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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A slight "slip-up"...

Intolerable Cruelty is finished, so no more really painful gags about intolerable stockinette (may I just repeat— 24 inches!) or my misguided attempt at setting a deadline...

I have to say it, I love this skirt. I love it. It's a great pattern, very original, surprisingly quick to knit (ahem), and most importantly, it's somehow flattering. A flattering knitted skirt is something I thought I would never see... But, as I found out this morning, you REALLY need to wear something under it.

I modelled it for the Stitch'n'Bitch girls on Monday and they're not the kind of girls to hold back normally... but either everyone had an attack of the "polites" or maybe they were just mesmerised by the pink and yellow undies I had on.


whoops
Originally uploaded by indienial.



The lowdown:
YARN: I used the specified SWTC bamboo yarn, which is soft and slippery enough to make the skirt hang really nicely— I couldn't find a "perfect" substitute for it, as either cotton or wool will not have the same flattering drape.

TIME: It took about two and a half weeks of knitting time, and then sat in my WIP basket for about a month before I gathered the courage to start the crochet loops.

MODS: In the end, I decided that crocheting with the bamboo yarn was a task way beyond my limited skill set and cheated by finger-knitting the chain for the corset-y loops and then sewing it into place. I also did away with the two YOs at the bottom of the back panel, because I didn't like the holes they made.

OTHER: The pattern specifies that it is to be worn below the waist, and the top of the skirt is quite loose. In retrospect, I'd probably improve the fit by making the waist of the skirt a bit smaller and keeping the hip measurements the same (hey, I have child bearing hips, I'm sure a lot of you can relate!). But that's definitely a personal choice, and I figure it's always better to have a little extra room around the waist than to have something too tight.

One more pic for luck:

Fear the rear
Originally uploaded by indienial.



Thanks to Ashley and knitty.com for a fantastic pattern. Next step: working out how to sew in a lining...

8 Comments:

Blogger Sasha said...

Ooh love the skirt Clementine! I've been eyeing that pattern off for a while - awesome to see it knitted up! Looking forward to catching up on the next Monday or Satdee :)

9:49 am  
Blogger Michelle said...

not as many people were looking at your bum than you thought ;)
Michelle

9:57 am  
Blogger craftapalooza said...

Nice work clem! Cute BLOOMERS ;)

11:30 am  
Blogger Clementine said...

Michelle, what do you MEAN people weren't looking at my bum? have I completely failed in my mission to have my ass take over the world? ;) hehe

Kita says that it was just the effect of the flash, so I'll take her word for it. And maybe wear some less garish undies next time :p

7:55 am  
Blogger jazzyknits said...

onya Clem, I just love it, you've one a bloody brilliant job, and I love the ruffle !

8:29 am  
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8:32 am  
Blogger Bibnbub said...

I think it was the flash that showed your undies off. I certinally couldnt see your knickers when I was wrestling with the bow before Lupinbunny sorted it out.

8:56 am  
Blogger lupinbunny said...

i second the flash thing. i never knew what colour undies you were wearing. i'd've yelled it out loud to exomod at large if i had ;)

9:02 pm  

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