It took time (although not as long as I thought) and perseverance (although not as much as I thought, except the part where I made a mistake and had to unravel 20 rows!) but the dress is finally done! I didn’t put on the collar as I felt it was too fussy and with the yarn I had used I thought I would have great difficulty getting it over my head. I did some rather extensive blocking to stretch the dress into an appropriate size and I still think it is more of a tunic (clearly I am not as bold as a girl from the 60s!)
I think it has come out rather well! It certainly preserves the 60s/70s aesthetic and the colour is bang on trend both for the SS13 and AW13 collections on the catwalk.
So, I haven’t posted in a little while so I am going to tell you a little bit about my current favourite piece of clothing. I don’t know how best to describe what kind of clothes it is but I guess I mostly wear it as a vest. The pattern is from a great designer and it is free on ravelry!
It was really quick to knit up and super-easy (only knit,purl,cast on and cast off are used) so if you are just starting out knitting and want to make something to wow your friends I would definitely recommend this pattern. It is in DK so no trouble finding an awesome suitable yarn: I chose Debbie Bliss Rialto DK which is lovely and soft and I used 6 balls.
I could add a million photos of all the different outfits that I wear this with but here is one of my favourites:
I am wearing a purple copy of my bio-hacker top that I made as a test for the real thing and my favourite shoes, Yellow Doc Martens with smiley faces. I love the colour combination of purple and yellow (even if my mum says it looks rhubarb and custard).
Since the weather has been lovely here and I have been wanting to sit outside I decided to take a break from the old sewing machine and pick up my hook and start crocheting again! Previously my crocheting efforts have only extended to Granny squares and doilies (the latter when I was going through a 1950s vintage loving stage). This time I wanted to make a dress!
I started browsing the free patterns on Ravelry but didn’t come up with anything too inspiring so I decided to look on Etsy. I found this great shop called “Wonky Zebra” it has loads of lovely Vintage patterns for PDF download and the owner is super helpful with any questions you have!
I chose this pattern:
I love the mini-mini-skirts of the 60s and I wanted a crochet pattern that would be a bit of a challenge without being impossible. It helps that this is also multi-sized so I won’t need to do too much alteration!
I decided to move away from the 1960s vibe with my choice of yarn (cotton rather than nylon!) and got 10 balls of Freedom Sincere DK from The Wooly Brew in Pittenweem. Here is a picture of the yarn, I am almost finished the bottom edging now!
I sense this will be the beginning of a long crocheting journey……………