A Purple Frog?

Ever since I pulled the premiere lace cardigan out of the in-progress box, I have had nagging doubts. The armscyes didn’t look right. The back looked too big. I really wanted to finish it for this spring, but I was scared that it would end up too big and I would never wear it.

Last night I got up the nerve and frogged.

purple frog

I am a little sad about it, but the yarn — Classic Elite Premiere, a cotton/tencel blend that I love — survived admirably. Life is too short — and my knitting time too scarce — to knit something I have questions about.

Now I am re-considering what pattern to knit with it. I still want a springtime cardigan and lace would be a plus.

Current top runner? Wendy at Knit and Tonic‘s Something Red, only perhaps with a lace pattern worked above the ribbing. Then it is similar to what I was making — a lacy, deep ribbed cardigan — but just the slightest bit different.

To counter the destruction of the lace cardi, I sewed my first skirt and followed an actual pattern (simplicity 4197, which is a Khaliah Ali plus size pattern — I made the smallest size), which for the first time last night! It took less than two hours to do everything — cut the fabric, iron, sew, iron, sew, insert elastic, sew. It has been hanging up overnight and I still need to finish the hem, hence no model shot.

my first skirt!
my first skirt! I am so excited

I always feel so inept in front of the sewing machine, and every time I read sewing patterns I get confused. Being able to follow a pattern, modify it just a bit in size and shape, and still end up with something wearable was a serious step for me. I am a lot more excited about this than I probably should be!

It is a very simple pattern, only 4 pieces of fabric and an elastic waistband. I also used $2 clearance quilting cotton for it as a “learning fabric” which is of course not optimal. But now I know I can make a simple skirt on my machine!

Up next? A skirt with an actual zipper installed. These fit me better and are more customizable in size, especially when I am much smaller in the waist than hip. I may actually try the Betsy Ross One Hot Skirt pattern for this, though I have this really cute Burda pattern (8215) I can’t wait to make.

I will conquer you, sewing machine!

9 Comments so far

  1. Ashley on March 26th, 2007

    Only 2 hours, huh? That’s inspiring–I may make clothing yet! I LOVE that Burda pattern…

  2. Kristina on March 26th, 2007

    I think that whatever you decide to make will be great in that pretty purple yarn.

    I love the skirt. I keep putting off trying to sew my daughter’s little dresses. There is so much going on, and it is easier for me to focus on what I know… knitting. I am looking forward to seeing what else you sew. Hopefully, it will inspire me.

  3. Dawn on March 26th, 2007

    Rip it, girl!! I raise my knitting needles to you in show of support! and congrats on the ever increasing use of the sewing machine.

  4. knittingphilistine on March 26th, 2007

    Love that skirt! So springtime fun!

  5. stacey on March 27th, 2007

    Good for you! Frogging is hard to do (or decide to do!) but once you do, it is very liberating. You said it best – our knitting time is limited – no point knitting on something you are doubting!

  6. Holly Jo on March 27th, 2007

    That knit and tonic sweater is fantastic! It would look great in the purple.

    Well done on the skirt! The pink is very feminine.

  7. gleek on March 27th, 2007

    great job on the skirt! sewing can be very frustrating for sure.

  8. Elle Kasey on March 27th, 2007

    Awesome! Congratulations on the guts to frog and frog and frog. Sometimes it just has to be done!The skirt is luscious.

  9. [...] After frogging my lace cardigan, I felt powerful! I control my knits! But I also felt as though I needed to immediately start a new project with the same yarn to keep my momentum going. I poked through some lace patterns but in the end, I decided to go with the plain stockinette version of Wendy’s (Knit and Tonic) Something Red rather than adding a lace pattern to the top of the sweater. [...]