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The San Telmo Dress Tutorial…

I recently made a dress that I really love and it wasn’t too hard to make so I thought I’d make a quick tutorial for it. Its a lovely, simple dress with a lot of opportunities to add your own design flair!  Describing how to make a pattern through a tutorial is difficult but luckily it has a loose fit and an elastic waistband so its not crucial that its perfect.  I will do my best to convey clear instructions and I hope that you love your dress! If you don’t want to make it you can buy it here, on my Etsy. 

Materials:

  • 1 3/4 yds of a 60″ wide fabric. I used a soft rayon challis, anything flowy and drapey.
  • 20″ of a contrasting rayon fabric. Again, anything flowy/drapey and at least 60″ wide.
  • 1 yd 1″ wide elastic.
  • optional: 1/4yd elastic for straps, piping, any other sort of trim you might want. 
  1. First, cut your pieces.  Below is an illustration on how to draft your pattern. (Click to enlarge) 
  2. On the dress piece iron a crease from notch to notch, repeat for back piece.  This crease will serve as a guide for the waistband elastic.
  3. Sew dress pieces together at sides.
  4. Wrap a piece of elastic snugly around your waist to measure. Sew elastic into a loop.
  5. Make 4 marks on the elastic dividing it into 4 equal parts, make 4 marks on dress as well.
  6. Pin elastic to dress on the wrong side of fabric dividing it into 4 equal quadrants.
  7. Zig zag stitch elastic to dress stretching elastic as you sew.
  8. Now you need to finish the neckline and armholes.  You have some options, I used piping on the neckline and a rolled hem to finish the arm holes.  This is a place where your creativity can come into play.
  9. Attach straps.  To keep the boatneck effect I made my straps 6″, if you make them longer you are going to get a more drapey, slouchy neckline.
  10. Cut your contrasting fabric into 2 10″x60″ rectangles to make your ruffle pieces. Join pieces in a circle.
  11. The contrasting fabric is going to be gathered and sewn onto the hem of the dress piece. To do this, make 2 parallel rows of long stitches (3mm).  Mark 4 equal sections on ruffle piece, make marks on bottom of dress.
  12. Pin the pieces together at 4 quadrants and pull bobbin strings to create ruffles and distribute them evenly.
  13. Sew the pieces together.
  14. Hem! Trim excess threads…and you’re done!!!!
  15. Wear with happiness! 

Etsy at last…

 After years of thinking about it, I have finally opened an Etsy shop! Its called Dreamboat Dresses and I’m selling some of my designs there so you should definitely go check it out.  I am really really excited!  I would love any feedback or suggestions or things you would like to see, let me know.  I will be adding more items shortly. I hope you like it!  Have a dreamy day.

If you’re ever in Buenos Aires looking for fabric…

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There is a giant fabric district in Buenos Aires, Argentina! I found it by accident while taking a bus to the mythical yarn district (more on that later). As a fabric lover who showed up in Argentina with a limited Spanish vocabulary I was thrilled at the amount of “fabrica” stores I was seeing… unfortunately that means factory (tela is fabric), and until that fateful bus ride I hadn’t seen much. This magical stretch of tiendas de tela is along Avenida Lavalle between Junin and Pueyrredón in what I think is the Monserrat neighborhood. There are lots of suiting and fashion fabrics, discount stuff, etc. If you’re a fabric lover in Buenos Aires you should definitely check it out!

The yarn district:
There are a bunch of really awesome looking yarn shops on Avenida Scalbrini Ortiz around the 900 block up near Palermo Hollywood. Unfortunately I went on a Saturday afternoon and literally every single one was closed. Hopefully you’ll have better luck!

Easy bow headband for my newly shortened hair…

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I made this little cutie in a couple of hours… It was super easy and I love it so much. I found the pattern on Ravelry, but it is from Cornflower Blue a totally cute blog!

Short Row Sweater from the Purlbee…

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It’s done! I made the Short Row Sweater from the Purl Bee and I’m so so so excited. It was easy to make… the hardest part was staying patient. Knitting is like a really trying meditation in contentment and valuing the slow process. I never really got into knitting before because I wasn’t sure if after spending weeks on a shirt I would feel that if had been worth the time. But the joy of watching a ball of yarn turn into something special has consumed me and although I miss my sewing machine like crazy, knitting has definitely found a permanent place in my craft life.

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The yarn is a soft cotton wool blend that I got at a shop here in Bariloche. I was having a really hard time choosing a color, so I just made it striped! I would definitely recommend this project, the instructions were clear and you end up with something totally adorable.

Also, this guy happens to be perfect for the insane sunburn I have on my back right now.

20111226-052500.jpg …what to do next?!?! Maybe something with cables.

The Bandana Cowl from Purlbee

I finished my cowl! This is my first completed knitting project and I am SO pleased with it. The only problem is that it’s summer here in the southern hemisphere and I don’t really see any opportunities to wear it in the near future. It’s ok, I’ll just stare at it lovingly until I find myself somewhere cold.

I found the bandana cowl pattern on ravelry.com, but it is originally from the Purlbee. The instructions were easy to follow (even for a novice like me). I got a little lost at one point but found my way after reading the comments on the post.

I got the yarn at an amazing shop called Lanas La Rueca in Bariloche. They have a great selection of regional patagonian yarns that you could stare at for hours. Their address is: P. Moreno 879 near Carrefour. Definitely go there if you are in Bariloche, the ladies there are so lovely and so patient…they put up with me for an hour as I “que es eso”-ed at every yarn in the shop. Also, if you need it one of them speaks english!

Now I’m working on the Short Row Sweater from Purlbee!

Falling in love with knitting…

I recently got a job at a bar in Bariloche and have been adjusting quite nicely to my cozy new life in this amazingly beautiful town. It feels good to have a daily routine after a few months of traveling. Bariloche is a wonderland of trekking, adventure, crystal clear lakes and good feelings. You can’t help but be happy here with adorable dogs on every corner and snow capped mountains in every direction. 

My job leaves all of my days free and being thousands of miles away from my sewing machine I had to find something for my busy hands. That’s where the knitting comes in, I found a couple awesome yarn (lana) shops in town and spent an obscene amount of time on Ravelry cruising projects.  In case you don´t know Ravelry.com is an online knit and crochet community with tons of patterns and inspiration.  I have settled on the Bandana Cowl from Purlbee (the cutest blog/shop in the world), and its going pretty well.

I have a sordid history with knitting and crocheting.  I´ll have a burst of inspiration and attempt a project thats way too hard for me, throw it away and swear to never knit again!  This time is different.  I am loving the process, taking it slow, I love how knitting shuts my brain off.