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OAL 2015

I joined this year’s Outfit-along and unlike last year, actually completed both my sweater and dress! For those not familiar, Andi Satterlund from Untangling Knots and Lauren Taylor from Lladybird host a challenge each summer with the goal of knitting both a sweater and sewing a dress to make a complete outfit. The challenge runs from June 1st to July 31st and all participants who complete both garments and post their finished makes on Ravelry are eligible for prizes.

My dress is a modified version of Sis Boom’s Angie pattern. This was my first attempt at the pattern and though I found it easy to stitch up, the ease was way too much. I ended up narrowing the hip area by several inches and I still think the dress is a bit bulky.

Oal Dress Front

I also made back waist ties instead of using elastic for the back. I used a lovely rayon bought from Kati at Kate and Rose Patterns during a sale she had a while back. I think $15 for 3 yards was a steal! The drape of rayon also makes the dress more flowy which is perfect for our hot South Carolina summers.

OAL Dress Back v2

Please also check out my new garment labels. I ordered these from the etsy shop Remember Wynn and love the soft ultrasuede!

OAL Dress Tag and Bias

The sweater I knit for the OAL is from designer Erin Kate Archer. I saw the pattern on Ravelry and immediately fell in love. The sweater, Cancun Boxy Lace Top, is an assortment of stitches and ended up being a great learning garment as I had not encountered some of the stitches before.

OAL Sweater Front

I modified the original pattern by adding waist shaping and ribbing but other wise knit directly from the pattern. This was a super quick knit and only took a couple of weeks to complete.

OAL Dress and Sweater Back

Overall pretty happy with both the dress and sweater. I did start another outfit and hope to squeeze it in under the Friday deadline!

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About sullivan1970

40 something wife and mother of 3 Dog lover. Crafter. List maker

8 responses »

  1. I love the ties at the back instead of the elastic!! I’ve learned that for myself I always take off some of the width of Sis Boom’s skirts and this year have started making mine with half circle skirts instead of the gathers. I’m thinking of taking the skirts off my previous dresses and taking out the gathers in favour of some pleats, but who knows if I’ll ever get around to actually doing it! LOL

    Love your outfit and can’t wait to see your second outfit when you get it finished! 🙂

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    • I really do like the pattern style but you know how it is sometimes with new pattern companies. Once I’ve made a few of the Sis Boom patterns, I’m sure I will get used to their sizing/fit. Thanks again for suggesting the Angie pattern!

      PS..Love your cherry dress. The fabric is wonderful!!!

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  2. Your outfit turned out great! I’ve had Angie sitting in my stash for a while and haven’t made it up. I’ve seen some cute hacks that used a circle or half circle skirt. I like your idea of ties and no elastic. I’ve made a few of that brand of patterns and haven’t yet determined my optimal size. I think they did put in a good bit of ease.

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    • I think the next Sis Boom pattern I’m going to try is Rebecca. I like shift dresses and with ease built in that may help avoid the fit issues I had with Laurel. I ended up having to do tons of modifications!

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  3. I love your whole outfit but OMG THAT SWEATER. Get in my knitting queue right now!!!

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    • I know right? I had three other projects on the needles but as soon as I saw this one on Ravelry I had to have one!!! Not only was it a super quick knit, but I thought it was a great way to use cotton yarn. If TN is anything like SC in the summer, the only types of sweaters I wear are cropped or lacy!!!

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