When I saw the name of this week’s theme, my mind immediately went to warm, sunny southern beaches. But then, I read the description : “Design an outfit inspired by your favorite vacation spot”. That would definitely NOT be a warm, sunny, southern beach. I spent a week at one years ago and I wasn’t a fan. It was too hot and crowded for me. So what? I’ve seen plenty of places I loved. Munich, Brussels, London, Peru, Budapest, Normandy… They were places I would gladly live in for a while but they don’t say Spring break to me. There’s one place where I was able to relax completely. I slowed down and enjoyed the lazy days. It was absolutely lovely.
We rented a house on a beach. We had our own private slice of beach. Quiet, not crowded. Hot enough in the sun but not too hot. Mr. Mouse cooked a lot of fish and seafood. And I was able to stop and relax. We were all able to stop and relax. An amazing feat.
It has a slightly dressy New England feel to it. I had to make a dress. And I had this leftover seersucker with embroidered lobsters that I used for me and souricette 2. Come on! Could anything be more Cape Cod-ish than lobster seersucker?
So I made the oliver + s birthday party dress. I made the dress as written, using some red cotton for the center panels both front and back. A sailboat button in front, and heart shaped mother of pearl buttons in the back.
I tried to get the lobsters to line up properly. They aren’t embroidered in a perfect straight line which makes it difficult. I tried my best and it worked out pretty well.
Except in the most obvious spot. Of course.
When I put the dress on souricette 1, she told me it reminded her of that place we went to where we had the house on the beach.
Even in Summer, it can get chilly in the evening. The sea is cold and the wind is cool. A little cardigan is a must. I tried silk but it’s expensive and a beast to work with. So I went with my tried and true Jaggerspun superfine merino. It’s soft and warm and knits up wonderfully on the machine.
I adapted a lace pattern from a Barbara Walker stitch dictionary. I designed a deep V-neck cropped cardigan with the help of Design-a-Knit and knit away. I had to use the cut and sew method this time because the lace carriage can be a little… cranky. Best to just knit up a rectangle and cut it afterwards. I knit a strip of jersey to use as binding along the neckline.
And then I knit three strips of 1×1 rib to use as cuffs and a bottom band. And a little crochet loop for the button (yes, the same mother of pearl hearts as the dress). And a button for each cuff (just decorative).
My finishing isn’t as good as I would like but souricette 1 loves it. It’ll be a great ballet sweater too…
I hope we get to go back when it’s warm again.