Mixed projects

by | Feb 20, 2021 | blog, knitting | 5 comments

Dress in progess

The top I was working on is almost done, but I’ve been procrastinating. This dress for my daughter took priority. She made the ruffles  and as she has limited time for sewing (being a primary school teacher there’s a lot on at the moment) she happily accepted my offer to make the rest of the dress. The skirt has a ruffle too and I expect to finish it this weekend.

The pattern is a mix of two. When I was shopping for fabric with her (months ago) we bought a pattern from a company that I have only made one pattern from before. As I was doubting the pattern when I had traced it, I made a quick muslin of the upper body. It was a horrible fit and badly drafted too. Ottobre to the rescue. I traced one of their patterns and made another quick muslin. This needed only minor changes for her and I added the ruffle from the original one. 



For the neckline in the back I used a strip of this special interfacing, which has a strip of non stretch tape attached. Ideal for a neckline like this. 

I finished knitting in October and weaved in the end last week, when it was properly cold in The Netherlands and could wear it. It’s definitely a warm one! The base of the pattern is Black basalt by Asa Tricosa. I changed it from cardigan to sweater and used a cable pattern from the Knitted cable sourcebook by Norah Gaughan. I simply love Asa Tricosa’s method of top down knitting where you knit the top of the sleeves in one pass with the top of the sweater. Genius and it looks so good. Just like a set-in sleeve!

I’ll do another post on the bra of which you see a detail here. We all make mistakes :). The eyes of the closure are on the wrong side!

A week ago it was cold here and you could see a lot of skating people everywhere. Today it was so warm I worked in my garden without a coat! I love the snowdrops and helleborus



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  1. Anne Frances

    What a lovely cable and I do like the way you adapted the pattern. I must try that shoulder – I was not happy with the “contiguous” shoulder – shoulder “seam” too short and slanted. That’s the problem with being a dressmaker who knits – you get fussy about fit!
    My brother phoned from Leiden to say the canals were frozen. Had the borders been open we would have been on the train within hours to come and skate on them. Very frustrating! I love the picture. Anfd the hellebores and snowdrops are beautiful. We have some daffodils out already

    • Sigrid

      I agree that as a dressmaker who knits you get fussy about fit.
      The canals in Leiden are special, it’s close to where I live! If you do come over when it’s possible again and would like to meet, please get in touch.

  2. Gabe

    Oh boy, I first made a ruffle neckline like that in 1967. A white shirt with long sleeves that ended in another ruffle made from a full circle about 150mm long. Very romantic-looking 🙂

  3. Sharon

    Interesting how we go back to a well fitting pattern and then add the details from the not so good, it so good to be able to do that as this dress will now be a lovely dress on your daughter. Interesting the interfacing you have used on the neckline, I have some tape that looks the same (fusible) but the finer mesh isn’t included.

    Your cable jumpers looks so snuggly and interesting how the sleeves look set in for a top down pattern.

  4. Dorothé Jansen

    Fraaie projecten allemaal. Het doet me goed dat ook jij af en toe een foutje maakt.


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