Thursday, 11 October 2012

Kim Hargreaves Glance

I finished Kim Hargreaves Glance from the book Shadows at the weekend.

Yarn: 5 x Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Dewberry, 1 x Rowan Fine Lace in Cobweb

The finished product is really soft and incredibly warm, too warm for saturday's weather, but I couldn't wait and wore it anyway. I like the slouchy fit as it is slightly sheer. The jumper does feel slightly delicate and I am a little worried the neck and the sleeves will stretch, especially as I can't seem to help pushing them up to my elbows.Maybe because I lengthened the sleeves by 5cms, but I like sleeves that come down to my knuckles.

The patterns is simple and easy to knit. The only issue I had is the kidsilk haze is so light and fine, you can't feel if you make a mistake as you can with a heavier yarn, so you have to watch what you are doing. The openness of the stitch means that any mistakes or uneven stitches are obvious, so good tension is a must here.

A definite plus of this jumper is its lightness. I am a big fan of fine knits, but I had consoled myself that I would never actually knit one. I do not I have the patience for millions of tiny stitches, but this jumper feels pretty close.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Metric pattern cutting- 50's "Anita" dress

My adventures in pattern cutting have continued with this full-skirt summer dress, hastily sewn the day before my holiday.

I wanted a to make a summer dress and settled on a classic 50s fit'n'flare style after seeing this loose weave cotton/linen mix at Fabrics Galore. I saw a Vivienne Westwood dress with princess seams on .  the bodice and a flared skirt on net-a-porter which I used as inspiration.

Using Winifred's Aldrich's Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear I drew the fitted bodice pattern (with darts) from which I cut a toile. I made several sizing alterations. I am not sure if it is on purpose, but despite drawing the pattern to my own measurements it always comes up quite a bit larger- more than I would think necessary for sizing adjustments, but maybe this is just the way it works...