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{Sewing} 1968 Vintage McCall's Dress

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Photo by Il Mare Photography |

Photo by Il Mare Photography |

I can't believe I forgot to blog about this dress.

This is one of the dresses I made before Logan's arrival early this year. I love buying vintage patterns and bought this Vintage MaCalls pattern from Etsy. Some vintage patterns are daunting, but I saw that this dress only had few pattern pieces and I liked the fact that it had a zipper. I decided to use an invisible zipper instead of a regular zipper as the pattern calls for. 

When I finished the dress, I was close to my due date so I couldn't post a picture of me wearing it. Fortunately, I tried it on the day after I gave birth and fit into it, but I was breastfeeding on demand which meant no woven dress :(

So I was glad to have a special occasion to wear it in public! I wore it to our first family holiday photo session! And got even more excited when our friends at Il Mare Photography commented that we look like a family from the 60s. :D

pattern: vintage sewing pattern (1968) McCall's, 9269, View C
fabric: spot on mini dot, 45", 2yds, from
modifications: moved the darts to give more ease, added hook and eye for the neck closure, used Invisible Zipper.

Day 9 check in

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As today (7/8) is a rest day, I thought I'd do a quick report in the progress.

The red Louet corriedale is finished, plied, washed, then caked ready-to-use. I n-plied it on the same wheel that it was spun on, Ashford Traditional. Very smooth! The left skein is what I did during the first wk of Tour de Fleece. The left is what I spun on Kiwi and then n-plied around December or January this year so it's kind of interesting to see my improved spinning and plying skills. :)

My merino is still doing well, still on the 3rd bobbin. After this I'm going to start plying.

For the YarnChefSpin Merino/Bamboo blend that I finished plying in the beginning of the TdF (to free up the bobbins) is now being knitted up in a shawl! I also spun this last year-ish so I'm seeing more thick and thin spots, especially since this is a 2-ply.

I dyed up some rovings a couple of days ago and played with some label designs yesterday.  I just did it to see if I can give to friends as gifts but it gave me enough confidence to consider selling them. Hmmm.

Well it is a rest day but I don't think ill rest haha. Just keep this momentum going!

Sexy Back!

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Many things have happened since the last time I wrote. First of all, I'm sending prayers to those people who are affected by the explosions in Boston yesterday. I heard about the one at the marathon as I was leaving work, and although I am thousands of miles away from Boston, there was definitely heightened security at the metro and train stations on the way back home. 


Now bringing it back to knitting..

My new design, Beverly Tee, was published in the newest Knitscene Summer 2013 issue!


It features a plunging back and peplum waist hem, and would be perfect over a bikini top/bralette/bandeau this summer. The yarn is Berroco Weekend but I'm hearing Berroco discontinued this color. I'm thinking about knitting my own in "Reddy" for the sexy Hollywood glam. After all, the name I had in my mind for this project was "Marilyn."


Order and see the rest of the issue here!