Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sneaky Peek

I feel like I keep on showing pictures of finished objects twice:  once laying on the bed or hanging from a hanger, and then again on my body.  I'm really not trying to get double blogging mileage out of my FOs, I just get too excited to share them, and can't always wait until I have time to set up a whole photo shoot!  I'm sure you guys know how that is - after a few days, the excitement of having finished a project wears off, and you move on to the next thing.  I also worry that if I don't get my ideas about the project down on "paper" soon after completion, they'll be lost.  Remembering stuff is not my forte.

So here's my Allegheny Dress that I finished up on Sunday.  I've had a busy week and honestly, the weather is still too summer-like to put this on, so you're getting a picture of it on the bed!  But just a couple shots:



The finished dress hits right at my knee.  I didn't really want to make it that long, but I had to in order to end the cable repeat in an attractive spot.  I figured I'd want the extra knee coverage anyway in the winter - above-the-knee dresses look so cute with tights, but my knees always get cold!

You'll notice that I chose to do a rib at the bottom rather than the folded hem.  I looked at a lot of the finished dresses on Ravelry, and it seemed that most of the dresses that used the hem flared out at the hemline in a way that I don't find very attractive.

I had planned on making 3/4 sleeves, but decided to take them back to elbow length after I finished the skirt.  I feel that the shorter sleeves look better with this length of dress.

I had also thought that I would add extra increases on the skirt, since my bottom half is a larger size than my top half.  But it turned out that I didn't need to, and I was wary of turning this into an A-line dress.  As it is, it's only very slightly A-line, a shape I think is just right.

For any of you long-waisted gals who are thinking of making this:  I added about an inch before working the ribbing at the waist, and it still wasn't enough.  I'd say the ribbing hits at my high waist.  Not bad enough for me to rip it back, but if I make this again in the future, I'll probably add another 1 - 1.5 inches before working the rib.

So I'll leave you again with promises of modeled pictures in the future - but I doubt it will be in the very near future.  We're having the most glorious weather around here these days!  Once it cools down and I wear the dress, I'll take some pix of the whole ensemble!

19 comments:

  1. This is freakin' gorgeous! Great job. And I think the rib hem was a really good call.

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  2. Gail, Oh my goodness...that dress is just stunning! I can not wait to see your photo shoot with you modeling it. Sending many happy hugs to you on a great project!

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  3. Looking forward to seeing this one on you, Gail -- it's gorgeous, and a beautiful color as well!

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  4. OMG, you knitted a dress!? That's so fabulous!

    And I totally know what you mean about needing to post about a project as soon as you can after you complete it. The pedal pushers I posted about today have actually been sitting in the closet for a week. There's a reason that post was so short. ;)

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  5. too freaking cool! seriously can't wait to see you model it. looks awesome!

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  6. Anxiously awaiting modeled shots! It turned out beautifully. I'm not familiar with the pattern, and it surprises me that it would have a folded hem on account of the flaring. It would detract from the beauty of the cable.

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  7. I've always love this one by Baby Cocktails. I cannot wait to see the modeled shots. Yes, I know how hard those modeled shots are to get, I am living that right now with no less than 3 FOs waiting to be photographed! My hubbie is my reluctant photographer!

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  8. Oh my GOD! Look at those cables. Look at the pretty waistline tab. Look at the gorgeous colour. Seriously, this dress is a work of art. I love it and I'm sure it looks great on you. Can't wait for action shots.

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  9. I wish I had it so I could wear it! It's cooold here! This looks so snuggly and nice!! Pretty!

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  10. Omg, that is just gorgeous! Me wants!

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  11. Gail, this dress looks fantastic! I love so much the details - the sophisticated single cable on the stockinette stitch background and the waistband shaping with the tab. And to top it - your choice of color is totally great! Waiting in line for modeled shots :)

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  12. This is just too gorgeous, Gail.
    I'm in awe your talent.
    OMG !!!!
    hugs

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  13. This is AMAZING! I can't wait to see modeled shots! What a gorgeous dress!

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  14. You finished it! I'm so excited for you, it's going to look fantastic on you! I love this project and someday I would love to knit my own. Congrats, I cannot wait to see more photos!

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  15. Holy cow! Your dress is breath-taking. I can't imagine putting that together. Looking forward to seeing it modeled.

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  16. My word! That looks so good. I love the color, the change up with the hem--everything! I didn't really notice the waist detail till I saw yours. Well done!

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