Monday, January 16, 2012

FO: I Have a Dress

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Hooray for MLKJr weekend--I was finally able to get a button and finish up this Allegheny dress, pattern by Thea Colman (babycocktails). I didn't use Shelter, the yarn called for in the pattern, because the colors that I really liked were sold out. I subbed Berroco Blackstone Tweed instead, and it worked out great, with bang-on gauge.

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I love this cable! The tweediness obscurs the cabling a little bit, but overall the fabric drapes well and the tweediness is of the good different-shades-of-same-color variety, not the bad multicolor-clown-barf variety. And the bits of angora and mohair bloom in the spaces between the stitches but there isn't the  puffy halo effect.

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Mods included dropping and narrowing the waist, shortening the skirt, and adding a little bit of bust shaping. Since the skirt part is shorter but starts lower, it ended up about as long as the original pattern. It hits about 4 inches above the knee,  about as short as a knitted dress can go without being scandalous. So PSA for people with longer legs (ie everyone): the skirt really should be knitted longer, or invest in leggings.

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This is one of those patterns that has the perfect balance of easy stockinette in the round, and "fun" stuff like the cable, ribbed waist, and faux belt (so adorable!). Also, it's been a long time since I made a FO garment that was so cute and wearable. It's the perfect weekend dress! Thanks Thea!

10 comments:

Rose Red said...

It looks fantastic on you! I would love to make myself a knitted dress!

Thea said...

Glad you liked it! It looks great on you :-)

Sharripie said...

Well done! It's a cute little dress & looks great on you.

mooncalf said...

I love it. It looks fantastic! Great pattern and I love you colour choice too.

Cindy said...

With the added perk that it looks terrific!

betty said...

Very chic! The last time I knitted a dress, I ended up clipping off the top and just retaining the bottom as a skirt. I don't think I'm brave enough to try another one!

Anonymous said...

This is great. The color, fabric, fit, everything -- just great! Lovely work, as always.

Silvana

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Makes it more sexier.

Julie said...

oh my gosh, how did I miss this?! That dress is stunning!! It looks amazing on you. i have such a weakness for sweater dresses, yet have never attempted to knit one for myself. gotta change that!

CanarySanctuary said...

What a fantastic knit! It looks so great.