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Other Obsessions: {Sewing} Macaron Dress by Colette Patterns

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Pattern: Macaron Dress by Colette Patterns (Purchased at Renegade few years ago)
Fabric: Cotton blend from Michael Levine Loft

My third Macaron Dress! Few years ago, I bought this Macaron dress pattern from Sew-LA booth (not sure, but if I remember correctly...), at the Renegade LA and then walked over to the Fashion District to buy the silk fabric for the yoke, and the peachskin fabric from Michael Levine store, all on the same day. I came home, and went straight to the sewing machine the next morning to make my first Macaron dress.  I wore it to meet Sarai, the owner/designer behind Colette Patterns in LA in 2012 when she and her crew were here for Colette Party.  I paired it with my Swallowtail shawl out of Malabrigo Lace yarn.

Macaron Dress #1 

Macaron Dress #2:

I made the second one out of poly Crushed Taffeta in navy color, from I changed the skirt portion to a circle skirt, and just left the hem undone. 

UNFORUNATELY, this dress ripped in the middle of the wedding we attended in Maui, right where the yoke connects to the bodice. I kept it to see if I could repair it, but I don't think it's repairable, unless I take out the yoke entirely and sew a new one.

So this third one went by very quickly, as I already had the pattern cut up and knew what to do.

That day when I was at Sew LA store, I bought a new invisible zipper presser foot because the one that came with my machine made it IMPOSSIBLE to install one. I feel like my zipper skill is improving! This time, my front bodice and back lined up almost perfectly.

I love all the details in this dress pattern (the yoke/bodice divide, slightly puffy sleeves, and easy neck/collar treatment..) but my favorite part is this cut on the sleeves. They're so flattering!

Overall, I am so glad I saved this fabric for this project. I bought 5 yards of this stuff from Michael Levine's Loft store (it's across from their main store on Maple), where you can buy fabrics BY THE POUND. On the fabric selvedge, it says Cameron Ind., and the tag shows that it was a special order. 

Right now, it's hard to try this on -- but I still tried!

Fortunately, my upper body hasn't changed much since pre-pregnancy days, so I was still able to try on to see the fit of the top. I tried zipping it up, and then gave up midway. =P

I simply cannot wait to wear this after I pop out Logan in about 2 weeks!


FO: Swallowtail Shawl

Jean Chung1 Comment

Oh wow, it's finally a FO post. I haven't completed any project in a while that I can post about! The thing about sample knitting is, you can take pictures of the finished product, but can't post it anywhere until the pattern is released. So I haven't been posting a lot of things.. Swallowtail.

In Malabrigo Lace Merino Wool 1 skein.

Color? Pink Frost.

This took about 5 days to finish, but really should've been 3~4 days. The main body lace part is a bit too addicting and I ended up going 2 more repeats than the pattern, so I ended up tinking back one stitch at a time because this knitter didn't use a lifeline. Lifeline is a contrast yarn you would run through the stitches every few rows, so in case you must rip it out, you can take your needles out and just rip back to that row, and put the stitches back onto the needles. I know so well about them, but I didn't use it. Why? Because I didn't think I would mess up!

I am quite arrogant in thinking that I don't make mistakes in knitting but it's a bit true. My gauges are almost always right, the way I imagine the yarn + pattern combination is almost always correct. Lace? I never skip YOs or k2togs.

In life I'm also quite arrogant. I always think that I have a plan, and rarely mess up the plan. To really think back to the past, there's only 1 time, things really didn't go as I planned. All the other times, things pretty much went along with my plans. Lifelines? I never had backup plans, but only improvised when some things needed tweaking. No need for any "lifelines" to fall back on.

Isn't that pretty arrogant of me or what? Or could it be that I rarely get startled by a change of plans or a little tweaking along the way. For this shawl, for instance, I never stopped to count the stitches, which is why I knitted more than I should've in the first place. For Citron, another popular lace-weight shawllette, I did NOT count any stitches for sure, because it didn't matter whether you have the correct # of stitches for that shawlette! I knew a lot of people got frustrated with the pattern because there are just A LOT of stitches after a bunch of t1kbl's. There's no real pattern on this shawlette, so why stop and count them? Will 1 or 2 extra stitches matter all that much?

Plans are great because you have a general concept or theme, and then you just run with it. I still don't think I'll ever use a lifeline, unless I do some crazy lace shawl pattern--which I doubt because I'm just not that kind of knitter. Or a person. But I just know in the end, it'll all work out, lifeline or not.