Back when I first started reading crafting blogs, I stumbled upon a post from the Angry Chicken archives where Amy talks about wearing the same handmade clothes, over and over again. Because I myself had not yet started making clothes, I thought that was strange but in a "hm, maybe I just haven't experienced it yet, no judgments" kind of way. And after this spring/summer of making blouses and dresses, um, hello. I so get it now.
Here's another blouse to add to my list. Between the two dresses and four blouses, I pretty much don't wear much else [fast laundry turnover is the key!].
This is my take on Petrie, a free pattern from Knitty. I wanted something super classic that would last for years and go with just about every summer skirt I've ever made, so I went for navy, sprung for some linen yarn that knitted up on size 3 needles, and made heavy modifications to the pattern to compensate for different gauge. As in, half chucked the pattern out the window. You can read all my mods on my Ravelry page, but the short version is that I used my newfound knowledge of darts on blouses to knit up customized body shaping, and made the cowl neck less floppy.
Maybe you can see what I mean about knitted darts and shaping.
Anyways, WOW do I so get the fuss about knitting with linen. The "this stuff feels like twine!" fuss, the "softens soooooooooo nicely after going through the dryer" fuss, and the "drapes beautifully!!!" fuss. It's seriously final products like these that remind me why it is a good idea to spring for the nicer materials. Even if they take foreeeeeeeeever to knit up.
[Trying to demonstrate the difference in scale in stitch size between this and Trina. OMG I spent forever on this. While we were Skyping my boyfriend asked what I was knitting and I sent him the link, and he got this bored look on his face, like, haven't you been working on this for 3 months now?]
My only very small quibble is the wobbliness at the neckline. Think I needed to make a deeper hem. But it's OK! I'm still holding out hope that all smooths out with a couple more wears. Even if it doesn't, I looooooooooooooove this and seriously WILL be wearing it for years. Seriously. Drop by here in 2015 and see if it isn't making a regular appearance!