MIT Stitch & Bitch

Monday, February 13, 2006

(excerpted from my blog, apologies, though i really appreciate your advice, dear SnB!)

i finished seaming the last few bits of my james coviello sweater. finally, a new FO to my name!

isn't it cute? all spaghetti + meatballs.

project: james coviello sweater from vogue knitting holiday 2005
yarn: lion brand wool-ease thick + quick in charcoal purchased from windsor button
needles: size 15 wood/bamboo
started: around december 2005, exact date unclear...
finished: 2006.02.12

i love the undulating bobbles, and the mix of cozy playfulness and textured sophistication. so, here's where i need advice from you all on construction, tidying/tucking, styling. the jacket is warm and wearable, but it doesnt seem to visually fit me in the best way. i'll show you what i mean...

i wouldnt call myself necessarily tiny, though i am on the whole somewhat petite. (can you tell? i stand 4'11.5" :) ) there you have some before-jacket, and after-jacket, pictures. i'm just wearing jeans and a tshirt, but once i don the jacket i become football matador femme. a bobbly one, to be sure. does this look totally hideous? i shouldnt be self conscious but i dont want anyone to recoil in horror either.

i think what is mostly bothering me is the lower areas of the jacket, like where it fits under my bust. it's quite roomy under there. any suggestions? i was thinking perhaps to create a ribbon tie (either a closure, or perhaps a belt?) at the bottom of the front, to secure the lower section together. however, i dont want to get SANTINO'd away and go trim-crazy :) or is there an easy fix, a la pin + tuck, to make it drape a little better?

here it is with a dress; not necessarily the best color match, but i wanted to test it out in terms of silhouette. a bit better, yes? though it is still quite billowy under the arms. do you think it would work as well with a top/skirt ensemble?

if you guys have any suggestions on how to best wear this sweater (which includes give it away to a lovely gift recipient) or manage its misgivings, i'd love to hear. i looked back and forth to the photo in the knit magazine, and i think my shaping and all is correct to the pattern; the key is that the model has no bust! ah, details, details. you live and learn. :)


  • At 10:08 AM, Blogger Rhonda said…

    I like the way it looks on you in the top righthand picture, christine. It would also look very nice with a white blouse & gathered skirt, wearing boots to put some height on you. The gathered full skirt could also perhaps make you feel more balanced.... but I can also see this jacket with jeans. Bring it to one of the S&B meetings, okay... Wednesday?

  • At 11:09 AM, Blogger Kathy said…

    It looks great. You do look like a matadora! Ole!

  • At 12:53 PM, Blogger Jess said…

    The very first thing I'd do is thread something through your eyelets. The ribbon in the photo adds a distinct vertical.

  • At 3:52 PM, Blogger christine said…

    thanks everyone! i will see if i can find a remedy at windsor button tonight, perhaps, and don it tomorrow.

    except, what is up with this warm weather? who said it can be spring yet?


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