Friday, November 22, 2013

FESA 2013 Wrap Up

I am quite pleased with my FESA output this year.  In total, I made 4 dresses, 5 skirts, and 2 knitted jumpers.  Whew!

Three of the four dresses I made were from the wonderful Lady Skater pattern.  It is definitely worth all that taping (which really isn't too bad) as it yields a terrific dress and, by happy accident, terrific half circle skirts!  My Il Fait Dolly Holiday dress is one of my favourite makes. 

I find that during the cooler months I gravitate toward wearing knit jumpers and warm skirts with cozy tights.  To that end, I was able to make 5 skirts, including my exuberant It Takes a Village skirt.

I made this cherry skirt from the Lady Skater skirt portion.  Adding a waistband and lapped zip was easy and the two patch pockets (hard to see because of the pattern) are decorated with vintage buttons.  I love how it looks with my Kit jumper!  I also made a red twill version and have a raspberry lightweight wool version waiting to be sewn. 

Penelope (white) and Ursula (red) were two jumpers I was able to finish.  Penelope was an almost abandoned WIP but I am delighted with the finished product.  I knit her using two strands of Knit Picks Comfy Fingering held together.  The yarn is butter soft and a delight to knit with.  My only complaint is that it tends to shed when worn.

Ursula just came off my needles last week and is based on Susan Crawford's Quick Work in Thick Wool. I substituted the twisted rib pattern for Leaves of Grass lace.  This would have made a great entry for Tasha's Knit for Victory as the lace pattern comes out in a V for Victory sign (I was too far along in the process for this to qualify). For Ursula, I used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted yarn in Pomegranate.  I love this yarn so much and highly recommend it.  I have used it to knit Kit, Tessa, Miss G's Little Weasley Jumper, and it's currently on my needles for Pauline

Both jumpers are shown with my Bletchley Circle skirt made from Nova Scotia tartan. 

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Thank you so much for creating along with me! I hope you enjoyed it!


Becky said...

Wow, I completely missed that the deadline was now! Which means I didn't get a whole lot done, but I was still doing FESA plans well into the winter last time, too. Your garments look great, and I'm especially impressed that you were able to knock out so much so quickly! (The Eiffel Tower dress is especially cute.)

Sew little time said...

i was just thinking i need to review mine. i have a couple of things unblogged but i am really pleased with how much i have managed to get done! you've done a great job - i love the cherry skirt and the burgundy top especially. thanks for organising!

Miss Crayola Creepy said...

I'm a Lady Skater fan too! :) Yours are perfect!

I LOVEEEE the red sweater you made, so beautiful!

Scruffybadger said...

Ooh, glorious! I think showing them together like this gives a brilliant overview of your planning as well as your gorgeous makes. What a lovely FeSA wardrobe! And how useful the lady skater pattern has become!!

Kestrel said...

I love your short sweaters combined with the skirts, what lovely outfits.

Juliette said...

I'm impressed by all the things you managed to sew and knit, and I especially love your sweaters!
Unfortunately I wasn't quick enough to finish what I'm currently doing...but it should be over soon, maybe next week!

Sarah said...

@Juliette - Looking forward to seeing your makes :)

@Kestrel - Jumpers & skirts tend to be my cold weather 'uniform.'

@Scruffy - Thank you :) I am quite pleased with what I managed to make.

@SewLittleTime - Looking forward to seeing your FESA review!

@Becky - Thank you!

Shermy said...

Wow! I wish I could knit sweaters like that!! Greeting from your fellow Ontarian!

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