It took me a while to decide on the fabric and yarn combination to use, with a couple of options which I eventually ruled out, but which will no doubt get made at some point.
|Option 1 - Excelana 4-ply and Dear Stella Queen Anne's Lace fabric|
|Option 2 - Malabrigo sock and vintage fabric from Hammersmith Vintage Fair|
I finally decided on this combination - I would make the cardigan design up, and the fabric would become a Simplicity 3774 (second dress down).
|Tosh sock and fabric from Barry's in Birmingham|
|Cardigan knitted in Madelinetosh Sock colourway Stovepipe|
|Close up which shows the lace pattern in a bit more detail|
Once I'd got the cardigan finished I needed to find an alternative fabric for the dress and after a bit of humming and haa-ing I settled on this Bird on the Vine fabric from Michael Miller which I bought in Fabric Fair in Brighton last summer. So I now have another bird print dress in my wardrobe. I spent a bit of time cutting it out because I wanted to pattern match on the back of the dress and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
|Talking behind my back maybe?|
|Bluebirds on the Vine dress|
And here are the two together - I'm really pleased with this outfit.