Monday, November 30, 2009

Leaf Yoke and Vogue 1358 Rerun

I finished the Leaf Yoke sweater shortly after my last post about it.

I made a few alterations, adding i-cord at both the top and bottom of the lace yoke, changing the armhole shaping, and using plain garter stitch at the hem and armhole edges. Of course, I changed the gauge slightly, too.
 
Not only did I finish the sweater, but I sewed a skirt to match.
 
I have to stop using the skirt from Vogue 1358 (blogged earlier here) and use some of the many others in my collection. But this skirt is so easy to make and graceful to wear.  I made a few alterations to this as well.  I used a stretch velvet, which meant that I could use an elastic pull-on waistband. 

Because my last incarnation of this skirt turned out to be too heavy, I bought only 1.25 yards (60" wide), vowing that the skirt would be only as long as would fit in that 1.25 yards = 1 pound = $5.99/lb (from SAS Fabrics in Hawthorne, CA).   I ran the nap upward to make the velvet appear darker than the sweater.  If I ran it the other way, the bottom would have looked lighter than the sweater.

Then I added a 3" rectangular band of doubled stretch illusion to the hem (cut 6.5" and the width of the skirt, then folded and sewn w/ a 1/4" seam allowance).  It might have flowed more gracefully if I used a curved band, but that would have added a seam at the hem. I made the choice to make it easy on myself and use the rectangular band.That's the great thing about making stuff yourself.  You can make alterations and experiment.

4 comments:

  1. That is a gorgeous sweater and the skirt complements it beautifully
    I use the same patterns over and over too. Sometimes you don't want any surprises!

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  2. Your Leaf Yoke top came out beautifully, Grace. What gauge did you get?

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  3. I got about 20 sts/4" and the pattern was written for 19 sts/4".

    Nevertheless, I went DOWN in yoke size because I wanted it to be tighter; I have a narrow neck.

    Then I added stitches for the body, but put more of the stitches in the F/B and fewer in the underarm area. What would we do without the user tips in Ravelry?

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  4. I love that you really thought about the details, like selecting the nap to make the skirt darker. And I'm always changing the gauge on knit patterns, too, because a finer gauge is generally how I roll. :)

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