A journal of my sewing and knitting adventures in which I try to make something a "little different" by using unusual patterns and materials.
I have challenged myself to finish 31 knitted and/or crocheted wearable items by May 2014 and sew outfits to wear with them.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
#3 LBD and a crocheted Wrap
Vogue 8593---This pattern has been discontinued but there is a designer dress that has the same pleated neckline. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to use up some more of my black knit fabric stash and try it out. The neckline was the only distinguishing feature and it definitely isn't my favorite LBD! The pleats spread out to a general fullness in the bust, without much shape or control.
Since I wasn't that crazy about the upper part of the dress it seemed the perfect opportunity to wear it with my new crocheted shawl. I wanted something to go with any of my black outfits that would look fairly dressy. I combined 4 different yarns with the properties of shiny metallic and fuzzy mohair.
I love combining yarns in this method as they look just like some of the very expensive variegated yarns now produced. I just made a simple rectangle and can wear it several ways---as a shrug, a shawl, or a cowl:
It works much better for me to crochet something like this with a huge (P or Q) hook. I use a simple V stitch so the large stitches imitate a knitted look.
Have you seen that Fabric Mart has announced their latest sewing challenge for the contest? http://blog.fabricmartfabrics.com/ This time it is something with a vintage look and the remaining contestants have an extra week to complete it. I have a vintage pattern in my stash that I have been wanting to use so plan to make it this week along with them. Is anybody else out there sewing as a "shadow" contestant?
It's fun to do it this way with no stress. Good luck to all those remaining in the contest and I am looking forward to seeing your projects. I see SHAMS has already blogged about her "vintage" sewing project and MEG has commented too. It's really interesting to know their thoughts while they sew so keep informing us, contestants!