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Friday, August 17, 2012

Mystery Hat

I knitted this hat in the recent past.  I only cast off about a week ago, but I cannot find or remember the pattern!  I know it was in one of my (too many) knitting books, a fairly recently purchased one, I think.  Ususally I keep the book out long enough to write the blog post. 

So, what I'm trying to say is this is my new hat.  I hope you like it, but I can't tell you where to find the pattern to make your own.  I'll update in approximately 20 minutes when I'm sure it will appear. 
The yarn?  Well, the ball band I reserved seems to be in hiding with the pattern.  It's some type of lovely wool/silk blend, I believe, also purchased fairly recently.  The moral of this story is:  blog while you block.  :-)
I felt super silly taking a pic of this with my tee shirt on, so I popped on this denim shirt for fall flavor.  It was about 95 degrees out on the porch, though, so forgive my forced smiles.
Oh, and my photo editing software isn't working.  I should just go back to bed.
Edit:  Found it!  It's the Starflower Hat from Textured Stitches by Connie Chang Chinchio! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Vogue 8766

First off, thanks so much for the nice comments on my recent skirt and sweater.  They really make my day.  :-)  I also appreciate the compliments on my short hair.  It's a cut I've been wanting to try for about a decade but always chickened out.  Now that I did it, I LOVE it, but I do know I'll get bored with it very quickly and will grow it out again.  It is so fun and easy for the summer, though.

So it has been what? about three weeks since I've posted a sewing project?  I hang my head in shame.  Well, I finally got around to hemming this dress for church yesterday.

Pretty sure this is NOT a fair depiction of my hair color.

The pattern is Vogue 8766, kind of a combination of views plus some changes made by me.

The inspiration was a cotton boatneck dress my sister wore during our vacation.  I think this pattern is a pretty close match to the style. 

I started by making the neckline wider/straps narrower.  After assembling the bodice, I found it was a little short waisted for my taste, so I added a band.  I also had to let out the side seams quite a bit toward my waist, but lets not discuss that.  The final adjustment was hiking up the shoulder seams about an inch.  Sheesh.  Next time, I'll know what changes to make when cutting.  Of course, all these little nips and tucks would have been avoided by making a muslin...

The fabric is (don't roll your eyes too much) a decorator cotton from a local fabric store by my parents' house.  I can't help myself.  I fell in LOVE with the print.  It behaved a lot like a bottomweight cotton, I think.  Quite suitable for this style.

Thanks for checking out my newest dress.  :-)  I'll be back soon with progress on a baby quilt (not for me, I assure you).