

Also, the sweater I’m wearing was knitted by my mom. It’s one of my favorites! Here’s the link to the pattern.

Pattern Description

Pattern is described as a skirt with elasticized waist and godets. It’s a maxi skirt, with godets, and an elastic waistband.

Pattern Sizing

I tried to pre-fit the pattern per the instructions in the pattern, and almost made a size bigger. Fortunately, a reviewer wrote that this pattern ran very big, so I went with a size 12. I probably could have gone smaller, in fact. But it fits! And I can always take in the waistband easily, if necessary.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Pretty much. I’m sure the fabric used in the photo shoot was made of a lighter-weight fabric than what I used.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yep! Easiest of the four styles!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

It was so easy and pretty fast. And with the godets, it added a little flare to the skirt that you wouldn’t normally get from a tube maxi skirt.

Fabric Used

A medium-weight interlock knit. Probably better used for a light-weight sweatshirt because it’s a lot of fabric and the skirt was pretty heavy when I was done with it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made

No alterations or changes, aside from using a different width of elastic.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

If I can find a lighter-weight knit, I’d make one for the spring/summer. Definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a maxi skirt with a little flare.

Conclusion

Making this skirt made me realize how much I need a serger. Thankfully, my sewing machine has a walking foot, so it made sewing the skirt a lot less painful than it could have been. :)

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Sewing Queue Roundup

Since finishing the applique on the U is for Unicorn quilt blocks at a frantic pace, I’m at a dead stop trying to figure out what to work on next. Oh, I know I have my ongoing projects, like the scarf and my cross-stitch, but sewing and quilting are my more focused projects that live in the craft ro-, I mean, spare bedroom.

Also, after we returned from our East Coast trip in October, I haven’t had a chance to go through my plunder. So let’s do that now:

Mood Fabrics was one of my “we have to stop there” places in NYC. I wandered all over the store, lamenting on what I wanted to make and how much I could afford, blah blah blah (I promised myself I would only spend my personal allowance money on fabric). We had found this beautiful pink jersey, but there was no price tag. I was about to walk away from it when a store employee asked me if they could help, so I asked how much it was hoping that it would only cost about $12/yd like some of the other jerseys nearby. Another employee came by and said it was $25/yd because it was silk jersey. She unrolled it and draped it and cooed over how lovely it would look on me. I winced at the price, not knowing what I would make with it, but she had me sold, so I bought 2-yards worth. Whatever I do make with it better be epic.  Like, REALLY EPIC.

Pink silk jersey from Mood Fabrics

Pink silk jersey from Mood Fabrics

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Quilting and Knitting Progress Report

I got all my blocks done by my self-imposed deadline! Here’s a pre-stitched preview of the last handful of them:

Block M

Block M

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Knitting is in My Blood

Okay, maybe that’s a bit premature, but I seem to have mastered the knit (or garter) stitch.

Yesterday, I woke up feeling pretty horrible. Maybe it was some kind of One-Day Flu, but I couldn’t manage to get out of bed to attempt to work from home. Instead, I sat in bed and caught up on my Hulu queue, and worked on my scarf during moments of lucidity. I got a fair amount done, and didn’t drop any more stitches! I’m really just hoping I have enough yarn, considering there’s still a few more large blocks of the tan yarn I’ve already used.

I have to say, I’m enjoying knitting more than crochet. It’s easier to keep track of stitches when they’re all hanging off a needle instead of trying to figure out which loop you’re suppose to thread your hook through.

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Knitting: Challenge Accepted

After I finished my crochet project, I told mom I wanted to learn to knit. I had a couple ideas from Pinterest I wanted to try, but she vetoed all of them and said, “You should do a scarf.”

*sigh* Fine.

Oh, but wait, I wanted to make a scarf after all. An 11-foot long scarf, to be exact. Yep, I’m making the Fourth Doctor’s scarf as worn by Tom Baker in the television series, Doctor Who. I ordered all the yarn I’d need (hopefully) from KnitPicks.com, and even got my sister-in-law to pitch in a few balls of yarn so I could get free shipping. I was so excited when I opened the box (but probably not as excited as my cats were).

Yarn delivery from KnitPicks.com

Yarn delivery from KnitPicks.com

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