Sunday, 26 October 2014

A shawl and a dress

I think this would have to be my prettiest knit ever.  It is the first shawl and lace knitting I have done; the Settler shawl designed by Libby Jonson.  I used Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply yarn, a gorgeous merino.  The magic of the shawl comes once it's blocked; when the knitting is complete.  Blocking stretches the lace open and it becomes a thing of beauty, such a lovely pattern.
The dress I am wearing with it is a Moneta by Colette Patterns.  I made the medium size and the only alteration was to add 5" to the length.  The fabric is a knit viscose from The Fabric Store in Auckland and it has the most beautiful drape.  It feels very soft and flowing.  I think the dress also goes well with my Myrna cardigan that I made last month.  I actually made the dress in July but it has been just too cold to wear, even today it's still a little too cold.  Our spring has certainly been changeable so far, in fact I've just finished lighting the fire!  Despite the cool temperatures I am pushing on with making my summer wardrobe in the hope that warmer weather is on the way.  Wendy xx

24 comments:

  1. Gosh I LOVE the shawl, so pretty! You are a very clever dress maker also.Have you seen Cottage tails blog (NZ) Leanne's daughter is now designing the most beautiful knitwear, well worth you having a look.

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  2. Whole new shawl is such a pretty pattern and colour. Goes well with the dress too. You can have our hot weather if you like!

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  3. Looks fabulous! Love the dress too - how is it possible I haven't been to the fabric store since ive been back! Best I go - soon ...

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  4. beautiful shawl Wendy,
    love the dress and your cardi too.
    Well done!

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  5. waow Wendy you look wonderful !! I love, love your shawl !!! it is splendid !
    Florence

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  6. It's gorgeous Wendy and your dress looks lovely on you. I hope some summery weather comes your way I'm happy to send some of our hot weather your way;) xx

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  7. Love, love, love the shawl!! and the dress seems to have been made with that gorgeous cardigan in mind they're a perfect match for each other. I hope the weather improves soon so you can get to wear them more :) Barb.

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  8. What a beautiful shawl. You look so pretty in your lovely dress too x

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  9. Wendy your shawl is so pretty - you are so clever. Your dress is lovely also and one you'll get plenty of wear out of it

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  10. Hi Wendy I love your new shawl and your dress looks lovely on you and the colour suits you,well done my friend on your lovely finishes.xx

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  11. Lovely shawl and your dress is gorgeous , fits you so well and yes the cardigan looks fabulous with your dress !

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  12. Your shawl is very pretty, Wendy. The dress looks lovely on you too.

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  13. very beautiful shawl and the fleck is a great match with your dress....
    WE are in a heat wave.... 36 expected today!!! we need to share our weather...

    Hugz

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  14. My gosh girl....you certainly wiz through the garment making.The shawl is very pretty and a beautiful colour.love the dress and cardigan too.xx

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  15. That shawl is just beautiful Wendy & that colour in the dress suits you so well. Yes havent the temperatures been so changeable, today I am back in almost winter clothes. Have a great week x0x

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  16. Beautiful shawl Wendy. It goes so well with the dress. Your work is beautiful as always. hugs.....

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  17. Beautiful work Wendy Your shawl is gorgeous - I love the lace work on it. The colours really suit you! Awesome!!

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  18. Wow, the shawl is gorgeous Wendy and I love the colour and it looks gorgeous on you!!
    Michelle

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  19. Hello Wendy,

    The wool you chose for the shawl is so lovely. What a wonderful thing to have your whole outfit made by yourself. Good luck with your Summer sewing.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

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  20. Such a beautiful shawl. Lovely colour too.

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  21. Hello Wendy,

    The dress, shawl and cardigan are fabulous and you look great. Well done and isn't it lovely to make your own outfits.
    Many thanks for the kind visit to my blog and the lovely message you left.
    I appreciate this very much.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend and have some sunshine there.
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  22. Wow! Just back from my holiday and catching up on blog posts - that shawl is absolutely gorgeous - maybe Miss H and Baa will have to take up knitting! hee..hee...And your dress drapes beautifully!
    Karen

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