Added Aug 8, 2010
This project involved making 4 items: the dress, the short sleeved sweater, the purse and the hat!
1) Sweater – I refashioned this from an old baggy 80’s/90’s sweater I found at the op shop (check out the “before” pic!). It initially caught my attention because of the lovely hue of the green, and the Art Deco-like sequin pattern on the front. I recently decided to go on a refashioning quest for winter, and this has been one of the fruits of my labour :) I had to take this this in quite a bit so it became figure hugging (but not too tight!). I cut off the ribbing sections and reattached to the sleeves and waist once the whole sweater was back in one piece. The sleeves got the chop and the waist came up as well. I had to remove the sleeves completely, then reshape the shoulders and armholes. I then reattached the sleeves, gathering at the tops, where they meet the shoulders. I love how this turned out – it’s very comfortable to wear and makes me feel a little bit glamorous..
2) Hat and purse – I crocheted the hat and purse using a lovely forest green crochet cotton I received from a kindly person on Freecycle. The green of the yarn coincidentally matches the green of the sweater very well, so it made sense to wear the three together. I based the hat and purse on patterns from 1938, having to experiment quite a bit, as the yarn I was working with was very different to the yarn the pattern called for. The purse handles I bought second hand – they are vintage early twentieth century, most likely from 1920’s or 30’s. I used a shell stitch for both the hat and purse, which has a fabulous texture and somehow brings out the colour of the green.
3) Dress – I shall soon post a separate project for this baby!
old sweater from op shop, second hand yarn, second hand purse handles