Completed: OAL Dress and Cardigan!

I’ve knitted a lot of things and sewn a lot of things, but it wasn’t until the AOL (Outfit Along) that I did both at the same time with the intention of making a coordinating outfit. Why I’ve never done this before, I don’t know. Probably because knitting takes me so much longer than sewing.  But I’m so glad Lauren and Andi had this idea, it’s been a fun project.

OAL 2014

First, let’s talk about the dress.  I used the “official” OAL pattern, which is Simplicity 1803.  I sewed view B.  I had a little trouble with the fit on the bodice of this dress.  I made a muslin, but when I tried on the dress in my fashion fabric it turned out too big.  Unfortunately I had already finished the armholes at that point, so I had to do a bit of unpicking before I could take in the side seams.  It all worked out, but it was frustrating.

OAL 2014

If I’m being honest, I don’t really like the bodice of this dress.  I don’t like the seam that runs down the center front, and I’m not a huge fan of the shape of the neckline on me.  But I do like the skirt.  It’s gathered, without being too gathered.

OAL 2014

The fabric is rayon challis (I know, I sew with this a lot – it’s my favorite summer fabric).  I underlined the bodice with cotton lawn, but didn’t line the skirt.  Because the fabric is a little sheer, I made a white half slip out of Bemberg rayon (not pictured).

OAL 2014

Here’s few flat shots.  You can’t see the front seam because the fabric is so busy, but it’s there.

OAL Dress

The invisible zipper blends into this print really well too.
OAL Dress

Inside front:
OAL Dress

Inside back.
OAL Dress
OAL Dress

I finished the armholes with bias tape made from a scrap of Bemberg.
OAL Dress

Next, there’s the cardigan.  This is the Myrna pattern by Andi Satterlund.  I enjoyed knitting this, and found the pattern was easy to follow.  I knitted the size small, without any modifications.

OAL 2014

The sleeves turned out a smidge too tight around my biceps, I’ll just blame that on the pull-up bar we built in the garage.   😉
OAL 2014

If I knit this pattern again, I think I’d leave out the keyhole.  It’s cute, but close up mine looks sloppier than I’d like.
OAL 2014

The yarn I used is Malabrigo worsted, and the color is Ravelry Red.  This was my first time using this yarn, and it was a delight to knit with.
OAL 2014
OAL 2014

I’m a little bummed about the buttonband.  There was a portion of the yarn that was much lighter than the rest, and it ended up right along the edge of the top buttonband.  I may go back and reknit it.  It won’t take that long, but buttonbands are the least enjoyable part of knitting for me.  That, and weaving in ends.

Myrna
Myrna

Anyway, despite my pointing out a couple of insignificant flaws, I really do like this outfit!  It was fun to make both pieces, and I think I will try to coordinate my knitting with my sewing more often in the future.
OAL 2014

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16 thoughts on “Completed: OAL Dress and Cardigan!

  1. They are both lovely , and I would be so proud of myself if my whole coordinated outfit was made by myself! Btw, what sweater pattern is that? I would love to knit that for my girls!

  2. Such a lovely outfit, and the colors are to die for! I’ve recently taken up sweater knitting again, and I’m particularly into top-down knit-in-the-round patterns at the moment. Maybe I should try one of Andie’s patterns?

  3. Fab outfit. I’m a huge fan of Malabrigo worsted having made many accessories and now mid-way through a vest.
    I also know what you mean about centre front seams – so unnecessary and really noticeable when you are the one wearing it. Rest assured you can’t tell it’s there from your photographs!

  4. Lovely outfit!The colorway is gorgeous. I totally get what you mean about a front center seam, They are utterly annoying, but as long as they are quite invisible like yours they are possible to live with 🙂 That being said, I think you look wonderful in the dress!

  5. I love the variagated red yarn! Beautiful outfit – and wasn’t the OAL fun?! I, too, am inspired to come up with more knitting/sewing outfit projects in the future.

  6. Gorgeous!! I love the two pieces together. I just finished the Meitte cardigan in almost the same color but I feel as though mine is better suited for fall and winter wearing. Your knitting is beautiful.

  7. I love the whole outfit. The dress is great but I know what you mean about the center front seam. I never like those either. This OAL is really making me what to try to learn to knit again.

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