Qu'est-ce qu'j'peux fer?(Roar&Ta challenge)

Added Oct 5, 2010

by carottesauvage

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A charming machine-knitted dress moved from the rack of a thrift store to catch dust on another rack, untouched for a couple of years. Never dared to wear it without risking a style ‘faux-pas’. Once on, the garment looked like a perfect nightgown for the Arctic Circle and trying to shift its hippy style for a neo-barbarian look proved a similarly stale effort. ‘Flower Power sucks’ said good old Frank Zappa. Still, it could have been the perfect attire for the summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge. Arctic-Circle, summer solstice… antipodal uselessness. Since the faire-isle motif and amount of material were its redeeming features, it was difficult to get rid of it. The repurposing ‘Roar&Ta’ challenge was the perfect incentive to DO (faire) something [for IRON (fer)’s sake!]. ‘To do’ and ‘iron’ are homonymous. How exhilarating to single-handedly cut into 2-ply knitted material! Just thrilling! The front and the back were fashioned in the bottom part of the dress. The collar yoke was transformed into cuffs and the initial sleeves were wide enough for pleated rows. As far as the ironing business is concerned, I wouldn’t say I made good use of my ‘Challenge’ turbo steamer (I don’t think the brand has a twitter account yet) purchased second-hand a while back. It is a really tatty one but that will do for now and so will spinach: plenty of iron there (or ‘fer’ if you have been attentive to my impromptu French lesson). I can’t resist dropping bad puns at times.

Material Notes

Machine knit

Difficulty

Advanced

Categories

Season
Fall, Spring
For
Women
Garment Type
Other
Style
Romantic, Victorian
Material
Knits/Jersey

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    May 12, 2011, 08.58 PMby prairieponygirl

    How I love, love, LOVE! Beautiful job. I want one!!!!

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    Feb 10, 2011, 03.06 PMby smvphotography

    oh my, you’ve been busy too, i’m totally lost. gorgeous sleeves and there’s nothing like some vintage embroidery!

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    Oct 20, 2010, 11.47 AMby stephiaffi

    Wow, this is amazing too! Love it

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    Oct 17, 2010, 10.25 PMby omatic

    What a magical transformation! Those sleeves are absolutely amazing! How did you draft them? I’d love a tutorial!

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    Oct 9, 2010, 06.12 AMby loversandhaters

    oh wow, those sleeves…this is amazing.

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    Oct 7, 2010, 05.25 PMby loulourosa

    Its very nice, very contemporary with those “erotokritos” sleeves

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    Oct 7, 2010, 03.17 AMby christine-1

    hey helene, so good to see you back here! sorry I haven’t written at all, I hope you’re well! I’m alright, but missing europe a bit! I haven’t posted anything here for a while either, but am still sewing (sometimes wearable things!). xx

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    Oct 6, 2010, 10.53 PMby kleinfee

    Great! You are so creative!

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    Oct 6, 2010, 08.04 PMby sewella

    I think you have done an amazing job because this is gorgeous!!

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    Oct 6, 2010, 05.50 PMby jeleena

    grrreat sleeves!! :)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 04.20 PMby irmchen

    Ca c’est extraordinaire et magnifique! :-)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 03.58 PMby nidhi

    Wow such a beautiful transformation! I especially love the sleeves and how u’ve made it look so young!

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    Oct 6, 2010, 03.06 PMby wzrdreams

    I have no idea* what you are saying, but I love your rework of this sweater! Good job!

    *What was hard to get rid of, the fair aisle motif or the amount of material? Do you not like the fairisle? I’m confused… something is lost in translation.

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      Oct 6, 2010, 03.59 PMby carottesauvage

      Thanks for your comment! I had forgotten a few words in the copy and pasting, corrected now. Basically I said it was difficult to get rid of it although unwearabale.

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      Oct 6, 2010, 05.43 PMby janul

      Haha, you´re right, I couldn´t understand most of it! :)
      I´m glad to see you here again, Helene! :)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 03.04 PMby nettevivante

    this is so adorable! where did you get your inspiration from? p.s.: i love your vintage stockman. it is in very good condition!

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    Oct 6, 2010, 02.50 PMby rifka

    Wonderful work. What will you do with the rest of the dress, there is quite a bit left ,no?

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    Oct 6, 2010, 01.24 PMby parze

    I can’t get into this flower pattern… But the sleeves are fantastic! You did a great job reworking that dress.

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    Oct 6, 2010, 10.21 AMby anajan

    Long time no seen – It’s good to see you again on BS! The blouse is super cute, and perfectly constructed. Bravo!

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    Oct 6, 2010, 08.01 AMby minnietheminks

    Do love a wee bit of faire-isle motif…. wonderful, poetic transformation. Love the buttons on the sleeve.

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    Oct 6, 2010, 04.35 AMby smallone

    hello spinach is good for you……great creation!!!!!

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    Oct 6, 2010, 01.31 AMby lunatepetal

    Helene! I love the new life of old knits! quite the sleeves, I love them :) hope you’re doing well & happy :)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 01.18 AMby reneebies

    this is really beautiful

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    Oct 6, 2010, 01.12 AMby tanitisis

    I love those sleeves!

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    Oct 6, 2010, 12.16 AMby skeeler

    I especially love what you did with the sleeves

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    Oct 6, 2010, 12.01 AMby Passiona Cottee

    You’re back! You saw the potential in this piece and have given it a splendid new life. Congratulations

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    Oct 5, 2010, 11.59 PMby bola

    Yep I’ve been looking forward to seeing your creations too! Love, love love those sleeves and pattern on your jumper! Pure inspiration! bxx

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    Oct 5, 2010, 10.28 PMby kelerabeus

    Quite of a refashion, I do love those sleeves! It’s good to see your work again, looking forward for more of it :)

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    Oct 5, 2010, 09.52 PMby ghainskom

    It’s been a long time since your last creation and I love this one. Those sleeves are popping everywhere :)

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    Oct 5, 2010, 09.45 PMby Britynn D

    this is ADORABLE!! You did an amazing job!

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