2018 Outfit Along

Oops, meant to post this on July 31! I did finish my outfit for the 2018 Outfit Along on time. For the sewn garment, I made another Laneway Dress, this time out of a pretty quilting cotton with the centered collar. The facing is an embroidered white cotton lawn.

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For the knitted garment, I made a Miette cardigan out of a lovely cotton/modal/silk yarn. Details on Ravelry!

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Hogwarts Uniform Skirt

Don’t judge too harshly–I’m not claiming this is an accurate movie replica. But it’s a dark gray A-line skirt with two box pleats in front, so it’s close enough for me. I started with the skirt from the Laneway Dress, since it met my two requirements: A-line and (IMHO) flattering on me.

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Then I drafted box pleats for the front, used the contoured waistband pattern I’d already made for an earlier skirt, and added a lining since the skirt is wool. Center back closes with an invisible zip.

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This is some random wool I picked up from Fashion Fabrics Club on sale and it’s actually pretty nice; kind of wish I’d bought more. On the down side, it doesn’t want to hold a crease AT ALL. I wish I’d edge-stitched the pleats; they’re already falling out after just one day of wear. (And this after sewing them down by hand and leaving the stitches in for over a month!) Ah well.

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Next up for the uniform, I’m planning to knit a sweater vest. We’ll see how that goes!

Bloodsplatter Dress

As soon as I saw the announcement for the Laneway Dress, I knew: At last, here is the perfect excuse to buy that bloodsplatter fabric I’ve been dying to get!

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The black fabric is a cozy cotton flannel, and the skirt is underlined in a delightful red antistatic lining to keep it from sticking to tights.

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I did my usual grading to a larger size for the hips, but otherwise didn’t make any changes to the pattern! The open darts in front are nice and low (usually I have to lower the bustline) and the waist is high, which I prefer. I could’ve cinched it a bit tighter in the side seams, but right now it’s really comfy without looking oversized.

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(Yes, I already owned these tights. Obviously I had to pose in them.)

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Generally I prefer a fuller skirt, so if I make this again I might substitute a circle skirt. But I really like the fit overall, the nice V in the center back neckline, and of course…

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the pockets!!

I think this would be an easy pattern to dress up for cocktails or the office, or dress down for a casual sundress. Or, uh, just to finally have an excuse to use some novelty print…. 😉

Now I still have 3/4 of a yard of this bloodsplatter fabric–what should I do with it?