Announcing the 2018 OAL!

15 May

By popular demand, we’re back for another year!

Yes! The Outfit Along is back, and this year we are turning five! (whaaat!)

I’m teaming up with knit designer extraordinaire, Andi Satterlund, to host a combination knit-along and sew-along. The idea behind the Outfit Along (OAL) is to make a complete outfit by sewing a garment and knitting (or crocheting, if that’s more your thing) a garment. This is a great opportunity to fill your wardrobe with more beautiful handmade pieces, and we’ll have two official patterns that will have additional blog support, should you need it.

The official sewing pattern will be the Lander Pants by True Bias, and the official knitting pattern will be Andi’s newest design, Waters. I will be blogging about the official sewing pattern and Andi be blogging about the knitting pattern, so we can all sew and knit along together. If you don’t love the official patterns, you can still join in! The Outfit Along is about making an outfit you’ll actually wear, so to participate, all you need to do is to sew a garment and knit a garment to make an outfit. You’re more than welcome to pick projects that fit your own style and skills – after all, you’ll be the one wearing it 🙂 Make a knitted skirt and sewn top, make a dress and cardigan – doesn’t matter what the combination is, as long as it makes an outfit 🙂

You can read all the relevant details over at Untangling Knots – as well as a FAQ for common questions – but in a nutshell:

– We will be kicking off the OAL on June 1, 2018.
– The deadline for completion is July 31, 2018, which gives you two months to finish both garments.
– There IS incentive for finishing your garments within the deadline – PRIZES!!! We will be drawing 3 winners this year, and each winner will receive a $50 voucher to use at Indie Stitches, a $25 voucher to use at The Confident Stitch, and 4 patterns of their choice from the Untangling Knots Ravelry store.
– To be eligible for said prizes, you must finish BOTH garments by July 31, 2018 and post them in the OAL Finished Outfit thread in the Untangling Knots group on Ravelry. Prize winners will be randomly selected from those who finish both their knit and sewn garments and post pictures in the appropriate thread by the deadline.

So, now that’s out of the way – let’s talk about the patterns!

The official knitting pattern, Waters, is one I’m really excited about! Light and easy, uncomplicated and fuss-free, this linen pullover is the perfect garment to ease you toward the hot months of summer (or layer into the early cool months if you’re in another hemisphere!). The retro-style top features a high front neckline with a deep scooped back, classic skinny stripes (which can easily be customized if you prefer a different stripe option), and loads of relaxing stockinette. The pullover is knit seamlessly from the top down (editor’s note: upon proofreading, I originally had this written as “top dog” lolwut ok carry on), so there are very few purl stitches and even less seaming (aka: no seaming. Yay!). The yarn is Quince + Co Sparrow, which is a fingering weight linen yarn, and the fit should have 0-3 inches of positive ease – making this top super comfortable and cool to wear in the heat of summer.

If Waters looks vaguely familiar, that’s because it is! I love my Zinone from 2016’s OAL and wear it all the time – but reversed, with the lace in the front and the scoop in the back. Andi took a note from this riff and designed Waters to fit the same way, and at my suggestion we are using the same linen yarn because Y’ALL I LOVE THIS YARN. It’s a great price, knits up fast, and you can wash and dry it in the machines (which makes it even softer!). My zinone gets a lot of wear and I’m thrilled to have another linen knit to add to my wardrobe!

Anyway, I’m not saying that you need to knit the official OAL pattern this year… but you should really, really, really consider it. Plus, it’ll be 20% off until the OAL begins on June 1st when you you checkout on Ravelry using the coupon code OAL2018 – so yes, get you that discount!

The official sewing pattern, the Lander Pants, is already a beloved darling in the sewing community, and for good reason! The pattern features a super high waist, button fly (or optional zipper fly if you hate buttons!), and generous patch pockets on both front & back. The legs have a wide, straight fit, and three length options – full length, ankle length, or shorts.

