OAL2014 Superlong Picture Post!!

So, remember when I mentioned that I was going to do the Outfit-a-long, hosted by Lauren & Andi? Welp, I did, even though I was kind of shitty at taking progress pictures along the way. No worries, though, I took shit-tons of finished-outfit pictures, though, to make up for it! (Also cause it’s pretty, dur.)

First, the yarn. UNF this stuff is sexy. It’s called “Charged Cherry”, and it’s exactly the kind of pink that The Boy and I argue over whether it’s red or pink (it’s so obviously pink, wth?). For the record, he has not offered argument about the sweater’s color, just when we encounter the color out in the world, such as when somebody had their rims painted “red” (which is a thing people do, I guess?). I bought it from my LYS, Park Avenue Yarns, where I just want to live forever.

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It’s a cashmere/merino/silk blend (SEXYYYY), and I want to wear it all the time. Look at the subtle color variation! Just enough to give it depth, without turning into some weird, stripey, splotchy mess.

Unfortunately, when I went to knit the Myrna Cardigan in Size Large, I got all the way through one complete sleeve, and started the second, before I noticed a problem.

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LAWL that armhole. It was way too big. I don’t know what exactly happened, since Andi is basically my gauge-soulmate (seriously, both of her patterns I’ve knit were SO easy to get gauge on), but obviously this was not gonna work.

Oh, also, this was the first dress I made for the Sew-a-long portion of the Outfit-a-Long, ha! It’s View B of S1803, but I’m not madly in love with it.

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Frogging commenced, and I re-knit, in a Medium. As you can see, it fits way super happy better plus. Also, let’s not talk about the rubber band on my scissors. I was being dumb, and the experiment failed. Let’s move on to talking about the grey blob in the upper left that is Scout Ass.

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Kidding! Let’s talk about how beautiful this sweater ended up! My buttons were from Fashion Sewing Supply (the people that sell that interfacing I go Gollum over), and the petersham ribbon I used to back the button bands came from Sunni’s shop. The buttons are incredibly cute, and I have tons more (if you click that link you’ll see, you get 25 of the suckers), but because my buttonholes are wonky as shit, I have to manhandle the buttons a bit to get them through both the sewn buttonholes (on the ribbon) and then the knit buttonholes (YOs in the pattern); unfortunately, I didn’t get them to line up super-perfectly. I only mention this because in man-handling the buttons, since they’re “natural coconut shell”, they’re kind of soft. My buttons all have indentations from my fingernails from the manhandling process. Now you know! Don’t do that.

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Since I didn’t much care for my first version of S1803, I decided to make a second. First, let me just say that, for whatever strange reason, I feel like I have to do whatever everyone else chooses not to do. I don’t know why, and this stupid tendency usually manifests itself in the dumbest possible ways.

When I saw S1803, I frakkin’ LOVED view C. That adorable little notched neckline is the whole reason I even wanted this stupid pattern. Then, when the OAL happened, I somehow got it into my head that of course everyone was going to do view C, it’s the most adorable, so to be different and special and unique or whatever, I chose view B (I know, you’re saying breathlessly “what a rebel!”. Calm yourself.).

And I didn’t really have a problem with the V-neckline on that View B, but the lack of a waistband really bothered me, and the skirt wasn’t quite what I wanted, either. So, I decided to go ahead and make a second version. And THIS TIME, I went ahead and actually made the stupid dress I wanted. Who cares how many other people chose view C (btw, not that many, wtf Kristi)? The point of this was to have an outfit that I wanted, that I loved, and seriously? I live near like 2 sewists, and I’ve never bumped into them anyway. Not like we’ll all turn up to the party wearing the same dress, right? (Ha, I don’t do parties, y’all. See HERE for the perfect explanation.) {WARNING. Clicking that last link will make you lose hours of time. The comics are way too awesome; it’s a rabbit-hole of mesmerizing drawings.}

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So anyway, that’s all the shitty pictures I hurriedly took and then posted to Ravelry. Now comes the better pictures, after I wore it to work and took advantage of the awesome light in my office!

