Saturday, September 24, 2011

Some knitting and more Simplicity 2403

Now that Duncan is a little better at playing on his own, I've picked up my knitting needles again. I have a few projects in the works, and I was knitting away at a scarf for Myra the other night when she asked if she could help. I asked her if she knew how to knit, and she said, "Can you show me?" Yes, please!!
She's determined!! I think these needles are too big for her though, since she quickly gave up on actually making stitches and started just wrapping the yarn around the needles.
It's still fun though! We've started a little nightly tradition of knitting together. She picked some Barbie pink yarn and I got her some smaller needles. She sits in my lap and holds the needles while I maneuver them for her and she wraps the yarn. Not bad for a three year old!

I've also started work on the Simplicity 2403 dress from my last post. Thanks to everyone for the input!! I tried out a few things with the muslin, and found that I did need the wearing ease provided in the upper back. I loved the idea of moving the ease to the sides. Mitch has several RTW shirts that are pleated that way, so that was what I did.
Here is how it looks! Nice and flat without any pouf at all. I love it!!
Here is the front. I have some gold half ball buttons to put there, and the skirt (which is a tangerine sateen to match the flowers in the print) and lining to attach. I'm not 100% sure how I'm going to insert the side zip around the waistband and lining. I'm hoping for a flash of insight as I construct.

10 comments:

  1. Wonderful dress for showing off both figure and sewing skills!!!!
    Reminds me of many that I "helped" Momma make in the mid-60's!

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  2. The dress is looking really excellent now!

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  3. Wow, moving the ease to the side looks great, and the fit looks spot on now! I adore the color and print, can't wait to see the finished dress. Great job making that poufy mess in the back into such a sleek bodice!

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  4. I like the new wearing ease very much. Very chic.

    I don't know if three has enough fine motor, but Myra might enjoy finger knitting. A friend's girls like it very much.

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  5. The bodice looks perfect. Great solution for the back. CNt wait to see the finished dress.

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  6. Wow! That bodice is coming together sharply! Great job! I can't wait to see the finish. . . I have put in side invisible zipper and survived it:) And too cute with the knitting!

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  7. Your daughter and you are making such sweet memories together!
    That bodice is amazing!

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  8. Myra looks so cute learning to knit - your pictures reminded me of when I was small and my Mum taught me how to knit. Your dress fitting fix looks like it has worked beautifully!

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  9. Your muslin is looking fine! Maybe Myra will want to do "mommy" things as she's growing up. How fun that would be.

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  10. Wow, the dress is looking fabulous. I have this pattern too and am looking forward to making it. I can't wait to see you finished version. Myra is so adorable with those knitting needles!

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