Friday, April 11, 2008

i feel like a jane austen heroine

i think i might give up knitting and just crochet and sew things. first a 3 hour hat, and now a 3 day dress.
Babydoll Dress from Spring IC 2008
The long-coveted Babydoll Dress, from Interweave Crochet Spring 2008. I used 5 skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Caramel, and hook sizes E, H, and I.
Babydoll Dress from Spring IC 2008
in the true spirit of half-ass-ism, i could not get gauge on the bodice ribbing no matter what hook size i used. E is the smallest hook that i own, so i just went with it. as a result, the bodice is a bit too large for me (imagine that).

i had to modify the sleeves or I would've looked like i was sporting bulbous tubers on my arms. i crocheted 7 rounds for the sleeves and then worked 2 decrease rows before proceeding to the cuff ribbing.
Babydoll Dress from Spring IC 2008
i also had a brainfart and forgot that both cotton and crocheted shell stitches stretch. pre-wash, my dress hit me about 2 inches above the knee. now it is tea-length. or at least it's what i envision is tea-length in my head--i'm not really sure what proper tea-length is. plus i hate tea. what was i talking about?

oh yeah, it stretched a lot. i was going to fix it since it would've been quite easy (yay, top down construction!) but i decided i liked it as is.

and wouldn't you know it, Crochet Me finally showed up today from interlibrary loan. i guess i'll peruse the book for more items to crochet. i'm on a roll now. you may send in Mr. Darcy whenever you please.

17 comments:

  1. 3 days? 3 days?!?! Holy crap! Must learn how to crochet.

    That dress is seriously cute! Retro but modern. And it looks fantastic on you!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful! I CAN'T believe it only took you 3 days!! Maybe I should learn to crochet...

    ReplyDelete
  3. I think it turned out great. I love that color and I love that coordinating ribbon!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Adorable! I love it. I can't believe it only took you 3 days, you are superwoman.

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow it looks gorgeous on you! i really can't believe it grew so much in length...*makes mental note* :-)

    ReplyDelete
  6. i glanced through the crochet me book...only other pattern in there that i liked was the comfy cardi...maybe you should try that one?

    ReplyDelete
  7. That is seriously adorable!

    I can knit or sew just about anything you throw at me, but spike me in the head with a crochet hook and I can only muster a simple chain or maybe some "freeform" crapitude.

    ReplyDelete
  8. WOW!! It looks amazing. And it only took 3 days?!? That's awesome. You go and Rock your jane austen look. :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow. You made that in 3 days? Good Lord. It's beautiful! I bet it feels nice in the Cotton Fleece too. Beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful, but 3 days?!?! WOW!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Absolutely stunning Sara! Beautiful work!

    ReplyDelete
  12. It is beautiful even if it is a tad too big. I have forgotten if Cotton Fleece shrinks in the dryer or not.
    3 days? Wow, you have wrists of iron and eyes of steel. I am worn out now after just two hours of lace knitting. I come up from that with blurry vision and carpal twinges.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I wasn't sure until I saw it on you but I am totally making that. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beautiful--always nice to see how people wear these patterns in real life. Unfortunately, I think my ass would look crazy in the dress but if it is a "quick crochet" it might be worth contemplating. (Of course, it would probably take me at least 10 times longer to finish but still.)

    Jane has nothing on you.

    ReplyDelete
  15. That is gorgeous and I can't believe it too you 3 days! It turned out fabulous! Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Sara, holy cow! That dress is just amazing and looks fabulous on you. nice work!!!

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...