Double Duty Gabrielle

Posted December 9, 2014 by joanmm
Categories: Fashion, knit, sexy, Styling guide

Gabrielle is one of those styles that knits up so quickly and fits so well, that I enjoyed knitting it in both the sleeveless vest version and the jacket version.

The Gabrielle Jacket  was SO flattering when I tried it on, I just had to work out a new Styling Guide for it. So not only is it a flattering garment, it is a wildly versatile one as well.

See for yourself:

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This gorgeous jacket knits up so quickly in Cascade Pacific Chunky on size 10US needles, you’ll want to make both versions for yourself as well.

Double Duty Knits: Zelda

Posted November 25, 2014 by joanmm
Categories: Fashion, retro, sexy, Styling guide, vintage

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For our next installment of Double Duty Knits here on the blog, I am happy to present the Zelda pullover!

The 40’s silhouette is shapely and girly; great to wear for casual or dressy occasions.

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Double Duty Knits

Posted November 19, 2014 by joanmm
Categories: Fashion, knit, Styling guide

Even though my business is fashion, I can tend to get a little stuck when it comes to my own wardrobe.

I’ll buy or make something new, make an outfit with it that I love, then forget about all the other ways that piece could be worn.

So I’ve created a new feature for the White Lies Designs newsletter called “Double Duty Knits” in which I style the same sweater at least two ways for two entirely different occasions. It has not only proved popular with our readers, but it helps me personally to open my mind to the multiple possibilities a well-designed garment offers.

Below, one of our first Double Duty styling guides, Shelley’s Lace Cardigan. Click on the photo for a larger view.

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Gabrielle Two Ways

Posted October 17, 2014 by joanmm
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The thing I’ve always appreciated about sewing patterns is that they more often than not give several versions of the same garment; with long and short sleeves or none at all.

I like to follow this idea in my own knitting patterns so that I give my own customers the most value that I can. If I love the way a style looks on me, you can bet I’ll want to make it again in another color and/or configuration, which defrays the cost of the pattern.

Gabrielle is one such pattern that I think works very well.

Below, Gabrielle as a jacket and as a vest.

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Both ways Gabrielle is well fitting, flattering and office appropriate. Not only that, she knits up so fast on size 10US needles and Cascade Pacific Chunky.

Enjoy your knitting!

 

Vogue Knitting Fall 2014 #24 Duster Coat-Part Deaux

Posted September 23, 2014 by joanmm
Categories: Uncategorized

Thanks all for the nice responses to the post about my #24 Duster Coat in the current issue of VK.

I have photos of the coat when in progress that I’ve posted below.

Boho1Here is the original sketch submitted to VK along with the chart I made for the tribal patterning and the first sleeve.

The theme was 70’s bohemian and that brought to mind the movie Dr Zhivago and the fantastic coats and costumes worn therein. Perfect inspiration for this project!

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Here are the completed fronts.  Getting the neckline the way I wanted it so that the collar would fit in correctly was a challenge. Ripped a couple of times before I figured it out.

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Here is the completed back. My decrease lines can be seen easily. It looks like a lot of knitting, and it was, but the bulky yarn and size 10US needles helped it fly along.

boho4boho5The finished coat.

The large button is actually decorative. I bought a set of three large hooks and eyes to close the front securely.

I love this coat with it’s fit-and-flare shape ; so flattering to so many body types.  I’ll be making up a slightly different White Lies Designs version for Stitches West in February. Of course I’ll post photos here when it’s ready.

Vogue Knitting Fall 2014 #24 Duster Coat

Posted September 18, 2014 by joanmm
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Check out the coat I designed for the Fall issue of Vogue Knitting!

Boho Coat-Joan McGowan-Michael

Boho Coat-Joan McGowan-Michael

This issue is on newsstands now or can be ordered through vogueknitting.com .

http://checkoutthelatest.com/VogueKnitting&watch=Vy8UTWaL9_k

 

Get Over It!: Measure for a perfect fit.

Posted August 14, 2014 by joanmm
Categories: knit to fit, shaping knits

Anyone who has knitted their own garments has likely come up against the tough decision of what size to choose to make, especially when one owns a fairly bountiful rack (that being a C cup or larger).

Many just choose the full bust measurement and that can come with mixed results, especially if the bust is large and the rest of the body is more petite. This can lead to the bust fitting fine, but the shoulders and everything else swimming on the wearer.

Do you choose the size that matches the measurement of your bust, your bra size or something else?

Well, no, no and yes.

That “something else” is your overbust measurement. This is essentially is the measurement of your chest minus the actual breasts.

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The lower pink line in my illustration is the full bust measurement, taken across the fullest part of the breasts.

The upper pink line is where the overbust measurement is taken.

What you do is take both measurements, then average them. For example, the full bust may be 44” and the overbust might be 40”. The average is 42” and that would be the size to choose.

There still may be additional tweaks (such as adding short rows) to make based on your individual body shape, but this method will bring you much closer to selecting your perfect size.

 

Learn more about those fitting tweaks in my Feminine Fit class on Craftsy.com !

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