FO Friday: Two Non-Knits!

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I’ve been coveting the beautiful Montea dress from Collette Patterns for a while now. The problem is that I don’t really know how to sew. I bought a sewing machine back in January and promised myself I’d learn to sew. I tried once in January shortly after getting the machine, couldn’t sew in straight lines, got frustrated, and it’s been sitting on the shelf ever since. Learning something new means you have to spend time being really bad at it, and right now I’d rather be good at knitting than bad at sewing. So, alas, all my sewing dreams have languished.

 

So what do you do when you really want a closet full of custom dresses in adorable fabrics but don’t have the time or patience to teach yourself to sew? ASK YOUR MOM! That’s what I did! And I’m so glad I did. She insisted on doing one with an inexpensive fabric to test out the pattern first, and this is it! It fits perfectly and I absolutely adore it. As soon as I opened my mailbox I recognized my mom’s handwriting and knew it was the dress. I opened the package and immediately put the dress on! Then I made Brian go take photos with me of the new dress!

 

Montea dress and crochet necklace by Mari Knits

I paired it with a black belt I bought last weekend at Goodwill for $2 (a skill I did learn from Mom–shopping bargains at Goodwill) and a crochet necklace that I recently finished. This dress is a cotton jersey and it’s so comfortable! It has an elastic waist. I’m not crazy about the amount of gathering at the waist, but I used the big belt to cover that bit up and I think now it’s perfect!

Montea dress and crochet necklace by Mari Knits

 

The necklace was my way of doing a project that wasn’t work. I had an itch to make something quick and easy, and for some reason I decided on this necklace. I’m not much of a necklace person, but I had some leftover Louet Gems Sportweight and decided that this was the perfect use. Crocheting the pieces–even for a crochet novice like me–only took a couple hours (and that because I redid the first piece 3 times!). The pattern, the Ruffled Crochet Bib Necklace, was easy to follow and I’m really happy with the finished product! The color also matches my pink hair, and I think it goes quite well with this dress!

Mari Knits crochet necklace

 

 

I also got new glasses earlier this week! Now I can be lazy and not put my contacts in every day. Especially when my allergies are acting up!
Mari Knits crochet necklace

 

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my finished projects! And Mom–I’d like a polka dot dress, a hello kitty dress, and maybe one in a dark grey with a small print…

5 Responses

  1. Jennifer
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    Looks great!

  2. Cheryl
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    Your mom did a great job on the dress! And, you’re very lucky she agreed. I’ve been wanting to sew myself some clothing from my hand weaving and have a few patterns I want to use. Now I just need to weave the cloth. As for sewing for my girls, well, I did buy one of them a sewing machine.

  3. Susan
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    Your Mom is brilliant! Knit fabrics are really difficult to work with. I hope you appreciate your Mom’s awesome sewing skills!

  4. Martha C
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    I love both the dress and the necklace. I have been feeling the same way about being bad at sewing and I have looked at this pattern a dozen times. I am now officially inspired to make the dress and who knows I might even learn to crochet next.

    • Mari
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      Or find someone really generous who sews… :)

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