Friday, December 7, 2012

Top-down Knitting: Baby Alpaca 100% Sweater Dress

This is my second knit garment from the book “Modern Top- down Knitting” by Kristina McGowan.    

I used the “Feather Dress” pattern, but made some changes so the shape was more flattering on me.

At first, I followed the original pattern, but the empire shape was not doing anything for my figure, in fact, I think it was doing exactly the opposite of flattering… it looked like this:

The model is looking perfectly pretty and thin in the book, but I guess this shape isn't for me.

I knew I had spent too much money on the expensive alpaca yarn to knit something I wouldn’t wear, so I decided to fix the problem…

In the original pattern, the top bodice and the skirt pieces are joined at the under bust line and an elastic cord is attached to the joining.  I undid this joining and picked up stitches from the bodice, then knitted further down to the waist line.  I decreased stitches a bit so it gets smaller toward the waist.  I skipped the elastic cord, and re-attached the bodice and the skirt.  I undid the skirt hem about 5 inches to make it mini-length.  

I think I could have made the waist circumference even smaller for the better fit, but I am not about to undo this garment again.  I’m pretty satisfied with the sweater for now.

I also made the chiffon blouse (previous post) to wear it with… Together, it’s a cozy and super warm outfit!! 

 Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy Sewing/Knitting!! 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

White Chiffon Bow Tie Blouse

Made of polyester chiffon---not the easiest fabric to work with…but I think the result is worth the pain!

It's a bit see-through, though you can't really see that in these's really difficult to capture details of white garment!


I used McCalls’ 6512 view B. 

 I wasn't confident enough to roll-hem these angles, so I used serger’s wrapped roll-hem—it was done in seconds!
On chiffon fabric, I think the serged roll-hem is prettier than if it was done with regular roll-hem.

I made this shirt specifically to wear with a certain item which I also made… it is coming up in the next post! :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bow Tie Peplum Blouse

I know I’m overdoing this peplum thing… but it’s just so figure flattering that I hope it becomes a classic rather than just a trend.

This is a new blouse design for my (hopefully soon-to-be launched) handmade clothing line.   

I used the standard-sized sloper, so its fit on me is not as perfect as my other creations made just for myself, but I think the gather in front bodice accommodates different figures. (I wrote about my fitting problem here.)

My pattern making skill is a bit rusty, so it took me several trials, but I’m pretty happy with the end result :)

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