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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Completed: Audrey Sweater

I’m embarrassed to admit that I started knitting this sweater in May 2012, and only finished it last month. And I’m just now getting around to posting some pictures. Oh well, nothing about this project has been speedy. 🙂

Audrey Sweater

Please excuse the head chopped off photos.

Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater

The pattern is Audrey in Unst, which is available through Ravelry.  I really like it, it’s well written and not too difficult.  It took me a long time to finish the sweater mostly because I kept getting distracted and set it aside to work on other things.
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater

I also hit a point where I thought it wasn’t going to fit, so that kind of killed my motivation for a while.  In the end, it turned out fitting fine.

Audrey Sweater

The yarn I used is Knit Picks Gloss, which is a wool/silk blend.  I’ve used this yarn for several shawls and love it.  I hope it will hold up as a sweater.
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater
Audrey Sweater

Since finishing this sweater, I’ve found myself picking up my needles more often.  I started a cabled sweater vest and some socks.  Last week, I was out of town visiting family and made good progress on both.
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Sock knitting while riding along during golf.  My kind of golf outing!

I also picked up some new yarn.
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I’m thinking this should become an Agatha Sweater, what do you think?

A Productive Weekend

I made a dent in my ever growing WIP pile this weekend!  I finally finished my Miette sweater that I started during the Ravellenic Games.

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The yarn is Cotton Fleece, which is a cotton and wool blend.  I love the color.  (The top picture shows it’s true color best.)  But as I’ve lamented before, it makes my hands hurt to knit it, so I don’t think I will use it again.
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Sadly as much as I like this sweater, it doesn’t fit.  I’ve knitted the pattern successfully twice before.  I think I ran into problems this time because the Cotton Fleece is a lighter weight yarn than what I used before.  I tried to compensate by knitting a larger size, but it didn’t work out.  Also I think my gauge was off.  Based on my swatch, this should have fit.  But gauge swatches sometimes lie.

Anyway, you can see the problem below.  The darts are supposed to sit under the center  of the bust.  Mine are way too far off the side and too high.  Also I can’t get it closed around me and it’s tight across the back and underarms.

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I knew there was a problem as I was knitting, but I was in denial and hoped that blocking would fix it.  Unfortunately, it didn’t.

I also finished two easy skirts (blog post coming soon) and got most of my third Truffle done.  It just needs a zipper and hem.

Truffle 3 in progress

This weekend we also got a fancy new car!  Isn’t it pretty?
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And look at all that space for fabric!  Or more, likely, dogs.  🙂

New car

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?