Sunday, April 7, 2013

Feeling Creative

My Z babe has two dresses that fit, which is certainly sufficient for her needs, but I had some yarn and a need to create something, so I made her a dress. This picture was taken before I finished the edging on the sleeves.

I don't think she likes it.

I started at the bottom, with the solid purple yarn and a shell stitch. She was asleep when I began it, so I didn't know how wide to make it. I worked in the round for a few rounds, then switched to single crochet, so I could narrow it a little. Then, I tried a new stitch, which was super easy, that goes: single crochet (sc) and double crochet in the same sc, then skip one sc and repeat.

I switched back to single crochet again to reduce stitches as I don't know how to make it smaller in that other stitch. Then, I realized I was going to run out of purple yarn way too soon, so I took a sample of it to the store to find something to match.

I tried to keep it attached as I turned my crocheting to the side and did horizontal ribbing, but it wasn't coming out smooth at the point of attachment. So I gave up on that and started fresh unattached 'til it was the same size around, then joined it.

Then, I had to try to figure out how to make a bodice, so I looked for help on-line and found this free Sweetie Pie Pattern, which seemed perfect, since I often call Z my sweetie pie. I didn't follow it exactly, but it showed me how to shape the neck and arms approximately.

Here is the finished front

and the back. I suppose I should have rotated those pictures so they both face the same way, sorry, not gonna happen today.

I hope she likes it next week, when she'll wear it to church for the first time. How does that saying go, about "Your Mother dresses you funny"? That's what we're going for here.

Then, I had a lot of the multi-colored yarn left over, so I decided to make a twisty scarf, they are so easy and fun.

It's a pretty short scarf, can't really fold it over and stuff, but since it is so curly, I just twisted it a little and it seemed like it would stay. I haven't weaved in the ends, yet, because I'm not sure I like how I finished the ends. How do you keep the end of the yarn from showing even after weaving them in? I'm tempted to put a little glue there to keep it in place, but then it's not so soft in that spot.

My four-year-old took this picture of me, not bad, eh?

1 comment:

Scorchi said...

That dress turned out super cute! And the little Z is too cute for words! I have to come home right now and squeeze the stuffins out of her!
The scarf turned out way cute, too! If I every wore scarfs, I would want one!