It’s a teal party at my place again!
This little triptych was made as part of a sew along AND knit along, aka Outfit Along, co-hosted by the generous Lauren and Andi. I have broken all the rules but have learnt a lot in the process at this is my first woven dress make for myself and my first knitted garment : ) AND they match. My bare little head needed some matching bling so I finally knocked up that cloche hat I have been yabbering on about! I will post more details about the hat in a separate post for you.
Pattern: Self drafted, a mix of knit stitched, drop stitches and some ribbing.
Yarn: 2 balls Patons Gigante 3382
Ease: Simple for a knitter
Tidbits: I started by casting on 25 stitches in the hope that I could turn two rectangles into something to match my dress. I added in some drop stitches for interest and finished with 4 rows of ribbing. I played with options and decided that the neckline went best with the dress with the two shoulder straps added.
Lessons: So I have a Miette underway but was a little baffled by all the new terminology and circular needles and felt overwhelmed over the last month (granted I had a pretty good excuse). I realised that practicing some of the techniques on my familiar 14mm needles might help me conquer the fear. So I cast on with 25 stitches and knitted up two rectangles with my Knitting Help app open the whole way! I now feel a lot more comfortable with knitting and am ready to plod along with my Miette!
And finally the dress! Oh, how I love thee.
Pattern: Lekala 4324 with my measurements + wide shoulders and back
Fabric: Nani Iro double gauze from Shimgraphica
Tidbits: I made very few changes to the pattern and was so confident after this shirt that I didn’t even bother doing a test run first. The most obvious is that I chose some soft pleats instead of the patterned pleats as my other Nani Iro skirt doesn’t hold the pleats well, and is a pain to iron.
Other that all I did was lengthen the sleeves to 3/4 length and nip it in a touch at the waist after I had put the bodice together. I also skipped the facing and used bias tape turned under instead. This fabric is so gorgeous to work with I took extra care with all the little things – I used a stretch needle and loosen the tension a little, I french seamed where possible and hand-stitched the neckline, sleeves and hem.
Lessons: Yes, this is the very first woven dress I have made! The invisible zip freaked me out a bit and I tried a couple of basting methods (the glue stick). This time I found hand basting was the trick! The posts by Lladybird were really helpful to reinforce that I was on the right track.
Score: 5/5 I am swooooning over my new swishy dotty dress.