Egg-Shaped Dress

My last project completed in 2014 was an egg-shaped dress (BurdaStyle 10/2014 #127B).

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Most of the time, I am drawn to the oddest (but still kind of practical) garment the magazine has to offer, but this shape isn’t as unusual as I originally thought. It’s actually a nod to style from the 1960s, it appeared in several styles in 2006/2007 and again on the runway in 2013/2014.

Balenciaga coat

Balenciaga Coat (Photo credit: Pinterest via Balenciaga.com)

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Jil Sander Dress (Photo credit: farfetch.com)

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ASOS Dress (Photo credit: asosrp2010.cloudapp.net)

It’s definitely one of those shapes that few people wear really well, but that never stops me from attempting the impossible.

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The original pattern has only a slight egg shape and made in a wonderfully bright striped jacquard.  The fabric selection is probably the real reason I love the dress so much.  That and I needed a shape to hide those few pounds I knew I was going to gain during the cookie holiday season.  No need to walk around holding my breath and sucking in my belly!

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I was unable to find any fabric like it that wasn’t heavy upholstery fabric, so I settled on a lightweight jacquard that still kept the horizontal striped layout. The pattern did not call for lining so I took some time (okay, quite a bit of time) to Hong Kong finish all the seams, make my own piping, install my first exposed zip.

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Of course there was the usual full bust adjustment, but I made no other alterations.  There is enough fullness to add another me into this dress.  I wanted to pair it with a black mock turtleneck as similarly styled in the magazine and a simple wedge shoe or a tall boot, but I don’t own either.

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I will probably never sew this pattern again, but it was fun to make and a very easy, cozy dress to wear.  Best of all, I got to try techniques I haven’t done before.

-Nizzy

Egg-Shaped Dress

Lessons Learned While Knitting

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I never thought I would have so many lessons learned from knitting three pairs of fingerless gloves.

1.  Knitting (and other crafting)  for others is just as rewarding (if not more) than knitting for yourself.  Knowing others enjoy what I’ve made for them makes me smile.

2.  I was always hesitant to “waste” pattern stitches on black yarn.  This mini cable still has great texture and definition on this dark yarn.  I’ll never doubt that again.

3.  Bartering is just as good as selling an item in some cases.  Knitting is just one of those things that it’s hard to get full value for your project because it’s so labor intensive.  And good yarn doesn’t always come cheap!  You really have to keep projects small and fast to make it worthwhile if you are going the financial route.  Or not!  If you have a true love for knitting and the money doesn’t matter as much, then that is okay too! 

4.  I have a love/hate relationship with variegated yarn.  I love the colors, but hate how some of the color transitions are either too short or too long.  You really have to study the yarn and swatch (I know, *groan*)  to see if it’s perfect for your project.   

5.  What is the point of a glove with no fingers?  Uhhh, now I know!  These are actually WARM and they serve a purpose.  I recently read a comment on FB that said “There is a special place in hell for people who wear fingerless gloves.”  I mean if you have to be in a cold place where you need to keep your fingers free, say, like a photographer, or in my frigid basement trying to use a computer, why would you not want to warm up as much skin as possible and keep the cold air from going up your sleeves? Oh well, I am officially team fingerless gloves!

– Nizzy

Lessons Learned While Knitting

I Fancy a Pair of Mittens

BEHOLD! INTERWEAVE KNITS!  *holds up copy for all to see*

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My Top 3 Favorite Knitting Magazines…

3. Knitty(.com)

2.  Knitscene

1.  Interweave Knits

Everytime I would get my copy in the mail I would drop everything just to see what lovely projects it contained.  My subscription ran from about 2008 to mid 2012.  And that weak moment I had a few days ago when I purchased that magazine?  Oh, yep.  That was IK.

Usually I want to knit just about EVERYTHING in the magazine so it is often hard to settle on one thing.   This time it was easier, because I had some yarn in the stash that I wanted to use for a small project.  So I combed every issue and settled on these Handsome Mittens.

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I made them just a twee longer and opted out of the opposing thumb colors. They almost match my coat.

-Nizzy

I Fancy a Pair of Mittens

Geek Craft: Storm Trooper Scarf

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My husband is definitely a Star Wars geek.  On the other hand, I haven’t seen the entire original trilogy. But, since there is no escaping the Dark Side of the Force, I figured I would join and knit him a scarf with a storm trooper motif.

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To keep it from curling a bit and to hide the intarsia/stranding on the wrong side of each end, I lined it with flannel. It’s so warm I almost want one for myself.

May the warmth be with you!

-Nizzy

Geek Craft: Storm Trooper Scarf

Strength

Strength Bracelet by Creatively Motivated
Strength Bracelet, a photo by Creatively Motivated on Flickr.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.” ― Judith Viorst, Love & Guilt & The Meaning Of Life, Etc

-Nizzy

Strength

Nailed It! (Not Really)

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LOL!!!

Last year I was excited about making something comfy, cute, and warm to wear on my feet in the office.  This is not what I envisioned.

THESE THINGS ARE HUGE!  And so laughably bad!   I should have known something was wrong when I had to wash these things about about 4 times just to get them to really felt.  Was I paying attention to the yarn gauge when I made the substitution? 

It turns out I wasn’t.   I said: “Hey! I have some feltable yarn in the stash!  I’ll just use that.” And I ran with it.  What a beginner mistake!  *slaps forehead*  And that’s how I ended up with my feet looking like they are being swallowed by a pile of felted fabric.

I will give them credit for keeping my feet warm and my socks from getting dirty, but I have plans to try these again.  And with the right sized needles and yarn this time.

-Nizzy

Nailed It! (Not Really)

Nizzy’s WIP: Felted Office Slippers

 

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If I have to be at work for 15 jillion hours a day I feel I should be comfortable.  I love cute little pair of heels, but they aren’t always comfortable.  Face it ladies, you know your feet hurt sometimes.  Don’t front! 

While at my desk I like to kick the shoes off, prop the feet up, and ‘do what I do’.  And when I get up to go to the printer (which is just a few steps away), I don’t always feel like putting my shoes back on.  So, I’m hooking myself up with some black felted slippers for the office. 

 They would probably be finished up to the seaming part if I didn’t run out of yarn halfway through knitting the second slipper.   Anyways, I have at least a dozen other WIPs (some you don’t even know about yet) that will keep me occupied until I buy one more skein. -Nizzy

Nizzy’s WIP: Felted Office Slippers