Posts Tagged coco dress
I’m off across the border to Spain for a few days so I’ve been trying to get a few projects finished. We’re going to a theme park – I feel the nausea rising already and that’s only thinking about the winding roads we will take to get there – then we are going to see a performance by the Cirque du Soleil featuring lots of very bendy people and then, on the way back, we will visit Salvador Dali’s house now a museum. Plus, we will go food shopping before we re-cross the border which sounds bizarre but Spain is much cheaper than France for lots of things and quite a few French people regularly drive down there to stock up on olive oil, washing powder and other groceries. I have heard a rumour (thanks Jan F.) that cottage cheese is available and, even though I was never a particular fan, the fact that I can no longer get it makes me want some. I am hoping (in vain I suppose) for real, fresh cream.
Anyway, here is the finished quilt that I made for the nicest and best yoga teacher in the world – you may quibble but I don’t know yours – and, although she looks vaguely bemused in this photo, I think she likes it.
She seemed even more chuffed, however, with the quilt label I put on. I found an image with some yoga-type words and added her name and mine plus the date. I printed it out on transfer paper and put it on some plain fabric then attached it to the corner of the quilt. (note: My surname isn’t really blurred but I did it in editing in case anybody felt like stalking me and sending me hate mail, especially after my anti-cyclist rant the other week!)
After I forgot to add a couple of inches to the length of my colour block Coco dress, I decided to spare the world too much of my knees and Mlle. Tialys the elder wore it back to the U.K. after her visit here a few weeks ago. I do not expect to see it again. However, I had already bought some more knit fabric to make another version and, this time, I did remember to lengthen it but, being disorganised as I can sometimes be, I hadn’t made a note of the measurements I used from my last pattern hack so, this time, the colour block at the top comes down lower. I think I prefer the first version but at least this one is a keeper for me.
When I saw the Bronte top pattern from indie designer Jennifer Lauren, I quite fancied having a go because anything that makes t-shirts a bit more exciting has got to be worth a try. This pattern is supposed to have a slightly vintage look in that the back actually overlaps the front forming an attractive and original neckline and having no shoulder seams. It can be done all in one colour but I think the detail is worth emphasizing so used some coordinating knit fabric I happened to have.
I really like it and, if you don’t look too closely, it turned out well although I have a little more of the trim showing on one side of the neck than the other. Tant pis! Must try harder next time. Anyway, it’s another thing I might have to give away, because it is a little tighter than I would normally wear my t-shirts. I wasn’t sure which size to do and, the designer does warn it is a tight fitting style, but the waist and hips corresponding to my bust size were too big for me so I figured, it’s jersey, it’ll stretch and normally, I think it would, but this grey knit is quite a heavy one and the stretch is limited. Next time, I’ll make it in a lighter, softer knit because I’ve now cut the pattern out for the smaller size and I don’t fancy printing it out all over again!
Definitely one I’ll make again – paying more attention to the trim next time. The pattern has a long sleeved option too and I’m wondering about the possibility of doing a pattern hack and making it into a dress with fitted bodice and slightly swirly skirt. Get me and my fancy ideas!
Just to prove I do venture outside sometimes, this gorgeous hydrangea with dinner plate sized heads flowers away in a neglected corner of our garden.
What I especially like about it is you only have to cut one head to fill a vase which is all apropos of nothing in particular but does remind me that tomorrow is the anniversary of the day when the French cut their King’s head off and duffed up all the posh people. So, yet another public holiday with some fireworks in the evening to celebrate the fact they now have a president instead despite the fact they all seem to hate the present holder of the title so, if I were him, I’d keep one eye open at night.
Hasta la vista!
I just finished another Coco dress. I bought this coral coloured jersey which was the perfect weight for this dress but I felt was a little bright to make the whole dress in. So I decided to pair it with this grey jersey and have a go at making a colour block version. I love it but, unfortunately, forgot to lengthen it this time so I will get a consensus of opinion from family and
blunt honest friends and, if they think it’s too short for me, I’ll have to hand it over to one of the Madamoiselles. I think you can usually get away with things a little shorter in the summer with bare legs and flats but we’ll see.
(The ombré effect here is due to bad lighting rather than the fabric and my paintwork morphing into different shades)
Only a couple of days to go until the Lladybird and Tangled Threads’ Outfit Along starts so I wanted to finish up some projects I had on the go and start with a clean (ish) slate.
As I explained here this Outfit Along comprises a dress (or skirt) and a cardigan to go with it. The suggested pattern for the dress is Simplicity 1803 which I already have and had bought the fabric for some time ago and the cardigan is the new one from Andi Satterlund called Myrna.
I’m going to make the one in the bottom right hand corner with the short sleeves and button embellishments.
Here’s the cardi I’m going to make.
There are lots of gorgeous fabric and yarn choices going on and I’ve been watching the Ravelry thread to see what people are choosing. However, much as I like the bright, patterned fabrics, I’m taking into consideration my lifestyle, location, age, wearing opportunities and going with something a bit more ‘sensible’ or let’s use the word ‘classic’ as it sounds slightly less boring.
So, these are my fabric and yarn choices. What do you think? Be quick and tell me if you don’t think they’d work as I start the day after tomorrow!
I’m sure I will have time to do plenty of other things at the the same time – we have until the end of July after all – and the dress shouldn’t take me long but I only knit in the evenings so the cardigan is likely to be the thing in danger of not being finished so no more knitting projects until afterward.
I just had time to finish off this cute baby jacket which will, eventually, be in my shop as I have lots of plans for more hand knit baby wear but I’ve got to complete a few more yet before I put them in the shop.
I’m frantically sewing up a knitted jacket for myself – don’t you just hate the sewing up part of knitting? – then that will be out of the way and I can cut out and cast on.
Having made Tilly’s Coco dress for my daughter, I decided to make the funnel neck version for me with some double knit jersey I got when I was over in the U.K. However, it is quite thick fabric and, although it seems just the right thickness and stability for the style, I won’t be able to wear it much before it gets too hot here.
So, I wore it the other day and took some photos but the light was soooo terrible that I didn’t get any good ones. I thought I’d better put them on though in case I don’t get around to wearing it again until the autumn.
I know, I know, I’ve cut my head off again but this is the best photo of the actual dress so I’ve used it.
Next time, I will make the sleeves a couple of inches shorter as these are supposed to be three- quarter length.
Hmm. I’m doing some sort of hip thrust forward movement here, thus blurring the photo a bit and making it easier to see the seam of my tights. It makes it look as though there is bunching round the waist but there isn’t (see above!). Also, my boots look like wellies – which they aren’t – but, apart from that, you get the general idea. I think this fabric would also have worked well as the tunic top version which has little side slits.
I used the overlocker to make the dress, though it isn’t necessary, and then a twin needle to do the hem. I lengthened it by a couple of inches so it would be knee length on me as the original pattern is quite short.
An ‘action’ shot, as I like to call my blurred photographs.
Overall, a quick and easy dress to make which is really comfortable to wear and quick to pull on. I will make some more, short sleeve versions in a slightly finer stretch knit for the warmer weather.