Tuesday, November 28, 2006

FOs - Glampyre Sweater and Skirt

Well, I promised pictures, and I'm actually delivering almost on time, for once. I am really bad about meaning to update the blog, then forgetting to.

First, the knitting. This is a knitting blog, after all! So I mentioned that I was knitting a Glampyre pattern, but failed to mention which. I didn't mean to break my deal - this started out being an extremely simple, knit-with-eyes-closed thing... the minisweater pattern. Inspired by this beautiful modification, and the fact that I just had to have an entire sweater in this beautiful color, I just kept knitting. I made up an eyelet pattern based on the number of stitches I had left, and used that for the bottom of the sweater and the sleeves below the elbow. I did some shaping for the waist as well, but the sleeves are nearly straight. I planned on (and still do) knitting a flower to wear for the closure, but haven't done it yet. I don't know where this pin came from (possibly a thrift shop), but I've been saving it for something special... I really love it. I like the sweater pretty well, what do you think? Please excuse the lack of makeup, and the couple of pounds I think I put on over my break. I need to get back to the gym asap!!

Oh, and the yarn is Wool of the Andes in Hyacinth, actually a bluish purple (think What Dreams May Come or the purple in the LSU band uniforms). Wonderful color!!

And no, don't worry - I'm not planning on wearing the sweater with that outfit. I was too lazy to find a cute one to model (hey, I just got back to school after a long trip!), so I just kept on the top and skirt. The skirt is the one I just made, and I am pretty happy with it. The waistband turned out lower than I wanted, but aside from that, it fits just right.

The pattern is Simplicity 5914, view B. I lowered the waistband (a bit too much, actually), but aside from that, I made no changes. The fabric is some tweedy stuff that I found at Hobby Lobby. I love it! It is so cute. Several pictures to follow... I don't think I have a pair of shoes that really goes with this skirt, so I tried on two to see how they look.

Here's a close-up of the fabric:

This project also included my first ever attempt at a zipper. It actually wasn't hard at all... just a little tedious.

Next time I get near a sewing machine (sometime before Christmas), I will make my grandma's Christmas gift.

It's an Elvis throw kit. She is a huge Elvis fan. I hope she likes it!


Stacy said...

Wow! I love both the sweater and the skirt. Makes me wish I could knit better!

Susan said...

The sweater looks great, and certainly flatters your figure. I actually thought you had lost weight--extra pounds? where? (umm, never mind)
The skirt is very cute, too. Zippers are pretty easy, with a zipper foot and the exact instructions they give you in the package. I've never tried one of those 'invisible' zippers, though--maybe they are harder.

kanha said...

that's beautiful. i love how the blue contrasts with the shirt

Karin said...

Those look great!

I made that skirt using some corduroy w/vertical stripes. So many people ask where I bought it!

They look really cute on you.

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