I’m writing this post from my couch with a glass of chocolate wine in hand and “Christmas in Connecticut” on the t.v. Thanksgiving is next week, and yet, I can’t help myself from busting into the schmaltz. While in reality, things might be getting a little hectic, I can still count on these old gems to calm my nerves and distract me a little bit from the unnecessary ugly we’ve all been subject to as of late.
Just last week, I busted out a little bolero I’ve had my Pinterest eye on for a while, a 1950’s cropped number from Simplicity.
Because I don’t take suggested pattern yardage on these things too seriously, I went ahead and began mapping things out with a half yard less than it supposedly needed. I was able to match the plaid on the back, side, and center front, but the facings (needing to be pieced) had to be sacrificed. Oh, well. I’m still pretty happy with it.
Being that I can’t leave well enough alone, I cropped the sleeves a smidge, but the rest of the topper is original to the pattern!
My current knitting project on the needles is a vintage cardigan pattern available from http://www.freevintageknitting.com. Because all pieces are knit separately, then seamed in the end, this has been a great portable project as well!
This is my first experience working from a vintage pattern, and I gotta say, things are going well! I might even say this is a nice gateway into knitting more ribbed sweaters. Maybe I’ll eventually work up the nerve to knit up another sweater out of lighter weight yarn. Some day? 😉
I lucked out by just-so-happening to have matching vintage buttons in my stash! And, what’s this? A nice coordinating ribbon for the button bands? Shut it down!
I also have a few projects set up in the queue for wedding good times!
Since I’m not making my wedding gown (totes fine with that, btw!), I’ve decided to make the somewhat more comfy “after party” ensemble. Something to wear while I traipse about downtown and enjoy bourbon and tacos. I’ll be tying the knot in March, so layers are going to be key for this! I purchased a lovely Kidsilk Lace from Hedgehog Fibres at my local yarn shop, with a long-sleeved bolero in mind. Something that will keep me warm during the transitional weather, but will look decidedly bridal-ish when worked up in the proper yarn.
To complement the look, a full-brocade skirt (a-la Gertie’s B6285) that will be underlined and stiffened with horsehair (cuz yaaass horsehair). Fancy, no?
I did some swatching through Mood.com while ordering bridesmaid fabric, but haven’t settled on a fabric quite yet. Since the yarn is somewhat variegated, I’m waiting until I have enough knit before I take the plunge on some pricey yardage.
Did I mention I’m making my bridesmaid dresses? Yiss. Tis true. All in good time. Four months to go, so there’s plenty of time, right?
Well, I’m off like a dirty shirt!