First, thank you for following me over! Secondly, would you believe that I finally make the switch and my (cursed) Mac decides it no longer wants to play? Seriously, every time I try to write a post, it closes down Firefox. This is one in a long line of issues I’ve been having for months, but this may be the one that finally sends me to the Apple store. In the meantime, I’m using My Old Man’s MacBook. Without further ado, my first craft-related post on my new blog.
As you may know, I am way WAY behind in posting actual finished objects. Which is why today I am showing you what I made for Easter. Perhaps you remember Easter this year? Way back in March. Here in Michigan we had a huge snow dump on Good Friday night. There was still snow on the ground and grey in the sky on Easter morning. I was not to be deterred. Number one, I have a long-standing tradition of wearing a new spring dress for Easter. Number two, I actually made this one, so Dude. So gonna wear it, nevermind the 20-degree temps.
Yeah, I pretty much froze my butt off. Or, more accurately, my arms. Still, it was worth it. I LOVE this dress. Love the pattern (so easy! so fresh! so fun!). And most of all, I adore this fabric.
pattern: Simplicity 3744, inspired by Pam’s
fabric: Anna Maria Horner, Chocolate Lollipop
modifications: didn’t do the little back-tab thingy, didn’t do the decorative top-stitching, and didn’t include the pockets
notes: I went against my intuition and made the size the measurements indicated I should, even though those usually lead me to make things too large. I didn’t want to mess up with this fab fabric, and I figured better too large than too small. It was, of course, too large. By that point, time was really tight, so I cut things in a rush, and maybe a bit, er, approximately. And sure enough, I screwed things up. Specifically the arm holes ended up being two different sizes from each other, and one has quite a gap under my arm. Just between you and me, I actually didn’t finish the armholes (i.e., put in the facings) until, let’s see…. just last week. That’s right, I wore it to church without finished armholes. Twice. But I was able to get away with that because of my secret weapon:
pattern: Glampyre Knits’ One Skein Wonder (Rav link)
yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, Chocolate – YUM – about 2/3 a skein
needles: size 8 Addis
cast on: March 7
bind off: March 14
notes: I’ve been wanting to make one of these for awhile, and this sleeveless dress provided the perfect opportunity (I refuse to wear sleeveless dresses to church, because a) I don’t like my upper arms, and b) I have a tattoo there that I don’t care to be flashing at church, which also happens to be where I work). This pattern was simple and quick, and paired with this yarn it made for a real winner. I’ve worn it lots already (I really like it paired with a brown or black tank top), and I have plans to make more in the future. This is a great gift project. Also, seed stitch? Always yummy.
I apologize for the pictures not showing better detail. The day I posed for these (a week ago today) it was, once again, ridiculously cold. So I didn’t have good lighting, or a photographer, or the will to keep freezing to get the best shots.
verdict: While the dress is certainly flawed (screwy armholes and a bit wrinkly in the back, which I didn’t realize till I’d loaded the pics onto flickr), overall I am SO pleased with how it turned out. The pattern could not be simpler or more straightforward, and the shape is flattering. I will definitely be making this one again and again. (The pattern includes an option with 3/4 length sleeves, as well as a different neckline).
And despite being ridiculously underclothed for a snowy Easter, I had a wonderful day with a couple of well-dress fellas (their father was equally well-dressed but we didn’t get a shot of the four of us)
(For the record, I am apparently raising an aspiring fashionista, or whatever the male version of that word would be. Little Buddha, above right, picked out his entire Easter ensemble himself. Other mothers are proud when their sons learn to throw or catch. Me? I’m all misty-eyed over my son’s color sense.)