Getting Bored Of My Trips Yet?

Well, here’s a short relief before I have another post of our trip to St. Petersburg and the week in a m√∂kki in Finland. After Hawaii, it was already time to go back home, where I enjoyed a week alone in our apartment. It was weird not having anyone around me, but also kind of relaxing. I used the time to finish two dresses and kind of finish a cardigan, all of which I had started back in LA. First an infinity dress that I had cut, not thinking about the fact that I needed a serger, or at least a zigzag machine for it.

Infitinty Maxi Dress - My favourite this summer so far

Infitinty Maxi Dress – My favourite this summer so far

This is one of the dresses that are extremely fast and easy to make, but look really impressive. When I was wearing another (shorter red) version of this dress a lady stopped me in the middle of the street to ask where I got it. Notably in Switzerland where YOU DON’T DO SUCH THINGS! I was so proud of myself (even if the lady in question was Dutch). I very loosely followed the instructions by Rostitchery. I obviously made mine maxi, not knee length as hers. I didn’t have enough fabric to do the circle skirt in maxi length, so used a pleated rectangle of fabric for the skirt instead. I laso lengthened the waistband, so it works as a tube top and thus gives more coverage. Here’s the back view:

Infinity Maxi Dress - Grecian goddess style

Infinity Maxi Dress – Grecian goddess style

Then I plunged headfirst into sewing up the Colette Chantilly dress. I found this gorgeous grey and lilac cotton voile? lawn? at Fabric Planet in Venice. It was end of the bolt, and I had to cheat with the pattern pieces quite a bit, but that worked out ok. What didn’t, however, was the fit. Once again.

Colette Chantilly - It would be lovely with a larger bust

Colette Chantilly – It would be lovely with a larger bust

I should know that Colette don’t fit my average bust, as they are designed for bigger busts. I was just so excited about the fabric and the pattern that I ignored that knowledge. Note to self: Next time try to go with the bust measurement and let out the darts to fit the waist. Maybe that’s easier to do than a SBA? (She says, hoping against reason).

Maybe next time I should go down a size, as the waist is also a bit big, as well as the back. Here’s the evidence:

Colette Chantilly - Ill-fitting bust

Colette Chantilly – ill-fitting bust

Colette Chantilly - baggy back

Colette Chantilly – baggy back

Colette Chantilly - wide waist (I love my alliterations!)

Colette Chantilly – wide waist (I love alliterations!)

As I love the fabric, I will hang the dress in the closet and wait for some weight gain (which will undoubtedly happen at some point in the future).

Then I finished knitting the PeggySue cardigan (Ravelry pattern link).

PeggySue Cardigan - I love this colour!

PeggySue Cardigan – I love this colour!

I even weaved in all the ends (which I unreasnably hate doing) and sewed on buttons. Only the buttons were too small and undid themselves immediately after buttoning. So off they came again. I will have to find some bigger ones in Fall when I’m back. Here’s the back view:

PEggySue Cardigan - would fit perfectly with the Chantilly. Oh, well.

PEggySue Cardigan – would fit perfectly with the Chantilly. Oh, well.

So that’s what I did in one week. Apart from laundry, meeting up with friends and wasting a lot of time on Youtube. Then PB and my Mamma and Sister arrived and the quiet times were (luckily) over.

BTW: the colourful pouf in the pictures above is made from Marimekko fabric I got from PB’s father in January. It’s still not filled enough and kind of wobbly to sit on, but I have already some ides how that can be improved. I love how it adds even more colour to our home! I also went to Ikea with my Mamma and got some more furniture, so I feel an apartment update coming on…