Recently, I tried experimenting with a craft I haven't explored much in the past: sewing! While this is not the first time I've sewn a dress, this time I really felt like I "got" what I was doing. In the past, the sewing machine had intimidated me and always seemed to be going too fast. But now I feel more in control of the machine and the process seemed less scary and more enjoyable. Getting comfortable with a seam ripper certainly helped me feel more relaxed about sewing--I ripped out a lot of seams during this project!
The pattern I used to sew this dress is Lekala 4345. I wasn't happy with how small the sleeves on this pattern are though, so for those I used the cap sleeve from Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time, modified using this tutorial for greater arm movement (and then modified again to fit on the fabric I had). Lekala patterns are quite terse, so I was glad my mom knows how to sew and could explain and show me what to do!
My finished dress is not perfect, but I think it turned out quite well, especially since I haven't had much experience. I'm hoping to do some more sewing in the near future!
Happy Autumn! Cooler temperatures are just around the corner, and with them a chance to wear cozy hand knits! And if you're looking for something cozy to knit and wear, I have a new pattern out that might be able to help: introducing the Traverse Mitts!
These fingerless gloves are worked in the beautifully rustic and woolly yarn Harrisville Designs flyWHEEL. The colors of this yarn are really neat; the granite colorway shown here looks gray, but appears to be formed from a mix of primary colored fibers which gives it a very heathered look. The cables and ribbing on the mitts remind me a bit of the woodgrain on a tree.
The Traverse Mitts are designed for both men and women, with three sizes to fit a hand circumference of 7½, 8, or 8½ inches. I might end up making another pair for myself!
You can find the pattern for the Traverse mitts in Interweave Knits Holiday 2016, or purchase the individual pattern here. All the important details:
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Finished Size 5 (5½, 6)” circumference and 7½ (7½, 8¾)” long. Mitts shown measure 6”. To be worn with 2” negative ease.
Yarn Harrisville Designs flyWHEEL (100% pure virgin wool; 170 yd 115 m/1¾ oz 50 g): #969 granite, 1 skein (see Notes).
Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holder; tapestry needle.
Gauge 28 sts and 30 rnds = 4” in k2, p2 rib (unstretched); Cable panel = about 2” wide.
What knits are you planning to make and wear this autumn? 🍁
I'm Sarah Gomez, a 17-year-old Christian knitter, sewist, and aspiring historical costumer.
Find me on Instagram and Ravelry as aLittleBitToKnit.