crafts · Sewing

Next project (and an award!)

I’m planning to make Vogue 1317 for my next project:


I bought the fabric a few months ago, and was inspired by Erica B’s finished project today.  I am going to make it in either the magenta/plum color above or this turquoise knit:

Double knit

I’m in love with both colors (the plum is much darker than it looks above, a very nice color for me.)  I’m planning to omit the lining and the back zipper.  I love ponte!

Thanks for all the nice comments on my last dress.  I wore it to teach at the university, and the college age girls loved it, so I guess that means it’s trendy!  I’m planning to take it on my trip – it’s quite warm!  I’m hoping this dress will also work out.

I also received a very nice blog award from Alison at Cats and Crafts.  She posed 11 questions, so I will answer them here:

  1. What other crafts do you do? I’ve been doing a lot of cross stitch lately.  I love it, but wish it wasn’t so hard to find designs that aren’t religious or country themed.  I don’t enjoy needlepoint or embroidery as much.
  2. What is your favorite food?  Sushi!  I love all Japanese food, but I’m a sushi addict.  A great place opened on my street last year, and it hasn’t been great for my budget!
  3. How tall are you? I’m 5 foot 8 inches tall.  True story, I grew 6 inches in college!
  4. What is your best physical feature? How does that affect what sorts of garments you sew, knit, etc.? I think I have a nice clavicle/collarbone area.  Yes, that’s a random thing to like.  I almost never make high necklines because not only does that hide it, it actually looks a little strange to me.
  5. Can you drive a stick shift? No, much to my husband’s chagrin.  He loves them, but I don’t see the point of adding something else to pay attention to.  I tried to learn twice and failed.
  6. What is your worst habit? I am a big coffee drinker.  Now that I’m working away from home I find myself at the coffeeshop every day (mostly Einstein Bagels, since that’s what we have in the student center.)
  7. What are three words you would use to describe yourself? Opinionated, introverted, sarcastic.  Things that don’t seem to go together, hmm…
  8. Do you have any random or bizarre talents? I don’t know that it’s bizarre, but I read extremely quickly.  I don’t skim or speed read, I just am able to read whole sentences in one glance.  I’m also a really good sightreader (in music) and I think the two are connected.
  9. Would you ever go sky diving or bungee jumping? (Or have you ever been sky diving or bungee jumping?)  Nope.  I am super risk averse.  I could not even imagine wanting to do those things.
  10. Who is your favorite fashion designer? I love Carolina Herrera.  Her designs are timeless and feminine, and I love how they work for all ages.
  11. What is the best advice you ever got from another blog?  When I was first learning to sew, Robyn at Yarn Crawl gave me some great book suggestions.  They enabled me to start my new (and current favorite) hobby!


19 thoughts on “Next project (and an award!)

  1. Looks like a nice pattern with a very awkward photo! Look forward to seeing your version. It was great reading your answers 🙂 I love cross stitch too and know what you mean about the designs. There is a great UK cross stitch magazine that I buy sometimes, it has nice modern designs. Here is their web page: They also have a digital version available (way cheaper) if you have an iPad.

  2. I pulled out my copy of this pattern after seeing Erica’s too! 🙂 I have to wait for some more knits to come into the fabric shops first, mostly summer fabrics in at the moment. Looking forward to seeing your version.

    1. Yes! I like them, but I fear they aren’t quite complicated enough. I want a challenge, but for simple projects some of them are fun!

      On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:04 PM, Green apples

  3. I love to see people’s answers to these questions! You are all so interesting!

    I dabbled in cross stitch a bit when I was in elementary school and I really enjoyed it. I’ve considered picking it up again, but all I need is another hobby…And I’m a wicked fast reader too! That’s so funny. I guess we have a lot in common haha.

    1. Cross stitch is portable, and now that I can’t knit so much (because of my wrist) it’s good for me. But I know what you mean – so many hobbies!

      On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM, Green apples

  4. I just cut this dress out in a turquoise knit that looks just like the one you’ve pictured. I am also going to omit the zipper. Cannot wait to see the finished product and I love that plum knit!!!

  5. Can’t wait to see your version of this dress. I have it in my stash somewhere. I think it’s a great alternative to the more advanced pattern Erica used for her AMAZING dress posted yesterday.

    BTW – I love the collarbone area too. I actually accepted a date with a guy once after he complimented me on having a “sexy collarbone”. Crazy, but true. LOL

    1. Hmm… maybe collarbones are a secret attractive area? I have been complimented on mine, which is way better than the time a guy asked me out after saying “You have great feet, like Disney princess feet.” LOL. I did not go out with him.

      On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM, Green apples

    1. If I can fine a big window like that I will! I may have to pick up my husband after work and embarrass him by using his office window.

      On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM, Green apples

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