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So, as you can see, the dress is navy, with a pink waistband, and pink piping along the neckline. This was my first time using piping, ever, and I made it as hard on myself as I could’ve, haha. First I made my own bias tape from the same fabric I cut the waistband out of, because I wanted to make sure it matched (turns out I’m not great at making bias tape). Then, I used some paracord we have around the house (The Boy makes friendship bracelets manly, life-saving bracelets, belts, straps, etc out of paracord, so we have tons of it), wrapped it in my me-made bias tape, and stitched it using an adjustable blind-hemming foot I have, because it’s the closest thing I have to a zipper foot or any other specialty foot that isn’t a walking foot or buttonhole foot, ha! THEN I thread-traced the seamlines on my facing & bodice, and then hand-basted the piping to the bodice, so I could make sure it was going to poke out where it should (this is the only thing I did myself a favor in doing, guys. Hand-baste all the things, from now on!). I finally stitched it all up, trimmed, clipped, etc, and pressed the everloving SHIT out of everything.

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It sort of worked. I mean, It’s obviously super-wearable, but this neckline wasn’t really the best choice for a first time trying to use piping, haha! And for whatever reason, even though the facing is totally interfaced, the right side of my notch has Ender-Ear Syndrome. Just the right side. No idea why, and I don’t care so much that I won’t wear this ALL THE TIME.

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 The skirt & waistband were both from my M6696, which I had used to make my green shirtdress you see here. I really loved the pleating on that skirt, I felt like it was flattering and comfy and swooshy, and I already knew the waistband fit me fairly well, too, so I went ahead and used both of those. Unfortunately, I got all kinds of turned around when I was sewing up my skirt and ended up sewing it inside out, so my pleats ended up pressed TOWARD my CF, instead of AWAY FROM the CF (which is way more flattering, lolz), but oh wells.

When I stitched the bodice to the waistband+skirt, I ended up with a lot of not-quite-matching-ness. I just lopped off whatever stuck out (yeah, don’t do that), so now this dress is not what you would call Taco Bell-friendly. But whatever, it’s comfortable if you don’t eat too much haha.

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 Ooh, another neat point! Since M6696’s skirt & waistband are for a shirtdress, they’re meant to open at the front, so the back piece is cut on the foldline, and there are 2 front pieces. Since my zipper was going to go at the back, I just used the back piece as my front piece, and vice versa (so my front was seamless and I had 2 back pieces, which is fairly normal for a skirt). Apparently, the pieces are subtly different, just enough so that my side-seam pockets sit just a tiny bit too far back. It was driving me nuts all day, like how did this even happen? Then I realized: WOW, I put the whole skirt on backwards (ON PURPOSE, EVEN). I deserve these awkward pockets.

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 The combo of cardigan and dress is just too damn cute, though, right?!

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 I also really like that if I wear the dress without the cardigan, my tattoo peeps out of the back, but the cardigan–even with the keyhole–covers it up completely, so nobody knows it’s even there.

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I wasn’t all that enthused about taking these pictures because my skin is acting up. I bought some powder that my skin just does not like. I break out a LOT if I use it, but now I’m in a dilemma: do I throw it away when it’s brand new and I paid good money for it, or do I stubbornly keep it until I eventually use it all up and justify the cost of it even if my face is breaking out? Obviously I should do the former, but I already know I’ll do the latter, at least long enough for me to feel like the cost of the stupid powder (which wasn’t expensive, either, guys, it’s just drug-store makeup) was worth it.

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Anyway, I really like how the sleeves turned out! I think they’re supposed to be poofier, but I have big ole guns, so the sleeves actually just fit me kind of nicely, without super-stretching like most knits have to.

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I hemmed using rayon seam binding (again, from Sunni. I guess I bought like eleventy billion yards of it, haha).

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 Haha, I gave myself a pedicure (with pink nail polish and sparkly nail stickers!) in order to wear these shoes and take pictures. Then it turns out my feet never even make it into a single shot, so here you go. Feets. Appreciate them.

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So, I finished every single seam with rayon seam binding. EVERY. SINGLE. SEAM. It was the biggest bitch. It always starts out fine, and then you’re like, eh, I don’t feel like it anymore, BUT YOU HAVE TO BECAUSE YOU STARTED MUWAHAHAHA!

Ugh. I want to wear this stupid dress inside out, it’s so beautifully finished, and I resented most of it. I took my serger (bought from Goodwill, remember?) to the only sewing machine servicing place that I know of in the area, so I’ve been missing my serger.* So to the tune of all of the Red Vs Blue shows on Netflix, I painstakingly pinned, stitched, trimmed, pressed, stitched, pressed, and did it all over again, to all these stupid seams. My resolution to leave no seam unfinished deserves a gold frickin’ star, y’all.

