Hi, my friends! I wanted to pop in quickly and show you what I’ve been working on. I have been knitting…
I am working on a pattern expansion for Amelia Thimble’s sweater dress pattern here. This will not be a full pattern (you will need the original to complete the dress); the expansion will contain additional instructions to make a longer, fuller skirt with a ruffle at the hemline. I’ve seen independent sewing pattern companies offer expansion packs with their sewing patterns and I think it’s a great idea. It will be one to two weeks before this pattern expansion is ready. I still need to write out the mini pattern and then test it.
Here is a photo from the first sweater dress I made using this idea. These skirts are actually how I first started knitting sweater dresses for Amelia Thimble back in 2012. I made a few changes for this 2019 version. Here is Amelia Thimble doing a little fall clean up. She is such a helpful little doll, isn’t she? 😉 BTW, Amelia Thimble’s pumpkin hat was made using Amelia Thimble’s Hat Set pattern.
I’ve been knitting a sweater dress for the Little Darlings. I was inspired by this striped sweater and reworked my Little Darling sweater dress pattern to include some colorful stripes. I also changed the garter edgings to ribbed edgings.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing over the past few days. What have you been working on?
Happy Monday, friends! July is well underway and summer weather has finally arrived here in northern Illinois. I’m not sure what took it so long this year, but nevertheless, I am happy it has arrived.
My Little Darling, Alice, has a new dress for these beautiful summer days. This buttery soft sweater dress is knit with Aunt Lydia’s bamboo crochet thread. The bamboo fiber makes for a very soft dress with lots of drape–not stiff in the least.
I embroidered a few free form floral motifs on the front of the dress–nothing too measured and precise. I kept the look free flowing and made up the composition as I went. Free and easy is perfect for this relaxing time of year.
Here’s a photo I previously posted when I started the embroidery–outside on the most perfect weather day. I got almost all of it done that day, and finished it up this weekend.
Isn’t Alice beautiful? She is painted by Nelly Valentino. I love her brown eyes and warm coloring.
I have decided to keep this dress for my Little Darlings’ closet. They get to keep so few things that I make… (Thank you for understanding.)
I hope you all have a great week with beautiful summer (or fall) weather. Thanks so much for visiting with me today, my friends.
In my last post I showed you my newly knitted and blocked yellow sweater dress for the Little Darling dolls. Usually, I have a print fabric that guides my embroidery thread colors. This dress, having no print fabric to go along with the ensemble, is open to whatever embroidery colors I choose.
I looked through past knitwear made with this same yellow thread (Aunt Lydia’s Bamboo Crochet Thread) and found some palettes that looked inspiring to me. I was surprised to see the dresses are all tiny ones. Hmm… I guess I had it in my head to ‘save’ this sunshiny yellow bamboo thread because it is now discontinued. Well, that’s no fun! I hereby vow to ‘use it up’ and make sweaters or sweater dresses for each of my girls (dolls) who wants one.
“Little Sunshine”, 2013
“Tiny Bit of Sunshine”, 2013
“A Sunny Day”, 2015
“Golden Sunshine”, 2014
“Fall Sunshine”, 2013
“Pretty Autumn”, 2013
“Sunshine and Rosebuds”, 2016
And here’s one made for Patience–no embroidery, but love the fabric’s color palette, very summery.
“Sunshine & Posies”, 2015
So, which palette(s) is/are your favorite(s)? I’d love to know…