New Dress Is On The Way

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New Dress Is On The Way

After the Violet Gift came off the machine, I got a new project to cast on. My very close friend Akiba asked me to make a birthday gift for a very special woman in her life. She thought a handmade dress will be the best way to show her appreciation and gratitude.

So, this week I was sketching, planning, choosing and winding yarn, knitting multiply swatches to find the perfect tension and breaking my head over the shape, neckline style and finished measurements of the future dress.

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I am facing several difficulties. First of all, I’ve never met this lady in real life, so I don’t have the slightest idea what her measurements might be. Second of all, she lives in the USA and the dress is supposed to be a surprise which gives me zero chances to take any measurements myself or ask her to do it. The only information I have is my friend’s description of her body type, and her husband’s approximate notes of her height and weight. And from my personal experience men are not to be trusted in these questions. I have a picture of her where she wears like three layers of clothes. Not very helpful πŸ™‚

It would be ok if I was going to make a sweater with a generous ease, but this is a dress. They can be completely unpredictable. My friend says that her friend prefers close-fitting garments and is very particular how they fit her. Great. I have no space for mistakes.

I literally have dreams about this dress. Two days ago the whole finished image came to me in a dream, I am not exaggerating – I really saw every single detail of it. I called my friend and described how I see the final design, yarn and color. She says this is so her style! Ok. This part is over.

Next. Measurements. As I said I have some reference points, again, based on assumptions and not the real measurements. So I started to look for standard measurements in hope to find some clues what I am supposed to get at the end. Oh, boy. Why, why do people call standard measurements “standard”, if all these standards are different from one another and one standard can be absolutely out of standard in other standards?!! I think it’s obvious now that I am freaking out about this dress. πŸ™‚

I have one week left (!!!) to finish the dress and it seems like I am going to make it at nights as my day job is so crazy right now. No need to panic… At least that’s what I repeat to myself.

Anyway. I have the following ready:

  • Skeins of beautiful 100% cotton of my favorite neutral color

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  • Final measurements with ease that I am still not 100% sure about, but I just don’t have time left to recheck and “retweak” all the numbers. So, my only option is to follow them and hope for the better.
  • The sketch of the dress.

What is left:

  • To do all the math, I hope to finish it tomorrow.
  • Knit a dress on the machine
  • Block the dress
  • Put it together by hand
  • Add finishing touches by hand

One. Week. I think I needΒ a big piece of chocolate cake. And milk, please.

Off to my knitting machine. Wish me luck πŸ™‚

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Β I hopeΒ you had a lovely weekend!






By | 2015-05-22T21:09:54+00:00 April 26th, 2015|Machine Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|14 Comments


  1. Pat April 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Everything will turn out fine. You totally thought out the dress (even in your dreams) and I have confidence that you will deliver the best dress ever. I’m off to make some chocolate cake in honor of the dress of awesomeness!

    • Alina April 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Dear Pat! Thank you so much for support and encouragement! Eat an extra piece of cake for me, please πŸ™‚

  2. alexis April 26, 2015 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    I’m sure the dress is going to be beautiful! And if you knit a stitch that has a bit of stretch, you don’t have to know the measurements super precisely.

    • Alina April 27, 2015 at 5:50 am - Reply

      Thank you, Alexis! That’s what I did – I went up a little bit with the stitch dial to get a little bit looser gauge than usual. Let’s see how it’s going to work out!

  3. Zeta April 27, 2015 at 1:54 am - Reply

    I can totally understand your frustration. But keep it calm and keep on knitting! You got this! It may not have the perfect fit, since you have no idea about this person’s figure, but it will be the best you could do! And that will be enough! πŸ˜‰

    • Alina April 27, 2015 at 5:52 am - Reply

      That’s exactly what I am going to do – keep calm and keep going. Handmade pieces just can’t be made in distress!

  4. Evelyn April 27, 2015 at 6:38 am - Reply

    What a lucky friend you have πŸ™‚ Hope it all runs to plan, it sounds wonderful

    • Alina April 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you for support, Evelyn!

  5. Rebecca April 28, 2015 at 4:41 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, it sounds like a job for Rumpelstiltskin or Hercules. Best wishes to you and may the knitting gods smile upon you this week.

    • Alina April 28, 2015 at 5:46 am - Reply

      Thank you, Rebecca! You always make me smile πŸ™‚

  6. Hannah April 28, 2015 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    good luck Alina!! I can’t wait to see the finished product. I know it will be amazing πŸ™‚

    • Alina April 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your support, Hannah!

  7. Nicky April 29, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

    That dress is quite an undertaking with the limited information you have but I’m 100% sure if anyone can pull this off, it would be you! So here’s to the spectacular dress you dreamt of and I’m sending you some chocolate cake to keep your strength up. πŸ˜€

    • Alina April 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Nicky! Your belief in me is so encouraging!

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