Saturday, October 25, 2014

Delta Dress

 Here`s another simple dress in a stretchy knit. It`s the Kimono Tee again, this time with a full skirt.  This is now the easiest dress I make.  The skirt is just the width of the fabric gathered on my serger, which is a new trick I learned here.  Amazing!  This is why I really want to become a better blogger -- because I love reading other people`s blogs.  Four Square Walls is one of my favorites.  Another blogger I enjoy, Jolies Bobines, just used a similar fabric for a lovely dress.  Wow, she`s so talented! Anyhow, back to me...
 The sweater I`m wearing is the Maggie Wrap by Robyn Chachula.  My Ravelry page is here.  It`s made with the DK weight baby alpaca I import from Peru whenever I can get my friend to bring it back for me.  I love this yarn!  The wooden buttons are from Etsy. 

 Here`s the dress on its own, front and back.  Can you notice my mistake?
 I didn`t even notice that the triangles were upside down on the upper back until I saw these pictures.  Oops!  I don`t mind.  At this point in my skill-building I`m just pleased that I made a dress I can enjoy.  Slightly random point of interest -- it has inseam pockets.
 Because this fabric has less stretch, although a jersey like the last dress, the bodice turned out a bit snug and shorter as a result.  I fixed it by adding a wide elastic waist band, which I think looks great with the black fold-over elastic I used to finish the neck and armholes.  Save!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blue Dress

 Here's another sweater and dress combo.  Did I mention that one of the reason's I've wanted to start sewing is so that I can make outfits that utilize all the sweaters I've made?  This sweater hasn't seen much use yet, though I made it about two years ago.  It's the Argo by Svetlana Volkova.  Darn it, why did I change the cute pockets??? My man convinced me that they'd be unflattering.  At least I still have pockets!  I also added the belt.  I knit it lengthwise and didn't bother calculating an intended length at all, so it's quite long.  I like it well enough tied in a bow. The yarn is a delicious wool/silk tweed that languished in my stash for far too long, Queensland Collection Kathmandu.
And here's the strip tease....

 Ta da!  Here's the dress I made.  It's blue.  It's a cotton-spandex jersey version of the Maria of Denmark Kimono Tee, cut down a little slimmer and attached at the waist to a simple straight skirt.  
This is a great, easy dress to have.  I've been wearing it every laundry cycle.  More, please!