9 Apr

Ladies (and gentlemen?), we have two sleeves!

Yeah sleeves!
I am so pleased with myself, you have no idea.

Agatha sleeves

Agatha - Second sleeve!
I had to crop my head out of this one because I was making a total derp face, but check out those neat decreases at the bust!

Agatha sleeves
What do we think? Excited?

Agatha sleeves

Now all that’s left is the ribbing around the neckline & the button bands. Also, I need to find some buttons… I want wooden buttons, but that would involve driving to the fabric store. We’ll see.

The second sleeves went in a LOT faster than the first one! I guess I had plenty of practice πŸ™‚ It is still a little tight, so my next sweater will probably need to go up a needle size with those DPNs. In the meantime, I plan to block this thing very aggressively & hopefully that’ll help!

In the meantime, I’ve been working on the muslin for my Bombshell/birthday dress… an experience which totally sucks, by the way.

Bombshell muslin
The cup on the right is the pattern with no modifications… the cup on the left is the size it should be – and that’s still a little skimpy, as it barely covers my bra. I don’t plan on wearing a bra with this dress but I wanted to at least get demi-bra-coverage, you know?
Anyway, the muslin totally sucks and I will need to work on it some more… the coverage is great, but as you can see the center bust line skews up & the top piece is way too high. Also, my grainlines are off. Oh, boobs. Anyone else have full bust modifications they have made to this pattern that they would like to share?

In other news, I seem to have lost my voice over the weekend. I am currently alternating between sounding like a man & just sounding straight-up pathetic. If anyone finds where I may have misplaced it, do let me know.

24 Responses to “Agatha Sweater: FINAL COUNTDOWN”

  1. Mikhaela April 9, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Love your Agatha sweater–curious if you made any mods or just did the pattern exactly as written? I can’t wait to start my cardigan, just hunting for the perfect yarn…

    I also have been fearing the FBA for the Bombshell… and am curious to see how you resolve this. I watched the videos and started quaking in fear about that bit, since my dress form does not have boobs anything like mine (I had padded her out to a G, but now I’m an E, so, grrr). I definitely need to wear a bra with mine–the dress is only supposed to work braless for the smaller of bust, I believe. So I just bought a new strapless and will wear that during try-ons.

    • LLADYBIRD April 9, 2012 at 11:13 am #

      I didn’t make any mods to the sweater pattern, I’m just knitting up a straight size small. I think it fits pretty well, too, so yay!

      I’m a DD so my bust isn’t too big for bra-less (my birthday dress last year had a similar cut, and with enough boning it was totally comfortable to ditch the bra), thank god. I did try to fit the bust on me first, instead of the dressform – since mine wasn’t padded out to my exact proportions either – but it was really difficult. It was much easier to give her one of my bras & pad her out just for the fitting. The most important thing I’ve learned thus far is you are gonna need some GIANT seam allowances when you start fitting the bust pieces… also, I think style tape lines would be really beneficial. I’m going to try that tonight! I will let you know if I discover any more secrets in the bust-fitting πŸ™‚

  2. Cynthia April 9, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    That sweater looks perfect with your circle skirt. I’m looking forward to the final outcome!

  3. Susan Davis April 9, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Wooden buttons would be great with that sweater – hope you make the trip to the store. I am dreading the bombshell dress because of all the bust modifications I will need to do. I even had to do 5″ just for my Renfrew. I can only imaging this dress.

  4. Marie April 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Eeeep, how frigging exciting!!! That knit is looking ridiculously good!

  5. grenouille78 April 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Your productivity levels are amazing! The sweater’s looking good.

  6. kristinm100 April 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Godspeed with that bust modification. My only advice is to drape it on your dressform (presuming it’s the right bust size). FBAs will fuck it up, IMO.

    • LLADYBIRD April 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      Yeah, I padded out my form so I could try draping… looks like I need to put some style lines on there, though, because my seams aren’t where they need to be! Ugh, pattern adjustments!

