Thursday, May 15, 2008

I could really go for a Black and Tan

I'm falling behind again. Since the last time I posted, I've knit a sock, sewed a top and a pair of shorts, plied another hank of handspun, got a little closer to completing my quilt top, and finished these two projects.

The first is my Black and Tan Vest, AKA the Elinor Tunic from Summer Interweave Knits 2008.
Black and Tan vest and pencil skirt
I used blue sky dyed cotton, 3 hanks of the khaki and 1 of the black. I knit on #8 and #7 knitpicks options. I made the 32" size.
Black and Tan vest and pencil skirt
I lowered the armholes and neckline b/c it appeared that the armholes were too high for the models in the mag and in the gallery on knitting daily. i also narrowed the straps by four stitches b/c of previous knowledge that too-wide straps don't work for me. I substituted the houndstooth stranded pattern from Tomato b/c I didn't care for the mosaic pattern. I knit 6 repeats of the pattern for the colorwork band. I also omitted the side tassel thingies.

the hem wants to roll even with a steam block, but that is my only major annoyance. my yarn sub resulted in the vest being quite weighty and warm, so it's not great for true summer wear per se, but it does work nicely for the air conditioned office and it will be ideal for fall.

if i were to knit this pattern again, i might lower the armholes a little bit more. this top down vest is quite easy to customize and i could see myself using the pattern as a template to make other styles.

Black and Tan vest and pencil skirt
I also used less than a yard of leftover red twill and made a pencil skirt based on the straight skirt formula from sew what skirts. it went together with few difficulties. i sewed in the zipper/back seam and side seams and then realized that i forgot to sew ass darts. fortunately, it wasn't too troublesome to go back and add them. again, the book made it wonderfully easy to draft a pattern for a very fitted skirt that actually fits and is also the right length.

someday i will catch up with everything else i've been working on. i have a birthday and a father's day present to make so i'm sure i'll be busy in the near future.

10 comments:

  1. I love the vest (with your mods!) & the skirt!

    sew what skirts is a really good overall "figure it out" book for me I found, though I would never exactly follow a few of the designs in it.

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  2. I like what you did with that vest. Even though they look like little Texases, I like 'em better than the mosaic too.

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  3. Nice job on both! I like the houndstooth sub in you did!

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  4. Wow, that's a lot of mods! But I think that is the whole point of knitting: you can modify anything you want :) Looks great, and I love the houndstooth pattern.

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  5. Cute skirt. I like to see how people mix colors together and they work! For some reason, I would have never thought to wear red with khaki like that. It looks great!

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  6. Cute. I think your mods definitely make it a lot nicer than the one in the mag. I could also see this as a pattern you refer to but customize!

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  7. Love it, very cute!

    And I just adore the bright red skirt. Great color.

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  8. Both look great on you, and they go well together too.

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  9. fabulous! looks great with that skirt, too.

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