Project Run & Play: Winter Wonderland

When the themes for this season of PRP were announced, I pounced on Winter Wonderland.  I’ve talked about how I miss real Winters before so this theme really spoke to me.

It said it wanted me to make a wool cape with fur (pattern from the Oliver + S book, Little Things to Sew).  I wanted dark blue wool with a purple undertone.  I had to settle for dark purple with a blue undertone.  I found arctic fox faux fur and had to use that to trim the cape.  What’s Winter Wonderland without fur?

And a silvery clasp instead of a button.

And check out that lining! I love the subtlety of the white on white print.

Snowflakes, of course…

The project also said it wanted me to make a knit dress.  I told the project it was crazy.  There was no way I could design, knit and sew a whole dress in the time I had.  I looked for sweater knits online but couldn’t find just the right thing.  Besides, I really wanted to knit my own fabric.  I settled for a skirt.

I found this great cable in a book (Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters).  It reminded me of icicles.  I modified it a bit and staggered them on the skirt.  I knit two “rectangular” pieces out of two strands of the softest of merino wools (Jaggerspun Superfin Merino 2/18).  The skirt is A-line but knit as a rectangle.  The ribbing at the top pulls in and gives the fabric its shape.  I had to sew some grosgrain to the hem to keep the knit from curling under and I had to add some elastic at the waist.

Finally, I had to make a blouse too, right?  A cape and a skirt isn’t exactly a complete outfit!  For the blouse, I flipped Clever Charlotte’s Chickadee blouse.  More details on that one tomorrow…

I originally wanted to sew a muff with my leftover “fox” but the skirt took me longer than expected.  I’m so happy with this outfit!  Souricette 1 loves the skirt best of all and the cape really makes a statement, doesn’t it?  I just wish I could have had some snow for the pictures…


Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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52 comments on “Project Run & Play: Winter Wonderland
  1. Ajaire says:

    I love that skirt!! It’s so lovely. I know how long knitting can take so it’s great that you were able to whip out two panels. Now my girl needs an “icicle” skirt 🙂 Great job!

    • Thank you! Like I told Jenn, the knitting machine made that skirt possible in the time frame I had. I love that machine, even though it behaves like a toddler! I’m thinking of posting the pattern for the skirt after the rush of PRP is done. I’ll do both the machine and handknit patterns so that anyone can use it.

  2. Oh, how I love the knitted skirt! I’m an impossibly slow knitter, so there’s no way I could have managed this – bravo! I’ll bet your little girl is in love with the fur trimmed cape!

    • Thank you! I think I want that cape for myself! The fur was hard to work with (I should have looked for fur trim rather than use yardage) but I love the result. As for the skirt, the secret is the knitting machine! I could never have hand knit this skirt in the the time I had. Once I had all the kinks worked out of the design, each panel took about 2 hours to knit. More if things got hairy (panel 1, I had to rescue some dropped stitches) and less if things went smoothly. I can’t wait to see your designs!

  3. Karly Nelson says:

    I am so jealous of your knitted skirt! I’m extremely slow when it comes to knitting, and I haven’t figured out how to make the cables at all! I love the icicles on it and the cape is just perfect!

  4. Karly Nelson says:

    I am so jealous of your knitted skirt! I’m extremely slow when it comes to knitting, and I haven’t figured out how to make the cables at all! I love the icicles on it and the cape is just perfect!

  5. Magda E. says:

    The cape is wonderful and eyecatchy. I adored the silver clasp.

  6. Chelsea says:

    Wow! Love the skirt and the coat. Such a unique idea!

  7. UM that skirt is AMAZING! It totally looks like icicles!! You really outdid yourself!

  8. Michelle says:

    You knitted the skirt??!! Oh my goodness.
    Awesome. I love that cape too! The clasp is divine!

  9. Annie says:

    I love the beautiful cape! And you have knitted the skirt! That is amazing!

  10. Amazing job on the skirt! And I love the fur on the cape 🙂

  11. Olga Becker says:

    What a beautiful outfit. The skirt is amazing, it would’ve taken me months to accomplish. 🙂 Great job!

  12. Very much from a fairy tale!

  13. Valinda says:

    Very pretty cape, I love details like the clasp.

  14. Rachel says:

    the cape!
    and I cannot believe you machine knitted that skirt? I’m impressed!

  15. You are a rock star. I love your knitted skirt. The whole thing together is awesome. The cape is so cool! I can’t wait to see the details on your flip.

  16. erickmarnae says:

    My girls would die for that cape! Awesome…and i have some serious knitting envy. I crochet, but still haven’t buckled down and tackled knitting.. Great job!

  17. Jo Shaffer says:

    I love the entire look! Great job. She looks just like a Nordic princess
    with love,

  18. So pretty!! I just love it, so sweet and feminine… I want a girl to sew for ;o) I linked up a winter robe..

  19. Shelly says:

    So regal! I feel like this could totally be in a movie set – too cool!

  20. Karen says:

    That cape is just beautiful! I love everything about it: color, trim and that lovely silver clasp. The whole outfit is darling. ‘Winter Wonderland’ said cape to me, too, but I made mine without a hood and made a beret to go with it.

  21. sewwhynotblog says:

    The cape is fantastic! I love the fur trim and the clasp, so beautiful!! Great job!

  22. Elegance! Your cape is incredible. And the skirt is awesome. You are incredible to made all these beautiful outfits. The girl surely get compliments from everywhere she go.

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  24. […] make will involve hand manipulating stitches.  It can be done but it can also get tedious.  This cabled skirt I made?  All those cables had to be done through hand […]

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