The back of a cardigan in Rowan Tweed Aran.
I’ve finally more or less finished knitting it and know I don’t like it. It’s too beginnerish (is that a word?). It was my starter project and I can see I’ve improved as I’ve gone along but not soon enough to make this a goer for me.
I love the wool and the colour so I may do something else with it.
I’m a bit disheartened today.
I had a once much loved linen wrap skirt that I hadn’t worn for years. It was faded on the outside & in any case was difficult to cycle in – wrap skirts tend to fly open when cycling.
I decided to turn it into a blouse for every day wear & turned to Vogue 2634(adapted). I’ve made this pattern up at least half a dozen times in various guises.
There wasn’t enough fabric for conventional cutting out so I cut everything singly & cut the back into 5 pieces so that I could use the edges of skirt panels.Back view
I needed to use the hem of the skirt to get the length but had to use the inside to avoid too faded a look. This led me to the leftovers from a not very successful linen dress – made about 15 years ago – I used it for flowery strips to cover the hem edge & then cut bias strips for the armholes & collar trim.
There’s hardly anything left from the skirt now & I’ve got a blouse to wear over jeans or jodphurs for everyday wear.
These 2 skirts were added together to make the one shown in the final picture.
I cut the blue skirt off just under the zip and took the embroidery off the purple skirt, put them together & added trimmings. Both were very unfashionable but had lovely features that deserved a second life. The purple skirt was provided by Horsham Oxfam Shop & the finished skirt will be displayed in their window this week along with other examples of upcycled clothes.
I went to Transition Dorking’s Stitch Up yesterday. It’s a chance to learn textile skills with a group of very skilled ladies as instructors. I went to see what was going on because Transition Horsham would like to start something similar. I happenned to mention that I would love to learn how to crochet & I was shown how to make crochet flowers.
This wasn’t my first attempt, in fact there were 3 earlier efforts but I thought it was worth adding the scraps of silk to the back and pulling it all together with a button.
I’m definitely going to try again. Thanks very much to Dorking Transition’s Stitch up.