From the outside. The raw end of the bias was covered later by the sleeve-edge binding.
Fancy bias hem facing:
I need a better mirror.
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So, this is dress #2, the FBA with the side dart.
I'm in the middle of my second version of the Simplicity 1080 Dottie Angel dress and I have a feeling I added too much to the FBA. I did it differently this time than I did on the first one--it has a side dart but the armscye line was cut to the shoulder instead. I'll see when I get home and measure it and the Version 1 purple dress if it's as much too big as I feel it's going to be, and then try to figure out where I went wrong.
Meanwhile, I just spent my lunch hour cutting out and altering scale models of pattern pieces becuause, yes, I'm that kind of person.
So . . . pattern pieces:
I spent the last week, ok, mostly driving, but this included three days at a college reunion. Campus has changed a lot--I got completely lost in the huge science building--but the town looked great. One of my best friends from kindergarten/early elementary teaches art there now and I saw her in person for the first time in 28 years.
Lots of pix .
No, not that kind of baby.
It seems like all my friends just have stray animals drop into their laps. One has a cat he found under a Wal-Mart dumpster; one has a kitten he found in his back yard (and later found the mother and siblings, all of which have been adopted out); etc. I never find kittens. Stray cats come and hang on our back porch sometimes but they don't stick around.
Well . . . I went out for a walk last night. I was maybe a mile from the house when I saw a small animal toddle out of the shadows and under a parked truck. Thinking that it didn't look like a skunk (it was after dark), I went in for a closer look:
I'm still running too many projects at once. So what's new?
I started my first self-draft last night. I think I already know where I went wrong, and I need to get Mom to remeasure me in a few places because I'm pretty sure that not all of the measurements she took make sense. Spent my lunch hour doing calculations ahead of time.
I need to update my pix.
Moving right along on the black plaid homespun dress. I set the sleeves last night and hope to get the skirt attached and maybe the buttonholes done tonight. After that, it will be a lot of handwork: Ladderstitching the cuffs closed, buttons, lots and lots of seam finishing.
The square shawl is chugging along, too. I added the pattern, such as it is, to Ravelry (it links back to the blog post).
Reunion is in like two weeks. I doubt I'll get the Wisconsin Flower Child dress done but I can try. I'll ask Mom to help me measure myself this week, at least. Once I get the pattern to fit it should be a quick project.
Super-basic, blank-slate, knitting pattern for square things (square shawl, baby blanket, coasters, whatever) . . .
OMG OMG OMG! I am so excited!
Spoiler alert: If you're even a moderately accomplished knitter, skip this. You'll think I'm nuts. And very silly.
I've probably said this on here before, but I've been a beginning knitter for like 30 years. Seriously, I'm hopeless. Okay, I'm probably not actually hopeless, but I have too many hobbies and can't devote mastery-level attention and energy to all of them. Knitting is definitely a second- or third-tier hobby. I love the idea of knitting but I mostly do it because I can't find sweaters I like (I've yet to actually produce a whole sweater, by the way). And I'm resistant to a lot of it: I like basic patterns.
I think some of this is my arithmetic-related learning disability--patterns that require a lot of counting and keeping track of stitches are extremely stressful. I'm not here for stress, thanks. I'm getting better and recognizing specialty stitches when I see them, but I'll probably never be into fine lace shawls.
So . . . a couple of months ago I splurged on a ridiculous amount of Cascade Venezia merino/silk worsted weight yarn. It was on clearance or I would never have done such a thing since my knitting skills are strictly Wool-Ease league.
It goes without saying that you can't use that yarn on just any pattern.
I have been futzing around ever since with potential patterns but none of them measured up. Too busy, too complicated, too boring, too whatever. Whatever pattern I used had to be:
1) Relatively simple.
2) Not hideous on the reverse. Didn't have to be pretty, I just didn't want it to look like hamburger.
3) Not too open. Some eyelets = fine. Tons of eyelets = what's the point since it's not going to keep you warm?
4) Not absolutely boring. I'm actually fine with plain shawls with some garter ribs or whatever, but not for this.
Finally, I ran across two patterns, both of which had elements I liked. Both are by Judy Marples: One was the Lineau shawl, which I like for the eyelet rows and raised knit stitch-on-a-purl-background band, and the other is the Deep Cove scarf (inexplicably neglected by Ravelry users. It's a lovely pattern!), which I like for its simplicity and because the pattern is diagonal but is not knitted on the bias.
So I emailed some knitting friends for help. For awhile, it looked like knit-one-below was going to be the answer, but that meant knitting on the bias and . . . ugh, blocking. So much blocking. But another friends suggested traveling stitches. OMG! Traveling stitches! Little, tiny, one-stitch cables! Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!
The pink version of this hit a snag--the facings aren't behaving themselves and I think the fabric is one I overdyed, so I can't get more (I can't match the color). I went to get some similar cotton to test the facings and found a pink I like better, so the old pink is going in the scrap bin until I can get back to the fabric shop.
So . . . marching on to the next fabric.
Black and gray plaid homespun:
I've had this fabric for a long time but I think I finally have the pattern the way I want it, so here goes:
Butterick 1983 4948 yet again: