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The Knitting and Stitching Show 2014 is back to Dublin this year from Thursday, Oct 30th – Sunday, Nov 2nd. It’s Ireland’s largest textile and craft event and it’s a really great day out. I go every year and always have such a great time. It’s a great place to find new yarn, fabric and craft shops, learn new techniques and discover new designers. The Knitting and Stitching Show really is a fabulous event, plus you’re surrounded by like-minded crafters!  More than 25,000 visitors are expected to attend the show, which will feature a unique combination of inspirational galleries, workshops and exhibitors selling everything from stunning fabrics, wools and threads, through to sewing machines, patterns and books.

This year The PicKnit is being brought to Dublin by the UK Hand Knitting Association. Under the theme of ‘Knit One, Hook One and Pass it On’, visitors to The Picknit can learn, create and share their knitting and crochet skills with other visitors. There will be free one- to-one knitting and crochet tuition for beginners, and a chance for the more adventurous to experiment with some exciting new designs.

The show organisers are predicting that The PicKnit, a social gathering involving knitting and food, will become the next big pastime in Ireland’s towns and cities, saying it is the perfect recipe for a darn good time! I hope so! Food and knitting, at the same time, with people who have the same interests as me? Sounds like heaven!

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You could also consider signing up to one of the many Learning Curve Workshops. You can see a list here and you may want to consider booking early to get a place. A host of gallery exhibitions will be showcasing the work of some of the leading names in textiles. Finally, there will be over 200 retailers at the show that you can browse and purchase some great craft supplies.

 

Ticket Giveaway!

 

I have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway to the Knitting and Stitching Show 2014. These tickets are valid for The Knitting and Stitching Show, RDS, Simmonscourt, Dublin, Ireland or The Knitting and Stitching Show, HIC, Harrogate, England! Please note these complimentary tickets are only valid on the Thursday Oct 30th, Friday Oct 31st or Sunday Nov 2nd of the Dublin show or the Thurday Nov 20th, Friday Nov 21st or Sunday Nov 23rd of the Harrogate show.

To be in with a chance of winning, if you’re already a follower simply leave a comment! If you’re new to Mabel Makes then stick around a bit longer and Follow me on Bloglovin’ and Twitter or Facebook and leave a comment below for a chance to be included! The deadline for entering will be one week from now, Tue Oct 21nd. The winners will then be chosen, notified and featured on the blog.

This contest is open to anyone who will be in Dublin on Oct 30th, Oct 31st or Nov 2nd or in Harrogate on Nov 20th, 21st or 23rd. Good luck to everyone and if you see me at the show be sure to say hi!

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 Cardigan: Nanook Cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier
Size: Size S
Wool: Madelinetosh DK Twist in Dusk
Alterations: None
 
Skirt: Self drafted jersey skirt with side ruching
Fabric: Grey Jersey from the Cloth Shop in Dublin 
 

Today I’ve another self drafted skirt to show you from the course I’m doing. I wanted to try a jersey skirt because I tend not to wear skirts very often. When I do they always have a bit of stretch in them for comfort. So I came up with my self drafted ruched jersey skirt! I wanted to add some interest instead of doing a basic jersey pencil skirt and thought that having a bit of ruching on one side would be a nice detail. I also liked the idea of adding ties instead of just ruching both sides and sewing them together.

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To add the ruched side I slashed across from one side of the front skirt block up to .5 cm from the other side at 4cm intervals. Then I spread out the pieces approximately 3cm each. I applied the same technique to the back skirt block. I then added to the ruched side of the skirt pattern pieces so that I could make a channel for the ties using the seam allowance. This felt easier than sewing a channel in and adding bulk to the side seam.

Since the fabric I used doesn’t have brilliant recovery and is only a 2 way stretch jersey I added a side zip to ensure that the skirt didn’t stretch too much with wear or when pulling it on over my hips. I interfaced the waistband with a medium weight knit interfacing and stitched the hem using the blind stitch foot for my machine.

