July 2015 found me knitting away on a Wedding Shawl, for my daughter Kristen, for her wedding in August 2015. I had been saving this pattern to knit for her: Haruni by designer Emily Ross, as I knew Kristen would love the vintage style of this design. I also knew that I would love knitting it! The beautiful floral border was perfect for the addition of the small, clear beads that I love to add to wedding shawls. And the easily memorized pattern gave me the opportunity to fill the knitting with loving thoughts and prayers for the Bride and her Groom.
Look closely, and you can see the beads placed along the spines, easy to add
to the stitch (before knitting it) with a crochet hook:
Kristen's Matron-of-Honor, her sister Libby, had planned a fun Bachelorette
Weekend get-away in Nashville, TN, and it was there that I gave the Bride
her Wedding Shawl…
What's not to love about a Spring wedding in Michigan, especially when the
weather turns out perfect!
One of my daughters' dear friends had a lovely outdoor barn wedding this month,
and I got to wear my new dress: McCall's 7381
I had this blouseweight Peachskin woven fabric from FabricMart waiting on my shelf
and it worked perfectly with this McCall's pattern.
After reading a few reviews of this pattern, I knew the bodice might run a little big,
so I did not make any adjustments there. Actually, I only made a couple of changes.
The pattern calls for lining the bodice, and
If you have been following my blog for awhile, you'll know that sewing dresses
is one of my favorite things! I've had Simplicity 8640 on my radar for some time, and
when pulling fabric to "sew down some stash", I found this striped linen blend. I do
not have any notes on when or where I purchased it, so it has to be a l.o.n.g. time ago!
Simplicity's description for this pattern is as follows: Float in comfort with this Misses'/Women's loose fitting dress or tunic by designer Elaine Heigl. Features handkerchief design with length variations. Also: "not suitable for stripes"
I beg to disagree!
I like Views A and C, and chose View A's longer length. LOVE that handkerchief hem!
I admit to not following the pattern for pocket placement, as I had read other reviews stating that the
pattern placement was low. I just tried it on, and sewed the pockets on last, trying my best to
somewhat match the stripes.