Today I got to see what happens when a piece of knitwear transforms into something new.
Some pieces are outgrown quickly or rendered too warm when the weather changes. Others magically adapt with the wearer, transformed into something else entirely. You may recall that last Christmas, I made Alice a dress. The highly successful Fiona’s Top, which I deliberately made big enough for her to wear as a dress. Back then, she and the dress looked like this. Check out the chubby knees!
Since then, she’s learned to walk, grown taller and trimmed down a little thanks to that boundless energy that is so present in the average 18month old. She arrived for a visit today looking like this.
It’s no longer a dress but a snazzy little tunic top! And it’s perfect! She’s remained petite around the shoulders so it fits her perfectly still.
Just as it was intended as a lovely summer cotton dress, it’s now a nice trans-seasonal piece to go over light tops for a little extra warmth, whatever she’s doing.
The Rowan 4ply cotton which was so great to knit with has worn extremely well. Ignore the dark patches in the photo below. That’s just dribble!
It’s held its shape and colour and will see her through spring, summer and perhaps even autumn into next year.
I call that a successful knit.
And speaking of dresses, I got to try a new sewn dress on her this morning to see if I got it right. I think it works! Come summer it’ll be so cool and pretty!
It’s so great having a little model to try new sewing projects on. I need to find some nice beginner sewing projects for six year old boys so I can make something for Willem!