I can't believe that I actually managed to get my outfit done in time for the 2018 Outfit Along done. I was sure that this year was going to be a bust, but by some sort of OAL miracle, I finished up the morning of the final day!
For those of you that may not know what the Outfit Along is, it is an annual event taking place on Ravelry in the Untangling Knots group. Knitwear designer Andi Satterlund and Lauren of the famed Lladybird co-host the "along". The goal is to knit a piece and sew a piece so that you end up with a complete outfit at the end of the two months. There are official patterns each year, but participants are free to choose whichever patterns they want. The outfit along is truly my very favourite "along" and I look forward to it every year.
This year's official patterns were the Waters Tee by Andi and the Lander Pants by True Bias and I decided to both. Waters is a very simple top down knit tee that has a scoop back and almost boat neck front. I'm sure that the Lander Pants need no introduction. I may, in fact, be the last person in the world to sew them up. They've been out for ages now and are a high waisted, button fly, wide legged pant with three different length options.
While the Waters was a super simple pattern it took me what felt like forever to knit. I think the combination of miles of stockinette stitch on tiny needles and fingering yarn slowed me down. Combine that with my distinct lack of knitting mojo and I really didn't think I'd get finished within the two months of the challenge. In fact had I not had a sudden short-lived burst of motivation in the last two weeks of the Outfit Along, I can guarantee that my top would not have been finished in time. (the mojo has once again disappeared, and I'm struggling to pick up my needles for any reason right now). The Lander Pants sat waiting because to be honest the thought of having to go through the fitting of pants was really not what one could call enticing. Pants. Ugh...
Everyone has what seems to be some serious Lander love going on. I definitely did not. In fact I dubbed my the "No Love Landers" and thought I'd never wear them. However, now that they're done and I have had some distance from sewing them, it turns out I'm wearing them quite a bit. Fitting quickly became a nightmare - I clearly have no clue what size I really am when it comes to pants, because I am fairly certain I started out two sizes too big. Of course I followed the steps according to the instructions which meant all the fancy bits like top stitching and the buttonholes and bar tacks for the fly were already done before I sewed up the side seams only to have the shorts fall straight off when I tried them on. I was pretty peeved with myself for the rookie mistake and was determined I was going to get them to at least sort of passably fit before throwing my hands up in defeat and wasting all the effort of my top stitching not too mention my fabric. I took a good inch and a half beyond the already allowed 1" side seam at the hips, about another 3/4" at the waist on either side, then took in the back center seam tapering from the original seam to a decrease of an 1 1/4" at centre back. Then I shaved off a good 5/8" from the height in the back. I still need to wear a belt with them or they're not staying up, but given how often I've worn them this week, maybe they deserve some love after all.
Waters is pretty good fit wise. As it turns out I like to wear it backwards favouring the scoop neck in the front rather than the back. Its kind of nice to choose whichever way I feel like wearing it depending on my mood. I think I could have done with a few less waist decreases and a bit more length, but at the point I cast off I was just happy to have it done on time. I can live with the not re-doing the waist decreases, but I may at some point down the road add a bit of length to my tee to make it more comfortable for me. It's not enough to keep me from wearing it so we'll see. I'd have to actually find my knitting mojo first.