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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

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The invisible zipper blends into this print really well too.
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Inside front:
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Inside back.
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OAL Dress

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

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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.   😉
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Sometimes Sewing Takes the Back Burner

Sadly not much sewing has happened around here lately.  I’ve had lots of plans, and little bursts of productivity here and there, but nothing much to show off.  But I don’t think it’s entirely a bad thing to have a bit of a break.  It makes me feel more excited for the projects I’ve got planned.

Part of the reason for my lack of productivity is due to having out of town company for a week, and then I went to visit my grandma for a few days.  Isn’t she the cutest?  I miss her so much and wish that we lived closer together.

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I made the blue blanket in the background. It was my second major crochet project! 

On the flight out to see her I started a new knitting project.  The pattern is called April Showers Cowl.  It’s a simple lace cowl, that is long enough to wear as a scarf or doubled up for more warmth.  My knitting output has been really slow lately, so hopefully I’ll finish this in time for fall!

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My next sewing project is to make a dress to wear to my friend’s wedding next weekend.  (Yikes . . . I better get working!)  It took me a long time to decide on the pattern.  I finally settled on Simplicity 1651:
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Last night I tried the keyhole version of the bodice, and it just didn’t work for me.  The key hole was more like a large bay window, inviting the neighbors to see everything.  You can’t tell from this muslin pic, but it’s pretty bad.  The key hole isn’t that low, but the twist causes a huge gaping problem.
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So for plan B, I went with the sweetheart neckline. It fits pretty well without needing any major adjustments.  Gotta love that.  I’m also going to make the full skirt.  Now I just have to decide if I want to add the cap sleeve or not.  I tend to make everything sleeveless, and I want to break that habit.  But I’m worried the sleeves might make this dress a little to sweet.  I don’t know.
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This is a really crummy picture (sorry!) of the fabric I’m planning to use.
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It’s a soft drapey Rayon challis.  I hope it will work with the fullness of the half circle skirt.  I’m not going to muslin the skirt, just going to go out on a limb, and hope it turns out.  We’ll see how it goes. . . .

35 Rows to Go!

I only have 35 rows left, and my third Miette sweater will be done!  Well, done except for blocking and adding buttons, but whatever, the knitting will be finished!

35 rows to go!

This weekend is dedicated to finishing projects, including this sweater.  What’s on your sewing table?  Are you starting fun new things or working through current projects?