With the end of Me-Made May, I’m joining the next challenge in the sewing blogger’s event calendar right away:
The „Outfit Along 2015“ is hosted by Lauren of Lladybird and Andi of Untangling Knots and is about creating an entire outfit by knitting a garment and sewing a garment.
I am so excited to join this challenge! As a knitting-newbie, who made a hat for almost every day of the week by now, this will be a wonderful opportunity to expand my skill set and lose my cardigan-knitting-virginity. My yarn and pattern were ordered the same day I heard about the challenge. Here’s what I will be making:
Knitting Project: A striped cardigan
I was tempted to knit something with a really cool pattern or even adjust one of Andi’s cardigan patterns to a German-weather-friendly length. But in the end I decided to go with something easy and beginner-friendly. It’s my first sweater after all.
Browsing through my ravelry favourites, I found the Olive Basket Cardigan by Amy Miller. It’s a simple stockinette stitch cardi with a border and long cuffs in single basketweave. To keep it from getting too boring, I will be knitting the stockinette stitches as stripes.
The yarn is Drops Cotton Merino in purple (27) and beige (3). It’s a cotton/wool mix that feels very nice against the skin. But I have to admit: It mainly got chosen for its price. It was the only yarn I could afford to buy in cardigan quantity right now.
Sewing Project: A light blue dress
My sewing project will be Sewaholic’s Cambie Dress. There are countless versions around the blogworld and this dress just looks amazing on everyone. I’m so excited to make my own!
Of course, this project had to be compatible with my Year of Destashing, so I picked a fabric from my stash:
The fabric is a flea market find from three years ago: A light blue cotton-linen mix with nice drape and small woven-in stripes that could be interesting to play with.
Details of the dress fabric. I love the stripes! The bias binding is another flea market find and a nice change to the stiff linen stuff German fabric stores sell …
Sadly, it’s not enough meters for the full skirted version, but I guess the straighter skirt will work just as well. I will line the skirt in a bright blue polyester (layered under the shell fabric in the first photo). Because the fabric is rather plain, I’d love to add some beautiful details like blue bias binding on the inside, contrast top stitching or a little bit of lace on the hem. We’ll see how this goes.
I’m so excited to get started! Are you joining in the Outfit Along?
The Cambie Dress, sketched on my “to sew” list