9.18.2008

fo: VK ribbed mini dress


i had absolutely no intention of making this dress until i saw anky's amazing LBD version on ravelry. so totally anthro with the little poufy sleeves and flared skirt. how did i not recognize the potential when i first saw this mari lynn patrick design in the 2007 spring/summer VK?


i lengthened it a bit and left off the button placket...all the better to accessorize with. since i completed the dress last weekend, i've worn it five times(!) it's so much fun to style it in different ways. one moment it's funky caj with a pair of green wide-leg khakis, sparkly narrow belt and pointy-toed flats...the next it's dressed up with a long necklace, teal tights and rust suede gladiator heels. clearly, i will be pulling this piece out of the closet repeatedly this fall.

and dig the inverted pleat in the sleeve. such an easy, breezy way to create a bit of volume.

anky's idea to make it in a tweedy wool is inspired. there's so much less risk of the dreaded VPL-cling of a drapey wool/synth blend. i used rowan felted tweed which is soft and not the least bit scratchy against my skin.

move over, bonnie, this may be my new fave mini dress.

17 comments:

Christie said...

It's adorable!

soknitpicky said...

Love, love, love it! I've had this pattern favorited for so long. Need to get off my duff and knit it!

Siga said...

Fantastic! You've done great - now I want one as well.

clairity123 said...

looks really cute on you!! well done!

Aim said...

That IS really cute! Now I have to go look at it in the mag.... :)

Virtuous said...

It came out wonderful! And actually looks store bought!!

Nandi said...

Super cute!

SweetPeaknits said...

Its so gorgeous, well done. I also love the sleeve. Fabulous!

jenna said...

The timing is PERFECT for this dress. It looks stylish AND cozy. Go figure. I'm not at all surprised that you've worn it five times already! If that's not the sign of a successful handknit, I don't know what is! So do we get to see more of those styling options? :)

tentenknits said...

really cute!! i love it and the sweater dress is so in this fall :-) love it!

Monica said...

this looks great! that sleeve is fantastic.

Lisa said...

So adorable and so great for fall!

lilibethsgarden said...

Ooooo, I love it!!! I'm going to go look it up on Ravelry right NOW! Good job. :o)

brook said...

fabulous!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous. Good for you.

Jessica said...
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Jessica said...

Over time it becomes more and more apparent that we are practically knitting twins.

I've been lusting over this dress since it came out, but have yet to attack it.

Beautiful job!

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