Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rose Dress and Spring Cardi

Sooo. I've been trying to be a bit more detailed about my finished garments this year, so before I sit down to write up another MMM post, here's the works about my Rose Dress and Spring Cardi:
The Facts about the Rose Dress:
Fabric: roughly 2m of greyish rose-print cotton... lawn? from the LA FIDM scholarship store, 1$/yard. (I wish I had more reasons to visit...)
Pattern: McCalls M6011
lace hem tape (no zipper, as I broke it while trying to shorten it)
Time to Complete: about 4h, with little breaks in between
First Worn:
trip to Zurich
Things I changed: The pattern comes with instructions for a back zipper, which I changed for a side zipper (cutting the back bodice, midriff band and skirt on the fold). I broke the zipper, though, and as it fit over my head without one, I just omitted it.
Thoughts: I like how it turned out a lot, actually. It features two pleats on each side of the neckline as well as gathering under the bust, which makes for a very nice look. I was also astonished that I could make a straight size 12 (especially since my measurements suggested a size 14/16), and didn't even have to shorten the waist. Maybe I should try some more Big 4 patterns?
The Facts about the Spring Cardi:
Yarn: about 250g (5 skeins) of Wolle Rödel Cotton Plus in a denim blue colourway.
Pattern: Horseshoes cardigan by Lien Ngo

Notions: five carved wooden buttons from 4grassdoll Time to Complete: one-and-a-half months
First Worn: MMMay Day 5 (see above)
Things I changed: The pattern is written for a DK weight yarn while mine was more of an Aran weight. I really wanted to use the pattern and yarn together, though, so I figured that maths couldn't go wrong and calculated a new ratio of stitches from the yarns' given gauges. Also shortened the length and lengthened the sleeves - and it worked! :D Math rulez.
Thoughts: It's a very versatile cardi, the colour seems to work with most of my garments and I like the length. The pattern was also very easy to memorize, so knitting it up took less time than I feared. I also love lace patterns! Pretty, fast to knit and they take up surprisingly little yarn!
 Hope you're having a wonderful day, wherever you are!


  1. I love the rose dress, it is such pretty fabric and a lovely shape. The cardigan is very cute too. It looks so versatile. I am having agood day so far.. I have a newly sewn top on and the sun has come out! What more can I want?? x

  2. Very pretty! Big 4 patterns put so much ease in. I can usually go down a size unless it's something that's fitted around the hips. Love that fabric.

  3. Yay math! :) I am knitting up a lace piece right now and the pattern is so relaxing.

  4. I love both these new additions to your handmade closet! I even downloaded the cardigan pattern and as soon as I figure out charted lace, I'll make my own!

  5. it always shocks me when peeps can do away with the zipper... it seems like magic...

    i love that rose print dress!

  6. The fit is perfect, and you look so lovely in both garments! Your sweater photo & outfit is just divine!

    I've been coming around to the big 4 lately, too. I'm all for indie pretty much everything, but the last two big 4 patterns I made were much more straightforward than expected.

  7. These are both fantastic. I bet the cardi goes with half your wardrobe. And the roses dress is divine too, I'm amazed that you can get in without a zip!

  8. That rose print dress is divine! I love the print of the fabric and all of those lovely flowers :)

  9. Your rose dress is just lovely! And I'm very jealous of your ability to knit lace, I'm slowly conquering more fancy crochet stitches but am hopeless at following patterns.

  10. I love both the dress and the sweater. Your modifications to the sweater make it the perfect layering piece with a dress. I love how it looks with your dress in the outfit post.