Lantern Tote

Finished Lantern Tote 2

Here is the finished product. It was made with 100% cotton twine. It took 3 spools each of 176 yards. I used a Size D crochet hook. The bottom is made of single crochet stitches in the round. The pattern is a star or margarette pattern. Each star section consist of 4 rows separated by a band of three rows of single crochet.

This tote came out bigger(wider) than I thought.

This is what it look like after the first section of the star pattern Lantern tote side

lantern tote interior

Finished Lantern Tote

I’m think it will make a great bag for my needlework.

Lemon Tank Top

crocheted tank top side view

Finally completed my crocheted tank top. Using crochet thread from my stash, I selected this lemon color knit cro-sheen. This top was done in double strand and is worked from the bottom up.

Crochet tank top

Here is what the process looks like–this picture shows the completed back the the hemline of the front piece.

In progress--back done and front in pgrogress

In progress–back done and front in pgrogress

Here are a few pictures showing the details of the pattern.

Yoke Trim with Shoulder Strap

Yoke Trim with Shoulder Strap

crocheted tank top hem trim

Pastel Top

Wanted to make a summer top for one of my daughters. Since I’m in a crocheting mood, I made another crocheted yoke top. The basic yoke is the same; however, I changed the edging.

yoke close up

The edging contains a three-row fan pattern–wherein the last row of the fan is made with popcorn stitch. The original pattern calls for this pattern to be repeated one more time. Because I worked in knit cro-sheen I worked in double strand. I wanted a richer texture. As I was running low on thread, I altered the yoke pattern by crocheting two rows of sc, ch3, sc. My last row was done in a single strand and consists of 5 dc fan.

varigated pastel yoke

I then altered a simple t-shirt pattern by making narrower shoulder seams. I used a cotton knit for the body. All edges were serged. Armholes and neckline were done in a simple folder over hem. The yoke was attached at the neckline with a row of machine stitching.

finished top

close up--top

Jeans Skirt

Whipped up two jeans skirts this week. One was made using the yoke pattern style I did earlier. Did not line the jeans skirt.

I had enough fabric left over for a second skirt so I made a simple A-line skirt with waist darts (front and back).

jeans skirt

Now, my summer wardrobe is growing.

Linen Yoke Skirt

Front view of skirt

Front view of skirt

My sewing journey continues as I worked on a linen skirt to add to my summer wardrobe. Resurrecting my drafting skills, with the drafting of this yoked skirt. As this is a summer skirt, I wanted a lightweight fabric and settled on a latte-colored linen fabric from my stash. As linen can be transparent, decided to line this skirt. The lining is a cream colored polyester cotton of a medium weight.

Zipper closure

Zipper closure

The lining is attached at the waist. A seven inch zipper was added to the center back seam. A hook and eye is hidden at the top of the zipper closure. Top stitching completes the finishing touches.

lined skirt

Jersey Knit Summer Dress

Jersey Knit Summer Dress

Continuing with my sewing streak, I made this cute summer dress. It is made with jersey knit. I used the following pattern for this dress.

Summer Dress Pattern I adjusted the pattern for my measurements. Since the jersey fabric was quite wide, I was able to cut out the two body pieces (front and back) from a single length. Using a contrasting knit, I cut out the yoke. I made a double yoke so one yoke could be used as the facing. I also used iron interfacing (for knits) to help give body to the yoke. I love to top stitch my yokes as I feel it gives it a finished look.

Crochet Yokes

Crochet Yoke with Fan Edging

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Modifying the crochet yoke used in the Mustard top, I used a single strand of pink with gold Knit Cro-Sheen thread. The needle was a size 8. In the Mustard top, in the second row of the fan, I used a puff stitch. In this version, I switched to a popcorn stitch. Each fan starts off with 8 dc (first row of fan). The second row of the fan consists of 1 dc, ch 1 …. The last row of the fan consisted of 8 puff stitches or 8 popcorn stitches In either the puff stitch or the popcorn stitch I used 5 dc.

Also, did another version of this pattern using a variegated red Knit Cro-Sheen thread. When using a single strand, I always go back to my favorite crochet hook, #8.

Lemon Kiss

Crochet shell close up

This crochet top was made using 100% mercerized cotton thread. To get the desired look, I used a D hook and double strand. The bottom of the top is made in a lacy pattern which was separated by a row of dc and 3 chain spaces which holds the crocheted tie. The bodice and straps are done in dc.

Peachy Lace

shell stitch tank top

Crochet tank top

This crocheted top was made from a pattern found on a website–Crochet for Dummies. It is made in a shell stitch.

Mustard Crocheted Yoke Top

mustard crochet yoke

This crochet yoke top is a perfect tee for the upcoming summer. The yoke was made with double strand 100% mercerized cotton thread. The color was mellow mustard. A size D crochet hook was used. Once the yoke was completed, it was blocked. Then a simple tee shirt pattern was used for the body. To mark the yoke, I placed the crocheted yoke on the pattern to mark the correct position. The tee shirt body was seams were finished on my serger. The armhole and hemline were finished with a two-row hemstitch.

mustard crochet top

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