This dress has been done since May 7, when I eagerly cast on the Saco Stripes tank. It’s called Cocktail(Dress) by La Maison Rililie. This is the second pattern of hers that I’ve knitted. I also made her BlueSand Cardigan and both patterns were well-written with nice polished details, like i-cord edgings. While I didn’t always appreciate knitting the i-cord edging at the end when I wanted the dress to be DONE, I really like the look of them. I had to deviate from the pattern at the bottom, when I started to run out of the main color. There are no contrast stripes in the original pattern, but since I bought my MC at a deep discount when it was discontinued, it was unavailable. I had plenty of the lighter pink, so I improvised as shown above. I wasn’t crazy about it at first, but it’s grown on me. I think sometimes we fret over elements of a pattern while knitting them that become completely irrelevant later when wearing the garment.
My sizing is between the small and medium sizes. I wanted to hit something around the 34″ bust for a bit of negative ease there, but I wanted to keep some of the positive ease around the waist and hips. I just compared my measurements to the finished garment schematics and tried to hit something that worked well for my body. I left off a decrease in the waist, knitted to the high hip increases and worked as specified, then I added an additional hip increase. I’m happy with the body skimming fit. I also like the colors together more than I thought I would, and while it definitely screams, “GIRLY,” it is a dress, after all. I put off taking pics till after my chin stitches were out, and then I just decided to do a photo shoot with just me, my camera, my tripod, and a remote. Matt takes a lot of my pictures, and he does a fabulous job of it. I can be very finicky about the specificity of an angle in a shot, or a weird face I’m making, so it’s nice when I can take a bunch of time and play around with the camera. That’s also why this post is photo-heavy. I used Laines du Nord Baby Milk yarn, a merino, milk-fiber, and cashmere blend. I wish it wasn’t discontinued and was available in more colors. It’s hella soft. I used pink, light pink, and dove gray. All in all, the dress cost only about 48 dollars, so I’m especially pleased for that much yarn.
Back to knitting!