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Sorry for the flash, but I wanted to show you my handstitching, and it wouldn’t really show up without the flash. I kept the flash on when I photo’d the right side in the interest of fairness–see, no stitches visible!

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I slipstitched the waistband inside (see that picture of sewing under a desk? I did the slipstitching at work, ha), and naturally I used pink thread, since the waistband is pink. DUMB. As you can see on the pic on the right, the stitches show through in some spots. The fabric for this dress is really quite thin, which is never more evident than when you’re trying to only pick up one or two threads and you keep going through to the right side of the fabric. =/ Oh well, nobody will ever even notice it.

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My piping was too big and heavy for the neckline, really, so I had to whipstitch the v closed at the bottom a little bit, just to give it a little structure. Can I do that? Call it “whipstitch” when really I just ran the thread over and over? I think that’s technically whipstitching….

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HAHA! I whipstitched the zipper after I had inserted it (I prefer to do it in that order, so I can be sure it’s long enough), but I forgot to cut off the rest of the zipper before I wore it. I walked around all day with a secret tail, haha!

*About that whole machine-servicing thing: when I first called to ask if they even do machine servicing, I asked about the wait. They said they tell people 2 weeks, but it’s usually done in a week. Okay, cool, so I drop my machine off, but I forgot the power cord. No worries, I’ll bring it by the next day.

BOOM! Next day, my car blows up (not literally, it just needed a new timing belt. There was no catastrophic engine failure, thank God). So after the car gets fixed (took a couple of days to get the parts and do the work), I’m good to go, I call the place and let them know I’m coming the next day to drop off the power cord. By this point, it’s been at the shop almost a week without the power cord. They say that’s great, see you then, etc.

When I drop the power cord off the next day, the lady that takes it is snotty and obviously irritated that I left my machine there for a week without the power cord. It’s pretty evident that the lady I’ve been in communication with has not spoken to Miss SnottyBitchPants about the whole deal, but whatever. Miss SBP lets me know it’s now going to be two-and-a-half to three weeks before my machine is ready. Okay, I guess it’s her personal punishment to me, or maybe they were suddenly inundated with machines that need to be repaired, whatever.

At the end of the 3rd week (4th since they’ve had it, but only 3rd since they’ve had it with the power cord), I call up and speak with another lady (whom I haven’t yet spoken with). I ask about the status of my machine, and she says “it’s on the shelf, I don’t know what that means, you’ll have to call back next week when the guy is here”. Wtf, seriously?

So the FOLLOWING WEEK (4th week they’ve had it WITH the power cord, savvy?), I call and Miss SBP (in a slightly less-bitchy mode, apparently) informs me that my machine is next in line to be worked on, so it should be done by the end of the week.

My question is, is this normal? I mean, I thought the initial one-to-two weeks thing was pretty excellent, it seemed very speedy for something like this. If they had told me on the phone that it would be a month, that would’ve been fine by me, too. I have absolutely no idea how long this sort of thing normally takes, since this is my very first time getting a machine serviced.

But this weird run-around thing is pissing me right the fuck off. See, I’ve already paid for this. It’s not like they’re dragging their feet and giving me the run-around because they think they’re not going to get paid. It’s bullshit.

Should they have told me it would take a month? I mean, is that the normal time-frame for this sort of thing? Or did something obviously go wrong, because it should’ve only taken a couple of weeks? I have no ideas, but I’m fairly certain I’m heading to that shop tomorrow and leaving with my machine, and my money if they haven’t done anything with it, yet.

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2 Responses to OAL2014 Superlong Picture Post!!

  1. Lynn says:

    Very nice! Pink and navy are two colors that you always feel like they don’t go together until you see them together then they totally do.

    BTW, nearly two decades ago (damn! that long?) when we were looking at houses we looked at one with a pink and navy kitchen. It was awesome. Unfortunately the rest of the house wasn’t.

    • kristiellkay says:

      Aww, a pink and navy kitchen would be amazing! I never thought about it as a pairing before, and then there I was in Goodwill, holding two sheets together going, ‘hmmm…’!

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