Wednesday, June 19, 2013

White :: Turquoise :: Coral

Here's the last outfit with my new Hazel dress, as mentioned in my last post:


Yes, I finished my Cameo sweater yesterday!  Gosh, it felt like it took forever to knit this, but according to my Ravelry page, it only took about 5 weeks.   Considering that I was using big yarn and big needles compared to what I'm used to, that seems slow.  But I wasn't able to work on this sweater for very long at any one time - the stiffness of the yarn was really hard on my hands and elbows.  Still, I love how this yarn wears - I wore one of my old sweaters knit from the same yarn every single day in San Francisco.  When I got home, I tossed it in the washer and dryer (delicate cycle on both) and it was good as new!

This is another fantastic pattern from Kim Hargreaves.  Aside from the sore hands and elbows thing, I really enjoyed working on this, and it was mostly knitting I didn't have to think about too much, so plenty of Netflix was watched during the making  of this garment.  I think the shape is amazing:  the wide sleeves are the same length as the body up to the armhole and slightly wider than the back piece, giving it a wonderful cape-like look when worn:


Here's how it looks spread out, to give an idea of the shape:


So boxy!  I love it!

I steam blocked my pieces like I always do, and then sewed the whole thing together using mattress stitch.  You can't even see the joins - it's my favorite way of joining pieces.


Here's a look from the back:


I am such a sucker for a deep raglan!  And by the way - white is very, VERY hard to photograph I discovered, so I'm sorry for the amateurish quality of these photos.  But you get the idea:  new sweater!


I'm also wearing a vintage necklace and bracelet, both plastic, both purchased a year or two ago on Etsy.  The bracelet is large on me, as you can see in the first photo, but I love it anyway.  And I've got Mac's Vegas Volt on my lips - my new favorite lipstick.

I'm thinking of wearing this outfit when we go out for dinner this weekend to celebrate our anniversary!

32 comments:

  1. Oh it goes perfectly with the dress, love it! I also love the lipstick, I cannot wear Mac anything, it just always looks wrong on me so I prefer NARS when going fancy. Of course that shade looks great for you!

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    1. Thank you! I was worried about this lipstick being too drying because it's super pigmented - and it is more drying than my other lipsticks, but the color is so fantastic! For me, this is the perfect coral lipstick!

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  2. Oooh, I was loving your lipstick-- glad you mentioned the color! I love the way you've styled the dress-- the jewelry is perfect! Sweet outfit!

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    1. Thank you! I've been wearing this lipstick in a lot of my recent photos. I felt a little silly mentioning it, so I'm glad you were wanting to know!

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  3. Wow - this outfit is gorgeous! I love the new sweater and you look so sophisticated with your hair up and your jewelry (I want a necklace just like that). Happy anniversary - and yes wear this!!

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    1. Thank you, Shar! Isn't the necklace great? I have a very similar one in turquoise but with only 2 strands - I just love them!

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  4. So so stylish!! You look amazing and I agree, wear this for your anniversary dinner.

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  5. this looks so elegant! love the whole outfit, and the lip color. happy anniversary!

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  6. I love all the outfits you've put together for the Hazel. This one definitely defines dinner date. Very nice!

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    1. Thanks, Mela! This dress has turned out to be surprisingly versatile. Who knew solid colors could be styled in so many ways?! ;-)

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  7. Beautiful! Very interesting shape - boxy, yet elegant. You look gorgeous in this combo!

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    1. Thank you, Carmela! I've loved this design since the book came out a couple years ago. I'm glad I finally got on the ball and made it!

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  8. You look the epitome of chic!

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  9. Love it! It's dressy, but I could see it with jeans too. I love the ASC white, it's a beautiful white white and looks so pretty in this pattern. One great outfit. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, this will go with a ton of stuff. I almost made this in off-white because the white was surprisingly hard to find! But I'm glad I held out for this bright, crisp white - I think it's perfect for this design.

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  10. Pretty pretty! I love the freshness of the white with the rest of the colours! I am sucker for a capelet so I like this look a lot.. well done! :D
    And I am still scared by the prospect of machine washing any of my knits, even if the label says I can lol! I'll have to get the courage one day :p

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    1. Thank you! I love how this reads "capelet" but has sleeves, so you have a place to put your arms! The best of both worlds!

      I'm often afraid to wash knits in the machine too, but I figured this one would be safe because it's 40% acrylic. You do have to be careful! I've occasionally made up a little swatch and washed it first if I'm not sure. It's worth it to me because I HATE hand-washing sweaters!

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  11. This outfit looks gorgeous Gail. The cardigan goes so well with the dress, and I love the coral shoes and lipstick to finish it off.

    Your hair looks lovely in the last photo too.

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    1. Thank you, Sam! I think it's kind of funny that I'm getting so many compliments on the hair - it's just a pony tail looped around and fastened with 2 hair sticks! But because my camera won't focus properly, you all got fooled into thinking it's a fancy hairdo!

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  12. Oh you look gorgeous! I love your beautiful white sweater with your Hazel, lovely combo. :)

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  13. That hazel dress goes well with everything! I love the cape-like quality of the sweater - it's a perfect summer cover up. Happy Anniversary!

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    1. It really does go with everything! Honestly, I wasn't feeling this dress until I saw how much other stuff it goes with. Now I love it!

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  14. Happy Anniversary! You have such lovely clothes to choose from for your date!

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  15. <3, <3 the garment! Thicker yarn knits up faster, but handling bigger needles takes longer. It can be a bit awkward and not as smooth and fast.
    You look so classically chic like Jackie O!

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  16. Love it, Gail! I thought the sweater was a cape in the first photo. I'm a big fan of the blue & coral combo.

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    1. Thanks, Pam! Pretty cool design, eh? I think it has a '60s feel to it too, which is always a good thing in my book!

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