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Outfit Along 2014 | Goodale and S1803

August 15, 2014

I missed the Outfit Along deadline by a long shot, but my outfit is now finished, and I promise I have a good excuse!
Outfit AlongI knew I was taking a big risk by signing up for this -along with a multi-part move on the horizon, but I also thought I picked reasonable knitting and sewing projects to fit within the time I had. And I did. This time, the issue was my energy levels. I remember more than a few evenings where I had the time to work on my dress but simply didn’t have the energy to sew. Knitting is so much easier–it’s already right next to my couch, and I can just pick it up!

By the time moving day(s) arrived, my cardigan was finished, and my dress didn’t need much more work. Once I unearthed my sewing machine and found room to wedge a chair in front of it–my future sewing room is full of Sweetie’s tools while we wait for some garage space–it didn’t take long to finish this outfit.Goodale backMy cardigan is a do-0ver of Goodale, and one advantage of knitting this sweater a second time was taking advantage of all the useful project notes on Ravelry. I won’t bore you with the details of my modifications here, but I did list them all on Ravelry.

I’m obviously getting a much better fit than my first attempt despite using the same pattern and Araucania Ruca yarn. This is because I worked on smaller needles than before and achieved a gauge that’s a bit smaller than the pattern calls for but is more stable in this yarn. Of course, this also meant it took longer to knit the second time around, but with a smooth yarn like this, that’s no problem.
S1803CMy dress is the “official” pattern, Simplicity 1803 view C with cap sleeves. I had to make some minor fit alterations in the bodice, although the finished dress has a little more room than I expected–maybe I lost some weight while hauling boxes and cleaning apartments! I also moved the pockets to the side seams per Lauren’s recommendation and fully lined the dress for opacity. Although my photographic evidence was eaten by my iPhone (curses!), both the sweater and the dress in this outfit have pockets! Talk about practical!
S1803C bodiceThis neckline is quite flattering, although I’m not sure why the pattern envelope shows curved corners when the pattern pieces are clearly sharp angles. I could definitely see myself trying this pattern again with different bodices and different fabrics.
S1803C sleeveI was worried these cap sleeves would be too tiny, but I think they’re just right, and I love the little pleat at the top of each sleeve. It didn’t show up very well in this photo, but it’s there and it’s cute! I have to say, I really lucked out on fabric selection this time. This fabric came from JoAnn’s several years back, and I’ve been waiting to find a pattern that will do this dogwood print justice.

I have one last confession to make: The whole point of this Outfit Along was to have two pieces, one knit and one sewn, that you could wear together as an outfit. These two pieces are nice together, but I think the overall effect is a little too saccharine for my everyday style. I’ll likely pair each piece with a neutral to tone it down a bit.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Red's Mom permalink
    August 15, 2014 9:11 pm

    SO cute! I especially love the neckline and the sleeves on the dress…both very flattering!

    • August 16, 2014 11:20 am

      Thanks so much! I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately–must be an indication that I’m picking better sewing projects–but I really would like to make this pattern up again.

  2. stgilbert permalink
    August 15, 2014 9:53 pm

    What a great outfit!

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