For her 24th birthday and a going-away present (Nepal for 6+ months!), I wanted to make her something she could travel with....and the collaboration began.
She decided she wanted a jumper. No problem, says I. With palazzo pants. Can easily be done, I says. And a wrap top. Umm....OK. Tight. Very tight (show off said shapely, curvy body, after all). Knit wrap top, silky palazzo pants, body-hugging jumper.
Did I mention the tiny waist and the curvy hips that said jumper must fit over while donning?.....my darling Laurel, some of the requests you may be granted, but not all at once.
Off I go searching for a pattern to use as a jumping off point. There is no such pattern to be found (at least in my search). I wonder why? Undaunted, I carry on with a T. Gunn "make it work!" attitude. I used an existing wrap-front knit dress of hers and a complete set of measurements, found the fabric, grabbed my scissors, and the adventure began.
This was step one: a combination of all of the fabrics used:
I blogged the process that I used to create the 4-strand braid Here.
I have spared you all, dear readers, with the journey that I took creating the finished look. You may thank me for that, because who wants to commiserate with angst? The fact that she lives a couple of hundred miles away and we had a total of 3 fittings (plus one more, and then just one more, and then one final one before the final final final fitting).
There was a point towards the end when I realized that, if it didn't fit at all, it could magically turn the jumper into a pair of awesome palazzo pants, and I did start breathing more easily, knowing there was a simple save out there, just in case... But we all survived!
Since there were so many fits and starts, taking progress pictures really wasn't even an option without writing a book, and as you may have noticed, just getting a simple blog post written on a regular basis just ain't happening lately, so I'll just jump ahead to the final pictures:
The braided belt, the bamboo knit top, the knit under-belt thingy,
and the palazzo pants from a ploy silky:
Ready to Travel the World!:
And/or dance the night away....
...looking comfy and chic....
Ready to stand on the mountain top and teach, and learn,
and experience the glories of the world!
The Designer and the Recipient:
The Designer, the Recipient, and the Bug:
The final result was not constructed with perfection, but it fits, it's comfy, it should travel well, it can be dressed up or down, and best of all, Laurel loves it! So was it all worth it in the end?
Farewell my darling Laurel - wear it in good health and with a smile on your face, and return home from your adventures safely and filled with great stories! And maybe I'll see you next year in Kathmandu......