I previously made a blog post on clothing pieces from movies/tv series I wanted to replicate as part of my New Year’s resolutions. I expanded on that this weekend by completing a dress and knitted hat.
The dress is based off of the What a Ketch dress on Modcloth that is by designer Dear Creatures. I first saw Peneloping make her own replica of the dress. At first all I thought was “How cool is that?” but recently I had been thinking “Why can’t I make that?” I used the same Simplicity pattern as Peneloping did, but I had to make some modifications.
I used a cotton stretch sateen since I could not find a navy knit in the right color or weight (the sateen was just lying around from some project I can’t remember; I literally stumbled across it while rifling through my fabric storage). The sateen gives it a more formal feel making it work appropriate (once the weather cooperates). The front darts were not aligning with my body, so I redid the top with princess seams that fit better on me and match the original dress. I also lowered the neckline to just about my collarbones, and lowered the hem to just below my knees. The armholes were widened a bit which makes them a little wonky, but I plan to always wear this dress with a cardigan or shrug (I’m really not one for completely baring my shoulders to the world).
The design doesn’t line up exactly in the back despite my best efforts. It’s also a little more narrower in the left shoulder than the right. You’ll also have to excuse my dressform; it’s shorter in the torso than I am. The dress fits very well on but it hasn’t been washed so I’m not modeling it. But, overall, I love my new dress, but I think it looks far better on Peneloping than it does on me.
The second project I completed this weekend was a knitted Doctor Who inspired slouch featuring the Tardis. Pattern is on Ravelry by Shawna Synder. My cat Kulin is my model this time.
It took me 8-9 hours to complete while watching the Presidential inauguration, followed by a Law & Order marathon and the evening news. I love this new hat and can’t wait to wear it. My mom also likes it and would like one knitted for her even though she is not a Doctor Who fan (she finds the series rather odd). I am also planning on knitting one as a belated birthday gift to one of my oldest and best friends, Shannon, who is a huge Doctor Who/British tv fan.
My next non-replica sewing project is a skirt. I have tons of eggplant and sky blue sateen that I plan to turn into two skirts. Once those are complete (or nearly so), I am going to attempt to finish my Hermione sweaters and get started on sewing her red dress.