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I’m delighted with how this skirt turned out. It’s really comfortable and easy to wear. The jersey is really soft and the ruching and ties at the side adds a nice bit of interest and is really flattering. I think I’ll get a lot of war out of this skirt all year round. When the weather is cooler I’ll wear it with black tights and ankle boots. It pairs really well with my Nanook cardigan too!

Check back soon for a tutorial on how to make your own ruched skirt!

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Pattern: Cambie dress by Sewaholic Patterns
Size: Straight size 6
Fabric: Cotton Linen Mix from Croft Mill (No longer available it seems)
Alterations: Had to take it in a bit at the zipper and side seams… maybe the 4 is a better fit for me

I’ve had the Cambie Dress pattern in my  collection for a really long time but never got around to finishing it. I am so happy with how this dress turn out! It fits like a glove and is so comfortable and easy to wear. I feel like it’s the sort of dress that I can wear to work, out to dinner or even to a wedding. So many options!

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The fabric is a linen cotton mix that I ordered from the Croft Mill without seeing it in person. I just love the pattern and it’s just a really me dress. I’ve been really happy with my orders from there. I have to say the fabric is always really good quality. I lined the dress with a lightweight white cotton that I had in my stash.

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I ended up having to take the dress in a little at the side seams and zipper. In a dress like this I prefer a little less ease and really like how it fits now. I also really love the shape created by the shoulder straps and A-Line skirt. As a pear shaped girl I really appreciate Tasia’s designs and patterns. They really do flatter!

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Have you guys made the Cambie dress? I’d love to see some other versions. I might make one with the gathered skirt option before the summer is finished.

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Pattern: Eucalypt Dress by Megan Nielsen
Size: Size S
Fabric: Botafogo Poly Vicose/Spandex Jersey from the Croft Mill
Alterations: Graded out to M at the hips
 

So here’s my Eucalypt dress by Megan Nielsen. I really love how this turned out. It will definitely be my go to beach coverup from now on. I know that I’ll be getting plenty of wear out of this dress when I travel abroad on holidays and hopefully the summer will be good enough in Ireland this year that I can wear it here too!

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The Eucalypt pattern specifies light to medium weight woven fabrics but I thought it would make a perfect jersey dress and I really think it worked out well. Granted, the jersey I used doesn’t have a huge amount of stretch so that meant I could stick with the normal pattern lines instead of grading in. I did the simplest variation which is just two pattern pieces along with bias binding strips. Super quick and easy!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love Megan Nielsen’s designs for their simplicity and style. They really are just well drafted, every day patterns that you’ll use again an again. I want to make a ton more Eucalypt tanks to go with the one I posted a couple of weeks ago. I also think I’ll make this again in a woven fabric. Perhaps in a lovely tana lawn.

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Have you guys tried the Eucalypt dress or tank?

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Pattern: On the Grass by Joji Locatelli
Size: Size 34.5 bust
Fabric: Madelinetosh DK Twist in Hosta Blue
Alterations: None
 

This really is my current favourite make. It’s a really flattering design for me because of the detail on the top and sleeves which helps to balance out my smaller top half. The On the Grass jumper by Joji Locatelli is a straight forward design but it looks more complicated than it is. The main pattern stitch is double seed stitch which looks really impressive but is one of the most basic stitch patterns.

I made this jumper alongside making a jumper for my sister with a more complicated stitch pattern. This was my quick and easy project to work on in parallel and keep me motivated. It worked and this jumper was finished in about 2 weeks even with working full time so it’s a really quick make!

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The Madelinetosh yarn in Hosta Blue is fabulous turquoise colour that looks amazing in person. I love all the Madelinetosh colourways but this is definitely one of the best I’ve worked with. One complaint I do have about Madelinetosh is that I ordered online and I do think that some of the skeins were different dyelots. I got around it by changing skein every now and then so you can’t really tell but it is annoying when you have to do that.

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I really enjoyed making my On the Grass Jumper and love wearing it even more. It’s really comfortable and cosy (now it’s getting a little too warm to wear it anymore!). I really don’t want the weather to get colder but one good thing would be that I’ll be able to wear this jumper again!

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