A New Outfit Made From Sewing AND Knitting

how to knit a shawl

I can’t decide if I like the lopsided wall or the fungal concrete more. Keeping it real, folks!

Now, didn’t I tell you I’d been making stuff? Here is one of my new outfits, composed of both sewing AND knitting.

Let’s start with the shawl, shall we? Long-time readers of Did You Make That already know that it takes me about one gazillion years to knit any single item. Glaciers move at a quicker pace. So, I’m keen to celebrate a finished make!

This is the Waiting For Rain shawl by Sylvia McFadden. It’s a lovely combination of calming garter stitch and head-scratchy lace sections.

waiting for rain shawl

The instructions ask you to ‘aggressively block‘ the shawl, a turn of phrase I love! I now want to aggressively block lots of things in my life – man spreaders, people who torment dogs, lovers of Vegemite. I think we all know where the true path lies.

marmite is the best and dont at me

So, that’s the shawl! Took up one million years of my time on this planet and worth every moment. Shawls are great to knit, because they need no fitting. Strong recommend!

grey shawl

On to the skirt. I made this out of All Saints wool bought from TMOS several years ago. I sewed a very successful pair of culottes out of this beautiful wool, still worn regularly, and had some fabric left over.

When I spotted all the tweed mini skirts on the high street, I decided to sew my own, using an adaptation of the much-lauded pattern V1247. You can see my thoughts on adapting this pattern on my gold pleather version. If you had to choose a single reason to start sewing it’s so that you can type the phrase ‘my gold pleather version’. Happy times!

The grey wool is very neutral, so I went all out on the silk lining. Too much? Nah.

pink silk lining

So, there we are. A whole new outfit, courtesy of my very own hands.

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18 Responses to A New Outfit Made From Sewing AND Knitting

  1. I love the hot pink lining!!! What a cute outfit!

  2. Lovely outfit – I particularly love the unexpected lace sections in your shawl. Oh, and Marmite, obviously, eat it every morning on my toast!

  3. and no mention of your sanzzy tights! I love your outfit which I would definitely wear. Well done on a knitting finish – got to be worth a chocolate orange I would say. Jo xxxx

  4. Sarah says:

    Can I aggressively block anyone male who calls me ‘love’ please?

  5. Nancy says:

    Love the outfit but very curious as to what a “man spreader” might be?!?

  6. Annette says:

    A man spreader spreads his knees out while the person beside him is left with no option but to keep there knees together. It happens on trains, planes and the couch on tv programmes like Graham Norton and Strictly it takes two and is very uncomfortable for the person beside them. There should be a campaign of pushing back. It also happens With elbows as well as knees on airplanes. I’ve resorted to jamming a magazine down on the side of my seat to stop that man shoving his elbows into my rib cage. Though I have an agreement with my husband that if it’s a man he sits next to him. As you can see I’m not at all bothered by it! Though I did once tell the guy beside me to keep his feet in his own space in a plane.

    • LinB says:

      In my part of the world, we call that sort of person a “wide sitter.” Applies equally to males and females … and is a useful technique for saving seats on a bench seat, if you are selfish in that sort of way.

      Sometimes I am. I will “sit wide” to save a place for my ancient old parents, for instance.

  7. Lovely makes Karen and I love the bright pink lining. Dissing the vegemite??? All good, can’t stand the stuff and much prefer apricot jam😂

  8. Katie M says:

    Marmite?? Noooo!! Vegemite is the best! Lovely shawl. I have the most basic knitting skills and am in awe of your lovely shawls.

  9. Sewingelle says:

    Team vegemite here. Please don’t block me! Man spreading is much worse…

  10. acraftyscrivener says:

    Oh vegemite all the way! Love the pink lining💕

  11. JenL says:

    Terrific pieces!

  12. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Beautiful work, Karen! An Aussie mate gave me vegemite and it was edible, but I see nothing except extremely expensive, large jars of marmite over here. Guess I should remain neutral… 😱

  13. Paula says:

    See, and I thought we’d be friends IRL, if we ever met. But Marmite? I’m sorry, it’s Vegemite all the way. (By the way, when they were deciding what to name Vegemite, “Pawill” was an option – as in : Ma might, but Pa will. Why does this stuff fill my brain?).

    And for the reader who asked what a manspreader is, it’s that guy on the bus or train, who takes up at least 3/4 of the seat, because he can’t keep his legs together. Now that I’m in my very assertive 50s, I just sit down on my half of the seat and make him move over.

  14. Megan says:

    Oh I bet you didn’t expect this debate did you? I was a Vegemite kid all the way until boarding school in Bournemouth then it was Marmite, I got used to it then there was a problem to transition back to Vegemite but I made it! I’m surprised that a shawl that is wrapped around you would benefit from aggressive blocking as depending on the weather you may wrap it around you a few times… looks great though.

  15. Judy Lenton says:

    Vegemite!!! *insert shocked emoji face here* I think it is because Australians are raised on it. The very first solid food babies are given is generally vegemite and butter on a toast finger. On a spoon straight out of the jar it is revolting, definitely has to be eaten with butter and toast.

    Your ensemble is very stylish. Love the tweed mini, such a useful winter wardrobe item.

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