When I had finished my June dress, I still had a fair amount of the purple fabric left. I didn’t have to think long about what I wanted to make with that: skirts!
I hoped I would have enough to make a little skirt for each of my four nieces and I did! For the youngest, Line, I did have to change the model from a lined elastic to an outside elastic to have enough length, but the end-result is super cute.
What is your go-to-pattern to use up fabric scraps?
My outfit for my niece’s wedding was not yet complete simply by finishing the dress. No, I needed a cardigan to go with it. I wanted the cardigan to be short, so it kept showing of my waist and the pleats in the skirt. I also wanted a V-shaped neckline to mirror the back of the skirt. Additionally, I also got it in my head that I wanted the cardigan to have some form of lace-pattern incorporated.
These were a lot of requirements and it may come as no surprise that I couldn’t find any existing pattern ticking off all the boxes.
In the end, after a lot of hesitation and doubt, I decided that I would try to design a cardigan myself, based on the two succesful cardigans I had already knitted
Left: A golden Safire; Right: A bright orange Miette
I wanted to use the basic model of the Safire, but incorporate the lace-elements from the Miette.
This required a lot of calculations, trial and error, knitting and ripping back, recalculations and more knitting and ripping back. But in the end, it was all worth it, because the final result was exactly what I had in mind!
I already wore this cardigan a lot, so the yarn is getting a tiny bit fleecy. It doesn’t only fit the June dress for which it was intended, but also many other dresses in my wardrobe.
Initially I had only intended for the lacey bits to run around the edges, but while I was knitting I started thinking of adding a running lace-ladder across the back and the sleeves. So when I had to start over again because my gauge was off, it was the perfect time to incorporate that new idea. And doesn’t it look great?
The buttons are grey mother of pearl. The colour fits perfectly with the yarn.
But even unbottoned the cardigan still looks great. I’m also loving the lacey-ladder across the arms.
And now my outfit for my niece’s wedding was finished and I absolutely love it!
Last may, one of my nieces got married. For the wedding I had decided that I wanted to make my entire outfit myself. With that in mind, I started working on my dress in sewing class somewhere in december. The dress I was going to make was the June dress from La Maison Victor.
© La Maison Victor
The fabric I had chosen was a lilac cotton with little sparkles. Very festive.
It was a good thing that I made this dress in sewing class, because I don’t think I would have managed it on my own. Especially since the bodice required some adjustments to properly fit my body.
When I thought I had almost finished, my teacher started talking about lining and that it would be better that I included one in the dress. So this meant I was to make the entire dress a second time, but now from lining fabric.
It did cost me a lot of work and a little blood, since I kept stabbing myself with pins, but the result was worth it all, because I’m so very pleased with it.
I love the fit and fabric on me. I’m so very proud of this achievement, even if it isn’t 100% perfect 😀