Readers, you know how this works. You make some things and then what with one thing and another weekends roll on by without so much as a quick snap of said Sewn Items. Happily this weekend changed that- we were on the South coast and a glorious beachy walk gave the perfick opportunity to look like a total amateur in front of a film crew who were faffing about with light meters and horse poo and whatever else techy guys on that particular (equine) film set get up to.
I’m told we missed seeing Ms Kidman and Mr Law being filmed on the same beach by a mere weekend. The nerve. Anyway, the dress. Yes. There’s not much of a story here- my very kind husband bought me Tilly’s book of dressmaking, Love at First Stitch for our wedding anniversary back in July. What a pretty book! Great projects, too. But my least fave? The Megan Dress. I mean, I loved the jersey version in the book but the woven ones I’ve seen I just don’t love. Then a while later I went browsing round my local market and the fabric lady had a thick stretchy jersey knit in black and white stripes. Ping! Went my braincakes. Stripes! Stripes and a solid! A Megan in stripes and a solid! At last I could reconcile with that pattern and I’m so pleased I did.
I’m not going to lie- the insides are a nest of iniquity and the stripes are kind of wonky on the bottom front but the bits I like, I REALLY like. I love my zip insertion; I love how the stripes match across the zip at the back; I love the cute sleeves and how they seem to line up nicely perpendicular to the floor. I love how it feels to wear in the soft fabric and the deep hem (it was a lazy moment of not wishing to cut the skirt shorter, but I like the look now) and how it looks with bright tights (I think Miss Demeanour would approve of that sentiment, being the Disco Tights in the Daytime Queen and all). I even went so far as to make a little detachable collar should the fancy take me. It’s love!
There’s a third make in these pics- my cardigan. I took 8 months to knit this thing but it’s my first more technical project (i.e. not a knitted scarf or handwarmers or tea cosy!) and I’m so enjoying wearing it! If you’re interested in moving your knitting to the next level but cardi’s are too scary (as they were for me) I can recommend the craftsy class My First Sweater – does what it says on the tin. Not the most exciting class to watch but it’s a good one and easy to follow!