I recently attended a family birthday party. Greeting me there (among others) were two nieces (cousins) that are the same age. About three years ago I made them and their dolls matching dark pink, wool dresses. I decorated them with fluffy yarn, beads and a nice big heart on the chest. Sadly I have close up photo of this, but I found this picture from the party. It softened my heart to see her wair it. It was so worn out, her mom said she had used it a lot and she seemed still to feel like a princess in it. So of course I vowed to make them new outfits. ( In this photo you can see both girls in the back).
With this in mind I visited a yarn factory outlet (Sandnes Ullvarefabrikk) two days ago. I found some very nice cotton & merino wool baby pink yarn. It was so soft and feminine I had to buy it. It didn’t hurt that the price was fantastic as well. I got so excited, but had a hard time deciding how much to get. In these situations I tend to get over enthusiastic and buy way too much, and of course that is what I did. Guess how many bundles I got???? If you bought a package of 20, the price was extra low. Well I picked up 4 packages!!! That is 80 bundles of yarn that weigh 50 grams each!!!!! Am I crazy????
I went home, got to work right away. Luckily I have an old knitting machine to aid me. The first day I knitted enough yarn to finish one tunic. Right now I am half way through my bundles……. I will continue until I turn most of them into “fabric”. It is a lot of work, because this machine is not automatic in any way.
When I make knitted dresses I mostly use my “knitted fabric”, the contrast stitches and trims I knit or crochet by hand. But because I am a bit lazy I don’t do this too often. Ready store-bought fabric is a bit faster. Still “making fabric” has its advantages. I can make trims and finishes using the same yarn. Everything matches perfectly.
Lately I have been in a “lacey”, feminine, pink state of mind. Can you see the similarity’s between this project and my last “pin tuck hoodie” (https://sewingforfun.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/816/)??? Instead of the pin tucks, I crocheted a “lacey” piece for the center top of the tunic, crocheted a lace trim around it and attached it to my other “machine knitted” fabric pieces.
Vogue 7009 was source of guidance when I made the silk chiffon rose. There are different fabric flower pieces in this pattern, but I like the simple rose bud best.
I just finished knitting all my bundles of yarn. Below my daughter is “wrapped” in my “fabric”, in all 10.47 m x 60 cm 🙂 In adiation there is the “fabric” I used to make the first dress. I left 8 bundles for hand knitting and crocheting details :-). Hurray !!!!!
Here you see my butiful nieces in their dresses: