In others people's project notes this looked so cosy and effortless - the kind of rare, friend-for-life piece you can run around in all day looking great, all the while feeling as comfy as if you were actually wearing pj's. AND it was top-down, seamless knitting, which I really wanted to learn. Add to this the fact that my favourite online yarn shop was having a sale on Cascade Heritage Silk (so soft! so sheeny!), and I was hooked.
Somewhere in all the excitement I lost sight of the truth that A-line dresses have never, ever suited me.
A-line skirts? Absolutely. But dresses? Not in this lifetime. And here's the evidence:
Wrong. So very, very wrong! A big, fat thumbs down, all round. (Even taking the photos was miserable - it's so hot here. I realise that might sound whiny and unappreciative to any of you Northern Hemispher-ians shivering through your icy winter. But it's barely dipped below 30 degrees for 3 months now, with no rain to speak of and my garden reproaches me every time I walk out the door. I've never been more ready for Autumn...But I digress.) The thought of frogging three months of work is frankly too much to contemplate yet. I will eventually, though - the yarn's too sublime not to be used for something wearable. So, the silver lining?
- I've learned how to do top-down, seamless knitting. Love it.
- I suddenly have four skeins worth of very lovely silk yarn in my stash.
- As dreadful as the finished item is, I spent many happy hours knitting it while watching the Little Dorrit box set. And North and South. And Pride and Prejudice. Blissful.
So it's not all bad, I guess. I've got a few friends expecting babies next month, so I might concentrate on some smaller projects for a bit. And maybe skulk around on Ravelry for new inspiration.
In happier news, look what arrived in the mail today: the pattern I've chosen for the Sew For Victory 40s Sewalong!
I've always loved making period costumes, but have only ever done them for theatre productions or fancy dress nights. Much as I love the vintage head-to-toe look that some bloggers out there do so well, I'm not sure I could pull it off with the same enviable finesse - I'd just feel like I was playing dress ups! Besides, I'd have trouble settling on just one era.
What I really love though is the idea of taking a vintage or vintage-inspired piece and finding ways to make it work with today's wardrobe. That inspires me. And when I saw this dress (3/4 sleeves version) I could see myself actually wearing and loving it.
So, this'll be my first sewalong. Very exciting! Now, I just have to find the right fabric...
Have a wonderful week :)