I’ve already made a couple pairs of cropped Landers – the red linen ones I shared here on my blog last month (and, um, spoiler: my shorts will also be red linen LOL), and a pair of navy twill tencel ones that have yet to make an appearance. I LOVE this pattern and can personally vouch that it works great with my Zinone sweater, and am excited to pair it with the new Waters top!

Same as with last year’s OAL, I will not be doing a series of super in-depth tutorials of making this pattern from start to finish. I will, however, be posting project updates and my own personal tips for making this pattern! There is a full sewalong here on the True Bias blog if you need the extra help, though!

Again, if the Landers ain’t your thing – you don’t have to commit! The OAL is about what YOU want to wear, and you can absolutely choose a different pattern! 🙂 Another option we considered for this OAL was the Ginger Jeans. The new Jenny pattern from Closet Case Patterns would also be a great match for this sweater. And, of course, there are always skirts!

Should you need to pick up some fabric, our fabric sponsor, The Confident Stitch, has generously given us a discount code! Use the code OAL2018, and receive 15% off your entire order through June 15.

As always, you can spread the word by using the hashtag #OAL2018 or use this fancy badge. And don’t forget to join the OAL2018 discussion thread in the Untangling Knots group on Ravelry, for all your OAL chatting needs (and please tag me directly if you have a question, because sometimes I personally have a hard time with keeping up with all the action that happens in that thread ;)). Questions? Be sure to read the FAQ on Andi’s official announcement post in case it’s already been covered, but if not… ask away! 🙂 And don’t forget to use the OAL2018 discount code for 20% off the Waters knitting pattern + 15% of at The Confident Stitch!

YAY I’m so excited! Who is joining in this year? 😀

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21 Responses to “Announcing the 2018 OAL!”

  1. heather May 15, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    thank you for doing this (& for the codes)! i missed the deadline last summer (the undone sweater is still mostly on the yarn ball), but i will try once more! 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD May 16, 2018 at 11:07 am #

      Yay! Maybe this year you can make TWO sweaters 😉

  2. carlalissa May 15, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

    Oh I like this one too much! I am in!

  3. Kellie May 15, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    How bizarre that I just happen to be wearing my Zinone and my Hollyburn from the OAL 2016? I too wear my Zinone all the time ( and I am so going to try it backwards-can’t believe I never thought of that). Anyway I’d like another linen knit and love this new pattern. Love the pants choice too…I’m kinda stoked!

    • LLADYBIRD May 16, 2018 at 11:08 am #

      Yay!! Happy to hear that you are stoked! And YES you gotta try the Zinone backwards.. it’s not super perfect (the shoulder seams are , well, clearly in the wrong spot, but only other sewists and knitters would notice) but it works really well. I’m wearing mine today 🙂

  4. Meira Bear May 16, 2018 at 4:59 am #

    Me! For the first time, after being a bystander for…four years? Anyway, I think I’m going with Andi’s Salal for the knitted top, and…I can’t think of what for the bottom. I need to push myself into making pants though, so maybe culottes as a gentle introduction.

    • LLADYBIRD May 16, 2018 at 11:09 am #

      I’m so happy we were finally able to coax you in 🙂 Have you seen the Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes? That would be a great pants intro – not a lot of fitting, and I think that pattern would look great with this sweater!

      • fabricsuicide May 17, 2018 at 5:58 am #

        Because I’m such a tight arse and the Aussie dollar is so crap, is there a coupon code for the Lander’s with True Bias?

        • LLADYBIRD May 18, 2018 at 9:05 am #

          I believe The Confident Stitch sells the Lander, which you can use the discount code on. However, you’d pay US dollar + shipping so I don’t know if that’s worth it.

  5. Anonymous May 31, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    Vey hard to look at your post with that wordpress bar in the way. And the “follow” button does not get rid of it. 😩

    • LLADYBIRD May 31, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      Oh no! I’m not sure if I understand what you mean – I looked at my site (and also logged out) and I’m not seeing a bar in the way. Are you viewing from a computer, phone or tablet? Where is the bar and what is one it?

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