  7. leahfranqui April 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Yeah, man, sometimes boobs are just the worst. I have to FBA all the Colette patterns patterns I have, and it’s annoying and it makes me want to throw up my hands in disgust and then just go up a size, which is dumb.

    Well done on the sweater front! I’m almost done the body of my sweater, and then I have the

  8. Jo April 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Wow, so awesome! This looks so great. I absolutely love the look of the cables.

    I’m a beginner knitter and I’m only just starting my first cardigan (another one by Andi, it’s called Miette). I keep telling myself if you can do it I can! But damn it looks hard! lol. Actually we are doing a knit-along for it, so if anyone wants to join in, come visit my blog! It’s a great way to learn πŸ™‚

  9. Neeno April 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    I too have lost my voice since Thursday night! I sound like a sexy husky man! I went to a trance festival and saw Cosmic Gate then sang my heart put at karaoke. Bad, bad combo since i was already sick with a cold. I really like what u have done with the bombshell dress. So sexy! I’d love to make something like that and I can’t wait to see it finished. Good job on the sweater looks adorable xx

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      Sexy husky man! HAHA I love that! I wish I could say I lost my voice doing something cool like singing at karaoke… but nope, I just talk too much πŸ™‚ Hehe!

  10. Sarah W. April 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    You can knit anything. It’s official.

    • LLADYBIRD April 10, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      You will always be the Knitting Master as far as I’m concerned, tho! πŸ™‚

  11. sallie April 10, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Your sweater looks fantastic!! Oh my god! I’m so in awe. Knitting genius…

    Oh man – you just brought back some evil memories with that bombshell bodice! I think after muslin 3 or 4 I just said enough was enough and moved on. Hence the bust on mine is a bit quirky. But I still wore it a ton and think it makes me look HOT! So moral of the story… don’t get bogged down getting it perfect – its already more amazing than you think!

  12. Amy April 10, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Your cardigan is looking lovely! As for Gertie’s bombshell dress, I got pretty discouraged during this part. Everything I tried to do just made things worse. I had a saggy, baggy mess when I tried to fit it on me, but since my dress form doesn’t have the right shape to fit cups, I didn’t even try with it. I decided to go ahead with the pattern as is because it wasn’t that bad. I’ve always thought of myself as being on the smaller side, cup wise, so I figured I must just be overfitting it. Now that the dress is nearly together, I’m not so sure that was wise. I may be redoing the cups, but at least the pieces are teeny tiny and don’t require much extra fabric. I think your idea of padding out a bra on your form is brilliant. Style lines should also help you get the seams just where you want them. With what I’ve seen you do in the past, I know you’ll get it to all work out.

  13. Helen April 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Your Agatha is looking really good! Makes me feel bad as i haven’t even started the swatches on mine yet!

    Hope the bobmshell dress works out ok.

  14. gingermakes April 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Your sweater looks great! You’re a total knitting machine! And if anyone can make the bombshell dress work, it’s you! I know you’ll get the fit down and look hot as hell in that dress! I’m worried about trying it with my limited fitting skills and no dress form– I’m pretty sure that asking Man Friend to help me pin and fit it 10,000 times will drive us to divorce, so I may hold off on the bombshell dress for now…

  15. Mika April 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    I love how excited you look about your sweater. Mine is blocking now, and then all I need are buttons!

  16. Janice April 11, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    It looks beautiful! Congrats on finishing it!

  17. sarah April 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    i’m a much more experienced knitter than i am sewer and let me say…GORGEOUS. totally not an easy sweater to knit and it turned out great!

  18. Kimberly April 14, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    Yays for finishing the sweater!! It looks great! πŸ™‚

  19. Kalina April 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I like the adjustments on the bombshell dress! Despite all the noise about it, I never liked the dress – and now I see why, your decolletΓ© line is much, much better.

  20. ericwinnert August 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Will you marry me? I’ll buy you a flock of sheep and be your shepherd.

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