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F.A.S.T. Gala 2018: Hand knits for Angelman's

I remember having a sweater that knit up the back when my kiddos were young, and that is what I wanted to make for the silent auction at the F.A.S.T. Gala in December, 2018 to benefit Angelman Syndrome research.
I picked up the Valley Yarns bulky from Webs, who was vending in Aug 2018 at Stitches Midwest. The lime green and the gray are both so gender neutral in this day and age of   "pink for girls, blue for boys" (that makes me a little crazy!).
                                                      (My haul from Stitches Midwest 218)

These sweaters did turn out very cute, but the pattern.....agh!!  Minimal directions, and confusing charting took some of the fun out of  this project. And then I found one of the balls of grey yarn was missing
and so I ordered more yarn. Of course, a couple of months later I found
the lost ball, which had somehow rolled under the driver's seat
of my car....!!
 But, I tried to focus and knit encouraging thoughts and lots of love into thes…

McCall's 5512

Aren't summer weddings in Michigan just beautiful?  This one took place at the Mansion at Pine Knob, a beautiful venue.
I wore McCall's 5512 in a floral brocade from Fabric Mart, which I ordered back in  Feb and is no longer available.

I did make some adjustments to the bodice, adding an inch at the side front and back to allow for more fabric for a modified FBA. This dress is fully lined and so comfortable to wear. I also like the 60's vibe  :-) This is an easy make, and a cute style, but no longer available on the McCall's website, tho there are some patterns to be found on Etsy.

McCall's 7131: culottes? gauchos?

A current trend for women is the full split skirt, cropped between ankle and knee. Gee....I remember these from the 80's, we called them 'gauchos' back then! LOL  I used a linen I purchased from FabricMart  (still available!)....stripes!  I am seeing striped linen everywhere in retail and online this summer.
I liked the style lines of  McCall's 7131  View C, especially the flat front with elasticized back, and the pockets!

After wearing these a couple of times now, I think a more drapey fabric would work better as there is a LOT of fabric! Also, this is a very generously drafted pattern, and I could easily go down a size. I ended up taking in the side seams about an inch. All that being said, I would like to make up this pattern again, and would recommend it.

Here I am wearing it with one of my hand knit tops: Rusted Root knit in 2011 Pattern: Rusted Root by Zephyr Style Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease, colorway: Seaspray Needles: US size 6

(Obligatory split skirt photo L…