Sunday, October 21, 2012

Allegheny Mulligan

Gosh, it's been well over a month since I finished my Allegheny dress, and I finally had a chance to wear it yesterday, although I ended up being too hot later in the afternoon.  But a lot happened in that time.

When I originally posted about the dress, I explained that I'd chosen to work a rib at the bottom rather than a folded hem, and that I'd chosen not to make the dress so short.  A couple weeks later, on the day I had a massive "photo shoot," I took pictures of this dress as well.  And I wasn't crazy about what I saw "on film."  The dress was just too long, and it looked frumpy:


So I set it aside, and a couple weeks after that, I sat down and unraveled a good four inches from the bottom.  I had planned to work the rib again, but in order to have the cable land where I wanted it to, really the only good solution was the turned hem. 

The instructions do include a couple of rounds of decreases on the hem section that is turned to the inside, to reduce flaring.  To further reduce it, I worked the hem in a needle one size smaller.  And to minimize the ridge you get when sewing in a hem, I didn't cast off, but rather sewed the live stitches to the inside, one by one.



You can see one of the decreases here.

Yesterday we finally got some chilly but sunny fall weather, so we decided to go for a walk in beautiful Jackson Park,  just to the south of the Museum of Science and Industry.  And I wore my dress for the occasion.  Here are a few of the pictures Hubby took in the Osaka Garden:


Wearing it with my new mitts and my Neep Heid hat.


I think this above-the-knee length is more flattering, and I was mostly able to avoid the hem flare.  I wore a shirt under it yesterday because this wool is a little scratchy, but I actually prefer how it looks without a shirt.  And I normally wouldn't wear these off-white tights with it, but I wanted to make sure the new length was easy to see in photos! 

One of these days it will be cool enough to wear it again.

30 comments:

  1. Cute! I still can't believe you knit your own dresses. ;-))))

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    1. It's really just like a sweater. You just keep going after the waist!

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  2. Such a beautiful make! Good change -- it does look better shorter. That looks like a gorgeous park, too.

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    1. It is - pictures tomorrow, I think!

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  3. What a pretty difference your modifications make! It's wonderful and so lovely upon you. You look so chic - a model for Vogue Knitting.

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  4. Really beautiful! I like the shorter length, too! You really chose the perfect color for this-- it really is lovely.

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  5. I am impressed, knitting a dress. I already find cardigans so long to do, so a dress. Congratulations! and it is really looking nice on you.

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  6. love it! this is so impressive and such a cute dress. good call on the shorter hemline, i find it hard to hit a flattering below the knee length!

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  7. Great job on the hem finishing. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT ! ! !
    I adore the tab/belt detail, Gail
    as I do the cabling.

    hugs

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    1. Thank you! It took me 45 minutes to sew that darned thing down!

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  8. There is definitely a difference between the two, I think that it was worth the extra effort too. It looks even better than before! Aren't you cute exploring pretty parks in your handmade knits!

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  9. You really nailed this one - yay for do-overs! The new length is definitely better althought I would not have noticed anything wrong with the old length, mind you. You have an eye for these things Gail!

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    1. I think it's interesting that I didn't notice how unflattering the length was in the mirror, but once I saw the photos, it really stood out!

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  10. Good call on the shorter length, especially with the boots. It looks fantastic on you and the hem worked very nicely!

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  11. Oh yes - a much better length! You looked swamped in the longer version.
    Lovely! I hope it snows soon, so you can get lots of wear from it! ;)

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    1. Everybody loves the top-down knits, but the truth is I'm usually too lazy to try them on as I go! Lesson learned!

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  12. What a beautiful classic dress. The color and fit are divine! The change in length definitely added the 'va-va-voom' factor.

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  13. It looked cute both ways, but now you feel great it in and will wear it more often, so that is good. I really need to make this, I think I bought the pattern, just need to get on with it!

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    1. I love the BT patterns. This was my first one, and I'm kind of hooked!

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  14. Gail: You're such a talent. This dress is just fabulous on you - fit, style, styling... I have had wool dresses (in this basic style) before - not handmade, of course, and while I loved them, they just didn't work in my wardrobe. Even in Toronto, it's too hot for a thick wool dress when inside, often too bulky to manage with a coat when outside. I hope you get a lot of wear out of this, and let us know about it!

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    1. I hope so too. Now that I'm of a certain age, I'm hot ALL the time, LOL!

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  15. Oooh so pretty! I've got a similar one (not made by me of course) and I love it. Yours is awesome, and the new length really improves it!

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