Archive for February 2012

Here’s one of the projects I haven’t gotten to writing about yet – a new dress for Oona. She needed something to wear for a school dance and we both found the RTW options kind of dreary – too many ruffles and mini skirts. And not a pocket in sight.

So, we dug through the pattern stash and came up with Vogue 1236. Perfect – the pleats at the neckline enliven an otherwise super simple shape and it has side seam pockets (I think that all skirts and dresses should have pockets. Oona agrees). None of the fabric on hand suited princess, but we soon found a nice cotton from Fabric Mart for all of $4 a yard. I ended up buying 2.5 yards and there’s plenty left for a skirt.

I often come across someone who tells me they wish they could sew – if you do and you’re serious, this dress is a great project for you. The only alteration to the pattern was to raise the neckline about 2cm as per Oona’s request. This did shorten the dress overall (I hadn’t bothered with a muslim), but she’s 15 – she ought to show a least a little leg, no? As it stands, the hem is a couple of inches above her knee caps.

More projects coming up!

I finished this cardigan back in December, but ended up wearing it so much around the house that it needed to be blocked once more for photographs. Here are the details at last.

 

Pattern: Corcovado by Carol Feller

Yarn: Briggs & Little Softspun (black)/Briggs & Little Regal (Dark Grey/Fir Green)

Modifications: Altered length for height and so as to add 2×2 ribbing on body and sleeves. Changed back to Softspun and 2×2 rib instead of working back neck extension. Also worked additional rows along centre front to fasten cardigan closed with a shawl pin (which I couldn’t find… used a stitch holder instead).

I’m really running behind on updating this weblog with FO details. More to come.