Seventies Alert

February 7, 2014

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What? You knitted a whole dress?!

Haha. Just kidding. I’m definitely cheating here, because this project is not my own but my grandmother’s! The day when I’ll be able to knit a dress in size 4 needles has not arrived yet, but my grandmother knits at the speed of light and thanks to her I now have years of pretty sweaters and dresses in my collection. I know, I’m so lucky 🙂

So I thought some of you might be interested in seeing some of *her* makes…

This dress is at least six years old, and is from a Phildar catalogue from 2004. I got obsessed with this model after seeing it here, and I begged my grandmother to knit it for me. When I think about the kilometers of stockinette stitch she had to endure, I feel bad! The yarn is Phildar Oxygene, a quality that seems to have stopped since and it’s too bad because it was really nice (I’ll never understand why Phildar always stops its best qualities…).

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Also, today I learned a very important thing: taking pictures at noon when it’s very sunny is not easy and creates ugly shadows. I don’t like saying this, but I never had a problem in Paris with “too much sunshine”..! Well, since I’m not planning on wearing this dress again soon, this post will have to do with pictures of me grinning awkwardly…

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Indeed, as I dislike wearing turtlenecks, short dresses, or body-conscious anything, I have to admit that this dress is not worn often. Maybe once a year, or twice exceptionnally. But even though it is far from my usual style and I don’t feel that confident about wearing it, I love it! It reminds my of a James Bond Girl outfit. The pattern states that it’s a “sixties” dress, but the turtleneck and the close-fitting silhouette look more seventies to me. Maybe this has to do with the so-called “A-line” looking quite different on me than it does on the model!

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James Bond Girl Knitted Dress
Made by my grandmother!
Dress 3 from Phildar Fall 2004
Link to the pattern on Ravelry

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